Lately I’ve been hearing a lot about the use holistic medicine and the use of crystals for healing. Now I can’t just blindly follow the ideas that others offer me, even if it has been coming from a former co-worker (you can form strong bonds with people you’ve done cheap labor jobs with!) but I have done at least a fair modicum of independent study on the topic, at the very least to sate my curiosity and see what all of the hubbub is about… This isn’t what you were expecting when you think of a crystal is it? Well surprisingly enough, this is a photo of an unrefined olivine crystal ore which was found in the lava created from a volcano in Hawaii. © Anders Sandberg. So from what I’ve been able to learn, the type of healing required, or rather, the symptom or malady that is afflicting someone is what will determine the kind of crystal that will be required for the healing. It’s essentially a matter of trying to restore balance to the body’s chakras or energy systems and kick-start the body’s own natural healing systems.I’m not so keen on that loud party scene these days but the beads sound fun enough! That to me is about as scientific as it can sound, which sounds believable enough since I have heard of magnets and other metals being used in jewelry that is supposed to help the body’s immune system work more efficiently. In the experience I’ve heard of, which was a very sad situation, a woman was suffering through the final stages of an inoperable and incurable form of cancer, and was essentially being made comfortable while waiting for her death. Her daughter explained to me how our mutual co-worker and friend was using crystal therapy to (at least) aid her in pain management and allow her to have a much more tolerable existence in her final days. I can’t condemn crystals for this very practical use. Here’s a refined piece of crystal rock salt, which if you’re in colder regions, then you’ll know how invaluable this stuff can be when crushed up into a powder to allow for easier travelling on very slippery roads. © włodi. Now I’m not going to say I’m completely sold on the idea of using crystals to heal Ebola or cancer or AIDS, but I think there’s at least something to this. Learning centers with a focus on the educating and developing interests in healthy hobbies. At the absolute least, the scientific value has to be the placebo effect for some people. If you want a non-invasive alternative to surgeries or other traditional medical options are no longer viable, and if you simply want the crystals to make you feel better, and you believe it can, then it will probably have some physiological effect. They say your loved ones never leave you, but if you want to carry their memory with you always, Merry Coor will craft their ashes into a stunning memorial bead. Here is a more beautiful and common example of the world’s use of crystals. And there’s not likely to be a much more elegant use of crystals along with a lovely pendant. I can understand why old cultures would attribute healing factors to such beautiful things. It really makes sense. © Stephanie Gough.