by Andrew Pacholyk MS L.Ac

The mere fact that crystals are placed in an environment suggests to the subconscious mind that healing, on some subliminal level, has already begun. When crystals are placed in a room, they will automatically charge that area with energy.

They will also absorb and ionize that energy in the area, which is negative. The clearing, focusing, radiating beauty aspects of a crystal, work regardless if someone is aware of these traits or not. These are the amazing elements of a crystal’s power. To disperse this energy outward is one of its true gifts. It is even more astonishing when we are aware of it!

Choosing a place for your crystals can be done by using your instincts, placing them in your meditation room, alter or sacred space, or placing them in a room that you can benefit from their metaphysical properties.

Cleansing your crystals can be done by placing them into a bowl of luke warm water. For some crystals you can add a teaspoon of sea salt. Make sure the salt is dissolved, then place your crystals in the water for twenty four hours. For other crystals you can add flower petals to the water. Other crystals can be placed in a bowl of hematite or clear quartz or on a large crystal cluster to charge and energies them again. Find more about cleansing your crystals here.

Below you will find crystals that are used to clear an environment:


This “stone” is used to clear the energy in any environment. This ancient petrified resin has electromagnetic properties. Great for past life work and weight gain. Opens solar plexus chakra for mental clarity. Excellent detoxification and protection from radiation, especially x-rays, sun, computers, airport, planes and others’ energies. Can add stability to your life. Helpful in clearing up depression and bringing about a positive mental state. Also useful as a memory aid. Amber should be cleansed after being used for healing to dispense the negative energy it has absorbed.

Clear Quartz

Clear Quartz is thought to amplify both body energy and thoughts. It can assist in the creation of power, clarity of thinking, meditation, cleansing, clearing the aura, spiritual development and healing. Quartz Points are considered the “stone of power”.


This crystal is the most recommended stone for grounding and is associated with the Root Chakra, by encourages ones survival instincts and is centering. Hematite condenses scattered feelings, turns fuzziness into mental clarity, enhances concentration, memory, practicality, helps those who study, do bookkeeping, detailed work and helps with sound sleep. Hematite is known to deflect negativity. It restores equilibrium, stability and is also used for astral protection. It brings our awareness back to the body and helps one maintain their sense of self. Use this stone to clear other stones of negative energy. Place a handful of hematite in a bowl and place the crystals you want cleansed on top of them for 24 hours.

Herkimer Diamond

This is a brilliant form of quartz that allows for clear thinking. It promotes detoxification, psychic clarity, spiritual visions and connections and opens the chakra. These clear crystals closely resemble Diamonds but are really Quartz. This stone helps you choose a direction to follow that will offer the path of least resistance. They contain a store of ecological memory that can be utilized by a person who can tune into the energy. Can also guide you in remembering your own past-life experiences.

Himalayan Sea Salt:

Pure Himalayan Pink Salt is hand-mined in the Himalayan Mountains. This salt is known for its unique healing properties. According to the Global Healing Center, “this salt’s unique cellular structure allows it to store vibrational energy. Its minerals exist in a colloidal form, meaning that they are tiny enough for our cells to easily absorb them.”Himalayan pink salt naturally generate beautiful ions, which improve air quality and health. Place a few chunks in a bowl and place the bowl in any room in the house. Most of us live in home environments surrounded by computers, microwaves, air conditioners and other electronc appliances. These lifestyle conveniences emit excessive amounts of positive ions into the air we breathe, often resulting in mental and physical exhaustion. Counteract the excess by using Pink Himalayan Sea Salt. Place a chunk of sea salt in a hot bath. Heat magnifies the natural healing properties of the salt. The chunk will dissipate slowly, lasting for a couple of baths. Click here and learn all about the healing remedies with Sea Salt.


This stone is a methodical and meticulous worker of practical, down to earth solutions. It has the ability to foster and nurture and its energy is used for grounding and protection. Considered more effective if it is used for long periods of time because it works slowly. Each color of Jasper has additional, specific qualities when used alone. Jasper is very effective when use on the Root Chakra. Jasper is a general tissue regeneration; mineral assimilation; and general healing. Darker colors are more grounding. Suggested to be used for elixirs because it will not over-stimulate any part of the body.


In tune with emotions, water, and women, especially pregnant women, pearls are a symbol of pure heart and mind; innocence and faith. Because it is from the sea, it has watery and lunar elements, therefore it is used for balancing emotions, especially for water signs. Absorbing by nature, this mineral absorbs thoughts and emotions and because of this, must be used with caution. If you feel excessively negative while wearing a pearl, it will hold that energy until it is cleansed. Remember, Pearl is the result of layer upon layer of substance produced to combat irritation. Pearl can cool and soothe. It is very nurturing. If using pearls in conjunction with other gemstones, consider Diamonds to amplify and purify, or Emeralds to bring negative energy out and disperse it.

Rose Quartz:

Rose Quartz represents love, beauty, peacefulness, forgiving, lovingness, self-love and emotional balance! Rose Quartz works with the Heart Chakra. It is a soft, gentle, soothing stone that warms the heart center. Its value as a nurturing friend cannot be overstated. Neither can it’s soothing influence. Helps diffuse negative stimuli and uncomfortable memories. Helps us discover the ability to love ourselves and makes us more open to other people. It is of particular value in helping us to forgive ourselves, hastening self-acceptance. Helps us realize that all change is important, even difficult change. Stimulates love and tender appreciation of all things. One of the best stones to bring self love and compassion into your practice!

Shiva Lingham:

Lingham is the sacred Sanskrit word for phallus. In Tantra, the shape embodies the masculine energy; dynamic expression and knowledge. The markings or Yoni depicts female energy; wisdom and intuition. The Tantric Shiva Lingam unifies the dualistic female/male world into harmonious balance. This Sacred Stone relates to the Heart Chakra, and represents the harmony and balance of the soul that is maintained within the hearts of all of us. Shiva Lingham stones are used for spiritual detox, allowing us to see the higher knowledge within ourselves. The stone gives us the capacity for hanging on to the beliefs which work the best for us and letting go of those beliefs which no longer serve us. When used during meditation, lingam shows us how to connect with our physical and spiritual energies and therefore, our higher selves.

Smoky Quartz:

Smoky Quartz is a grounding stone. It is used most often to overcomedepression, nightmares and stress. Quartz stimulates the natural crystal in body tissues and fluids to resonate at the highest healing frequency. The clearest smoky quartz are the most intense, powerfully opening theCrown Chakra emanating light down to the Root Chakra, therefore, inducing Alpha/deep meditation. Because of this situation, it’s benefits also include channeling higher guidance, deep relaxation and helping with unconditional love. Heightens your understanding of nature and concerns for the environment. Smoky Quartz helps store information well for easier recall. Because it is associated with the Root Chakra, it helps to alleviate fear, anxiety and associated emotional depression. When placed opposite other smokies in a crystal grid these stone vibrate at a high energy level.

To help balance out-of-sync dosha, consider using these colors and crystals for clearing, energizing and rebalancing.

Vata: Warm pastels, yellow, green. Balancing colors for Vatas are warm or calming. Yellows and gold are very pleasing to the Vata environment. Also consider white,violet, blue, and deep reds. Avoid bright red as they tend to be too stimulating. Consider yellow calcite, citrine, sulfur,pyrite, green aventurine, emerald, jade or moss agate. If you need white crystals consider quartz or selenite. Use amethystor iolite for violet, celestite, blue quartz or aquamarine for blue as well as garnet or ruby for deep reds.

 Pitta: Cool, soft colors, blue, purple, roses, silver. Because Pittas tend to be hot, they need a cooling environment to stay in balance. Consider soft, pastel colors to soothe away tensions. Consider celestite, aquamarine,aqua aura, blue quartz, amethyst, iolite, purple agate, rose quartz, morganite or silver.

Kapha: Bright, bold colors, red, orange and gold. Kapha needs the stimulation of bright, hot colors. Increase the energy levels with reds and oranges. Considerruby, garnet, red jasper, carnelian, orange calcite, pyrite, or fire agate.


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