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Say the word “chakra” and it just might conjure up images of hippies or, at the very least, Spencer Pratt from The Hills holding crystals to his forehead. In other words, a lot of people see chakras as another New Age frou-frou gimmick. But it turns out, chakras are no fad. They date as far back as 1500 and 500 BC in the oldest Indian text called the Vedas.

Chakras are defined as a spinner wheel or disk. As it relates to the body, this means that there is a spinning wheel or disk of energy that runs along our spines, where there are seven main chakras, according to Indigo Massage & Wellness.

When these chakras are blocked, it can result in our energies getting stuck, leading us to feel uncomfortable. Luckily, chakra healing stones are here to help. If you’re new to the world of chakras, here’s how to use them as well as some information on the most popular ones to try.

Popular chakra stones and their uses

Chakra stones are used to activate and balance the energy of the chakras. The chakras in the body are each connected to a color of the rainbow, which, in turn, means each chakra stone also has that color. You can purchase an entire chakra stone set, but here are some of the most popular ones.

  1. Amethyst: This stone, which is light violet in color, is known as the "All Purpose Stone.” It's used for giving your intuition a boost. When you are undergoing some stress or anxiety, it helps to clear those negative thoughts and help you with your decision-making. It corresponds with the crown chakra and the third eye.

  2. Carnelian: This stone's color varies, appearing a light orange or reddish brown. If you've been feeling uninspired, it's a great stone to use for a boost of joy, excitement, and creativity. It corresponds with the sacral chakra.

  3. Clear Quartz: Also known as "The Master Healer," this stone is often placed at the top of your head. Its healing powers work down throughout the body, helping all sorts of issues, including those that are emotional, spiritual, physical, and mental.

    It will also help you create the balance and clarity you seek by clearing any mental chaos and providing you with a clear vision of what you want. It corresponds with the crown chakra.

How to use chakra stones

  1. In meditation: If meditation is already part of your daily routine, then, great, you are already on your way to better overall well-being. In this case, it should be easy to add chakra stones into your practice.

    Simply lie on your back and place the chakra stones to their corresponding chakra center. You can focus on one chakra at a time per session or do them all at once for all-over healing.

    As you move throughout your meditation (there are tons of recorded meditations on the internet), you will focus on clearing and energizing each chakra, leaving you ending the session feeling anew.

  2. On the body: Similar to a chakra meditation, you will use chakra stones on their corresponding chakras. This means, Garnet over your root chakra (base of your spine), Carnelian over your sacral chakra (lower abdomen), Citrine over your solar plexus chakra (your stomach), Aventurine over your heart chakra (your heart), Angelite over your throat chakra (your throat), Amethyst over your third eye (above the middle of your eyebrows), and Clear Quartz over your crown chakra (top of your head), according to Energy Muse. Leave the stones there for 11 minutes.

Next time you’re having a bad day, instead of turning to Netflix for a TV binge, consider using chakra healing stones to help improve your mood.

About the Author

Sarah Kester

Sarah is a writer, editor and cat mom. Lover of wine, rom-coms, and all things self-care, she’s inspired by mindfulness and helping others feel balanced in their lives through meditation, self-love and self-care. After all, what's balance without Saturday morning yoga and green juice and a glass of rosé later that evening? She has written for The Greatest, Elite Daily, YourTango, Vital Proteins, among others. To learn more, you can find her at her website sarahkester.com.