Crystals are like the Miranda Kerr of the mineral world: They do so much more than just sit there and look pretty—and to write them off as such would be a big mistake.
In Crystals, the first title in Los Angeles-based (obviously) Hat & Beard Press’s The New New Age series exploring spirituality in the modern world, editor Jessica Hundley details the emotional, spiritual, and healing powers of 50 of nature’s finest and shares insight into the best way to care, keep, and cultivate connection with the stones.
With a basic understanding of the properties that each gem, rock, and ore possesses, it’s easy enough to find vibrational frequencies to your benefit. Just keeping them around is a plus. But to amplify their effects, Hundley shares her picks for strategic placement around the house and complementary plants, herbs, and objects to really bring out their best.
In your studio or creative workshop
The stone: Natural Citrine
In your dining room, living room, or kitchen
The stone: Aragonite
In your office or workspace
The stone: Fluorite
In your bathroom, or any room where you want to purify and cleanse
In your bedroom, or the space where you relax
The stone: Amethyst
Ignites spiritual exploration, connection and protection
Enhances and protects physical environments
Wards off negativity
Aids in giving up unwanted habitual behaviors
Helps in identifying root cause of deeply held behaviors and patterns
Nurtures calmness and clarity
Facilitates meditative states
The plant: Lavender is my go-to for calming and soothing the mind and body. You can add to bathwater or spray on sheets before bed. One of my most used lavender products is Poppy and Someday’s Marfa Moon Mist, which blends the herb with a magical mix of frankincense and ylang ylang and is named after one of the most magical spots in Texas.
The object: I’m relatively new to surfing and nothing makes me more relaxed (and exhausted). These new surf robes from Mr. Merz are perfect post waves, pool, or leisurely bath. The line is wryly called “Quiet Time” for a reason.
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