Crystals For Depression: 12 Healing Stones To Boost Your Mental Health
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When you’re in the depths of depression, it can feel like there is no way out. The black hole zaps your joy and zest for life and can cause everything to spiral out of control.
Unfortunately, there is no quick fix for depression nor a magic pill – yes, even anti-depressants can be ineffective or cause side effects.
But this doesn’t mean all hope is lost. You can try many holistic healing treatments and practices, including crystal healing. And the good news is you don’t have to go to energy healers or reiki practitioners to reap the benefits of crystal therapy. Instead, you can work with them yourself from the comfort of your own home.
In this article, I’m sharing the best healing stones for treating depression and how to use them, even if you have no previous experience. So, if you’re struggling to find an effective and natural solution to depression, read on.
Top 12 Crystals For Depression
Many healing crystals can assist in treating depression. However, as depression is a long and often complicated road, which healing crystal you choose will depend on the stage you are currently at. Here are the 12 best crystals for depression and their specific uses.
Quick PicksSmoky Quartz – To Dispel Suicidal Thoughts Lepidolite – To Balance The Nervous System Citrine – To Increase Positive Energy Carnelian– For An Energy Boost Sunstone – To Promote Joyful Energy Tiger’s Eye – To Improve Self-Image Black Tourmaline – To Remove Negative Energy Black Obsidian – For Stability & Protection Blue Lace Agate – To Build Inner Strength Rose Quartz – To Promote Self-Love Clear Quartz – To See The Bigger Picture Amethyst – To Increase Your Vibration
Smoky Quartz – To Dispel Suicidal Thoughts
Smoky quartz is one of the best crystals for depression when you feel like giving up. This protective crystal can pull you out of a dark place, clear negative or suicidal thoughts from your mind, and ground you into the earth’s nurturing energy.
Linked to the root chakra, smoky quartz ensures all your core needs are met, bringing emotional stability and a sense of safety. This makes it an excellent stone in times of traumatic events and major life changes that lead you to a state of severe depression where you feel there is no more hope.
While smoky quartz may not turn you into a happy-go-lucky person, its protective energy will give you the strength and courage you need to see another day through. To access the healing properties of smoky quartz, direct this crystal wand at the root chakra (the base of the spine) while following a guided root chakra meditation.
Lepidolite – To Balance The Nervous System
Known as the self-care stone, the soothing lepidolite is one of the best healing crystals for mental health. It helps to rebalance the nervous system and take you out of a chronic fight-or-flight response, something that is common with severe anxiety and depression.
What is unique about this healing stone is that it clears blockages in the heart, third eye, and crown chakra. This helps to soothe negative thoughts and worries, shifting your attention to self-care and positivity.
Lepidolite worry stones are excellent for use during meditation or whenever you feel intense emotions arise. You can also place one under your pillow at night to improve sleep and help you wake up in a more positive mood. In addition, wear lepidolite jewelry to help you stay calm, centered, and upbeat as you (try to) go about your day.
Citrine– To Increase Positive Energy
Citrine is the stone of positive energy, something mental health disorders like depression zap from you. Therefore, if you feel stuck in a pessimistic slump, turn to this sunny healing stone to cheer you up.
Citrine is also associated with new perspectives. If you’re constantly focusing on the bad, this healing crystal will help you find the good in the situation instead. Citrine is an ideal stone to pair with smoky quartz, as this yellow crystal will infuse your spirit with enthusiasm, optimism, and joy.
Place citrine around your home to keep negative energy at bay. An orgone pyramid is a powerful way to improve the vibe in the environment. It will also help improve your sleep, preventing insomnia and nightmares. So if you are struggling to sleep well due to depression, place a citrine pyramid or sphere ball on your bedside table.
Carnelian – For An Energy Boost
While citrine will enhance your mood, carnelian will boost your energy, making it another of the best crystals for depression. When we feel depressed, our energy is at an all-time low, and as a result, we struggle to do anything, including basic things like taking a shower, eating a meal, and sometimes even getting out of bed.
Linked to the lower chakras, carnelian restores vitality, boosts creativity, and improves self-confidence. It helps you start to believe in yourself again and gives you the push you need to get up and have a great day.
Because of this, I recommend placing a mini Carnelian palm stone under your pillow so you wake up with the energy to jump out of bed (or at least not hit snooze ten times). Then, wear this carnelian jewelry set throughout the day for triple energy-boosting power.
Sunstone – To Promote Joyful Energy
Do you find your depression symptoms worsen on grey, cloudy days? Or do you feel happy in the summer, but when winter comes around, you feel low and depressed?
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a seasonal depression caused by a lack of sunlight. Thus, many people in the northern hemisphere experience this during the winter when the days are short, and sunlight is scarce. If you’re thinking, “This sounds exactly like me,” sunstone is the healing stone you need.
Sunstone will bring light and warmth to your life, even without the sun outside. This radiant stone is known for its ability to spark pure joy, motivation, and enthusiasm by grounding you into the earth via the root chakra and awakening the inner fire in the solar plexus.
Enjoy the positive energies of sunstone during the day by wearing a sunstone chip bead bracelet. Then place a sunstone pyramid on your beside table for the nighttime – it may make it easier to get up in the morning when it’s cold and dark outside!
Tiger’s Eye – To Improve Self-Image
Tiger’s eye is another of the top crystals for depression, as it powers up the third chakra, boosting all aspects of your self-image. Tiger eye is known for its ability to banish self-doubt and self-sabotaging behaviors. It also boosts confidence, self-belief, and feelings of self-worth, allowing you to see that you are worthy of more.
Tiger’s eye is the ideal healing crystal to use if your depression stems from a failure or setback, whether in business or personal life. Tiger’s eye will remind you that life is not over and you are good enough.
Wear this tiger eye necklace to remember your worth, or use this crystal wand in a chakra healing session, directing it to the solar plexus chakra in the upper abdomen. Listening to solar plexus chakra affirmations as you do so will boost your self-image and vibration further.
Black Tourmaline – To Remove Negative Energy
Black tourmaline is one of the best healing crystals for removing negative energy from your body, aura, and environment. With strong associations to the root chakra, tourmaline offers protection, grounding, and stability, creating the feeling of a nurturing safety blanket.
Black tourmaline doesn’t just dispel negative energies; it also protects you from absorbing more. Therefore, it is best to use this protective stone before any of the ‘sunnier stones’ on this list and continue black tourmaline healing throughout your depression recovery process.
The best way to do this is by having a black tourmaline orgone pyramid in your home, absorbing any negative energy that enters your space. In addition, it’s worth carrying a small tumbled stone in your bag or purse to protect you while out and about.
Black Obsidian – For Stability & Protection
Black obsidian is another excellent protective crystal that can ease depression and other mental health issues. Obsidian helps to bring the energetic system into balance, which in turn, stabilizes emotions and thoughts. This can reduce psychological symptoms like mood swings, repetitive negative thoughts, and addictive behaviors.
Once it has grounded you, obsidian will fill you with courage and confidence to face your fears and make positive life choices. You can maximize these healing energies by wearing a triple protection bracelet, combining black obsidian, tiger’s eye, and hematite. Alternatively, place this obsidian guardian angel in the central room of your home to keep your emotions under control.
Blue Lace Agate – To Build Inner Strength
Blue lace agate is another of the best healing crystals for reducing mood swings, as this soothing stone carries potent but gentle emotionally stabilizing energies. It promotes communication, helping you open up to others about your struggles, whether with a therapist or your best friend.
Blue lace agate also evokes courage and confidence, particularly if you need to speak out about the issue causing your depression. Allow its soothing energy to guide you by wearing a blue lace agate necklace; its proximity to the throat chakra will give you the courage to speak about your troubles, which is an integral part of the healing process.
This blue lace agate and black tourmaline bracelet is another fab option, combining two of the best healing crystals for depression.
Rose Quartz – To Promote Self-Love
The heart chakra stone rose quartz aids depression by gently opening your heart. The pretty pink crystal is ideal for depression caused by grief, heartbreak, relationship breakdowns, or other emotional traumas. It helps you tap into the positive qualities of love, gratitude, and joy, significantly raising your vibration while diminishing negative emotions.
Rose quartz carries healing, nurturing, and compassionate energy and promotes self-love. Thus, by wearing a rose quartz necklace or carrying a worry stone around, you’ll stop beating yourself up for feeling low (which just further dampens your mood).
Clear Quartz – To See The Bigger Picture
Quite often, depression causes us to only see a situation from one perspective (which is always a negative one). We can get stuck focusing on the little details and cannot zoom out and see something for what it really is – AKA, not as bad as our mind tells us.
The high vibrational energy of the clear quartz crystal helps us access new perspectives and see the bigger picture. It does this by helping us connect to the present moment, bringing mental healing and clarity while removing all negative and untrue thoughts that are clouding our minds.
The clear quartz crystal also has the incredible ability to treat physical problems relating to depression, such as changes to sleep or appetite. Work with this master healer in meditation or energy healing practices, combining it with high-frequency meditation music. Hold a clear quartz worry stone in your palm or place several small crystals on your body.
Amethyst – To Increase Your Vibration
Finally, our list of depression crystals could not be complete without the high vibrational crown chakra crystal amethyst. Amethyst promotes physical, mental, and emotional health while increasing spiritual connection.
However, it is best to use this powerful crystal towards the end of your healing journey, after working with tourmaline or obsidian, to remove the initial negative energies from your aura. You can also combine an amethyst cluster with other crystals from this list by using a crystal grid and setting a specific intention.
Final Thoughts On Healing Stones For Depression
As you can see, numerous gemstones can help to reduce depression symptoms. There are also various ways to use them, from wearing them as jewelry, combining them on crystal grids, or placing worry stones under your pillow.
However, as no scientific evidence supports the benefits of healing stones for depression, you should still seek professional help. Crystal healing can serve as a complementary, holistic healing tool to other forms of treatment, such as therapy.