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A Beginner’s Guide to Crystal Healing

Crystals have been prized for their healing properties since before written history. Today, crystal healing is undergoing a revival in our modern era as more and more people discover its benefits.

A crystal's molecular structure is incredibly stable, giving each stone a very consistent energy. This helps smooth our own dynamic energies when used in a regular practice over time. So if you're curious about starting your own practice, you're in the right place. This article will break down everything you need to get started with crystal healing.


There are a lot of different crystals out there, and many beginners aren't sure where to start. But don't worry. Selecting your first healing crystals is a lot easier than it sounds. While every stone has general properties, each will be slightly different for the person using it. So there's no need to stress about the prescribed uses of each crystal. This means you can choose your first stones intuitively.

To choose crystals intuitively, visit one of the local crystal shops and spend some time in the space. Walk the displays and notice how you feel next to each stone. Find the crystals that call to you. Those will be your best choices to start your practice since they are the stones most complimentary to your energy.

However, you may want more guidance. That's where any of Occoquan's crystal and metaphysical shops can help. Just stop in and ask one of their experts for advice. They're happy to help you get started. That said, below is a list of recommendations for anyone starting their own crystal healing journey.


Clear quartz is the master healer. It's an energetically flexible stone that can be imbued with any intention you choose. This helps you remain aligned with the energies associated with that intention.


Citrine is the stone of creativity. It's a great stone to keep in your workspace. It also helps promote an abundance mindset and a sense of daily purpose.


Black tourmaline is a protection crystal. It wards off negative energy and prevents others from siphoning your positivity. It’s the perfect stone for setting healthy boundaries.


Amethyst is a crystal of emotional balance. It helps reduce stress and anxiety in any space. Carry it on your person or display it in your home to promote tranquility.


Selenite is pure cleansing energy. It functions a lot like burning sage in that it clears out other energies and makes space for positivity. It can even be used to cleanse your other stones.


Crystals provide incredibly stable energy that smooths out our own energy, providing long-term benefits to those who work crystal healing into their self-care. However, that interplay between energies also means that your crystals need a little care from time to time. This is commonly known as clearing or charging your crystals.

There are several methods, depending on the crystals used. Most crystals can be cleansed by bathing in fresh water, sea salt, or a solution of the two. However, ask your supplier about this for each crystal in your collection, as some stones may be damaged by water or salt.

You can also cleanse your crystal by leaving them on a windowsill in the light of the full moon. This works wonders. However, it limits cleansing to once a month. Alternatively, smudging can also cleanse your crystals, as can burying them in the ground overnight.


Now that you know the basics, you can take your first steps toward your own crystal healing practice. So if you're ready to pick out your first crystals, looking to expand your collection, or just want more information, then stop by any of these Occoquan shops:

  • 13 Magickal Moons - 440 Mill Street, Occoquan, VA

  • Earth Addictions - 125 Mill Street, Occoquan, VA

  • Leaf & Petal - 201 Union Street, Occoquan, VA

  • Organic Allure - 202 Union Street, Occoquan, VA

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