Let me be crystal clear...
Crystals have gained momentum in the 'new age' trend, and for good reason. Crystals are living formations that have been growing on this earth since the beginning of time! In fact, ancient culture‘s fascination with crystals goes back to the roots of civilization, and they considered healing crystals and stones a major part of their existence.
It is believed that the Atlantians were the first to work with crystals and harness their energies to enhance their connection with the cosmos.
The Romans used talismans and amulets for good health, abundance and protection.
The ancient Egyptians used quartz to guide the deceased in the afterlife, and Lapis Lazuli, one of their most sacred and spiritual stones, to promote enlightenment, spiritual awareness, and to open the third eye. Malachite to promote inner visions and to ward off infection. Amazonite for good luck and fertility, and turquoise and carnelian as protective amulets.
The Greeks used Hematite for strength and protection during battle, and amethyst was believed to prevent drunkness and hangovers.
In India, Ayurvedic medicine uses crystals to restore emotional or metaphysical imbalances. The Hindu Vedas also reference the Navratnas, or the nine sacred gemstones, which have a profound effect on human life.
The list goes on...
Electromagnetism and quantum theory have proven what the ancients already knew; when two objects or bodies come into contact or occupy the same space, they have the ability to shift or alter each others vibrational frequency.
There are many methods of using crystals for healing such as meditation with crystal mala beads, placing crystals in a bath, charging your drinking water with crystal such as rose quartz, of simply adorning your body with crystal, which is an ancient healing art. Just be sure to cleanse your crystal often.
Crystals are in fact the most orderly formation that exist in nature and are structured in a way that respond to the different energies around them, leading them to oscillate, or sway, and emit specific vibratory frequencies.
In this day and age, we know that all things in the universe are made of energy and vibrate at their own frequency. Electromagnetism and quantum theory have proven what the ancients already knew; when two objects or bodies come into contact or occupy the same space, they have the ability to shift or alter each others vibrational frequency. We can apply this physical law of resonance to crystals as well. When we bring a crystal into our energy field, the electromagnetic frequencies of the stone will vibrate with our own frequency and cause a third, larger vibration field. This shift in our subtle energy body affects our nervous system which in turn sends the information to the brain. The harmonized frequency then stimulates a biochemical shift which affects us in positive healing ways.
Disclaimer: I do not think that crystals cure illness, however, I do believe they have a positive effect on well-being when incorporated into your wellness practices such as meditation. While some will claim crystals only have a placebo effect, it is important to understand that placebo effects are strongly supported by research. I would argue that if you feel overall good energy when you are around crystal, and they bring you a sense of calm, peace, and tranquility, while boosting your overall sense of mental and emotional health, then they are contributing to stress reduction. And what science has proven is that chronic stress is one of the leading causes of disease.