What are Chakras?
The earliest written mention of chakras is found in ancient Indian texts describing the philosophy of yoga. This text known as the Vedas is thought to be thousands of years old and the concept of chakras has since evolved, influencing not only many current holistic healing practices but also various traditions in Hinduism and Buddhism.
Chakra is a Sanskrit word that translates to "wheel" or "disc". It is thought that this refers to the idea that our chakras are spinning wheels of energy. The chakras are part of a spiritual or psychic energy system in the astral body, connected by channels, that may also influence our physical body.
It is typically thought that our chakras live along the spine, from the base of the spine to the crown of your head. Depending on which practice or belief system you follow, the number of chakra centers may also differ but the 7-chakra system is the most common or well-known model.
What are the seven main energy centers?
What are Chakras Stones and How do Healing Stones Work?
Chakra stones are crystals with healing properties that align with the natural vibrational energy of a specific chakra. They are thought to help balance or unblock the chakras to help improve your overall well-being.
How to Choose the Right Chakra Stones?
When choosing chakra stones to work with you'll want to look for crystals that have the same energetic quality as the chakra when it is balanced. For example, if you wanted to work with crystal healing for your first chakra or Root Chakra, you would look for stones that are known to remove negative energy and possess grounding properties.
Each of the seven chakras also has a corresponding color. So you might start with finding a chakra stone that also has this hue. For example, many Crown Chakra crystals are clear or white as this chakra is represented by the color white.
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The Root Chakra
Root Chakra Crystals: Hematite
Hematite has a silver sheen that resembles mercury. It is a very common mineral, an iron ore composed of iron oxide. Because of its iron content, when Hematite is powered it can be used to make a red pigment.
Deposits of Hematite will turn a reddish brown as they oxidize. This seemingly magical color change may account for some of the legends about the stone. For example, some believed that the stone would preserve the blood or life essence of fallen warriors in battle.
Most effective for grounding oneself in the body and the physical world, Hematite is the perfect stone to help an unbalanced Root Chakra. Thought to pull stray energies down through the chakra system to the root or base chakra and counteract any spaciness or confusion you may be experiencing.
It may aid in bringing about the resolution of polarities and neutralizing negative energy. Hematite is the perfect Root Chakra stone for people who struggle with quieting an overactive mind and staying present.
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SHOP CHAKRA STONES: HEMATITE
The Sacral Chakra
Directly above the Root Chakra, located at the lower abdomen is the Sacral Chakra. The chakra is represented by the color orange and the element of Water. The Sacral Chakra or second chakra is thought to be tied to how we relate to our emotions and the emotions of others, creativity, and sexual energy. A balanced second chakra can lead to feelings of empowerment, self-confidence, emotional well-being, and powerful creativity.
When blocked or unbalanced, you may feel a lack of control in your life or detached from your sense of self. A sense of depression or anxiety may arise due to a struggle to connect with others or the things that bring you pleasure.
A blocked Sacral Chakra may also manifest as a creative block. You may struggle to find the inspiration to start anything new or the motivation to finish a project. You may also be left feeling more sensitive than normal.
Sacral Chakra Crystals: Carnelian
A member of the Chalcedony crystal family, Carnelian gets its colors from deposits of iron oxide. It was used in ancient times to protect warriors on the battlefield and houses from storms or intrusions.
It has also been used in jewelry by both the Egyptians and Romans. A popular healing stone since the Middle Ages, Carnelian brings about the fiery energy that its bold orange and red colors indicate: courage, protection, and fearlessness.
When used to unblock your Sacral Chakra, Carnelian can deliver a sense of renewal to your creative and sexual energies as well as your willpower. Carnelian may help to awaken the energy of not only the Sacral Chakra but all three lower chakras.
This may increase your zest for life and increase your willingness to take chances. Overall, this healing crystal for the second chakra is thought to help build confidence, promote courage, and cultivate passion.
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SHOP CHAKRA STONES: CARNELIAN
The Solar Plexus Chakra
Solar Plexus Chakra energy is represented by the color yellow and the element of fire. The third chakra is located in the upper abdomen and is aligned with self-worth, self-confidence, and self-esteem.
When in alignment, this chakra is a source of energy, productivity, and confidence. It can bring about the feeling of being in control and aid in the ability to process life's experiences.
When blocked or unbalanced, you may experience depression and feelings of low self-esteem or insecurity. Difficulty in making decisions, control issues, or unhealthy attachments may arise.
Solar Plexus Chakra Crystals: Pyrite
Pyrite is an iron sulfide crystal and is a heavy metallic mineral found in a huge variety of shapes and in clusters. Its name is derived from the Ancient Greek word for fire, "pyr." Likely because striking two pieces together can produce sparks. Because of its metallic luster and brassy yellow hue, it is also known as fool's gold.
Pyrite can increase the power of the Third Chakra, providing a boost in vitality and helping to accomplish challenging tasks. It can provide support in taking assertive action, and enhance willpower to help you overcome negative patterns or bad habits. Helping to bring the Solar Plexus Chakra into alignment, it can amplify determination, drive, and vitality.
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SHOP CHAKRA STONES: PYRITE
The Heart Chakra
The fourth chakra, or Heart Chakra, is located in the center of the chest and is a bridge between the three lower and three upper chakras. It is represented by the color green and the element of Air.
The Heart Chakra is thought to align with inner peace, love, and joy. This chakra also promotes a deeper understanding of self and others, developing deep compassion.
With a balanced fourth chakra, you may experience more understanding toward others and yourself, more compassion, a stronger belief in yourself, and more optimism. When this chakra is blocked you may feel unable to connect, isolated, or lonely.
Any unbalanced energy in this chakra may also point to feeling stuck in the past or the inability to heal from an old wound. You might be afraid to share your true self or to place your trust in others, which can negatively impact your relationships.
Heart Chakra Crystals: Green Aventurine
Green Aventurine gets its name from the Italian "a ventura", which means by chance. This microcrystalline quartz contains particles of mica that create a sparkle or glisten as this gemstone is turned in the light.
Popular for use in carving because of its hardness, this stone is made into beads, jewelry, and figurines. In the 1880s the Russian jeweler Fabergé use Green Aventurine along with other stones to make the famous Fabergé eggs.
This stone can help to clear and realign the Heart Chakra. Assisting in releasing attachment to outcomes, being more present, and willingness to heal and move forward in life. It also evokes the fresh energy of Spring and supports new growth and nurturing. It may also promote willingness and readiness to receive in whatever capacity is needed.
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SHOP CHAKRA STONES: GREEN AVENTURINE
The Throat Chakra
The Throat Chakra controls communication, self-expression, and truth. It gives a voice to the heart chakra and allows for an authentic expression of self. The fifth chakra is located at the base of the throat and is represented by the color blue and the element of Ether or Sound. When the Throat Chakra is open it enables clear and effective communication, providing the power to speak the truth.
An unbalanced Throat Chakra may cause trouble finding the right words to express how you feel. Or you may actually find that you are not thinking before you speak, delivering your messages insensitively or being dishonest entirely. You may feel shy or indecisive and try to avoid confrontation or conflict while trying to please those around you.
Throat Chakra Crystals: Sodalite
Made up of sodium aluminum silicate chloride, Sodalite gets its name from its sodium content. While it looks similar to Lapis Lazuli with its deep blue color and veins of White Calcite, it does not contain the Pyrite inclusions found in Lapis Lazuli.
Sodalite helps to connect the Third-eye and Throat Chakra, bringing knowledge and meaning to one's words. This chakra stone can also help to bring harmony to our communication and dispel any negative thoughts. When used to balance the Throat Chakra, it can help in gaining a better understanding of one's self and aid in more authentic expressions.
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SHOP CHAKRA STONES: SODALITE
The Third-Eye Chakra
Located at the Forehead between the eyes, the Third-Eye Chakra is represented by the color purple and the element of light. The sixth chakra represents intuition, imagination, wisdom, and spiritual power. It can help us to see the big picture or hold a vision. Those that have an open Third-Eye Chakra may receive many hints and nudges from their intuition or Divine visions and messages.
When balanced, the Third-Eye Chakra is believed to release you from earthly attachments and allow you to see past your self-limiting thoughts. When the sixth chakra is blocked you may notice feeling scattered, stressed, or anxious. Or you may feel stuck and unable to move forward with your ideas or make any decisions.
Third-Eye Chakra Crystals: Amethyst
Amethyst is a member of the Quartz family and can be found in colors ranging from pale to deep purple. Its name comes from the Greek word meaning "not drunken," as it’s believed to prevent intoxication, calm anger, and relieve stress.
The use of Amethyst for its beauty and legendary healing powers dates back to as early as 25,000 BCE. It has long been coveted as a stone of royalty and found in cultures of Neolithic peoples, ancient Egyptians, Early Greeks, and Romans.
Often thought of as a gateway to the unconscious mind, Amethyst can help bring balance to the Third-Eye Chakra by calming any frustrations or anxieties. Thought to stimulate the higher mind and promote intuitive work, this chakra stone is a natural choice for helping to balance the Third-Eye Chakra. Amethyst energy can help you be clear and centered while remaining open to any spiritual direction or intuitive messages.
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SHOP CHAKRA STONES: AMETHYST
The Crown Chakra
The seventh chakra or Crown Chakra is located at the very top of the head. It is represented by the color white and the element of Divine Consciousness. When your Crown Chakra is fully open you are able to access higher consciousness and experience enlightenment. This chakra also represents inner and outer beauty and being connected to spirituality.
When the Crown Chakra is unbalanced you may feel disconnected from the outside world or a rise in destructive or depressive emotions. You may also experience a lack of direction or purpose and an unwillingness to be open to the ideas of others.
Crown Chakra Crystals: Clear Quartz
The name for this crown chakra stone comes from the Greek for "ice" and some of the ancients believed that Clear Quartz was water frozen so hard it would never thaw. It has been the subject of many spiritual beliefs and folklore across many cultures.
From the Japanese who viewed Clear Quartz as a symbol of perseverance, purity, and infinite space to the Crusaders who brought crystal balls to Europe believing they held magical powers.
Clear Quartz is known as the “Master Healer” that stimulates and heals all of the chakras. Perfect for unblocking the chakras, it can provide a clear channel for energy to flow. It also amplifies the energy of any surrounding stones and can be used to manifest any intention.
When used as a healing crystal for the highest chakra, Clear Quartz can prepare you to have not only an open mind but an open heart as well. As a stone of Light, wearing or carrying This healing crystal can help bring high spiritual energies to you.
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SHOP CHAKRA STONES: CLEAR QUARTZ
Start Balancing your Chakras Now
Ideally, all your chakras will be in balance. Although each chakra represents a different energy, they work together in harmony and if one chakra is blocked or unbalanced, energy cannot flow through the entire system.
Keeping your chakra system in balance will help you to feel your best emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. It is thought that the chakras can even impact your physical wellness as well.
Certain activities and habits can help you bring a general balancing energy to your life and therefore to your chakras. You can try spending more time outside, doing daily meditation, and even practicing yoga. All of these practices can be elevated by combining them with the use of chakra stones.
Chakra Stones Set
Because all of your chakras are linked in an energetic system, it can be very useful to work with their energies together. It is thought that when just one chakra is out of balance it will have an impact on the rest.
We've put together a set of our favorite chakra stones to help you do that easily! Skip the worry of picking the right chakra stone and get right to unblocking and bringing balance to your chakras with our Chakra Set.
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