How to Use Amethyst Crystals for Healing

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Amethyst is a quartz crystal that comes in shades of purple from light lavender to deep violet. According to healers, amethyst crystals have a spiritual quality and can be used to help individuals tap into higher levels of consciousness. Amethyst—which can be found in Siberia, Sri Lanka, and Brazil—serves as a bridge between physical and ethereal frequencies, creating the proper conditions for enlightenment. Lavender quartz is thought to awaken the soul, helping people to realize their life purpose.

Amethyst Meaning

Amethyst gets it name from the Greek amethystos, meaning "not intoxicated." The Greeks believed the semiprecious stone would guard them against drunkenness. Many years later, medieval soldiers wore amulets made of amethyst to protect themselves during battle; they believed the stone possessed healing powers. In Tibet, amethyst is considered sacred and is used to produce prayer beads.

In the world of crystal healing, amethyst is believed to help purify the mind and reduce stress and anxiety. To this end, the stone is often used in meditation. Healers believe that sitting with the stone in a calm room can aid in relaxation and intuition.

Benefits of Amethyst

The benefits of amethyst, according to healers, are many.

  • Bring peace: Place an amethyst, or a group of amethysts, in your home or office to create a more peaceful environment.
  • Protect against psychic attack: Wear a crystal somewhere on your person to guard against spiritual assault.
  • Provide spiritual insight: Wear an amethyst crystal near your crown chakra (top of the head) to promote insight. Hairpins with inlaid amethyst are one way to do this.
  • Promote restful sleep: Place an amethyst near your bed or wear an amethyst pendant while sleeping.
  • Assist with meditation and visualization: Place a crystal in a quiet room with soft lighting before beginning meditation or visualization.

How to Use Amethyst for Healing

Amethyst can be used to promote spirituality, psychic awareness, lucid dreaming, and more.

Spirituality and Calm: Whitehorse Woman uses amethyst to keep in touch with her spiritual side and stay connected with herself and others. "It allows me to act for the best of all," she writes. "It keeps me calm and allows me to feel that I have enough time to do what I need to do even when time is limited. It allows me to work slowly even when I am feeling the need to rush and this allows me to do things right the first time instead of having to redo things because I rushed through them. Amethyst does not like the sunlight at all but likes the moonlight, sea water, and cold. It loves being under snow or in the freezer as a way of cleaning it and recharging it. Amethyst is a good stone for a creative person to have around because it does work so well at calming them."

Psychic Awareness: Amethyst is a powerful stone for healing. It also aids in psychic awareness and helps with imagery. It is a stone to help quiet the mind. If worn while sleeping, it helps you interpret dreams and ward off nightmares. It enhances intuition and inspiration, gives you clarity and insight, and is an excellent stone for meditation. Amethyst also uplifts the spirit.

Lucid Dreaming: Leah uses amethyst to improve her lucid dreaming. "My favorite spiritual stone is amethyst," she writes. "I especially like deep purple amethysts, although the lighter shades supposedly carry the same healing properties as the darker ones. Just a personal preference I guess. I hold an amethyst sphere in my hands during meditation to help open up my crown chakra so I can better communicate with my spiritual teachers in higher planes. I have also tucked a smaller amethyst stone inside my pillowcase at bedtime to assist me with lucid dreaming and astral flight."

Powerful Energy: Gwenn Henkel is a medical hypnotherapist who also works with angels. During a session, angels suggested to her that she use amethyst whenever feeling tired or out of sorts. Henkel began collecting pieces of amethyst jewelry. She now finds that her energy is lifted whenever she wears the stone. It has a very powerful energy.

Clarity: Before working with them, Shen did not believe in the healing qualities of gemstones. One summer, she began suffering from a very deep depression. She was hopeless and thought there was no way out. After she became physically ill, her friend brought her an amethyst necklace from Japan as a gift. Shen put it on and after her fever broke, she suddenly felt relieved of a great weight. She instantly knew what she wanted to do with her life and began that very afternoon to pursue it.