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Losing weight is tough, there's no doubt about that. The latest statistics show that almost half of all US adults are trying to lose weight . Not to be a downer, but many of these adults fail to achieve their desired weight loss... and those who do manage to lose weight usually end up gaining it all back.
If you're familiar with this struggle, then that means you've likely tried everything under the sun. But have you tried using crystals for weight loss? While some people might find this idea silly, I’m a proponents of crystal healing. And I believe that crystals can help prep your mind and body for weight-loss.
Crystal healing is an alternative medicine technique that uses crystals and gemstones for therapuetic purposes. Commonly used crystals and gemstones include quartz, amethyst, jasper, amber, emeralds, and lapis lazuli, to name a few. But really any crystal and gemstone can qualify as a healing crystal. Besides that, corals, pearls, seashells, and other marine stones count as healing crystals.
Proponents of crystal healing claim this ancient practice can be traced back to 6,000 years ago when ancient Sumerians and Egyptians adorned themselves with crystals to ward off illness and negative energy. Historical records found that Hopi Native Americans, Hindus, and Polynesians also used crystals in healing both in ancient and modern times.
However, according to an article in Live Science, ”the philosophy of modern crystal healing is based on traditional concepts borrowed from Asian cultures, most notably the Chinese concept of life-energy (chi or qi) and the Hindu or Buddhist concept of chakras .“
It's definitely true that modern crystal healing borrows from Eastern cultures, but it's also true that this alternative form of therapy and healing is based on ancient wisdom. Many also consider crystal healing a part of the New Age movement philosophy.
That depends on who you ask.
If you ask scientists and doctors, you'll likely get a definitive “no.” In fact, medical professionals will often refer to crystal healing as pseudoscience. And according to the Live Science article mentioned earlier, there's no evidence crystals can cure disease or improve health because disease is not a result of problems with energy flow in the body, which is at the core of crystal healing philosophy.
Unsurprisingly, not many scientific studies have found any evidence behind the healing power of crystals. One unpublished 2001, that was presented at the European Congress of Psychology in Rome, tested if participants experienced different sensations by meditation with real quartz or counterfeit glass crystal . The study found no differences and concluded that any effects were placebo.
On the other hand, if you ask practitioners and proponents of alternative and holistic therapies if crystals hold and healing power, you'll probably get a “yes.” Heather Askinosie, a crystal expert and leading influencer in the field said for The Oprah Magazine, “crystals emit positive, uplifting, energizing, and calming vibrations that help you achieve a more peaceful mind and a revitalized physical state of being .”
But there is one name that stands out where research on healing crystals is concerned: Dr. Marcel Vogel.
Dr. Vogel (1917-1991) was a renowned scientist who worked at IBM Advanced Systems Development for almost three full decades. He was highly regarded at IBM, held over 30 patents, and published numerous papers on things like luminescence, phosphor technology, and magnetic systems. But after retiring from IBM, Dr. Vogel went on to study the therapeutic application of quartz crystals.
Vogel's venture into spiritual sciences began with human-plant communication experiments. These soon led to his discovery of an intelligent matrix in quartz, with an ability to store, amplify, and transfer information .
If you're a true believer in the power of crystals, then there's no reason not to use them for weight loss as well. But before you head on to do just that, consider these fundamentals about crystals as explained on the Vogel Crystals website :
Crystals have no intrinsic power
Instead, they are sensitive and precise tools that accumulate energy, amplify it, and transmit it to a designated destination via breath and intent. This means that crystals function as a bio-energetic template, transducer, and transmitter.
Crystals are, instead, amplifiers
A crystal is an amplifier of the bio-energetic fields surrounding the human body, and these fields are generally controlled by breath.
The energy can either be stored or transferred
The charge accumulated in a crystal can be stored and transferred to another crystal, water, or another person.
Of course, not every proponent of crystal healing agrees with this, but the notion of using crystals as tools for energy transfer is fairly common in this alternative practice.
And when it comes to weight loss, Heather Askinosie claims that crystals can help in the reprogramming of unhealthy habits. She explained for Mind Body Green that "crystals for weight loss will aid in establishing new patterns, elevate mind-over-matter mentality, and tame emotional responses so that you don’t wreak havoc on those around you during this time of transition."
So, how does Askinosie suggest using crystals for weight loss?
A crystal elixir can help motivate you to drink more water and stick to your goals for the day. Create a crystallized water elixir by holding a clear quartz or rose quartz in one hand and visualizing your goals and intentions for the day. Place them in a mason jar of filtered water and out in the sun for two to four hours to soak up the energy.
Yoga can help diminish the mind’s focus on unhealthy urges and bring balance to both body and mind, Place crystals for at the head of the mat to bring your yoga practice to the next level. Askinosie suggests using selenite, fluorite, black onyx, and hematite, among others.
Meditating with crystals is popular and great for motivation and reprogramming. And since everyone needs reprogramming from unhealthy habits for weight loss to work, this method is something you should definitely consider. According to Askinosie, a crystal combo that is especially suited to diet reinforcement is blue apatite, selenite, and sunstone.
There are thousands upon thousands of crystals on this planet. But which ones support weight loss and why?
Rinku Patel, a reiki master and teacher lists the following crystals that help with weight loss :
A violet or purple variety of quartz, amethyst is relatively cheap and easy to find. It reduces cravings and great for addictive eaters.
Also known as heliotrope, bloodstone is a black opaque stone with red dots. It stimulates detoxification and elevates metabolism.
A beautifully blue mineral, kyanite worn around the throat chakra can boost your immune system. Patel also claims it increases will power, which is what you need to resist frequent snacking.
Use rose quartz to increase self-love. It helps with emotional detoxification and reduces disordered eating. Askinosie suggests making water elixirs with this crystal for weight loss.
This bright yellow stone helps remove stagnant energies from the solar plexus chakra when placed directly over this chakra. It removes deep-rooted anger in the cells and tissues.
The price of healing crystals can vary greatly depending on stone rarity, stone condition, how big it is, cost of production, and the trademark, among other things.
According to the Crystal Vaults website, the first factor to determine crystal price is size . What that means is the larger the crystal, the more it will cost per unit of weight. For example, a small topaz crystal might cost $3 per gram, while a larger one might be $5 per gram. Most gemstones, however, are measured in carats.
Rarity and popularity also determine costs. Quartz crystals tend to be cheap, and most other semi precious gemstones are on the affordable side, while precious stones, like ruby, emerald, sapphire, and diamond, tend to be quite expensive.
The quality of the gem will also have a huge effect on price. Turquoise stones usually cost between $1 and $10 per carat, but its price can range from $0.05 to $1000 depending on stone quality.
And then you have the trademark Vogel Crystals that tend to be expensive despite being made from a relatively cheap stone. Small 3x1 inch Vogel Crystals cost around $400-$700. And the bigger the crystal and the more facets it has, the higher the price. A 7-inch Vogel with many facets can cost up to $5000. The high-quality material, workmanship, and time involved in making Vogel Crystal are primary drivers of their price.
According to proponents of crystal healing, like me, these healing crystals and stones can help clear your mind and body of cravings, negativity, and energy blockages that may be hindering your weight loss.
If you're a fan of alternative medicine and want to use crystals to reach your health goals, then consider using them alongside your diet, yoga practice, meditation, or even workout. While not supported by modern medicine or science, there's really no harm in using crystal healing with conventional approaches. In fact, the results may even surprise you.