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Chakras & Crystals: The Ultimate Guide

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From root to the crown - there are seven points scattered across our body that are a major highway for energy to flow. These seven spaces are called chakras and through these, we receive and send out all kinds of emotional, spiritual, and physical energy. The aim is to have all the seven chakra points open and unblocked so we can stand in balance, be open to opportunity, and make sure we are thriving and living a life of our highest potential. 

For thousands of years, healing crystals have assisted in keeping chakras cleansed and clear for all that energy to flow. As we have spent years immersed in the world of crystals, we have plenty of prior knowledge as to which crystals can work the best in harmony with each individual chakra. Here, we introduce each of the seven chakras and give you a choice of crystals that can help those areas shake loose any stagnant energy and heal. 

The Seven Chakras & Their Healing Crystals

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The root chakra, the solar plexus chakra, the sacral chakra, the heart chakra, the throat chakra, the third eye chakra, and the crown chakra. These are the seven energy points in the body that make up the chakras. The term chakra comes from the ancient Sanskrit word for wheel. Perhaps a simple way of looking at chakras is to consider them similar to satellites - they pick up signals from the universe and transmute those messages to our physical, emotional, and spiritual bodies. 

As we are forever absorbing information, energies, and messages, some of our chakras can become blocked over time. When our chakras are blocked this can interrupt the flow of energy and can lead to an imbalance in our system which can have a negative effect on our spiritual, emotional, and physical wellbeing.

Crystals can be super effective at helping to clear our blockages and bring us back into alignment as they have unique vibrational energy that can shift things around inside and charge our own systems to find a clear and full flush once more. Not only do crystals actively get to work on clearing blocks but they also help you to live intentionally and to reconnect to your body, mind, and soul and hold space for your sense of wellbeing and the wonders of the universe. Pain and trauma and negative energy can all course through our body alongside joy and depth and understanding too. Crystals can help us to spring clean these systems and to make sure that we keep our inner house in harmony.

There are several ways you can use chakra crystals to cleanse your system…

  • Wearing crystal jewelry - having stones in direct contact with the skin is one of the easiest and most effective ways for those healing vibrations to get to work on the chakras. 
  • Meditating with crystals - placing a corresponding crystal on the chakra area that feels blocked and letting yourself fall into a mindful meditation practice can be a powerful way of intentionally clearing that space.
  • Sleeping with crystals - pop the crystal of choice beneath your pillow when you sleep and let the powerful vibrations seep through as you set yourself up with subconscious intention. 

Root Chakra 

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The root chakra is the ultimate foundational chakra and it’s how we stay tethered to this earth. Responsible for our feelings around safety and stability you could consider the root chakra to be the base of our hierarchical needs. The root chakra sits at the base of our spine and is associated with the colors of red or black. This is the chakra that keeps us grounded and feeling secure no matter what is going on around us. When our root chakra is open, we are less likely to feel overwhelmed or off-kilter both emotionally and physically. This chakra is also linked to the colon, bladder, and lower vertebrates. Crystals that suit the root chakra are dark red or black and tend to have earthly vibes and protective powers.

Signs of an unbalanced root chakra can be being anxious, depressed, fearful, unable to keep boundaries or hold true to willpower, low immune system, and feeling untethered.

Signs of a balanced root chakra can be feeling stable, rational thinking, positive mindset, and high energy.

  • Black Obsidian - a shield against harm anchoring us in safety
  • Smoky Quartz - a grounding stone that helps clear the smoke
  • Hematite - a rooting stone that cleanses 
  • Red Pyrope Garnet - a cleansing crystal that purifies 
  • Black Tourmaline - a protective stone that blocks negative energy. 
  • Red Jasper - a warm foundational gem that keeps us rooted.
  • Bloodstone - a warrior stone that helps us to stay grounded in our power.

Sacral Chakra

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The second chakra is the sacral chakra and is our center of pleasure and play. This is where a lot of our sexual energy sits. Not only is the sacral chakra where we find our desire but it's also the home of our creativity and childlike sense of self. You will find the sacral chakra just below the navel in the center of the abdomen. It is associated with the colors of yellow and orange and has warming nurturing energy too. This is the chakra that connects to our physical issues of fertility, our emotional understanding of intuition and desire, and our spiritual sense of space and joy and happiness. When our sacral chakra is open, we can access our inner child, we don’t shy away from artistic expression and play, and we are able to hold boundaries well. This chakra is connected to our lower abdomen and reproductive organs. Crystals that suit the sacral chakra are soft warming shades of orange and yellow and have feminine or fun earthly energy.

Signs of an unbalanced sacral chakra can be being overly emotionally sensitive, controlling, withdrawn, low or overactive libido, tense, and inability to let go and feel joy.

Signs of a balanced sacral chakra can be being energetic, passionate, creative, sensual, and gentle.

  • Peach Moonstone - full of feminine energy and fertility 
  • Peach Selenite - vibrating with big energy and sweet serenity
  • Orange Calcite - energized and brimming with passion 
  • Carnelian - a fiery force of creativity and vitality 
  • Imperial Topaz - rich in creativity and a mega manifestation tool
  • Apricot Botswana Agate - earthly energy and physical strength 
  • Spessartine Garnet - the garnet of the sun for kundalini awakening

Solar Plexus Chakra 

solar plexus chakra symbol

Our solar plexus chakra is home to our warrior spirit. This is where you will find all that awesome inner strength and self-confidence waiting to help you shine. The third chakra can be found in the upper abdomen just below the breastbone in the center of the body. It is associated with the colors yellow and gold. The solar plexus chakra is associated with our personal power, our intellect, our ambition, and how we physically and emotionally hold space for ourselves. When our solar plexus chakra is open, we feel in control of our life and as though we are the driver of our decisions. We are also less likely to slip into negative self-talk as we feel confident and assured. This chakra is connected to our energy levels. Crystals that suit the solar plexus chakra are bright and sunny and alive. 

Signs of an unbalanced solar plexus chakra can be low confidence, poor digestion, anxiety, lack of motivation, and insecurity.

Signs of a balanced solar plexus chakra can be feeling empowered, being confident, following your gut, a healthy immune system, and being motivated.

  • Yellow Sapphire - divine grace, knowledge, and power
  • Yellow Jade - puts you back in the driving seat of your own lucky life
  • Golden Tiger’s Eye - oozing with confidence and mental clarity
  • Citrine - sunny abundance and pure optimism
  • Yellow Topaz - harmony and hospitality strengthen your sense of being
  • Yellow Jasper - protection, inner strength and sublime clarity

Heart Chakra 

heart chakra symbol

Just like the name suggests, the heart chakra is the epicenter of our love and compassion and heartfelt connection to others. The heart chakra doesn't just deal with our relations with others but also helps us to shape and sit comfortably in the way we love ourselves. The heart chakra can be found in the center of the chest - the heart space of the body. It is associated with the colors green and pink. The heart chakra is connected to our connection, compassion, and ways in which we can give and receive love from others and ourselves. When our heart chakra is open, we are able to live a full-hearted and joyous life without falling into traps of fear, jealousy, and self-destructive patterns. This chakra is connected with our chest and heart physically as well as emotionally. Crystals that suit the heart chakra are soft and loving and rich in compassion.

Signs of an unbalanced heart chakra can be negative self-imagery, mistrust of others, jealousy, quick to judgement, and circulation issues or respiratory issues.

Signs of a balanced heart chakra can be compassion, empathy, self-love, inner peace, ability to forgive, and healthy blood pressure and circulation.

Throat Chakra 

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The fifth chakra is the throat chakra - where our voice and truth flow from the inside out into the world. This is where we find our sense of expression and how we can communicate in a way that is in keeping with our authenticity. The throat chakra sits just above the collar bone in the neck and is associated with the color blue. The throat chakra deals with articulation, communication, and helps us to voice needs and boundaries and become an advocate for ourselves. An open throat chakra will help us to live in the light of our own truth. This chakra is also connected with physical issues to do with the throat and larynx as well as sinus and thyroid problems. Crystals that suit the throat chakra have gentle and thoughtful energy and a sense of purity and flow.

Signs of an unbalanced throat chakra can be the inability to express yourself, sore throat, not able to keep healthy boundaries, inability to listen, often feel misunderstood.

Signs of a balanced throat chakra can be speaking your truth without fear, decisive action, ease of communication with others, and active listening skills.

  • Blue Topaz - honesty and clarity of feeling
  • Angelite - soothing and peaceful energy so you can speak your truth
  • Aquamarine - truth, trust, letting go and saying yes to the flow
  • Blue Lace Agate - creativity and communication

Third Eye Chakra

third eye chakra symbol

The sixth chakra is the third eye chakra - the gateway to all our inner wisdom and the well of our intuition. This is where we get in touch with our deepest inner selves and tap into those psychic powers and spiritual awareness. The third eye chakra sits in the center of the forehead just above the eyebrows. It is associated with the color of indigo or purplish-blue. Being a bridge between the throat and the crown it is the channel of truth and vision. An open third eye chakra can help us with clarity, understanding, trusting our gut, and looking inwards for all the answers and guidance we need. This chakra is connected to our thought processes and our eyes, ears, spinal cord and neurological health. Crystals that suit the third eye chakra have high vibrations and intuitive powers.

Signs of an unbalanced third eye chakra can be poor vision, distrust in your own decisions, lack of creativity, and inability to focus.

Signs of a balanced third eye chakra can be imagination, intuition, clarity, depth of inner wisdom, and trust in one’s own thoughts.

  • Sodalite - clarity, concentration, and a surge of focused energy
  • Purple fluorite - protection, dreams, and moving past spiritual discontent
  • Lapis Lazuli - deep wisdom, truth, and judgement
  • Azurite - inner strength, psychic powers, and balanced emotion
  • Blue Apatite - manifestation and expansion of knowledge

Crown Chakra 

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The highest of the seven - the crown chakra is our perfect pinnacle of being. This is where we find our enlightenment and where we connect to the universe and all its cosmic greatness. It is the source of our highest vibrations, our pure embodied energy, and our most sublime state. The crown chakra is located at the top of the head and is associated with golden-white and violet colours. An open crown chakra can help us find our place in the world and see the bigger picture. It also helps us to find our feet in spiritual practice and opens us up to the gifts and messages that the universe has for us. This chakra is connected to a sense of purpose, our spiritual well-being, and our feelings of satisfaction. Crystals that suit the crown chakra are vessels for the highest vibrations and are master healers. 

Signs of an unbalanced crown chakra can be confusion, headaches, insomnia, feeling directionless or pointless, nightmares, and loss of a spiritual sense of being.

Signs of a balanced crown chakra can be clarity, wisdom, feeling spiritually connected, acceptance and lucid dreaming.

  • Labradorite - dreams, wisdom, and accessing higher portals
  • Amethyst - sublime serenity, aura enhancement, and easing headaches
  • Clear Quartz - the master healer, this gem is the ultimate amplifier 
  • Selenite - rejuvenation and connecting with angel realms

It is completely normal for our chakras to slip out of alignment or become blocked - this is all just a part of the human experience. This doesn’t mean that we have to simply stay blocked but that we find our own practices that encourage us to listen to our bodies and minds and to do what we can to bring ourselves back into harmony. 

Healing crystals are a simple and effective ancient method of doing just that. By wearing a crystal that connects to the chakra or placing a corresponding gemstone on the chakra point you are setting an intention for cleansing the chakra and you are bringing those healing vibrations into your body. 

What is your relationship to your chakras? Do you feel open and aligned or do you hold awareness for where there may be blockages? Which healing stones call to you to help bring your physical body, emotional mind, and gorgeous soul into alignment? Share all your thoughts about the chakras and crystal therapy with us in the comments. 

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