It’s not just for New Age Hippies anymore: healing crystals are officially back with gusto. The glittering gems are said to have positive healing energy, but the science is still out on that. Regardless, these stones, like everything else in the universe, are made up of energy, and if you’re looking to channel some good vibrations its as good a place to start as any.
Feeling a bit of a dip in your energy, or is your fitness routine feeling lacklustre? Well, if you’d like to reboot your routine, crystal energy healer and wellness warrior Coco Chan suggests the crystal healing can have some unexpected perks when you’re working out. “There are endless types of crystals that are suitable for working out,” she says, “but these three options are easily sourced for those wanting to explore the world of crystals.”
And how should you use these healing crystals? Other than carrying it in your pocket or wearing it in jewellery, if the crystal you’re using isn’t water soluble (make sure to check!) you can place it in your water bottle and infuse good vibes from the inside; or, post workout, place the crystals in your bathtub and let your muscles recover while you soak in the positive vibrations.
Bloodstone, or heliotrope, is a dark-green jasper stone flecked with red, which resembles blood. It’s been used since ancient times for protection and to stimulate energy. “Bloodstone is a powerful healing stone that promotes motivation, courage and confidence,” says Chan. “It was often carried in armour by ancient warriors who went off in battle.” If it’s good enough for warriors, it can probably get you through a session in the gym.
When you’re needing a little boost of self-confidence in your own athletic abilities, Black Onyx should do the trick. “This stone absorbs and transforms negative energy,” says Chan. “It’s a great stone to increase stamina and personal power.” Black Onyx will take any toxic self-doubts and give you clarity of mind—essential for taking on any physical challenges.
If you’re trying to achieve a certain fitness goal, the Tiger Eye stones’ energy is all about focusing those dreams and making them a reality. “Tiger Eye has strong properties to release fear and anxiety while stimulating action.” Just like a tiger, this stone gives you the focus to form a plan of attack and see it through with passion and ferocity.