The 411 on Crystals

I am so so so excited about this post, you guys! I’ve been a long time user of and believer in crystals and have personally experienced the healing energy of these beautiful stones. Whenever I post a photo or video of them in my home, I get a ton of questions, but I’m no expert so I tapped into someone who knows a thing or two.

Alyssa is the founder and owner of Open Heart Apothecary, a local business that is also an Etsy shop. I first discovered her crystals at Inner Light, my local infrared sauna spot, and have been using and loving them ever since. I asked her some of the question that I get most about crystals, and her answers show a deep understanding and love for what she does.

I have to warn you that if you’re not into this sort of thing, this post might seem a little… out there… but read it with an open mind and an open heart!

My favorite crystal products:
Water bottle: I have the goop version but I think this water bottle is even prettier. Maybe it’s placebo effect (but I doubt it after reading Alyssa’s interview), but when I drink from it, I feel calmer and more grounded.

Alyssa’s note: Soak your crystals in spring water to create a powerful elixir that transfers healing vibrations directly into your body. Julia’s beloved water bottle infuses water with the essence of Rose Quartz, whose properties include peace, harmony, and unconditional love. (Please note it is important to do your research on which stones are ideal for creating crystal elixirs as some are unsafe to use due to their specific mineral content.)

Elemental Energy Book: Thank you to the amazing Instagram follower who recommended this book. If you’re interested in learning more about crystals and their energy, I highly recommend it!

Rose Quartz Tower: I keep a rose quartz tower on my nightstand and hold it while I meditate before bed to send me good sleeping vibes.

Rose Quart Heart: I keep this pretty pink heart on my desk and pick it up if I’m feeling stressed or anxious.

Without further ado, enjoy my interview with Alyssa all about the healing power of crystals. And if you have any questions for her, ask below!

Crystals are pretty but how do they actually work?
Scientific evidence points to the fact that everything in the world has an energetic frequency. Albert Einstein even noted that “Everything in life is vibration.” This includes our thoughts and perceptions about the world. Einstein said, “Everything that manifests in your life is there because it matches the vibration of your thoughts.”

Crystals are no exception to this phenomenon. They are amazing gifts born from the earth. They were formed millions and sometimes billions of years ago as trapped molecules under high pressure, caused by conditions such as volcanic activity and climate change. During this time, these molecules transformed into unique crystalline structures. All crystals that exist today were created during these ancient times. When unearthed, every crystal projects subtle, invisible vibrations that interact with your own energy fingerprint.

What if we could use crystals as tools to help us grow and change? Gems have been revered by every culture for millennia in folklore and mythology for their beauty, value, and mysterious nature. The ancient Greeks used Amethyst to help promote sobriety and Citrine to help bring about abundance and wealth. Within the vast mineral kingdom, each crystalline structure has a signature effect that has been appreciated for hundreds of generations.

Fast forward to modern day, where gems are more accessible than ever. With new scientific awareness and understanding we can continue to explore the value of these crystals as we search for a more meaningful and connected life. Quartz, which makes up 12% of our earth’s crust, is highly valued for its piezoelectric and pyroelectric properties. It can transform mechanical pressure or heat into electromagnetic energy. Quartz’s ability to focus, amplify, store and transform energy is used throughout the technology world, in many devices from watches to microchips. The same properties of energy amplification, programmability, and memory also make Clear Quartz a versatile stone for directing and transmuting your own energy for any desired purpose.

Beyond the science and technology, crystals encompass the entire spectrum of colors, textures, and luminosity. They invite you to stop and appreciate the beauty of this world. They are visual reminders to take a deep breath, and stay present, while at the same time inviting you to set an intention and goals for personal growth. Ultimately, crystals are wildly enchanting and vibrant and are a wonderful way to bring more magic in our ordinary lives.

When you buy a crystal, what should you do with it when you get home?
Crystals are energetically absorbent, meaning that they can pick up energy from their previous homes or owners. I recommended cleansing and charging your crystal soon after bringing it home. Most crystals can be soaked in a solution of spring water and sea salt. I often do this outside overnight. For water-sensitive stones I would recommend placing them on a bed of sea salt instead of in the water solution.

It is believed that the full moon can recharge crystals to their original nature. Take advantage of this by leaving them to bask overnight in the moonlight. Using sound vibration, such as a singing bowl, bells, or wind chimes can also help clear the energy and return crystals to balance. Performing a smudging ritual by burning sage or palo santo incense over your stones is also effective.

***All the crystals that I sell in my shop have been cleansed and charged before sending to their new homes.

What crystal varieties are your favorite and why?
Crystal Quartz is a master healing stone and also helps to amplify the effects of other crystals. It’s clarity and well-defined points make it a beautiful addition to any space. I have Crystal Quartz placed throughout my house to invite positive energy for transformation.

Raw Black Tourmaline is my go-to stone for grounding and protection. I carry this stone with me every day. I place a piece black tourmaline in my car, at the front door of my house, and often wear a necklace or earrings for an extra protective boost.

Opals are my favorite stones to wear when dressing up. Their unique colors and patterns are deeply attractive. Opals have metaphysical properties which promote deep spirituality and mysticism. Australian Boulder Opals are cut from a thick layer of ironstone and therefore have a powerful combination of earth and sky energy. They offer a beautiful way to maintain balance on those busy days when your energy is focused outward.

What is a good crystal for anxiety?
Crystals in the pink, purple, and blue families are ideal for calming the mind and bringing emotions into balance. My favorite calming crystals are Fluorite and Amethyst. Other great stones for managing anxiety include Amazonite, Pink Tourmaline, and Rose Quartz. I also find it helpful to minimize anxiety by working with the grounding properties of stones like Turquoise and Jasper.

What is a good crystal for fertility?
Moonstone is a beloved crystal for all stages in a women’s life, including supporting a healthy moon cycle, conception, pregnancy, and breastfeeding. I recommend wearing a piece of moonstone in the form of a pendant necklace or bracelet. This way the crystal is always nearby and interfacing with your energy.

I would also encourage you to incorporate modalities such as acupuncture, meditation, and other energy healing to support fertility. (Julia’s note: I agree! Read my story here.)

Where should you place crystals around your home for optimum health and wellness?
Put crystals in a visible place where you can enjoy seeing them every day. I love windowsills, coffee tables, and the bedroom nightstand. Experiment with different locations and combinations until you find what works for you. Consider finding new places for old favorites to re-energize your relationship with your collection. The intentional placement of stones can become a sacred practice.

How do I choose the best crystal for me?
Crystals come into our lives for many different reasons. If there is a certain crystal you are attracted to, chances are good it will help you on your personal journey. To find out if a certain crystal is a good fit for you, try holding it between your hands. Close your eyes and take in several deep breaths. Take another moment to notice how you feel. Calm? Uplifted? Energized? Remember, there is no right or wrong answer here. Allow your intuition – your inner guide – to answer these questions. This may take some practice to become confident around trusting this process, but that is part of the fun.

What happens if my crystal breaks?
It is said that if a crystal breaks, it is absorbing the shock of something that may have harmed you. So thank the crystal for taking the blow instead of you! Hold onto the pieces, or if it was a clean break, share the other half with a loved one.

Disclaimer: Crystal healing should not be used in substitution for advice from a medical professional. The properties assigned to the crystals/minerals and herbs/resins in this shop are metaphysical in nature and is not intended to cure medical ailments. They are not meant to take the place of standard medical or psychological treatment.

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  1. Annette said:

    What brand of sage spray do you purchase at Inner Light?

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    • Julia said:

      The brand is Species by the Thousands and I love it!

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      • Annette said:

        Thank-you

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  2. Becca said:

    My toddler loves to collect rocks at the playground. For Christmas, we gave her this gift: https://www.amazon.com/ROCK-Geology-Game-Mineral-Collection/dp/B007R6E8SK
    We approached it from a geology/science perspective, but I think she’ll love hearing about a new perspective. Also, the game is super fun. Just FYI!

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    • Julia said:

      I love that! Once Amalia stops putting EVERYTHING in her mouth, I’ll for sure get her something like that. So fun.

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  3. Emilia said:

    I really enjoyed this post, thanks for sharing!

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  4. Alexandra said:

    There’s a lot of misused or completely fabricated quotations on the internet these days and it’s so easy to unintentionally misrepresent information. I haven’t been able to find any reliable source to validate your quotes, but my best guess would be that it refers the particle/wave duality of subatomic particles, e.g. light [photons], electrons, thermal energy [phonons]. If these quotations are accurate, taken out of context they can still be used to say something different than what they originally meant.

    I have a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, a master’s degree in materials science and engineering, and I’m currently working on a Ph.D. in the latter. I know it likely seems that there’s no harm in spreading this information, but it makes people take scientists (who have poured years of effort and research into thoroughly vetting a concept and explaining a phenomenon) less seriously. It’s part of the reason why some people feel entitled to deny climate change research. It also is disheartening for someone like me who has spent almost a decade studying materials and crystallography to have people dismiss my work because of misinformation.

    I’ve been reading your blog for several years now and I enjoy it. I don’t plan to stop reading based on one post. I just wanted to give the other side of the story and ask that you take some time to consider this issue.

    No hard feelings here, I just wanted to try to give what is intended to be constructive criticism. I’ve taken a few days rethinking what to say (and rewriting this comment), but I couldn’t just sit by without writing some sort of comment.

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    • Julia said:

      Hi Alexandra,

      Thank you so much for your honesty and your thoughtful response. I totally hear what you’re saying and can appreciate your point of you. From my point of view, I don’t think that believing in healing powers of crystals changes how I feel about science or scientists in any way shape or form!

      To me it’s two very different things. Let me know what I can do to make sure you and other people in the field feel more comfortable with my posts like this. xx

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    • Kate Ottavio Kent said:

      I hear what you’re saying Alexandra, but I have to respectfully disagree. My hope is that most people are reasonable and intelligent and rely on science to understand the world around us. Science rules my reasoning, certainly, but I have found some personal satisfaction in collecting crystals (perhaps it’s all placebo, but even if so, I have felt tangible benefits). For those who find healing, relaxing or otherwise productive properties in something perhaps more abstract – be it religion, yoga practice, crystals – this kind of study or practice can be a good thing or supplement to the more studied and fact-based things we know today thanks to science, engineering, etc. If people take scientists less seriously because of a personal hobby/passion, that to me says much more about their intelligence and general inquisitiveness and I wish them all the luck 😉

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