Power in Your Palm: Moms’ Beginner Guide to Crystals

Spencer Pratt of The Hills told People he spent $1million on crystals. The MTV star splurged on hundreds of pieces, claiming they helped him to be “vibrationally tuned in.” Willow and Jaden Smith made their own in the backyard.

As weird as celebrities make crystals seem, us regular folks are finding lots of benefits in the shiny stones.

Crystals have been around for thousands of years, used by the ancient Egyptians, Romans, and Aztecs to heal and protect. Crystals can be used in Chinese medicine to move chi (energy), in Hinduism and Buddhism to align the chakras, and are mentioned in the Bible more than 200 times.

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While doctors dispute the healing properties of crystals, many agree that using crystal therapy helps to induce relaxation, aiding in stress management.

Moms claim crystals have helped to aid fertility, ease morning sickness, promote calm during labor, and even improve kids’ sleep (I put amethyst and rose quartz in the 2Live Crew’s pillowcases).

*Crystal healing is an alternative therapy, and is best used in conjunction with medical treatment recommended by a qualified physician.

Moonstone is described as the stone of femininity and nurturing. Crystal Vaults calls moonstone the “stone of love and eroticism, stimulating the kundalini energy and carnal desires. It is the ultimate fertility crystal.” Moonstone soothes emotions and relieves fear and stress during birth. Many believe that moonstone helps with contractions and lactation.

Black Onyx gives laboring mothers physical strength, focus and stamina. Onyx is used to deflect negative thoughts, heighten self confidence, and strengthen in times of physical or emotional stress. In some cultures, moms are given a bag of the shiny stones to hold to relieve labor pain.

Larimar helps calm anxious moms. The blue stone helps promote confidence and peace and soothes stress. It’s been used after birth to help with post partum depression and the stress of new motherhood. Larimar’s calming qualities make it a good choice for Type A moms, allowing them to relax and let things happen naturally.

Amethyst represents balance. Called the “all healer,” amethyst calms and soothes headaches and overactive thoughts. Amethyst shields against negative energy, and was the 3rd stone in the 3rd row of the High Priest of Israel’s breast plate. ( Exodus 28:19 ; 39:12 ) In Hebrew,  amethyst translates to ahlamah, or “dream stone.” The purple gem helps with insomnia and promotes lucid dreams.

Rose Quartz is the sweetest crystal a mom can give a child–it’s the stone of unconditional love. Its soft, motherly energy promotes nurturing and bonding. The pink stone can be placed on the stomach during pregnancy or worn (I wear a rose quartz bracelet on days when I  speak or work with moms one on one). Rose quartz strengthens empathy and sensitivity, and some say it eases baby’s colic when food or milk is placed within a circle of the stones.

Mind Body Green says choosing a crystal is like choosing a friend. I like to touch and hold a crystal to see if I feel any connection with it before adding it to my collection or buying one for my family.

Do crystals mean something to you, or are they just pretty rocks?

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Tiffani is the wife and mom behind MyMommyVents, co-creator of The Mommy Conference, and co-founder of the digital collective Sisterhued. Her writing and parenting tips have been seen on The Washington Post, Mommy Noire, Yahoo Parenting, and Fit Pregnancy.
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