More and more people are seeking natural ways to improve health. Many are curious about the healing powers of precious and semi-precious gems, including the beguiling black pearls, believed to offer mental clarity. Gemstones and crystals help us harness nature’s energy and reconnect with the power of the Earth, and the universe as a whole.
You’ve probably heard of celebrities like Johnny Depp and David Beckham wearing gems to improve various aspects of their health, be it physical, mental, or spiritual. While gemstones should not be used as a substitute for medical advice, they can improve overall health.
Pearl and the iridescent mother of pearl have been employed since ancient times for health and wellness, both inside and out. For centuries, pearl powder has been applied topically to promote beautiful skin. Inside the body, pearls were once used to treat diseases of the lungs, including bronchitis and asthma.
It was also not uncommon to use pearls to alleviate allergies and fevers and to calm women during childbirth. The spiritual power of pearls and mother of pearl remains popular as a way to develop inner peace and self-knowledge.
In the Hindu chakra system, pearls stimulate the heart chakra, which helps restore the trust of others.
Topaz soothes, heals, recharges and stimulates. It imparts energy, abundance and joy. In addition to these qualities that are innate to all topaz, specific colors also have supplementary healing properties.
For example, golden topaz stimulates the base, sacral, and solar plexus chakras, and allows inner energy to flow into intention and creativity. Blue topaz draws calming energy from the sky, promotes forgiveness, and offers confidence that things will work out.
Clear or white topaz is associated with the crown chakra. It opens the mind and raises awareness of oneself and others, and can be used to strengthen clairvoyance.
Fiery ruby has long been revered for its ability to protect. Ruby stimulates the base chakra, increasing life force and motivation while nurturing clear thinking and self-confidence.
Ruby also stimulates the blood and heart and increases romantic desire. Star ruby amplifies the healing power, especially during a full moon. Star ruby is particularly beneficial to those inclined to self-neglect or self-harm.
The green of jade symbolizes and stimulates wealth, vitality, and longevity. As the saying goes, money can’t buy happiness, but jade can imbue prosperity into every aspect of your life. Jade can also help balance impulsivity and emotional extremes.
Like the pearl, jade also resonates with the heart chakra, promoting a connection with the universe, and opening the heart to unconditional love and the deepest essence of life.
Sapphire is often called the ‘wisdom stone.’ Sapphire helps release depression, spiritual turmoil and mental confusion, and impart serenity and joy. On a physical level, sapphire can restore balance to the body, and it can be especially useful with blood disorders. Like topaz, specific colors of sapphire have special additional properties.
Blue sapphire is associated with the throat chakra, allowing one to express one’s beliefs. It is also helpful with healing thyroid issues. Black sapphire is connected with the base chakra.
It protects and grounds, and imparts confidence in trusting intuition. White sapphire is linked to the crown chakra and instills focus, removing obstacles to one’s life purpose.
Rose quartz associates naturally with the heart chakra and love. It is also a popular healing tool used to impart forgiveness to oneself and to others. Rose quartz can help clarify circumstances, and uncover the positives in any situation.
Rose quartz allows the individual to let go of damaging emotions and energy, to deepen the connection with one’s higher self, and to see the best in others. It can help restore a sense of trust, and move beyond the past to a healthier place of unconditional love.
Amethyst is one of the most respected crystals used for healing. It is associated with the brow or Third Eye chakra and is often used in meditation. Amethyst is famous for removing negative thoughts and deep-rooted fears.
On the physical plane, it can help relieve headaches, migraines, insomnia, and other sleep disorders. Amethyst stimulates intuition and communication, which can help improve interpersonal relationships.
It is also linked with abundance and prosperity, making it an all-around favorite.
Turquoise is a real ‘rock star’ in the healing milieu. It is a sacred stone, revered around the world by cultures as diverse as the ancient Egyptians and the Aztecs. Turquoise is considered to be a master healer, a spiritual superfood.
It is linked to the throat chakra, allowing one to express one’s beliefs without fear. Turquoise offers personal protection and helps heal the heart from emotional damage and chronic stress.
Turquoise helps align one’s energy with the higher mind, opening a pathway to enlightenment. Physically, turquoise is used to boost immunity and detoxify. Many use turquoise in their daily meditation to heal whatever ails.