What Crystals Should I Use for Each of My Chakras?
By Debbie Elaine
Often people ask for the “best” crystal to use on each of their chakras. I understand the idea of not wanting to waste time or money with things that might not get results, but honestly, there is no “best” crystal for each chakra. Every crystal’s unique energy reacts to each person’s unique energy to create unique results, and the results can vary from time to time on the same person, with the same crystal, depending on the person’s needs, and energy on that particular day.
So, in this article I will be making suggestions of several crystals that can be used on each chakra. These are not the only crystals recommended for these chakras, just some that I happen to have found beneficial in my own experiences. If you feel strongly compelled to use something else for a particular chakra, by all means, trust your instincts and give it a try!
Root or Base Chakra
Most red or black crystals are helpful for this chakra, with the exception of black Tektites, which have a different vibration because of their off-planet origins.
Red Jasper - Helpful for issues dealing with the release of anger as well as for vitality and sexual issues; also mildly grounding.
Black Tourmaline - This is my favorite for when I need strong grounding energy; if I’ve been bringing in a lot of spiritual or high-vibe energy into my upper chakras and need to ground things into the physical. Also can dissolve root chakra blockages.
Red Calcite - Even better than Black Tourmaline for removing blockages; not particularly grounding, but supports physical vitality.
Some other great choices: Hematite, Pyrite, Black Obsidian (Apache Tears)
Sacral or Navel Chakra
Orange tends to be the dominant color here, though you can always use Clear Quartz for any chakra.
Carnelian - A good friend of mine thinks this is my favorite crystal. It’s not. But it is one of my favorites because Carnelian is really good at certain things, including: working with life-force and vitality as well as confidence on the sacral chakra.
Orange Aventurine - Aventurines are good at gently clearing away dense energies. Orange Aventurine is helpful for encouraging creativity and perseverance as well as vitality.
Some other crystals that benefit the sacral chakra are: Bloodstone, Orange Calcite, Moonstone, Citrine and Amber.
Solar Plexus Chakra
The first time I experienced crystals clearing a chakra was when a Yellow Calcite cabochon was placed on my solar plexus chakra during my first Reiki class. Over the next few days, I was able to release the knot of shock and grief that had been held there since the sudden death of a close friend nine months earlier. But there isn’t any one stone that always does the trick for everyone, every time, so some other favorites are:
Yellow Jasper - It works more slowly and gently that Yellow Calcite, but helps with centering and stomach issues.
Citrine - I have had great experiences with both natural, and heat-treated Citrines. They have very different energy to me, but both are great in Reiki sessions and grids. However, I prefer natural, yellow Citrine for this chakra, and find the heat-treated variety is more suited to my sacral chakra.
Yellow Aventurine and Yellow Agate are also helpful for the Solar Plexus Chakra.
I don’t know if it is because this chakra is the center of it all, and our hearts are so important, or if it’s just a coincidence, but I have more favorite crystals for the heart chakra than any other. The heart chakra is generally associated with the color green, and the “higher heart” chakra with the color pink. I’ve found both colors seem to help both chakras, and between my intuition and the crystals themselves, the right crystal for whatever is being worked on at the moment always finds its way into my hand at the right time. So here they are, in no particular order, because everyone will react differently to each crystal:
Green Aventurine - This gently cleansing and nurturing crystal is way more versatile than people give it credit for being. I’ve used it to remove blockages, ease heartache and support heart and lung health. I especially like it paired with the next goody…
Rose Quartz - It’s pink. It’s Quartz. Need I say more? But seriously, for heartaches and breast health (especially those with breast cancer), this never lets me down. It needs clearing often, so make sure you do that regularly if you choose Rose Quartz.
Kunzite - Not everyone likes how strong Rose Quartz’s energy can be. For some folks, Kunzite will do similar work, but more gently. I also find Kunzite easier to wear as a pendant than Rose Quartz, perhaps because it doesn’t need clearing quite as often as Rose Quartz does.
Rhodochrosite - Though it’s not always as easy to come by, nor as affordable as Rose Quartz, this lovely mineral helps with removing the layers of grief and heartache, opening the way for self-love and new love.
Malachite - If you’re serious about making some changes, brace yourself and grab some Malachite. It amplifies everything--which brings it to your attention for healing and release, and it does this right away. This can be a little overwhelming for some people, but exactly what others may need. Malachite also absorbs everything, energetically speaking, so clear it well and often or it will keep amplifying all the stuff you’re trying to release--not helpful.
Lepidolite - If your heart races with anxiety and panic attacks, Lepidolite might be your new favorite crystal. It is composed of crystallized Lithium, with some Mica mixed in and it is very calming for most people. Lepidolite is very soft, though, so I would recommend tumbled or polished pieces as they are a bit more durable than the rough pieces.
Speaking your truth, communication of all forms and throat health are all part of this chakra’s domain. Most crystals work well for more than one chakra, and I find that especially with the upper ones. So, crystals that work for the throat chakra can also be good for the third eye chakra and vice versa.
Aquamarine - Helpful for throat ailments, as well as for working with the thyroid and pituitary gland.
Celestite - Associated with angelic realms, this peaceful crystal is a good choice for calming stage fright and creating a safe feeling for self-expression.
Sodalite - Great for the throat or third eye chakras, it helps reveal deeply ingrained patterns that are contributing to ongoing challenges in life. It also assists with regulating the metabolism.
Also helpful are: Dumortierite, Blue Calcite, Blue Lace Agate, Blue Aventurine and Lapis Lazuli.
Third Eye Chakra
Folks looking to increase their intuition or psychic abilities usually know to work with their third eye chakra, but this chakra can also affect learning disabilities, eye health, sinuses and headaches as well as nervous system disorders.
Iolite - This deep indigo beauty can help with connecting to your spiritual self. When placed under the pillow, it may help with interpreting dreams. Iolite assists with connecting to your inner voice, and following its guidance.
Labradorite - The internal flashes of color in Labradorite seem like the perfect physical representation of the mysteries of the universe that Labradorite connects us to. It is also very good for purifying the aura. These are just a few of its many wonderful qualities.
Azurite - Helps open the third eye chakra and aides in combining logic with intuition.
Some other favorites for this chakra: Amethyst, Charoite and Lapis Lazuli.
Clear Quartz - The most versatile of crystals, it really is great for any chakra, but is one of the best suited for the Crown Chakra.
Amethyst - Most books list this for the third eye chakra first, but I prefer its lovely purple color for the crown chakra. Since it is suited to both of those chakras, I find that it opens you to spiritual energy and guidance, and then helps fine-tune your reception so you can understand it. Chevron Amethyst, with its bands of White Quartz is especially good for the crown chakra.
Some other favorites: White Aventurine, White Jade and White Quartz.
Finally, if you are trying to work specifically on the issues of one chakra, it is still very important to maintain a balance among all the chakras, and with each chakra itself. Having a chakra that is too active can be just as unhealthy as one that is closed or blocked. Kyanite, Selenite and Amber work well with all the chakras and using them on all the chakras can help bring clarity and balance to their functions. And I can never say this enough: Cleanse/clear your crystals often when doing this crystal work.
Blessings and joy to you ~ Debbie Elaine