Presenting a Comprehensive Guide to Healing Crystals
Crystals have been around for thousands and thousands of years (literally, that's when many of them were formed) and have long been part of ancient healing rituals. But recently we've seen a huge rise in the popularity of these crystals thanks to A) a greater societal emphasis on self-care amongst millennials and Gen-Zers, B) a large celebrity following (looking at you, Katy Perry and Adele), and, of course, C) social media. To date, there are currently over 11.6 million posts on Instagram dedicated to crystals, and it seems that everyone is swooning over (or selling) them. "Crystals are an accessible entry point into deeper mystical and spiritual concepts, which might help explain the increase in popularity," says Giselle La Pompe-Moore, modern mystic, wellness guide and founder of Project Ajna.
Already a big trend in the States — with brands like Sunday Forever selling individual healing gemstones alongside candles and perfume — crystals are set to be the next big beauty buzzword. In addition to the rise of skincare tools made from jade and rose quartz, brands like Herbivore Botanicals, Sisley, Aveda, Tata Harper, and Glossier are adding crystals onto the ingredients lists of their skin care, hair care, and makeup products.
So from amethyst to orange calcite, carnelian to rose quartz, and all the mystically beautiful stones in between, we'd like to present a comprehensive guide to figuring out the crystal maze, with help from experts on the topic who shed light on what each gem is supposed to do, and how you can incorporate them into your everyday life.