This first aid guide to treating common ailments focuses on just 12 stones that cover a wide range of applications. The guide shows the reader how to identify the right stone for each ailment − the index lists more than 300 specific complaints, including those that occur frequently, such as: allergies, coughs, headaches, hormonal complaints, minor injuries, sunburn, stomach ache and toothache. This is your own home pharmacy in portable, pocket form. Divided into 12 chapters, one for each stone, the guide explains many illnesses and complaints in clear, concise, understandable language and suggests the appropriate stone for each ailment and how to use it. This practical, handy guide distills the essence of our current understanding of healing with gemstones. The 12 stones selected will help the reader maintain their health and heal both their body and mind.
Aquamarine Aquamarine is the number-one healing crystal for allergies. It belongs to the family of beryls – ring silicates that contain aluminium and beryllium. Ring silicates reduce tension and improve the body’s energy flow, easing metabolic regulation and the operation of the immune system. In this respect, aluminium contributes to deacidification and the strengthening of one’s sense of identity, while beryllium helps to correct toxic and self- destructive processes on both a psychological and physical level. Aqua- marine’s colour promotes serenity and has a soothing and calming effect on bodily fluids and the processes that take place within them. These various factors mean aquamarine is one of the prime healing crystals for allergies. It is renowned for its extraordinarily powerful effect on hay fever, but it is also very helpful for skin irritations, itching, sore eyes, many ailments of the airways, asthma, indigestion, food allergies, thyroid conditions and autoimmune diseases. Aquamarine is also a tonic for the nerves and as such can help to relieve the stress and pressure that are often the psychological cause of allergies. If everything gets just too much for us, we can no longer take in and process certain stimuli and experiences (food allergies), when things ‘get up our nose’ (hay fever) or we react ‘allergically’ to things (exactly as the word implies), we have ‘rash responses’ (skin irritations) or our breath is ‘taken away’ (asthma). This can eventually result in complete collapse. The roots of aquamarine’s deep-cleansing effect lie not only in the way it promotes the restoration of a healthy balance in bodily fluids (including lymph and tissue), but also in its ability to both strengthen and relax the mind and spirit. As a result, it is helpful for treating allergies, especially when they are aggravated by increased levels of stress and strain caused by the knowledge that things are being neglected or tasks are still out- standing. The external ‘spring clean’ that it promotes also encourages an inner cleansing.
Other healing crystals Amethyst can bring additional relief to skin irritations, itching, tightness in the chest and bowel complaints in particular. It also relieves inner tension and promotes spiritual clarity, bringing inner peace. Clear quartz has a cooling effect, strengthening the nerves and regulat- ing the body’s water balance, thereby providing effective relief for swollen mucous membranes, breathing difficulties and minor skin irritations. Using it with other healing crystals reinforces its effects. Green aventurine quartz soothes inflammation and helps to treat skin irritation, serious itching, sunburn and sensitivity to sunlight. It also soothes nerves, relieves stress and improves sleep, thereby promoting relaxation and regeneration. Uses All of the healing crystals listed can be placed directly on the affected area (e. g. on itchy spots) or worn on the body (e. g. as a pendant or necklace). If actual contact with the crystal feels unpleasant, they can be used at a short distance from the body, such as under a pillow at night, in the pock- ets of clothes or attached to underclothes with adhesive bandage. Internal consumption as gem water or gem elixir is often more effective than exter- nal application. Aquamarine water in particular is often seen to have a powerful effect on advanced hay fever, for example. Applied externally, amethyst water provides considerable relief for rashes and other itching. See Uses, page 53, for more information. Tip: Relieving stress and pressure, eating healthily, identifying food allergies (get yourself tested by a physician or an alternative practitioner), sleeping properly and regular detoxification are important in finding a lasting cure for allergies. Further information is available in Michael Gienger’s The Healing Crystal First Aid Manual, Earthdancer, Findhorn Press, 2006.
Michael Gienger (1964-2014) was one of Europe’s most respected experts on crystals and their uses, a field in which he had been active since 1988. He started collecting minerals in 1972, and in 1985 a successful self-treatment with healing crystals inspired him to pursue further training as an alternative healing practitioner. He was trained in shiatsu and completed a two-year apprentice in shamanic healing. He went on to author more than 20 publications, a number of which have become standard works in their field and have been translated into 11 languages.
"A beautifully produced crystal handbook and guide for the crystal healer. Whether you are a novice or more experienced, this book has a universal appeal. Twelve crystals with their healing applications are offered which shed light on numerous conditions. Highly recommended."
– Michael Eastwood, author of Crystal Oversoul Attunement Cards and Unfolding Our Light
"A great little book which fits nicely in your pocket or bag. Colour photos accompany each crystal and its application description. Tips and other cystal suggestions make this an invaluable possession for any would-be crystal healer or for keeping by you as an essential tool in your first-aid kit."
– Bill Anderton, Pilgrims mbs
"Twelve Essential Healing Crystals will be of interest to professional healers as well as to those working on issues of self-healing. It gives us a pocket pharmacy for common aliments. The book focuses on 12 stones that can help with issues such as allergies, rashes, headaches, pain and healing wounds. There are beautiful colour photos as well as a ton of information packed into a small, easy-to-hold-and-use paperback book You will want to keep this on hand after studying it for basic information."
– New Spirit Journal
"As promised, Michael Gienger introduces readers to a set of twelve crystals which can be used individually or in combination to help provide relief from the symptoms of everything from joint problems, to stress headaches, to the common cold. Suggestions for applying the crystals are provided and full page photos of each of them make it easy for readers to recognize the stones."
– Anna Jedrziewski, Retailing Insight
This handy little guide covers all the most common ailments and a few others besides. Each chapter highlights one main stone and its key benefits, and also suggests others that may be helpful. No more overwhelm - gets straight to the point. Great addition to anyone's medicine cabinet.
– Claire Williams, Paradigm Shift
"The Twelve Essential Healing Crystals book is a potent little first aid manual. It offers concise, compact, and comprehensive advice on using twelve essential gemstones for common ailments. The key is to have a small selection of gemstones that can produce reliable results without having to invest in a deluge of every kind of stone. Each chapter hones in on a stones specific therapy values and a variety of ailments and circumstances they can be applied to. For instance, amethyst is beneficial for tension headaches or eye strain. It’s suggested that you glide a piece of amethyst over the head and down the neck with calm brushing movements. You work on the whole head, repeating this step three to four times. It worked quite well on a family member. It has vivid colorful images and easy to follow instructions. I was so surprised at all the uses each stone has. This book is a must have."