From amethyst to amber, we explore the transformative qualities of our favorite stones.
– KEYS SOULCARE
“A lot of the foundation of Keys Soulcare is based off of my love for stones and crystals. I love the way they make me feel. Oftentimes I’ll have one in my pocket just because I need a certain energy.” — Alicia Keys
Across centuries and cultures, stones and crystals have been valued for transformative properties and natural beauty. Over time, we’ve not only maintained this admiration of natural wonder, but also adapted traditions to integrate crystals as a powerful addition to our self-care rituals. And, thanks to spots like Chakra Zulu learning how to work crystals into your everyday is easier than ever.
Whether you use them for grounding rituals or to cleanse your home, stones can be a cornerstone of transformative wellness practices. For all they can do, it may be confusing to know which is best for a certain purpose. Consider this your crystal cheat sheet, a guide to the top four stones to support the shift you’re looking for in life.
Known to heighten intuition, spirituality, and feelings of peace, this purple stone is one to reach for to calm the spirit. Amethyst can also bring breakthroughs in understanding and creativity.
This jet black stone is packed with healing powers and properties of protection, making it a perfect addition to the entryway of your home or anywhere you’d like to create a sacred space. A healer of ancestral trauma and negative thoughts, obsidian can bring us to new levels of growth by helping us face our truest selves.
The “master healer” is a supportive part of all healing practices, such as meditation or on a crystal altar, as it amplifies the power of other stones when paired with them. Used alone, clear quartz brings balance, clarity, and opens pathways to deeper self-love and awareness.
The rich glow of amber (fossilized resin that literally and spiritually transports energy through time) alludes to its vibrant healing properties. Use this stone to stoke courage, ward off negative energy, and deepen personal levels of patience and wisdom.