Great article from Allure.com:
“It’s not just the most stylish yoga teacher on your Instagram feed who is showing off a collection of crystals. The use of crystals in healing, meditation, and alternative medicine has gotten so mainstream that they’re even showing up in beauty products. From bath salts to lotions to room mists, we take a look at what the alleged benefits of (your products) getting stoned might be.
Why Crystals (May) Heal
“Crystals are just making their way back around into society, but they are ancient,” says Audrey Kitching, the founder and CEO of Crystal Cactus, an online shop featuring alternative spiritual objects. The former model and style editor of Spin magazine explains that the ancient Egyptians used lapis in jewelry and malachite to produce makeup, both of which were believed to have healing properties. Kitching is also an alternative healer, performing aura clearings and chakra and karma balancing. Her work includes, of course, the use of crystals.
“Crystals act as a conduit for healing,” Kitching says, explaining that they allow “positive, healing energy to flow into the body while pushing negative, toxic, disease-causing energy out. Everything in the universe has a very unique energy field. Wearing specific crystal jewelry, or carrying stones, can help balance out and protect you from other vibrations that aren’t in your best interests.”
It isn’t just alternative healing folks who think there might—might—be something to the whole crystal healing thing. Whitney Bowe, a New York City–based dermatologist, notes that while crystal healing has been around “for as long as humans have been around” and “has yet to be scientifically proven to enhance someone’s health or cure them of illness,” lots of people see the benefits from incorporating crystals into their lives—and their beauty routines.
Common Crystals and Their Uses
It’s important to note that crystal healing hasn’t been confirmed by science. However, like many other alternative healing methods, it certainly can’t hurt as an add-on treatment to support other forms of medical and mental health care in your life. If you see products infused with any of the below, here’s what those in the know say they might be able to do for you.
Malachite, says Kitching, “personifies the deep healing green of nature” and is all about facilitating transformation, “assisting one in changing situations and providing for spiritual growth. It heals on physical and emotional levels, drawing out impurities and stimulating the life force throughout the aura and body.” Marius Morariu, cofounder of Tracie Martyn Beauty, is a huge fan of what malachite, and crystals in general, can do for skin.
Black tourmaline is “a powerful protector,” says Kitching. “This stone is also regarded as a mystical talisman of luck that evokes a strong psychic shield from destructive forces.” Bowe adds that tourmaline is an energizing stone used to vitalize the skin, making it more radiant and youthful; when tourmaline crystals heat up as they are rubbed into skin, they are positively charged on one end and negatively charged on the other. “Due to this reaction,” Bowe explains, “tourmaline crystals are used in many moisturizers and exfoliants as a good anti-aging product.”
Clear quartz, a “master crystal,” supposedly pumps up the volume on the energy and abilities of any other crystal it is placed near. Kitching says it can also “banish negativity” and is a “deep soul cleanser.”
Rose quartz, is “the ultimate stone of love,” emitting “vibrations of unconditional love, joy, beauty, and healing,” according to Kitching, and helps “banish fear, resentment, anger, and jealousy.” Moonstone, says Kitching, “holds the power of mystery. Its secrets are locked beneath a pearly veil—and, with them, our own hidden truths.” It’s also supposedly good for fertility, so keep that in mind before you slather it on. Jade, says Bowe, has been found by Korean scientists to show beneficial results when utilized in skin-care products.
Bowe says that crystal healing practitioners often exude a “playfulness” that might help produce the results that crystal users claim to experience. Indeed, Kitching says, a person will naturally gravitate to the crystals that are best and most naturally healing for her. Common uses include holding crystals during meditation, sleeping with them under your pillow, even putting your favorite crystal right in the tub with you for a soak.
It’s not a stretch to see how they worked their way into beauty and home products as well.
Article by JENNIFER GERSON UFFALUSSY at Allure.com