Crystal is nature’s gift to mankind. These beautiful stones are naturally formed in beautiful color combinations, various shapes, and structures.
Crystals are not just attractive to the eye but have amazing healing properties too.
Crystals work on our body energy centers or chakras providing us with holistic healing on all levels.
However, the strong energies of the crystal may be difficult for some to handle leading to side effects that could be physical, emotional, or spiritual.
Crystal side effects – Physical
Sleeping with high vibration stones or crystals with action-oriented properties may cause you to wake up often, with uneasy dreams, restlessness, or even nightmares.
Crystals not recommended to sleep with :
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Headaches and Nausea
Certain Crystals work on the third eye chakra and crown chakra to help develop your intuition and psychic ability.
This kind of sudden energy rush to the pineal gland may be difficult to handle for those whose third eye chakra is imbalanced or blocked and may bring uncomfortable symptoms such as nausea, headaches, dizziness, and migraines.
Crystals that may cause Headaches and Nausea :
Hot/Cold Flushes and Energy tingles
Some people experience tingling or poking sensations that feel like pins and needles pricking at random places on their bodies when they receive crystal healing.
Some even experience hot or cold flushes and goosebumps.
These indicate that the healing crystal is working its magic and are just your body’s natural reaction to the crystal’s energy.
Body Pain and Upset Stomach
Healing crystals that work with the lower chakras such as root chakra and sacral chakra to remove blockages and suppressed emotions may cause adverse reactions such as body aches and upset tummy.
This is normal and part of the healing process for you to let go of your fears, insecurity, and suppressed emotions.
It is important to handle raw stone very carefully especially when performing any operations like cutting, drilling, or polishing.
Lapidary work on a crystal should always be done with proper protective gear.
Soaking in water with water may cause compounds in the stone to leech and damage the stone while making the water toxic too.
Toxic Crystals :
- Lapis Lazuli
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Crystal Side Effects – Emotional
Certain crystals are known to heal the heart chakra and throat chakra.
Such crystals with strong healing properties may bring out suppressed emotions from the past and childhood trauma to the forefront which may be difficult to deal with at once and too overwhelming as you may feel your emotions getting out of control.
It is normal for initial emotional turmoil when healing deep issues.
Keep yourself well hydrated and grounded to be able to deal with these symptoms.
Crystals that may cause overwhelming emotions :
Increased Anger and Aggression
Some crystals work on the solar plexus chakra and sacral chakra to increase your self confidence and power.
If you have an overactive sacral or solar plexus chakra wearing these crystals may temporarily heighten your aggressive behaviour.
Crystals that may increase aggression :
- Tiger Eye
Over-reliance on crystals to solve all your problems may become a bad addiction. This may even lead to a habit of laziness or avoiding difficult things.
Especially just relying on healing stones to treat major health conditions and illnesses without proper medications or medical guidance can be dangerous and result.
How to handle Crystal Side Effects
Knowing the below ways of working safely with your precious stone will help you gain maximum benefits from them with no harm.
Thourough cleansing is a must to remove excess unwanted energy the stone may have picked over time and to restore the crystals to its natural energy.
For water safe crystals cleansing under running water or soaking in saltwater is recommended method.
Smudging with sacred herbs such as White sage or Palo Santo helps cleanse your stone of unwanted energies.
Intent Setting or Activation
Activation is very important before using any crystal.
Using any crystal without setting an intent can cause side effects as without proper direction its energy might get scattered in multiple directions and cause unwanted changes.
Here’s how you can do intent setting for your crystal:
- Hold your healing stone in your receiving hand that is your non dominant hand.
- Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths and try to visualise how you’d like the crystal to assist you. It would be good to speak out your intentions loud and clear.
- Spend a few moments with your crystal to attune to its energy
- Notice any kind of sensations you feel as this indicates that the activation is working.
- Remember to ground yourself and hydrate post the activation session.
Training your body to work with the Crystal
If you are working with a crystal with a very high frequency it is recommended you start with a smaller piece of the crystal and work with it for shorter durations initially and gradually increasing the time till your body is better able to handle the crystal’s energy and is attuned to it.
Meditating with the Crystal
Meditating with crystals is very beneficial and recommended for those who are too energy sensitive to wear a crystal for a prolonged time.
Using crystals in your meditation session will help you ground and center yourself.
Certain crystals also help you connect with angels and higher dimensional entities to get answers and wisdom.
Best crystals to use in Meditation
- Clear Quartz
- Black Tourmaline
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Setting up a Crystal Grid
If having a crystal near you for long is bringing unpleasant symptoms you can still make it work for you by setting up a crystal grid with the healing stone and setting an intention.
Crystal grids are always set with a intention and bring the collective energy of multiple crystals directed towards one particular purpose.
Using Crystal combinations
It’s fruitful to pair crystals with other gemstone to either amplify or neutralize its energy. It is recommended to use high vibration crystals with grounding stones to balance their energy.
For protective stone such as Black Tourmaline or Red Jasper it’s best to pair it with a cleansing crystal such as Selenite crystal wand or Clear Quartz to release any negative energy, it has absorbed.
Crystal combinations that may cause side effects
- Tiger eye and citrine crystal
- Moldavite and Malachite
- Citrine and Carnelian
- Moldavite and clear Quartz crystal
Can you wear Crystals every day?
It is recommended to remove the jewelry when going to sleep to avoid disturbing sleep.
Can you sleep with Crystals?
Certain crystals such as rose quartz crystal are known as sleep crystals and help you achieve peaceful sleep and pleasant dreams.
You may also use crystals to induce lucid dreaming, connect with angels or higher dimensions in the sleep.
Best Crystals to connect with spirits and higher dimensions in sleep
- Rainbow Moonstone
We do not recommend you sleeping with crystals like Moldavite which cause high emotional disturbances.
Can you drink Crystal-infused water?
Crystal-infused water or crystal elixir is a good way to imbibe the positive energy and healing benefits of any crystal.
Although there are many crystals that can safely be used directly in the water there are some that are not water-friendly and may also cause the water to be toxic when immersed.
We strongly recommend you read about which crystals can and cannot go in water to get a deep understanding of your crystal’s nature.
For Crystals that are not water safe, you can still use the below method to prepare crystal water or elixir.
Indirect method to prepare crystal elixir
- Use two vessels (one big and one small). Fill the large vessel with water and place your crystal in the smaller one.
- Place the smaller vessel within the water-filled larger vessel without letting the water to enter the smaller vessel.
- This barrier avoids water from entering the crystal in the smaller vessel and causing any damage to the stone as well as keeping the water free from any toxic mineral present in the crystal.
- Leave this setup overnight if possible during the full moon.
- Store this water in your regular drinking bottle or use as a crystal elixir or cleansing spray.
Deep healing usually comes with some initial discomfort as you are getting rid of the emotional baggage.
The deeper the problem the more the symptoms come to the fore during the crystal healing session.
Be patient when working with your crystals to allow them to get to the core of the issue and heal it completely.
Be sure to follow above guidelines and read well about any crystal before using it.