While learning about the properties of different crystals beforehand can help guide you toward the varieties that will benefit you most, in the end, it's better to go with your gut first and research later. "Pick a stone you are attracted to," says Lee. "Even if you think you are choosing the stones for aesthetic reasons, intuitively you are attracted to the stone for its metaphysical benefits. People will choose the stones they need when using this method." In other words, let the crystal choose you.
GET TO KNOW YOUR CRYSTAL'S "PROPERTIES" AND BENEFITS.
Because each crystal contains its own set of energy and benefits, the idea is to apply it to and associate it with things you want (or are looking to clear away) in your own life. That being said, only you can truly know what that entails, especially as you learn more and more about their specific benefits. Consider this analogy from Lee: "Working with crystals is very much like making food," she says. "Making scrambled eggs or turning eggs into a delicate lemon soufflé depends on intent and technique, much like a chef would understand his ingredients to maximize their deliciousness. The best way to care for crystals and reap their benefits is to learn about the individual crystals and develop technique with them through the experience of working with them. As with everything, how much you put in is how much you get out of the crystals!"
If you're looking for deeper guidance, a healing session with an expert like Lee might be useful. "This is an inner journey initiated by the shift in vibration created when I place crystals on one's body. I work as a guide to help my clients navigate their visions and help them understand how these visions relate to their life. The result is often a deep clarity on and shift in energy for my clients. The sessions can be deep, intense, and cathartic, and my favorite way of working with the crystals because I love helping people feel happier and more fulfilled."
GET TO KNOW THE MOST COMMON HEALING CRYSTALS:
Every stone offers its own array of healing properties—and if you're looking to target specific areas of your life, it's helpful to have an idea which crystals can benefit you the most. Learn about the different energies of some of the most common crystals below—paired with beauty products that feature them as an ingredient.