How Do Crystals Actually Work?

"I’ve heard about healing crystals, but how do they actually work?"

You may be surprised to read this (especially from a business that sells crystals), but... crystals do not heal us, our bodies do.

How do crystal vibrations impact our bodies?

According to basic physics, crystals vibrate just like everything else in the Universe. These vibrations can activate us on an energetic and cellular level to remind our bodies they can heal themselves. You heal you, and crystals are vibrational helpers.

As Nikola Tesla said, "If you want to find the secrets of the Universe, think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration."

As humans we are unfixed, mutable. This is because our bodies are made up of water and bits and pieces of the Universe. YOU are actual stardust. That's a real thing, not just a lovely sentiment.

What’s fascinating is when unfixed matter, such as water, sand, or our bodies, is exposed to certain vibrations, it becomes crystal like and takes on the energetic vibrations of the seemingly invisible. And because of our body's makeup, our energetic vibrations are highly influenced by the energies, vibrations, and activations around us.

To understand this more deeply, you can look at the incredible studies of Masaru Emoto, who proved water can be affected by thought vibrations and carry the memory of those vibrations. You can also examine the studies of Cymatics, which show how sound waves influence water and sand to create crystalline patterns.

From a strictly Western medicine perspective, many medications we take activate (energetically vibrate) a gland or neurological process. These medications aren’t something we're adding to our systems to change our physical body. Instead, our bodies are activated by the medication to produce more or less of a substance our bodies already make, allowing our bodies to heal. 

This is also true with Eastern medicine practices, like acupuncture, sound healing, or Reiki. When an acupuncturist puts a needle in an acupressure point, or when you hear certain tones or sounds, or when someone uses their energy to help focus your energy, it stimulates/vibrates targeted cells to awaken and heal.

Crystals can work in the same way.

How does each type of crystal work differently? Where do the universally known properties of crystals come from?

The property associated with each type of crystal comes from a variety of sources. One of the most common ways to infer a crystal’s property is from the actual vibration it produces on the visible light spectrum and how that vibration relates to the chakra energy system. Additionally, ancient historical references and uses have helped inform properties for crystals.

Let’s first start with a crystal’s vibrations on the visible light spectrum and its relations to the chakra system.

For historical context, the chakra system has been around since 1500 to 500 BC and used for millennia to understand the different energy centers of the body. Through modern day research, the chakra energy system is now thought to be a map of the endocrine system. The hormones released by the endocrine system control many important functions in the body, including growth and development, metabolism, and reproduction, all of which contribute to healing the body.

Each crystal structure has its own unique light frequency/vibration on the visible light spectrum. You can use the chakras as a guide and match the color or vibrational frequency of crystals to the chakra you would like to heal or unblock. As you hold a crystal to the part of your body that feels out of alignment, your body’s subtle bodies, or auras, tune into the crystal’s frequency and align with its perfect vibration.

Here are a few examples:

  • If you have a broken heart, this aligns with the heart chakra and is associated with the color green. If you place a green crystal near your heart, such as Prasiolite which vibrates with the pure energy of love, your body will align with that vibration.
  • If you are interested in manifestation, this aligns with the solar plexus chakra, where we hold our personal power, self worth, goals, and success, and is associated with the color yellow. That’s why Citrine, a well-known yellow crystal, is known as the stone of manifestation.
  • If you are having trouble sleeping or dreaming, this aligns with the third eye chakra. The pineal gland, which is filled with microcrystals and produces melatonin to help with regulating sleep/wake cycles and dreams, is located in the third eye chakra. The third eye is associated with the color blue/indigo. You can use blue crystals, such as Iolite, to help you dream.

How does historical references and usage influence a crystal’s property or meaning?

For as long as humans have existed there is evidence of our affinity with crystals—from talismans to amulets to rituals. Ancient Egyptians were some of the first to use crystals such as Lapis Lazuli, Carnelian, Turquoise, Emeralds, and Clear Quartz for health and protection, but also cosmetically. Even the Ancient Greeks attributed specific properties to crystals. And in fact, the word “crystal” comes from the Greek word for “ice.” And the word “Amethyst” means “not drunken” and was used to ward off hangovers after a long night of drinking and celebration. Other cultures like ancient China used Jade crystals in armor and masks.

Additionally, crystals have also been associated with religion, being mentioned in the Koran, Bible, and other religious texts. Specifically the book of Exodus mentions the origins of birthstones. The Koran states that the 4th Heaven is composed of Garnets. And a buddhist text from the 6th century associates Diamonds with thunder and many other gemstones with specific properties.

Interestingly, despite these ancient cultures having no interaction with each other, there are several crystals known to have the same or similar properties across multiple cultures. Jade was believed to be a crystal to heal the kidneys by the ancient Chinese, the Aztecs, and the Mayans. And all over the world Jasper is known to offer strength and calm, and Turquoise is worn for strength, health, and friendship.

Crystals in modern times

With the beginning of the New Age culture in the 1980s, the usage of crystals for healing methods began to re-emerge, drawing from traditions of ancient cultures and combined with new experimentations.

As science delves deeper into things like quantum physics and epigenetics the impact of vibrations on different types of matter become less and less magical and more practical. We are now learning we have the power to not only impact our own DNA, but can change what is expressed through our DNA. On these micro-levels small molecules are impacted by subtle energies such as the vibration of a crystal. 


Being in service by assisting in healing is our most important mission at SoulKu. Each of our crystals is heavily researched and tested so when we say a crystal will empower you, instill confidence, ground you, etc…we believe it’s true. So when you are near a crystal, just like when you are in nature, your physical and energetic body is being activated to rebalance itself. Ultimately you are the most powerful healer in your life.

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