When it comes to the world of alternative healing and complementary medicine, two therapies typically come to mind: aromatherapy (aka: essential oils) and healing crystals.
If you’ve never dabbled in this particular world of woo before, let’s breakdown the basics: Essential oils—like lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus, or frankincense—are the distilled “essence” of a plant, made from steaming or pressing parts of the plant like the stem, leaves, bark, peel, or petals. (And yeah, they smell really good.) Similarly, healing crystals are fossilized minerals extracted from the earth, each unique and beautiful in their own way. In alternative healing, both are credited with having the ability to shift your energy and raise your vibration, reducing feelings like depression and anxiety, while promoting feelings like balance and peace.
Both essential oils and healing crystals offer visually beautiful and stimulating sensory experiences. But the question is: do they REALLY work?
And, if so, how?
While scientifically the jury’s still out on whether there are measurable benefits to incorporating essential oils and crystals into a self-care or healing regimen, plenty of anecdotal evidence (and a millenniums-long history of shamanic healing practices) suggest that these alternative therapies can work to clear negative energy, ground your body, calm your mind, raise your vibration, and more!
It works like this: Natural elements like essential oils and crystals each carry a particular vibration and frequency informed by exactly what they are composed of, where they came from, how they were formed and extracted, and the energies they have been exposed to. Some can be used to clear or neutralize negative energy, others to introduce positive energy, and still more to protect your energy.
For example, lavender—one of the most popular and easy-to-use essential oils—is diffused aromatically to promote relaxation and calm. Another common oil, clary sage, is often used to reduce stress and clear negative energy. Myrrh, diluted with a neutral oil like coconut, can be applied topically to the soles of the feet to promote a sense of grounding and connection to Mother Earth. Crystals like black onyx, black tourmaline, hematite, jet, and smoky quartz can be used to protect your energy from negative vibrations, while others like rose quartz, pink topaz, and ruby are implemented to inspire feelings of love and open heartedness. Selenite, a crystal that is considered “self-cleansing”, can also be used to cleanse items, people, or spaces of negative energy.
And that’s just the beginning.
There are literally hundreds of essential oils and oil blends, and nearly as many crystals and gemstones, each with their own properties, powers, and benefits: A whole world of alternative healing at your fingertips.
But here is the bottom line: While aromatherapy and crystals are amazing resources to incorporate into any self-care or healing practice, your real superpower comes from knowing that you are your most effective, transformative, magical asset for clearing yourself of negative vibes, raising your vibration, and protecting your energy. Essential oils and crystals can offer their own unique benefits to your wellness routine, but the greatest energy healing and vibration raising is going to come from the essence of YOU.
Recognizing that everything you need to raise your vibration and promote positive energy is already within you can be the most empowering aspect of any healing practice. Rather than relying solely on external resources or particular items, once you recognize that you are the most powerful healing tool you have in your toolbox, you’ll discover that managing and maintaining positive vibes is something you can do anytime, anywhere, with your own innate energy. That’s the most magical healing of all.