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We investigate what the crystal craze is *really* about

Meet the latest health fad that we don't totally understand but are totally down for: crystals! We've been spotting celebs like Kylie Jenner, Adele and Katy Perry on Instagram and in the media raving about the healing powers of crystals and how it's a *must* to keep one close by. So what's all the fuss about? These gems are more than just pretty pocket accessories...they are said to harbor various spiritual powers that can bring positive energy into your life. 

Crystal healing is an "alternative medicine technique in which crystals and other stones are used to cure ailments and protect against disease. Proponets of this technique believe that crystals act as conduits for healing–allowing positive, healing energy to flow into the body as negative, disease-causing energy flows out." 

Different crystals possess different healing powers. For example, feeling a little stressed out and anxious? Amethyst is known for helping relieve anxiety and bringing about calm. If you're looking to boost your love life, rose quartz just might be able to help you in that department while garnet is known for its qualities to help boost confidence if your self-esteem has been lacking lately. 

People can experience benefits of crystals by stashing them in their handbag to keep the good vibes flowing or incorporating them into meditative practices like yoga. Supermodel Miranda Kerr carries a crystal wand with her wherever she goes. Miranda says, "I  also sleep with it so I am constantly recieving its special healing energies."

If you're like us and still a little wary about how a handheld gemstone or "wand" can magically transfrom your life, your best bet is to try it for yourself. While some crystals can cost hundreds of dollars you can also find them on Etsy or Amazon for a lot cheaper. Another option for beginners? Pay a visit to a local apothecary or hole-in-the-wall candle shop to try one out. You can also always use the gem for a cutesy DIY ring or some added room decor. 

Peep the chart below for more on which crystals do what...

We want to know your take on the magic of healing crystals. Tell us in the comments!

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by Karlyn Sykes | 5/24/2017
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