Crystals for anxiety that can help to promote a sense of calm

We asked an expert about crystals for anxiety to help you destress and to recenter your mind

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If your stress levels are through the roof—and really, whose haven't been at times recently?—crystals for anxiety may help you to restore a sense of calm in your life and you can also use crystals to help sleep

The beauty of them is that there really is one for every scenario, whether you're seeking crystals for beginners, something to use if you're getting over a breakup , or stones that inspire positivity. It makes sense that crystals, which are born of the earth, should be a thing that grounds us.

“Crystals are truly powerful—they work to heal or realign our energy,” crystal healer Emma Lucy Knowles tells My Imperfect Life. "Each one harnesses, attracts, and promotes its own special properties that resonate with your energy to aid you in a particular life event." Have her below recommendations on standby either in your home or in your pocket to help you feel centered and less stressed. 

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Emma Lucy Knowles (opens in new tab) is a crystal healer and the author of The Power of Crystal Healing: Change Your Energy and Live A High-Vibe Life (opens in new tab). She explained some facts about crystals, as well as those she recommends reaching for when you're feeling overwhelmed to help bring a sense of calm, below.

What are the best types of crystals for anxiety?

  1. Howlite: “This crystal is your queen here—it soothes tension from the body and assists you when you need to slow an overactive mind," Knowles explains. 
  2. Lepidolite: “Breathing is key in enabling us to reduce our anxiety and this soothes not only the mind but also creates a deeper fulfilling breath. This, in turn, helps to activate the parasympathetic nervous system to produce feelings of calm and relaxation.”
  3. Lemon chrysoprase: “This piece gives us confidence and strength when we feel alone.”
  4. Amethyst: “A stone that opens and cools the mind. Reach for this when you need clarity on making a big decision but don't know who to turn to for advice.”
  5. Jade: “A nurturing green stone that channels serenity and intuition in stressful situations. Use this crystal when you are feeling overwhelmed.”

5 crystals for anxiety you can buy now

Skin Gym Jade Sculpty Heart Gua Sha Tool

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1. Skin Gym Jade Heart Gua Sha Crystal Sculpty Tool

Best crystal for anxiety for most people

Specifications

RRP: $32/£37
Stone: Jade
Size: 3.2 in (L) 0.2 in (W) 2.1 in (H)

Reasons to buy

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Jade is a natural crystal known for its cooling, soothing, and balancing properties
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Gua sha is an ancient facial therapy offering therapeutic benefits
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Melts away tension on facial muscles
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Encourages you to take time for self-care
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The act of massage helps to slow down rapid breathing

Reasons to avoid

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Requires learning the gua sha technique of facial massage first

Crystals for skin are becoming increasingly popular, and after a long, hard day, you can invest time in self-care with this jade gua sha facial sculpting device. The skin-scraping massage releases facial tension and de-puffs the complexion, particularly useful if you've been indulging in a few more treats than usual. The cooling stone instantly soothes both the mind and the skin. Use with your favorite serums and oils for a smoother, brighter complexion—a clever way of sneaking crystals for anxiety into your everyday routine.

Jia Jia amethyst geode

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2. Jia Jia Large Amethyst Geode

Best premium crystal for anxiety

Specifications

RRP : $790/£620
Stone: Amethyst
Size: 14cm (H), 13cm (L), 11cm (W)

Reasons to buy

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A luxe-looking crystal
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Each one is handpicked and unique in color and shape
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Like a piece of art
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It's already been put through a purifying process so no need to cleanse this crystal

Reasons to avoid

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There are far less expensive options

Place this stone beside a candle or lamp to amplify its glistening beauty. This crystal has already been put through a purifying process that uses ancient techniques to cleanse it from unwanted energy and is believed to balance emotions. According to Knowles, amethyst is a stone to reach for “when you need clarity on making a big decision.” Amethyst is also often recommended on lists of crystals to help you sleep.

lepidolite stones

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3. House of Intuition Lepidolite Medallions

Best budget crystal for anxiety

Specifications

RRP : $4 (US only)
Stone : Lepidolite
Size: 2in (L) x 1.5in (W)

Reasons to buy

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Medallion shape makes these crystals ideal for carrying in your pocket or slipping under your pillow
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Makes crystal therapy affordable for everyone
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Purchased from a crystal therapy site that even has a learning center for more information 
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An ultimately calming stone

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Shape and size may vary

The size and shape make these crystals perfect for slipping into your jeans pocket or under a pillowcase. The price makes it ideal for those dipping their toe into crystal healing for the first time. Meanwhile, the vendor is a reputable crystal shop that has access to a learning center, should you wish to know more about these gemstones and how to use them best or, for example, crystals for good luck or the art of manifesting with crystals.

Dina Mackney Lemon Chrysoprase Double Row Necklace

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4. Dina Mackney Lemon Chrysoprase Double Row Necklace

Best crystal necklace for anxiety

Specifications

RRP : $180 (now $150, US only)
Stone: Lemon chrysoprase
Size: 15-17 inch chain

Reasons to buy

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Your healing crystal is always on your person for when anxiety strikes
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Fashionable
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Lightweight
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Set your intention and use the necklace as a daily reminder of those positive thoughts

Reasons to avoid

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It's a necklace rather than a crystal for the home

Handcrafted in the US, this sunny gemstone necklace from Dina Mackney is constructed with all-natural lemon, or citron, chrysoprase crystals. Having the soothing stone hung around your neck is fitting, as it's said to not only help to relieve stress but also balance body temperature. 

Gorjana Power Gemstone Ring for Calming

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5. Gorjana Power Gemstone Ring for Calming

Best crystal ring for anxiety

Specifications

RRP : $68 (UK shipping available)
Stone: : Howlite
Size: 7/16 in (L) by 5/8 in (W)

Reasons to buy

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Chic accessory
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Always on your person for times when anxiety strikes
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A soothing stone

Reasons to avoid

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Perhaps too discreet for some

This ring looks good and does good, on several levels. According to Knowles, howlite is a stone that "soothes tension from the body and assists you when you need to slow an overactive mind". Stack it with other gemstone rings from the collection to really help boost those crystal healing powers.

How to use crystals for anxiety

“Gently hold them while sitting in meditation or place them on energy centers while lying down,” says Knowles. “Skin-on-skin connection is powerful but crystals are also strong enough to vibrate through your jeans. My pockets, even my bra, are full of them! Or place them in areas of your home that need healing.”

Learning about cleansing crystals is also an important part of your crystal journey, and Team My Imperfect Life has also compiled a guide to manifesting with crystals.

Does crystal size matter or make a difference?

“Size is not a factor,” says Knowles. “A piece can be small but have a greater vibration than a giant raw rock."

The connections we have to specific crystals are also very personal. "I might hold a piece and feel the world from it, you might hold it and feel nothing," she adds. "The connection is what matters.”

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