Gemstones for Nurturing
Amber carries the energy of the sun, warmth, and wellbeing. It is nurturing and good for people recovering from illness or who are needing comfort. It can transmute negative or stagnate energies into positive energy like a sunny day lifts the spirits. In this way it can be protective, letting you carry around a bubble of sunshine wherever you go.
Aragonite bolsters the strength of your emotional core, helping you confront painful feelings and embrace past wounds. This clears the way for lasting positive emotional states. Because it acts to balance the energy system and chakras, it is both calming and energizing.
There are many varieties of calcite, and each has specific properties. In general, calcite is gentle and revitalizing and works to clear energy blockages in the body’s energy systems. Pictured is orange calcite, which works with the 2nd and 3rd chakras, healing and giving energy toward creativity, sexuality, and the will. You can match the color of calcite to the chakra it works with: Blue = Throat, Green & Pink = Heart, Red = Root.
Emerald is a pure activator of the heart chakra. It helps you stay centered in your heart’s wisdom, and make choices from love and compassion. It opens your heart to receiving the flow of universal abundance available to us all, and in this way is an abundance stone. Like chrysoprase, it can help heal heartbreak and nourish your emotional self.
Green jade carries the energy of the Earth and nature, providing a wholesome, nurturing energy that uplifts and soothes the heart. It draws the abundance of nature into your life, helping you create physical prosperity and wellbeing.
There are several dozen types of jasper which each have unique properties, but in general jaspers all share the property of connecting the wearer with Earth energy and have a grounding and stabilizing effect.
Larimar empowers you to speak directly from the heart. It is one of the best stones for diffusing anger and transmuting it to relaxed, clear communication. It helps you tap into a deep sense of calm that transcends the current situation and your emotional responses to it–helping you to accept what is, and see the Divine in every moment.
Ocean Jasper encourages seeing the positive aspects of life, and letting go of the negative. It is helpful for people suffering from depression, as it gently lifts the spirits and helps one appreciate the present moment and the beauty of life. It can also dispel negativity and encourage a healthy atmosphere when in the workplace, or when you are out socializing.
Natural pearls are unique gems in that they are created biologically by a sea mollusk adding successive layers of material consisting of shell, aragonite, and calcite. As such they do not have the natural crystalline structure of most crystals that are used for healing. However, they do carry the energy of their component minerals, as well as the nurturing medicine of the sea.
Rainforest Jasper connects you to Planet Earth, the joy of being alive, the energy of growth, and the desire to be in balance with nature. It can help you realign your busy life and find your own natural rhythm of balance and harmony. It can help you let go of negative physical habits like overeating or smoking, and create a naturally healthy state of everyday existence.
Rhodochrosite is a powerful stone for emotional healing. It helps you gently revisit painful childhood memories, heal the past, and reclaim the parts of yourself that you may have suppressed or disowned for emotional survival. It is also a stone of joy and nurturing, helping you access the freedom and magic of a child when they feel safe and loved.
Rose quartz is the classic stone of love. It helps dissolve old hurts and open the heart to trust in love and have faith in the benevolence of the Universe. It has a melting effect on mistrust and suspicion, and reawakens the heart chakra to abundance of love available to it. It is a great stone to place in your home or workplace to increase the vibration of harmony and love in the environment.
Like most blue gemstones, turquoise activates the throat chakra, helping us speak our wisdom and truth. The gift of turquoise is in bringing an awareness that every part of us is an element of our Divine self, to be understood and embraced. The heart of compassion is knowing that darkness and pain is a universal human experience, and only by integrating these aspects of existence can we become whole. Turquoise encourages to accept ourselves, warts and all.
How to Use Gemstones & Crystals for Nurturing
How to Choose a Gemstone or Crystal for Nurturing
Start in a calm state of mind. Gaze at the images of the stones and feel your energetic link to them. Look for crystals that “call” to you, and confirm your intuition by reading the description.
Ideas for Using Your Nurturing Gemstone or Crystal
- Wear it as a necklace or other spiritual jewelry, or carry it in you pocket. Good for everyday, ongoing support.
- Place it in your environment. Good for changing the mood in the room, or supporting specific activities, like focusing at work.
- Meditate while holding it. If you have a spiritual practice, incorporate stones into it. Good for receiving deep insight, guidance, and healing.