7 Ways to Use Crystals in Everyday Life

Crystals (and minerals and gemstones) are beautiful creations of the Earth, born from deep beneath the Earth's surface and brought out into the light to sit on our bedside tables, decorate our bookshelves, or hang from our wrists or ears.

Everyone, no matter their background or position, has a story of that time they stumbled upon a beautiful rock that got tucked into a pocket or someone gifted them a piece of gemstone jewelry to treasure. From wandering caves in Pakistan to picking up geodes at the local creek, each of us has a connection to the world of crystals healing stones, and rocks, connecting us all with the Earth.

When we use crystals, either for their metaphysical healing powers or even just to adorn our bodies or decorate our homes because they're pretty, we're working with the Earth to attract healing vibrations, create beauty, and live with intention. It's a human/nature connection we all share.

But how do you use crystals? Without some intention, it's easy to find yourself with a bunch of rocks sitting in a bowl, or more gemstone earrings than there are days in the year. Here we'll explore seven ways to use crystals in everyday life.



Walnut Crystal Display Shelf

Use Crystals to Decorate Your Home or Office

The easiest way to use crystals is to place them in spaces you frequent. Crystals are a beautiful addition to your bedside table, favorite bookshelf, or accent shelf. You can even get a crystal shelf made just for displaying your rock or crystal collection.

Decorating with crystals allows you to tap into their beauty when you walk into the room. Who needs a man cave, when we can all live in a crystal cave? Using crystals as home decor can create a harmonious and energetically balanced living space. Place larger crystals like Citrine or Black Tourmaline in key areas of your home to absorb any negative energy and promote positive vibes.

Have smaller pieces? Arrange them in a bowl or on a small decorative plate on an end table or shelf for easy display and fast access.



Rose Quartz Candle Holders

Use Crystals to Set the Mood

Beyond putting your crystals on a shelf to stay, think of them as accent pieces to be moved and regularly rearranged to help you set the mood, either for your own liking or with the seasons.

When you use crystals in decoration as a living piece of your decor you form a closer relationship with them, oftentimes finding that you have a favorite piece that moves throughout the house as your experience and needs of your home evolve, or there are certain places that collect interesting items.

This bathroom shelf - shown above - in my own home is an ever-changing vignette, often featuring flowers, a seasonal candle, and always a collection of crystals, from light and airy rose quartz candle holders to deep, mysterious obsidian, depending on my own moods and the energies of the world around me. 



Crystal Bracelets

Use Crystals as Jewelry

Wearing crystals and gemstones is one of the best ways to enjoy their beauty (and magical, crystal healing powers) all day long. From earrings and necklaces to gemstone bracelets and rings, using crystals as jewelry allows you to maintain a constant connection with these natural objects while also allowing you to explore and express your personal style. You can also choose crystals that align with your intentions and wear them as necklaces, bracelets, or rings. For example, Rose Quartz is known as the stone of love and can be worn to attract and enhance relationships.



Rose Quartz Candle Holder

Use Crystal Candle Holders as Planters

One of my favorite, unexpected uses for crystal candle holders is to use them as little planters for small plants, like succulents. 

When choosing a candle holder to be used as a planter, be sure your candle holder has a solid bottom (many candle holders simply have a felted bottom, which is not plant-watering-friendly) and that the crystal itself will hold up to water (for example, the popular Selenite candle holders will actually dissolve when wet).



Pyrite Chunk for Good Luck

Carry Crystals in Your Pocket for Good Luck

I'm always pleasantly surprised when people tell me they have a favorite rock they carry in their pocket (or bra, or wallet). Whether it's simply for good luck (try Pyrite), for other purposes like protection against negativity (try Black Tourmaline) or to attract prosperity (try Citrine), we humans are naturally drawn to keeping rocks on us as talismans to attract or repel.

Want to infuse your rock friendship with extra juju? Sync your selection with your birthstone to tap into vibes most aligned with your own energy. Check out our selection of crystal tumbles to find your own good luck rock!



Crystal Grid Layout with Clear Quartz and Blue Kyanite on a wooden table


Incorporate crystals into your self-care rituals to enhance their effectiveness and create a sacred atmosphere. Whether you're taking a bath, practicing yoga, or enjoying a soothing cup of tea, place crystals nearby to infuse the space with their healing energy. This mindful integration of crystals can deepen your self-care practices and help you cultivate a sense of inner peace and well-being. Here are a few examples of where crystals play a role in your self-care routines.

Meditation and Mindfulness

We've all heard that meditating is good for us, and most of us can also agree that it's easier said than done. A common problem: struggling to stay focused.

This is why I like to bring crystals into my meditation practice; crystals are a great object for helping you find focus during your meditations.

Holding a rock in your hand and focusing on its weight, its temperature, its shape, and how it feels against your fingers and palm is an effective set of training wheels for developing productive meditation habits. It gives you a place to focus and a tangible point to return to when your mind wanders off.

I also love to use crystal grids as a form of active meditation. Simply sit down in your favorite spot and get focused on creating beautiful arrangements with stones.

Sleep and Relaxation

Promote restful sleep and relaxation by placing crystals near your bed or under your pillow. Crystals such as Amethyst, Selenite, and Moonstone have soothing and calming properties that can aid in achieving a peaceful state of mind. They can also help alleviate insomnia, nightmares, and anxiety, allowing you to wake up refreshed and rejuvenated.

Crystal Massage and Bodywork

Combine the benefits and healing power of crystals with massage or bodywork for a truly holistic experience. Smooth, polished crystals like Jade, Clear Quartz, or Rose Quartz can be gently massaged on the body, promoting relaxation, releasing tension, and stimulating energy flow. They can also be placed on specific areas or meridian points during a session to target energetic imbalances.

Crystal Grids and Manifestation

Creating crystal grids is a powerful technique to manifest your desires and intentions. Arrange crystals in specific geometric patterns and place them in a sacred space or altar. Each crystal amplifies the positive energy of the others, forming a synergistic field that enhances your intentions and brings them into reality. Common crystals used in grids include Clear Quartz, Citrine, and Rose Quartz.

Healing Crystals for the Chakras

Chakra Healing and Balancing

Crystals are often associated with the body's energy centers, known as chakras. Each chakra corresponds to specific crystals that can help balance and heal them. For instance, Amethyst is commonly used for the Crown Chakra, while Rose Quartz is associated with the Heart Chakra. Placing crystals on or near the corresponding chakra can support energetic alignment spiritual healing and overall well-being.


Pyrite Crystal Wand as a Ring Holder

Get Creative with Other Practical Uses for Your Crystals

Because crystals come in all shapes and sizes, it's fun to find interesting - and even practical - ways to use them. From using candle holders as planters, as mentioned earlier, to using a wand as a ring holder, like the Pyrite wand shown above, get creative to find other uses for the beautiful members of your rock collection.

Crystals not only enhance your everyday life but also serve as a powerful bridge to nature's wonders. By incorporating crystals into your daily routines, you not only benefit from their energetic and healing properties but also bring the natural beauty of the Earth into your home and life. From the vibrant hues of Amethyst to the shimmering depths of Labradorite, crystals showcase the incredible diversity and magnificence of nature's creations.

Embrace the magic of crystals as a way to connect with the Earth and infuse your surroundings with the splendor of the natural world. Allow their radiant colors, unique formations, and ancient energies to inspire awe and appreciation for the wonders of nature. By welcoming crystals into your life, you not only invite their transformative power but also cultivate a deeper connection to the Earth, reminding yourself of the beauty and harmony that exist all around us.

Remember, as you explore the world of crystals, take a moment to marvel at their natural origins and the immense forces that shape them. Let the crystals be a reminder of the intricate and awe-inspiring cycles of nature, and may they inspire you to cherish and protect the environment that nurtures such magnificent creations.

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Emily is the co-founder of Almanac Supply Co., where she loves curating products for Nature Lovers and crafting content to help folks connect with nature. Her favorite season is Summer, when she can visit her favorite creeks and spend long days on her front porch.

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