Erica Breen shares some simple ideas for incorporating crystals into your self-care routine.
Crystals are enchanting. From gorgeous pink rose quartz to mystical selenite, we all have our favourites. They adorn altars, windowsills and bookcases the world over. More than that, they’ve been used for emotional, mental and physical healing for centuries. It makes perfect sense that we include them in our self-care routine.
Crystals for self-care
Self-care can help to improve our mood, reduce anxiety, and encourage us to form a better relationship with ourselves and those around us. Best of all, it’s easy to add crystals into your self-care routine.
Meditate with crystals
Crystals can be a powerful tool for meditation. Different crystals hold certain meanings and can elevate specific energies. For example, meditating with citrine can help to banish negative feelings and inspire a positive outlook, while calming amethyst holds healing properties that can help you on your spiritual path.
To use crystals for meditation, simply take a comfortable seat and hold your chosen crystal in your hand. Alternatively, place the crystals around you or put on a dedicated meditation altar.
Crystals for sleep
Many people find that sleeping near to a crystal encourages a better night’s rest.
Place a crystal under your pillow or on your nightstand. When going to sleep, close your eyes and focus your mind on the crystal – imagine its shape and colour, and how it might feel to touch.
There are a number of crystals that you can use, but opt for one known for its calming effects like blue calcite, rose quartz, and amethyst.
Bathe with crystals
Baths are one of the ultimate self-care activities and the addition of crystals can really help to elevate this ritual.
There are several ways you can easily add crystals to your bath time. You might add them directly to your bath water (check they are water-safe first), or you can place them around your tub and bathroom to enhance the energy of your space.
Dim the lights, sprinkle magnesium salts in your water and voila! Pure bliss.
Gua sha is perfect for balancing your feminine energy, healing your body, and renewing your skin.
The practice is something of a buzz in the wellness world and involves applying gentle pressure and massaging the face with a flat crystal tool.
Gua sha originates from China, and the name comes from the Chinese word for scraping. It can help to relieve tension, improve wrinkles and dark circles, and encourage circulation. It's also a great tool to help you relax and unwind.
When choosing a crystal for gua sha, opt for one that best resonates with your energy. We particularly love rose quartz.
Cleanse your face and apply oil (like jojoba) before using your tool. Bare skin won’t allow the tool to glide, and can cause excessive irritation to the skin. Plus, make sure you clean your crystal tool afterwards and store it away properly for next time.
If you need guidance on gua sha, check out TheMoments YouTube channel for tips, tricks and tutorials.
About Erica Breen
Erica is a life-long mover and forever student. Trained in Pilates, Yoga and Ayurveda, Erica has a breadth of knowledge when it comes to the human body and its inner workings. Leading a nomadic lifestyle, you'll find Erica sharing her work online from all over the world! Find out more at ericabreenpilates.com.