By Stephanie Pflumm ©Copyright 2007
You should never rely completely on someone else to tell you which gemstones and crystals you need to use for this problem or that condition. The same is true for choosing stones to work with your Chakra System.
When working with any tool, it is important to remember that the true source of power is you. A hammer and nail will build a beautiful home, but not until you pick up the hammer and drive the nail. Since, it is you that drives the energy, it is important to choose tools that you are comfortable working with.
First, a brief description of what a Chakra is and why you want to keep them healthy. The Chakra system is an ancient, Eastern tradition that measures/monitors the flow of energy through a healthy body. The energy itself is visualized as a serpent coiling through seven major points/glands/organs in the body. When energy flows freely through this serpantine path, the Kundalini is awakened and your creative power is at its peak.
If this flow of energy becomes blocked anywhere along the pathway, it can result in physical and/or emotional illness.
There are a number of exercises you can do to help keep your Chakra clear and healthy. Meditations that involve concentrating your breathing through each of the seven points. Smudging, drums, chants or singing bowls can be very effective at clearing the path. Crystals are also a popular tool for healing the Chakra.
Here are some guidelines you can use for selecting a gem for each Chakra. "Traditional Color Choices" and "Traditional Crystals" are included to help give you ideas, not dictate a choice.
FIRST CHAKRA (sexual organs/base/beginnings)
Traditional Color Choices: red, black, silver, brown, clear
Gemstones that remind you of Earth, Mother and renewal are excellent choices for the base Chakra. This energy zone involves your reproductive organs, the clearing of toxins and beginnings. Crystals that you associate with fertility, or clusters with multiple terminations will also be helpful at clearing and revitalizing this Chakra.
Traditional Crystals: Red Jasper, Garnet, Hematite, Lodestone, Black Obsidian
SECOND CHAKRA (stomach/nutrition/joy)
Traditional Color Choices: orange, yellow, gold, white
Gemstones that give you courage to savor the bittersweet flavors of life are
your best choices. Look for stones that arouse your senses, or even remind you
of your favorite foods. Energy from the second Chakra aid in your body's
absorption of nutrients, so that you have the strength to take on life's
Traditional Crystals: Carnelian, Golden Tiger's Eye, Orange Calcite, Citrine,
THIRD CHAKRA (gall bladder/will power/fire)
Traditional Color Choices: yellow, gold, brown, green-blue, red-gold
Crystals associated with Fire seem to have the strongest influence on the
Third Chakra. Your gemstone choices should have a motivating influence on you,
inspire your greatest desires. This energy center has the power to see you
through the toughest obstacles and illnesses. All motivation, inspiration,
determination flow from this center.
Traditional Crystals: Pyrite, Golden Topaz, Sunstone, Ruby, Starry Jasper
FOURTH CHAKRA (heart/love/self)
Traditional Color Choices: green, pink, white, lavender
You will often find that your personal power gem also has the healthiest
influence on this important energy center. The energy that flows from this
Chakra is your Love. If it is strong and unconditional, then the love you send
out will be the strongest it can be. Choose gemstones that bring you calm and
contentment, as these emotions are the healthiest for your heart.
Traditional Crystals: Green Aventurine, Pink Aventurine, Rose Quartz,
FIFTH CHAKRA (throat/breath/voice)
Traditional Color Choices: blue, green, clear
Choose gemstones that remind you of the sky, open fields, breathing freely the
fresh air of a bright new day. The energy in this area keeps you breathing in
rhythm and makes sure your voice is heard when words need to be said. Holding
them back often causes illnesses of the throat and lungs. Your throat crystal
should help you breath and speak freely.
Traditional Crystals: Blue Lace Agate, Kyanite, Aquamarine, Turquoise,
SIXTH CHAKRA (sight/psychic/pituitary gland)
Traditional Color Choices: dark blue, black, gold, clear
Gemstones that stimulate your mind, thoughts are excellent for this energy
center. Favorite crystals that help you to meditate or communicate with guides
are probably good choices for your Third Eye as well. This energy area
stimulates physical growth and vision, but also influences your intuitive
abilities. Look for crystals that help you to feel open to new ideas and new
Traditional Crystals: Lapis Lazuli, Blue Sapphire, Dumortierite, Sodalite,
SEVENTH CHAKRA (brain chemical production/intuition/highest self)
Traditional Color Choices: purple, gold, white, clear
This Chakra is your portal to God/Goddess/Universal All, and the most
important to keep healthy. Not only is this the energy source for your every
emotion, but it is your connection to the ultimate source. It will not matter
how healthy or clear the other six Chakra are, if your Crown Chakra is closed
and ill. Choose gemstones that bring you closest to your divine source, or
make you feel that you can see forever when you look into them.
Traditional Crystals: Amethyst, Citrine, Clear Quartz, Fluorite, Lepidolite