Gems & Tonics


By Lou Lou PiscatoreBeauty & Wellness Editor

Photo by Paul Undersinger

Photo by Paul Undersinger

Gemstones have been used in the healing arts for thousands of years. They are a staple of Classical Chinese Medicine, and have been used as talismans, and as topical and internal medicines. Crystal Ellis of B. Birdwatcher Spiritual Stones, works gemstones into her mala bracelets, and is a huge advocate of their healing properties: “Gemstones are unique crystals that throughout history have been thought to hold special healing power. Ancient civilizations have utilized gemstones to release mental, physical, and spiritual blockages, helping the free flow of energy throughout the body. We are naturally receptive to the vibrations of gemstones as they transmit, reflect, store light, and receive energy”

The power of gemstones can be harnessed in a variety of ways, from jewelry, baths, topical lotions, creams and ingestible gem elixirs. With a return to stone medicine happening right now, here are some our favorite gems and gem inspired products.

AMBER: promotes self-expression, supports cleansing and purification, which can help expel illness and alleviate pain. Amber bracelets can be effective for controlling the pain of rheumatism, arthritis, headaches and muscle and joint pain. It is also an anti-anxiety remedy, and can alleviate fatigue.

AMETHYST: supports strength, courage, and peace. It’s a soothing stone with peaceful properties, and a quiet energy that stimulates creativity. Great for anyone suffering from anxiety, mood disorders, and addictions. Promotes spiritual and physical health.

AQUAMARINE: is the stone of water. It regulates and balances the fluids of the body. It is good for hormone imbalance, kidney or bladder issues, and any retention of fluids. It can help process grief, and reduce the fear of water. It is believed to bring good luck to married couples and evokes trust and harmony.

BLACK TOURMALINE: is one of the most common meditation crystals. It is exceptionally grounding to the Earth's energies, freeing one to explore the spiritual world without harm or danger. It provides high levels of purification for the auric field and the etheric body. It also calms, softens and stabilizes stressed, reactive skin.

BLUE SAPPHIRE: supports well being, longevity, achievement, mental peace, success and protection. It aligns personality with soul purpose, creates focus, and strengthens a sense of compassion. Stabilizes and strengthens the nervous system, enhances intuitive psychic perception, and cultivates self-love.

CARNELIAN: boosts motivation, endurance, leadership and courage. Known as the “singer's stone,” carnelian boosts confidence and the power of true expression. It's associated with taking bold action and stimulates the root chakra, which is associated with sexuality and creativity.

CITRINE: promotes emotional well-being and increases positive energy. It is believed to help with hearing difficulties, sleep problems, pain and inflammation. It supports digestion and metabolism, and is very good for thyroid and adrenal issues.

GARNET: can revitalize your body, promote emotional well-being and boost confidence. A Garnet gem tonic builds strength, sensuality, physical vitality and warmth. It’s energizing property makes it helpful for people recuperating from illness. Garnet is believed to bring protection from evil and bad karma, and is nurturing and stabilizing—especially when worn over the heart. It also treats hormone imbalances.

JADE: balances nerves, protects the heart, guards against illness, and heals guilt. Jade attracts friendship and good luck, dispels negativity and promotes self awareness. It is also referred to as the “Dream Stone,” and helps access the spirit, and interpret dreams.Helps move energy through periods of change and transition.

MORGANITE: attunes to the heart and heart chakra. It cleanses the emotional body of stress and anxiety, old wounds and hidden traumas. It lifts the spirit, and can assist in transforming suffering into spiritual growth.

PEARL: balances the entire body and creates positivity. In traditional Asian medicinal systems, pearls have been used for treating ailing digestive systems, fertility issues, and heart problems. Today, pearl powder is used in makeup to treat rosacea, and achieve a glowing complexion.

PERIDOT: increases strength and vitality. It has a calming effect, reducing anxiety, and protects against negative emotions. It is used for transformation and purification, and simultaneously nourishes and detoxifies. It has a very strong effect on the liver and gallbladder.

RHODOCHROSITE: aids emotional healing. It encourages self love and stimulates the “inner child.” It is warming, and strengthens the immune system. It expands consciousness, revitalizing those who have lost their passion for life. It also stimulates creativity, and breaks up stagnation, good for writers block!

ROSE QUARTZ: is a stone of the heart, and unconditional love. It carries a feminine energy of nourishment and comfort. It speaks directly to the Heart Chakra, dissolving emotional wounds, fears and resentments.Rose Quartz provides a sense of personal fulfillment and contentment, supporting the ability to both give and receive love.

SMOKEY QUARTZ: is an excellent grounding stone, is shielding and protective. It gently heals emotional wounds, trauma, and trust issues. It gently neutralizes negative vibrations and is detoxifying on all levels, prompting elimination of the digestive system and protecting against radiation and electromagnetic smog.

WHITE SAPPHIRE: is the gemstone of Venus and attracts abundance of both a material and a spiritual nature. It boosts immunity and supports good health and is especially beneficial for reproductive health. It is actually a better choice for an engagement ring than a diamond!