Updated: Dec 7, 2018
Crystals and humans have a looong history behind them. Check these quirky crystal facts out!
Think that crystal healing is something too woo-woo to mention? Up until the last century, crystal remedies were prescribed by physicians, priests, midwives, shamans and witches alike because it was a trusted form of healing, with a long history of proven effectiveness since ancient times.
To counteract that cloud of brujería mainstream thought has around my chosen passion, follow me into the far reaches of history to uncover some sparkly facts about crystal healing lore that will spark your crystal curiosity.
The Nile people were stone people. Egyptians buried their dead with a quartz on their forehead to help them reach their destination in the afterlife. Pharaohs ambled about with special stone cylinders to balance their Ba and Ka energies. Wise señoras like Cleopatra would smother crushed lapis lazuli on their eyelids to promote enlightenment. And of course, everyone, hasta los bebés, had a crystal hanging close to their heart.
Romans loved carnelian. Los romanos were really into crystal amulets, wore like 10 rings at once, and changed the stone depending on whether they wanted to boost their immune system, attract wealth and love, or wear them into battle for protection. Their vast wealth brought with it precious gems and striking jewel designs like the many lost carnelian cabochons recently found in Bath, England.
Bloodstone is in all the earliest found crystal recipes. A 7000-year-old crystal remedy from Mesopotamia prescribes bloodstone, carnelian and selenite as for protection and health of a newborn baby, and a 5000-year old prescription pairs it with hematite and carnelian for blood purification. Bloodstone has, is and will always be used for blood disorders, kidney problems, detoxifying and boosting the immune system.
Mark Anthony was a crystal hound! The emperor loved gemstones as they were a sign of power, and he often gave them to Cleopatra. (Sounds like a dream romance for me!) Legend says he tried to buy a huge, beautiful opal from a Roman senator, but the senator refused. So he was given an ultimatum: either sell the ring or leave town! Senator Nonius chose to leave Rome and keep the opal. Dang. Well, I would too. Nadie messes with my sparkly babies!
Amber was worth even more than people. Sad to say, but yeah, lo que leíste. Romans built the "Amber Route" to transport the gems from Gdansk to the rest of the empire. Nero even built an entire gladiator stage with it. The Romans valued amber more than the rubio Baltic slaves who harvested it. Pliny the Elder, a philosopher said at the time (23-79 AD) that the price of a small piece of amber sculpture was worth more than a healthy slave. :/ Um. Ok here’s where I draw the line. People first!
Leonardo da Vinci knew what’s up. He once wrote "Amethyst holds the power to dissipate evil thoughts and quicken one's intelligence." ¿Ves? ¡El genio sabe!
The Chinese worshipped Jade. There’s that thing you roll on your face, the intricate jewelry, the masks and its punto uva: jade burial suits, these odd-looking robot cases made of jade panels wired together with gold and silver to house the bodies of the Han dynasty noblemen. Los chinos believed jade had magical powers to ward off decay and disease. I mean, it IS rich in calcium! Anyhow, its virtues were sung by China’s sages. Confucius said it embodied wisdom, energy and truth so much that it was as precious as 'the Tao itself'. I believe it.
Science is now catching up to what indigenous shamans knew: crystal healing works, and we best pay attention to it. After all, this is the Information Age and at its heart is a quartz chip. I hope you try it for yourself and see what the burning, gleaming passion is all about. One thing’s for sure, though: Humans and crystals have an energetic symbiosis that is here to stay.
No medical claims are made for the stones in this site and the information given is not intended to act as a substitute for medical treatment. The healing properties are given for guidance only and are, for the most part, based on anecdotal evidence and/or traditional therapeutic use. Illness is a dis-ease, the final manifestation of spiritual, environmental, psychological, karmic, emotional or mental imbalance or distress. Healing means bringing mind, body and spirit back into balance, it does not imply a cure.