Healing Crystals & Stones of
Healing crystals and stones have been around for thousands of
years. The earliest recorded use of crystals can be traced back to
the Ancient Sumerians from the 4th millennium BC, who used
crystals in their magic formulas. Traditional Chinese Medicine as
early as 3rd millennium BC also used crystals for healing.
Apart from the Sumerians and the Chinese, among the most powerful
civilizations of the ancient world that used crystals and stones
for their healing rituals were the Indus Valley civilizations,
ancient Egyptians, the Mayan Civilization, the ancient Greeks,
ancient Persians, ancient Romans, the Aztecs, and the Incas.
What’s interesting is that many different cultures that had no
interaction whatsoever and no opportunities for crossover
actually have very similar meanings for particular gemstones.
The Ancient Chinese, the Aztecs and the Mayans all considered jade
as a kidney healing stone. Turquoise was generally believed to
give health and strength all around the world, and Jasper was
associated with strength and calm.
Around the Renaissance period, crystals were combined with some
other alternative healing modalities/therapies to improve one’s
chances of healing, but by the time the Age of Enlightenment came
around in the 18th century, the use of gemstones for healing began
to fall out of favor especially in Europe. However, many tribal
cultures continued their many healing traditions through to the
present day. These include the Zuni tribe of New Mexico, some
Native American tribes, the Aborigines and the Maoris.
The current popularity of crystal healing therapies began with the
resurgence of crystal healing close to 50 years ago, during the
New Age movement of the 1970s to 1980s, when holistic-based
philosophies and therapies began emphasizing self-healing.
Uses for Crystals & Stones throughout History
Throughout human history, crystals and stones have figured quite
prominently in the various traditional practices of many ancient
civilizations. The most common uses for crystals are:
Crystals were used regularly for physical and spiritual protection
in ancient Egypt. Ancient Greek warriors would grind up crystals
to rub onto themselves prior to battle. They believed that they
will become stronger, more powerful and thus less vulnerable. The
ancient Chinese believed that jade protected them from bad luck.
Jade was believed to be a powerful healer of organs in ancient
China and to this day continues to be a preferred healing stone.
The ancient Egyptians and ancient Greeks used crystals and
gemstones in various amulets and jewelry for healing purposes.
Crystals transform a person’s energy to restore balance by
- absorbing and removing negative energies from the body
- pushing energy into the body, mind or spirit via resonant frequencies
- balancing misaligned energies to produce harmony
For centuries in the Hindu culture, crystals have been regarded as
“energy amplifiers” that can improve a person’s energy balance and
his ability to connect (spiritually) with nature.
Crystals and their Meaning to Ancient Civilizations
Carnelian is a warm, rich red stone often associated with Arab
kings. It was worn on their navel by ancient Egyptian dancers to
increase their sex appeal. It was believed to lend courage to
people in need. It helps with public speaking. Ancient Egyptians
wore carnelian to instill peace and drive away the Evil Eye.
Dates as far back as 1500 BCE in ancient Egyptian mines on Mount
Smaragdus. The Egyptians considered emeralds sacred symbols of
immortality and fertility. Cleopatra was particularly fond of
these green gems and used them as palace adornments and gifts to
visiting dignitaries from foreign lands.
From the Greek word haimatiteslithos or bloodstone, is one of the
most common forms of iron ore on Earth. The ancient Greeks rubbed
crushed hematite on the bodies of their warriors to make them
stronger and invincible during battle.
Goes way back to the Stone Age in China. They used its energy to
attract love and prosperity and it has always been a symbol of
purity, spirituality, health, and status. Jade was also used by
the Mayans for funeral masks.
An important gemstone to the early Sumerians who thrived in
ancient Mesopotamia, the cradle of civilization. It was prized for
its beautiful color and the valuable ultramarine dye derived from
it. It was also valued for its healing properties. Alchemists of
old believed that this stone possessed the energy that healed eye
problems. It was also used to treat fever, eye tumors, circulatory
diseases, snake-bites, and pregnancy disorders. The early Romans
and Greeks used lapis lazuli to treat skin problems, epilepsy and
again, circulatory diseases.
Is sacred in India. One of their earliest traditions told of how
moonstone was embedded in the forehead of the 4-handed god of the
moon, Ganesh. They believed the moonstone can grant gifts of
prophecy to the wearer, as well as clear the mind to make way for
wisdom. In Greek and Roman Mythology, moonstone was believed to
protect night travelers, especially at sea.
The most abundant mineral on the planet and comes in many
different colors and sizes. The ancient Egyptians used rose quartz
as a talisman to prevent aging. The Greeks used it as a talisman
as well, calling it the stone of love. To the Romans, rose quartz
signified ownership. During the Middle Ages, quartz was used by
medical practitioners in their healing potions. Early American
cultures also used quartz amulets, believing that this “love
stone” gives emotional balance and heals feelings of anger and
Amethyst or purple quartz
First used by the ancient Greeks, deriving its name from the Greek
word “amethystos” meaning, “not drunken” and was believed to
protect a person against intoxication. In medieval Europe,
amethyst amulets were believed to protect soldiers during battle
by healing people and helping them keep a cool head.
A yellow, orange or deep brown quartz. It is as old as time itself
and can be traced as far back as 300 BC in ancient Greece. The
early Egyptians also buried their dead pharaohs with this gem to
protect them in the afterlife.
Among the most extensively used colored gemstones in ancient
Greece during the Hellenistic Aged (323 BC). Like the sapphire, it
is made of corundum and varies only in color. The ancient Burmese
held the ruby as the stone of soldiers. They believed that they
will not be wounded by swords, guns or spears if they inserted the
gem into their flesh.
Sapphire (blue corundum)
Was used for centuries in healing rituals, magic, alchemy, and
astrological forecasting. In Ayurvedic medicine, sapphires are
believed to bring mental balance and clarity. Arabian kings from
400-100 BC wore sapphires as protection against physical injury
and envy. The ancient Egyptians made eye-washes out of crushed
Symbolized to the Egyptians the sun god Ra, from where life and
fertility comes. The Hindus valued it for the protection it
provides against fire in their homes. They wore Topaz above their
hearts to assure them of beauty, long life and intelligence. To
the Greeks and Romans, it was a source of strength and it
prevented injuries. In the 10th century, it was used to heal eye
We may never be able to explain with any degree of certainty just
what drew many ancient civilizations to the wonders of crystals
and gemstones. They certainly didn’t have access to all the
scientific information available to us today. Somehow the ancients
must have understood that all things in the universe are forms of
energy with individual frequencies and vibrations and that some of
these things (like crystals) are able to alter the vibration of
the different parts of our body to effect alignment and healing.
About the Author
The jewelry artist David Weitzman combines ancient and sacred knowledge into a unique line of jewelry designed to bring people both beauty and inspiration. David's artwork harnesses the power of spiritual symbols and sacred geometry from around the world to bring those wearing this sacred jewelry happiness, vitality, excitement, and love.