For Beginners: Six Different Crystals To Get You Started

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A while back, I had a guest post on Crystal Healing and the basics of choosing your first set of crystals.

After that article was released, I received a TON of feedback and comments asking for more!

Specifically, which crystals are appropriate for certain types of healing and pain.

Now, if you ever saw me in person, you’d see me wearing many different crystals to protect myself throughout the day. In fact, I often introduce crystal healing to strangers before Reiki! 

In today’s post, I cover some of the questions that I get from other Reiki healers or people interested in Crystal Healing, as well as a few more technical questions about which crystals are best for healing, longevity, etc. 

Now, there is a wealth of information out there, but I want to distill the most important concepts for you so that you can begin your journey NOW. 

It can be very difficult as the existing literature is often dense and full of technical verbiage… if you’re willing to get extremely deep into the Crystal Healing practice, I definitely recommend supplementing your research to find out what is best for you.

And as mentioned in the last Crystal Healing article, it is extremely important to go with your intuition and what feels right for you, as too much thinking can actually cloud your reaction to certain minerals and materials.

How does Crystal Healing affect my Reiki practice?

Crystal Healing is one of the best ways to supplement your Reiki practice, as you constantly wear the material on your skin.

You can almost think of Crystals as a booster for your connection to Universal Energy (UE). By frequent contact with your energy field, you’ll be able to channel clearer positive energy through the palms of your hands and into the patient or yourself. 

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Most people wear crystals around their neck, but I also like to wear them around my wrist and ankles to give me protection from the ground up. In this way, I’ll be able to specifically pinpoint exactly where I need to heal if I require self-healing and boost the chance of a great session for one of my clients.

But where does one begin if they don’t have the knowledge or resources to begin Crystal Healing?

Below are six of the Crystals that I personally use and wear, as well as what they treat and how they affect the body.

To my knowledge, there has been no documented case of a Crystal allergy, but if you aren’t tested yet, I would advise to check that out FIRST before continuing. The last thing you want to do is aggravate your body!

But if you are otherwise good to go...

...without further ado, here are the six crystals I recommend all beginners start with! 

Clear Quartz

While most of the crystals can help with a variety of issues, Clear Quartz is universally considered to be the easiest and most influential for beginners.  

Clear Quartz Representation

The minerals in Clear Quartz give the wearer greater protection from the elements and reinforce one’s personal energy levels. 

By enhancing the personal energy of the wearer, Clear Quartz raises the frequency of the owner to clear symptoms of stagnant or loose energy. 

Clear Quartz crystals can be “programmable” and are responsive to affirmations. This means that Clear Quartz responds to a user’s intention for using them and provides assistance to make that intention come true. 

Beware though - this may backfire if you have ill intentions! Remember that crystals are supposed to enhance the quality of your life, not feed your ambitions or greed.

I’ve seen several cases where people have used Clear Quartz for ulterior motives and have subsequently suffered as a result.

So be sure that your intentions are clean before wearing CQ!

As the go-to crystal, Clear Quartz is also the Crystal that cleanses and recharges other crystals. 

Clean it under running distilled water (cooled boiled water is okay) and place in an area with bright sunlight to recharge its energy. 

Clear Quartz will help you ‘set the day’ as I like to say and you’ll feel instantaneously better and more secure by wearing it.


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Amethysts are a bright crystal that attract many people because of its color…

...but don’t misunderstand - the Amethyst is an extremely powerful Crystal! 

I often recommend this crystal second because of how it provides protection and purifies the aura just by having one. 

I remember the first time I got an felt as though I was radiating with a positive force from the inside out. 

I checked with my team and group of healers to make sure, and they all reported (individually!) that one of the layers of my aura had changed into a much brighter, lilac color

Now, amethysts range from light to dark purple, but every type of Amethyst is great for spiritual protection, aura purification, and alignment of the physical and spiritual bodies. 

Whenever I wear one, it also seems to develop my intuition as well. With further research, Amethyst stones help with addiction, headaches, confusion, and help bring clarity to the user.

One of my readers even proclaimed that it helps increase their imagination. This wouldn’t be surprising considering that the reader was an artist! 

Wash the Amethyst each night, as it can easily be overused (I too am guilty of this). Use running water and rub it gently against the Clear Quartz crystal and leave it to recharge in a moderately lit place. It will change color and energy frequency if exposed to direct sunlight.   

Smokey Quartz 

is transparent, with a color that ranges from very pale tan to dark chocolate brown. 

I’ve used Smokey Quartz particularly for situations that may demand a heavier mental load. In this way, I don’t overload my Third Eye and Crown Chakras and allow the Smokey Quartz to offer its protective vibration around my Upper Layer. 

The Smokey Quartz is perfect for the workplace or any other environment that may be perceived as stressful. It works as a relaxant and helps one tap into their inner calm to stay grounded amid struggles and hardship.

Smokey Quartz Representation

It’s easily one of my favorite and MOST recommended crystal. 

One of my students starting wearing a Smokey Quartz crystal around their neck after a certain illness passed.

In as little as a few days, they looked sharper than ever! It was as if they hadn’t even gotten sick in the days prior!

Pair it together with Clear Quartz to protect your entire Aura.  

To clean the crystal, use a damp cloth to gently wipe it and place on the soil of a healthy plant. If you don’t have a plant in your home, putting it underneath the Clear Quartz works just as well. 

Rose Quartz

Often dubbed, “The Love Stone”, the Rose Quartz is particularly attractive because it opens up new opportunities for people. 

When people struggle in their love life, it may be due to the fact that the energy frequencies are extremely different. Sometimes, you meet someone who you think is a good fit, but after a few dates with them… realize that they just aren’t meant for you. 

Rose Quartz Representation

Rose Quartz can help solve this issue by attracting people who have the same energy resonance and level as you. 

But perhaps more importantly, the Rose Quartz allows you to see yourself for who you really are. By exposing yourself to other like frequencies, you’ll be able to see your true self, and not the person you just claim to be. 

The Rose Quartz is powerful in this regard because it triggers self-love and self-acceptance in a world that continually tears you down.

Not surprisingly, the Rose Quartz works to clear, cleanse, and tap into the Heart Chakra. Once I began incorporating the Rose Quartz in my life, I felt how my Heart Chakra seemingly opened and I felt a newfound appreciation for myself. 

Now, be careful not to rely on the Rose Quartz too much -- remember that crystals are meant to supplement, not replace, your healing process and your journey.

It is a tool…

...that when used, can free up many areas of your life that you previously left closed. 

This may also bring up some blocked memories, repressed emotions, and unresolved pains...but it is entirely worth it to view yourself in a whole new light and move on from the past you. 

When you use this stone, be sure to incorporate Clear Quartz or Amethyst to balance out the energies. It will keep you grounded and ensure that you are connected to the things around you and not just yourself. 

To clean, wipe under running water and gently rub it against the Clear Quartz. Store in a darker area, as sunlight may ‘overcharge’ the stone. 


This is the stone of luck and has been to known to influence a decision or two. 

In Ireland, Citrine is known as “the merchant’s stone,” as it seemingly enhances one’s chances of obtaining a positive outcome. 

Citrine Representation

Salespeople have used the stone for decades in order to win better deals, but just because you might not be in sales doesn’t mean you can’t use this crystal to help you in your life.

The reason I recommend Citrine for beginners to start with is because of its ability to boost one’s self confidence. By resonating at the frequency of your Throat and Sacral Chakra, Citrine clears any blockages or negative thoughts one may have and influences positive behavior.

After wearing a Citrine stone for a week, I began to feel a slight change in my posture, the way I spoke, and even the way I dress!

People said that I looked as if I had a new kick in my step (which is pretty ironic considering that I wore the Citrine around my ankle). 

You typically want to wear a Citrine stone that is cut about 5” or less in length - too much Citrine, and you may become arrogant, cocky, and overbearing on other people, which is what you want to avoid.

It may take some adjustment to get used to having Citrine, but if you feel as though you need an extra boost to get through the day, Citrine is the way to go. 

Because of its ability on the Throat and Sacral Chakras, Citrine is also believed to help ease digestive issues as well, so you’ll be able to eat well without facing indigestion, acid reflux, or a host of other symptoms and problems. 

That being said, please consult a medical professional if you have any of these symptoms. It wouldn’t hurt to get checked! 

Citrine doesn’t need cleansing that often - you don’t want to wash away the luck - but I do recommend wiping it down at least once a week. 

Black Tourmaline 

Tourmaline Representation

This crystal is probably the most EFFECTIVE stone. 

As a grounding stone, it is one of the most powerful at repelling all sorts of negative energies - electromagnetic radiation, UV rays, blue light, etc. 

It functions as a ‘transfuser’, which means that it translates negative energies into neutral or positive ones. 

I’ve used this anytime I know that I’m going to be in a circumstance or an area that is rippling with energies bouncing everywhere to and fro. Typically, I wear this around my wrist or in my shirt pocket. 

As a protective stone, it’s been the one that has probably helped me out the MOST on different occasions. 

I won’t go into the technical jargon...but it helps solidify a negative energy repellent around the Aura. 

It balances all meridians of the body, as well as provides a boost to the front and back of the Chakras to ensure safe protection. 

Black Tourmaline is even reported to prevent psychic attack, which is becoming extremely common nowadays as people gain more and more knowledge. 

If you feel lackluster or a bit fearful of what lies outside, I recommend wearing Black Tourmaline in your pocket to ensure that your energy is protected. The better option would be to wear it directly on the skin, although available resources may not have it cut that small. 

Clean the Black Tourmaline under running, warm water and let it dry in direct sunlight. After it is dry, place it next to Clear Quartz to recharge. 

These are the six crystals that I recommend to any and all beginners new to Crystal Healing and its benefit. It’s important to remember that crystals work on many different levels, and the science is still coming in on their effectiveness for certain people.

The best thing to do is to slowly experiment and use your intuition to get a feel for what works for you. Once you do can bet it’s going to change your life. 

And for a limited time, you can get my Crystal Healing Guide FREE if you purchase the Reiki Home Course.

Dave Nelson

Dave Nelson is the creator of Reiki Infinite Healer. Over the last 4 years Dave and his team have helped hundreds of thousands of people improve their wellbeing, recover from illness, connect with their spiritual selves, and learn to heal with the amazing art of Reiki. Dave is a highly sought after healer and teacher, who's work has impacted the lives, health and relationships of individuals and their families in over 200 different countries.

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