How to use crystals to keep your chakra in balance

A healthy, balanced chakra has energy flowing through it. Where there is dis-ease (when the body is not in a state of “ease” or wellness), the energy slows or becomes blocked. Working with your crystals directly on your chakras can heal and prevent dis-ease, thus aiding physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.

the chakras

Using this illustration you can locate your different chakras:

Purple – Crown: Top of the head

Lilac – Brow: Center of the forehead, above the eyebrows (also known as the third eye)

Blue – Throat: Center of the throat

Green – Heart: Center of the chest

Yellow – Solar Plexus: Behind the soft cartilage at the bottom of the breastbone

Orange – Sacral: Just below the navel

Red – Base: Coccyx (at the base of the spine)


Working with crystals is one of the simplest and best ways of balancing and healing your chakras. By placing a crystal on a chakra, the crystal focuses healing energy directly on the area concerned, which naturally calms and heals the body, emotions, mind, and spirit as needed.

For example, malachite placed on the heart chakra helps to soothe emotions, citrine on the solar plexus chakra can ease digestive disorders, and carnelian positioned on the sacral chakra can give a boost of energy to help you deal with changes and cope with stressful events. Each crystal constantly emits a unique healing energy. Some of these energies marry happily to a specific chakra. Every crystal will help one, some, or even all of the body’s energy hot spots.

Follow the rainbow

It’s much easier to recall which crystal goes where with a simple color coding that ties in with the chakras. Therefore, the mantra here is to follow the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet, from the base chakra upward. Each crystal is selected because it ties in with this color code and is effective and available from any good crystal shop or online store. Although there are many other crystal combinations and substitutions, these work for the majority of people most of the time.


red jasper

Red jasper for the base is solid.


Carnelian for the sacral is dynamic.


Citrine for the solar plexus is a wonderful multipurpose gem.


Malachite for the heart doesn’t mess about. Many healers will recommend aventurine or rose quartz as a general crystal for the heart center—those are soft and gentle, but malachite smashes through emotional blocks like a sledgehammer, speeding up recovery.

blue lace agate

Blue lace agate for the throat is calming yet direct.

lapis lazuli

Lapis lazuli for the brow is a formidable opener of awareness.


Amethyst provides the spiritual connection from the crown.


For more crystal healing tips and techniques, check out The Little Pocket Book of Crystal Chakra Healing by Philip Permutt.


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