Gemstones and crystals are a key element of the natural world and play an important role in physical, emotional, and spiritual healing. Children have a profound and innate connection to the healing attributes and energies of stones and crystals so much so that they naturally gravitate towards these at a very young age. Yet so many children are not encouraged to explore the healing powers of these natural elements. Gemstones and crystals have been used in medicine for more than 5,000 years in China, India, and other ancient cultures. They house spiritual and healing properties that can be tapped into in a variety ways. Each type of stone has its own unique talent and area of focus. Shapes, colors, and textures all carry a special meaning.
Below are gemstones and crystals which can especially support children with various issues and challenges.
Amethyst – the master healing crystal. It has the ability to purify and transmute all forms of negativity. Amethyst will help children in the midst of a transition (i.e. a death in the family, a parent going back to work, moving). For children with various disabilities or with either emotional or physical pain, an Amethyst cluster in their room will help clear unwanted energies, bringing the room into a balanced state. For local pain, hold the Amethyst directly on or over the area for up to twenty minutes. Amethyst also helps with nightmares or insomnia – Place a piece of Amethyst on the child’s nightstand or under a pillow.
Apache Tear – helps children with any form of sadness.
Aventurine – a leadership stone. It is very loving, embracing and protective of the heart. It is an excellent stone for children who are shy and/or timid and suppressing their leadership qualities. This stone helps them to become active and to initiate action on their own accord. Asthmatic children seem attracted to Aventurine as it opens up the lungs, giving them some relief. It balances out polar energies.
Blue Lace Agate – helpful for children who are argumentative and have a short temper. It allows them to practice more peaceful communication….
Carnelian Agate – can be used to help with feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem. Useful for promoting self-security and self-love. Carnelian Agate encourages love between parents and children. It helps girls to appreciate their bodies while aiding creativity.
Carnelian can also be used for dermatological ailments such as acne by holding the stone over the skin and moving it in circles for several minutes, several times a day.
Charoite– aids with insomnia and difficulty settling into sleep.
Chrysoprase – protects children suffering from frequent nightmares. Citrine – useful for self-esteem and self-confidence issues.
Clear Quartz – known as the “Healing Crystal.” Its energy is unique and when a child makes contact with the right one, the natural energy of Quartz can be just enough to transform a disharmonious thought pattern, burn off some negative emotional state, or even place the spiritual seeds of one’s future into consciousness. Quartz crystal clusters are also helpful to organize scattered thoughts and to deflect negative energies.
Golden Calcite – a great stone for building self-esteem. It also provides courage.
Hematite – provides protection and dispels negativity. It gives children strength and courage.
Howlite – a “tranquility stone”. It calms communication, enhances emotional expression, and eliminates stress, rage and rudeness. It assists with the attainment of goals by encouraging ambition and eliminating hesitation.
Jade – a soother of emotions. Emotionally sensitive children often need a supportive system to ensure that their feelings do not overwhelm them. Jade enhances confidence, self-assurance, and self-reliance. Jade is also very inspirational in helping children achieve their desires in life….
Lapis Lazuli – a wonderful stabilizer for children who show psychic gifts early in life. The deep blue color stimulates the expansion of consciousness in a very supportive way, promoting purification and clarity of spiritual insight. Lapis Lazuli instills self-acceptance of one’s given gifts and encourages openness of one’s spiritual awareness.
Moldavite – a useful stone for sensitive children who find it difficult being in incarnation on the earth and who cannot adjust to suffering and deep emotions. Many such children are “star children” who have come to aid the earth in its time of transition to a new vibration. They are not used to the heavy energies of earth and find it difficult to integrate their spiritual bodies into the physical, and need to ground. Moldavite also supports qualities such as empathy and compassion.
Moonstone – a wonderful stone for children dealing with emotional overwhelm and hyperactivity. It can be rubbed over the forehead and temples.
Pink Tourmaline – a good choice for children recovering from abuse. It brings deep comforting love energy. It transforms negative behavior into positive.
Pyrite – an extremely protective stone. Pyrite is like a small mirror, reflecting negative energy away. It also instills a feeling of physical empowerment.
Rhodonite – helps children who are impatient. Children should rub it in his or her hand when feeling impatient. Brings about a feeling of calm and peacefulness.
Rose Quartz – a strong healing crystal for children because it exhibits gentle positive vibrations. Rose Quartz is a good choice for those children who have a lot of hurt feelings or aggressive tendencies. It can sooth a broken heart shattered by seeing raw reality – the way things are, rather than the way one wants them to be. For hyperactive children, Rose Quartz soothes erratic emotional states, anxiety, fear, compulsions, and many other mental disorders. You can hold Rose Quartz over the child’s heart, wear as a pendant, or put a piece in a pouch to wear around their neck.
Serene Prehnite – the stone of unconditional love. It is a good stone for children who are overly possessive. Prehnite alleviates nightmares, phobias, and deep fears, uncovering and healing the disease that creates them. It is beneficial for hyperactive children and the karmic causes that underlie the condition.
Sunstone– helps children who are overprotective and possessive.
Tiger’s Eye – is a grounding stone. Sometimes children get carried away and get lost in their dream world. Tiger’s Eye helps to pull them back. This stone is also very useful to help put thoughts into action. Tiger’s Eye teaches them to listen to their intuition while providing self-esteem. It also promotes the courage to do the right thing. Tiger’s Eye is also a good protection stone while traveling.
Turquoise – helpful if your child has difficulty asking others for help. Allows the child to relax and let go.
Variscite – brings peace and harmony to the heart. It enhances life by generating feelings of inner peace, love and compassion, and is excellent to aid any child with stress or anxiety.