DO CRYSTALS REALLY WORK?
Adele has made known that she holds crystals in her palms while singing on stage, while Miranda Kerr, who filters the products in her Kora Organics skincare line through rose quartz, also keeps a small heart-shaped crystal in her bra. Jade facial rollers are an Instagram sensation and an essential on every beauty top-shelf. The rock resurgence is widespread and apparently, there is a reason why…
This is where science and mysticism meet: Crystals are million years old and were shaped during the earliest part of the earth’s formation. People have been attracted to crystals since the dawn of time for burial ceremonies, foretelling practices, healing rituals, spiritual advancement, and even simply as decoration to imply power. Our ancestors knew by instinct that when worn, the energies of the stones would interact with the human electromagnetic field to generate energetic changes. Semi-precious stones have been believed to possess healing powers by everyone from the Aztecs to Ayurvedic doctors.
As Miranda Kerr’s go-to crystal guru and spiritual healer Holly Start explains, “People are getting more attuned with themselves and the subtle energies around them. We all want to effect change, and crystals are tools that can help us.”
“And even if you don’t understand the energy, but you look at it and it makes you feel good, that’s enough – it’s having the desired effect.”
While all the studies that have been conducted so far, do not confirm the claims that crystals emit vibrations that affect our minds and bodies, some stones can transmit energy.
Scientifically speaking, crystals are the most organized structure that exists in nature, meaning they have the lowest amount of entropy (a measurement of disorder). Crystals are structured in such a way that they respond to the inputs of all different energies around them, so they sway, emitting specific vibratory frequencies. The way they are balanced, the frequencies they emit, and their ability to store a tremendous amount of information makes crystals essential to modern technologies.
In 1880, the Curie brothers demonstrated the first Piezoelectric effect by using crystals like quartz, topaz, and tourmaline. According to this phenomenon, electricity is created by putting pressure on various crystals. This explains why crystals are used as essential elements in computers, TV screens, iPhones and satellites. Limited studies have indicated that crystals can increase the alkalinity of water. There are also some reliable scientific data to support the benefits of using crystals in skincare. We are all familiar with the finely milled quartz often found in exfoliators but magnetized tourmaline, for example – is a key ingredient in La Mer The Cleansing Foam – that energizes skin to improve cleansing efficacy and boost circulation. The crystal is also used in Nurse Jamie Uplift Massage Beauty Roller, where 24 tourmaline stones help to mimic an energizing massage.
Every crystal type has a different purpose, so it depends what we are looking for. Some stones may be best used to heal the body or to tap intuition during meditation, while other stones are used in technology or as a part of building structures.
Everything carries an energy in it; you want to have the most positive, clean, and clear energies in your crystal. Always ask crystal store owners where they get their stones, how they harvest the stones, and if they know any physical history about the stone you’ re choosing. Most importantly, though: If a crystal is yours, then it will speak to you. The stone may get hot in your hand, it can send tingles into your arm, or you might feel a third-eye buzz. Trust your intuition when a stone is yours. If it doesn’t feel quite right, then go with your gut—it’s not meant for you.
There are countless ways we can incorporate crystals into our daily lives. Many people – and an increasing number of businesses – are taking things further. They are hiring design firms such as The Cristalline, the company that bejeweled the interior of New York natural-beauty mecca CAP, to infuse its space with crystal energy. “Having crystals around is a way to connect back to nature, which is grounding,” says Cristalline co-founder Rashia Bell. “And even if you don’t understand the energy, but you look at it and it makes you feel good, that’s enough – it’s having the desired effect.”
Indeed, when it comes to crystal healing, the power of these minerals may be more in our minds than anything else. Just taking a moment to focus on them can make us more mindful, or provide a moment of peace, which might be even more precious than the stones themselves.