You know those little cards at the crystal shop that tell you the meaning/benefits of each crystal? Do you ever wonder how they come up with these meanings? And how the crystals actually work? Keep reading to find out:
- The science behind crystals – how they affect us
- Crystals and your chakras
- Crystals in our palettes
- Charging your crystals + your palettes
THE SCIENCE: HOW CRYSTALS AFFECT US
Science has proven that matter is 99.999999999999% empty space. And what makes up this empty space: energy. Energy is everything, and everything is energy. You, the chair you’re sitting on, the phone you’re holding, and the crystals you know and love – all of it is vibrating energy.
“Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. This is not philosophy. This is physics.”
Just like everything else in the universe, we each have our own unique vibrational frequency. People with higher vibrations radiate kindness, love, peace, and compassion, whereas people with lower vibrations experience more low-vibe emotions like jealousy, anxiety, anger, or fear.
Whatever frequency you’re at, as a human, your vibration is very unstable and very easily influenced. It changes constantly as we’re exposed to other people, social media, the news, traffic, the weather, good news, bad news, our own memories, etc.
Crystals, on the other hand, have a super stable energy frequency that doesn’t change. Why? They’re made up of a fixed, regularly repeating, perfect geometric pattern of molecules. And they maintain their perfect stability with no effort. Exactly the opposite of our constantly changing, non-stable human nature.
So why does the stability of a crystal matter? Well, more stable energy = more powerful energy. And powerful energy can influence the energies around it. This is why crystals can so profoundly influence our unstable (less powerful) energy.
CRYSTALS AND YOUR CHAKRAS
Every crystal, just like every human, has a different energetic frequency. It depends on a few different factors like the size, the composition, and most helpfully, the color.
Why does crystal color matter? The colors we see are specific light frequencies. Red, for example, has a much lower frequency than purple. The same goes for our own bodies. If you look at a chakra diagram, the lowest chakra (the root chakra) is shown in red, which aligns with the low vibrational frequency of that chakra. Your crown chakra, on the other hand, is shown in purple, as it’s the highest vibration chakra, and the highest vibration color.
CHOOSING CRYSTALS FOR YOU
Because of this vibrational match between like colors, you can usually choose your crystal to match the chakra you want to balance. For example, blue sapphires are good for your throat chakra - which is shown in blue. Just like amber and yellow topaz crystals align with your yellow solar plexus chakra. There are a few exceptions, like rose quartz, which is connected to the green heart chakra, but in general, this is a good place to start.
If you’re not sure which chakra to focus on, just pick the crystal that your intuition guides you to – the one that you just love. Your own body and intuition know what it needs.
Chakras are the seven energetic centers that energy moves through in the body. They’re each connected with different organs and functions in our mind, body, and spirit. If you start at the bottom (the root chakra), you have the lowest vibrational frequency – and its qualities mirror this. It’s concerned with the very basic elements of existence – primarily with your safety and physical survival. As you move up the chakra system, you go from the more fundamental emotions to the deeper feelings of joy, love, and creativity.
Root Chakra (red) – connection with the earth, your physical survival, and safety.
Sacral Chakra (orange) – the creative life force energy that makes you human.
Solar Plexus Chakra (yellow) – the seat of your personal power – the internal wisdom and confidence within you.
Heart Chakra (green) – love and compassion for yourself and others.
Throat Chakra (blue) – this chakra allows us to speak our truth with clarity, love, and kindness.
Third Eye Chakra (indigo) – your connection to your intuition and information beyond the material world.
Crown Chakra (violet) – connection to consciousness, all that is.
Your chakras can become imbalanced based on influences/experiences in our lives. When this happens, we can get out of alignment. Whether this misalignment shows up as a physical symptom, emotional disruption, or mental ailment, there’ll be signs that your energy is out of balance.
This is where crystals come in – they can help rebalance any misalignment – returning the energy centers to the frequencies they are meant to vibrate at.
CRYSTALS IN OUR PALETTES
Now that we know all about how crystals work, let’s chat about the crystals in our palettes and their connection to your chakras. Plus, the skincare benefits that come with crystal infusions!
All the shades in this palette are infused with Rose Quartz – the stone directly connected to your heart chakra. This is the center of love for yourself and others. One of the most commonly blocked chakras, rebalancing it can awaken a lot more love for yourself and the people around you.
For your skin: rose quartz helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles, redness, and fine lines.
This palette was created to interact with all the chakras. Choose your shades according to which crystal benefit you'd like that day, and align your intentions for the highest good. The crystals you'll find inside:
Amethyst – Crown Chakra
For your skin: amethyst targets inflammation, helping to cool and calm the skin.
Diamond – Crown Chakra
For your skin: diamonds helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Blue Topaz – Third Eye Chakra, Throat Chakra.
For your skin: topaz releases tension from the face which can cause premature aging.
Sapphire – Third Eye Chakra, Throat Chakra
For your skin: a calming crystal, Sapphire helps soothe and hydrate the skin.
Amber – Solar Plexus Chakra, Sacral Chakra.
For your skin: the succinic acid found in Amber is a powerful antioxidant. It helps fight the damaging effects of free radicals on your skin.
Tourmaline – Root Chakra
For your skin: tourmaline helps energize the skin, giving it a radiant and youthful glow.
The crystals chosen in this palette reflect a sense of warmth, creativity, emotional stability, and a strong life force energy.
Amber – Solar Plexus Chakra, Sacral Chakra.
For your skin: amber helps detoxify the skin and fight the damaging effects of free radicals.
Ruby – Root Chakra.
For your skin: rubies help hydrate, nourish, and protect the skin from aging free radicals like pollution.
Yellow Topaz – Third Eye Chakra, Solar Plexus Chakra.
For your skin: releases tension from the face which can cause premature aging.
Amethyst: Connected to the crown chakra, Amethyst aligns you with the infinite consciousness that you are. Its crystal energy purifies negative energy/thoughts and helps you connect with your intuition and act on your imagination.
For your skin: a truly skin-soothing stone, amethyst emits infrared rays which boost circulation in the skin, calming inflammation and redness. Its negative ion-charge helps detoxify the skin by drawing out toxins and free radicals.
Citrine: Connected to the sacral chakra, citrine is the stone of imagination, inspiration, and manifestation. Its crystal energy awakens your creative intuition and fills you with clear, optimistic energy to act on your visions. It’s one of only two crystals on Earth (plus kyanite) that never need to be cleared as they hold only positive energy vibration frequencies.
For your skin: this honey-hued stone breathes new life into your skin. Known as a regenerative crystal, Citrine helps your skin renew itself by releasing toxicity and restoring radiance.
For more on what each crystal in our palette means for you, visit our blog on choosing between the palettes!
HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF CRYSTALS
Crystals work best if they’re not left to do all the work by themselves. For the highest benefit, pair the crystal’s natural energy with your own clear thoughts and intentions. It’s proven that where thought goes, energy flows. So, use your crystals to amplify your positive thoughts and intentions.
CHARGING YOUR CRYSTALS (AND YOUR PALETTES)
You can charge your crystals to purify them of unwanted energy and maximize their natural healing qualities. How? Expose your crystals to the clear, powerful energy of nature. This can be done with water, sunlight, moonlight, the soil, or sound waves.
Our favorite method: place your crystals (and your crystal-infused palette) in a window where it’s directly exposed to the moonlight. Allow it to soak up this powerful, cleansing light overnight. If you can, do your crystal cleansing under the new moon or the full moon for the highest positive benefit.
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-ĀTHR Beauty xo