February is more than just hearts and kisses — there are also sparkly rocks! But not the kind you’re thinking of.
Amethyst, February’s birthstone, is best known for it’s form as jewelry or geode, but did you know it’s also popular for its healing properties and has been used by those who believe in it’s powerful energy since ancient times?
“Crystals work like vitamins. We’re healing people, we’re helping them with certain ailments or things in their bodies that are dysfunctional or need to to be balanced,” says Jolie DeMarco of Boca Raton’s My Flora Aura Healing – a retail and mindful center open “to share knowledge of alternative living and self- healing” – who has been working with crystals her entire life.
Those who believe in metaphysical healing believe that everything surrounding us is made of energy, giving off vibrations that can interact with a person’s aura, or energy field – something that is completely unique to each individual.
“Amethyst gives off calming vibrations. So, the amethyst’s vibrations are going to work with my vibrations to help calm me and balance me,” says DeMarco. “As far as metaphysical properties, it opens up your third eye, helps you become more clear, relaxes your mind.”
The “third eye” DeMarco talks about is a chakra in between the eyebrows that allows a person to feel and sense things other than what can be seen with our own eyes. This third eye opens when a person is more relaxed.
“It makes you stronger in a way of knowing or trusting yourself.”
By believing in the properties of the crystal and introducing it into your life, there’s a possibility you may feel the effects. If not, it’s still a stylish addition to any home or ensemble. Amethyst can be found in jewelry or rock form as bookends, coasters and more. (See sidebar for local shopping)
“Our energy fields are within arms length,” says DeMarco. “As long as the crystal is in arm’s reach, it will affect your body. If you want to have them in your house, and you want your house to feel good, it’s better to have the bigger pieces because it will change the energy of the room.”
She continued, “We call it the stone that basically anyone can wear because it keeps you relaxed. It also makes your space feel good, so it’s a stone for your home. If you have too busy of a mind, it’ll help you relax. It’s an overall good stone.”
Robert Simmons’ “The Pocket Book of Stones,” it suggests pairing amethyst with moldavite, azeztulite, phenacite, scolecite and natrolite for an added connection. Ellensburg blue agate, fairy wand quartz and pink tourmaline are other stones conducive to relaxation.
So, whether you’re looking for a way to center yourself and relax, or just looking for a cute way to add a Tumblr-esque vibe to your abode, amethyst may be just what the spiritual doctor ordered.