A beloved spiritual mentor once gave me wisdom that has remained in my heart for a long time when it comes to crystal work. And now, I’m passing it along to you and hoping that it serves you as well as it has for me.
She told me that crystals are powerful tools. Not only do they resonate with their own frequencies and harmonize to bring balance, but they also seem to have their own life force and energy. And while crystals can satisfy a variety of different uses, the key is assigning each one a special purpose to fulfill. When you first acquire a new crystal, it’s important to cleanse it to rid the impurities collected in its travels before it found a home with you, then imbue a specific intent onto it.
Different crystals have different masses, densities, vibrations, and properties, so some are better suited to certain intentions than others. In truth, you could rely on any crystal to help combat depression if you bestow that purpose onto it, but not every crystal is equal. Some are made for this task, while others might not be as powerful or effective. As someone who has struggled with depression and anxiety for over a decade, I’m here to share the crystals I found most helpful during my search for a little extra strength.
I would like to note that I am not a physician or mental health expert, nor are crystals an adequate substitute for professional help. They should be used as a supplement, not an intended cure. Please, if you are struggling with depression and/or suicidal thoughts, please seek help and contact your doctor or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
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This is one of the best healing crystals for depression. My all-time favorite obsidian piece I have in my collection is an obsidian-carved raven pendant (pictured above) that I wear almost daily. Now, you might be second-guessing choosing such a dark crystal to help you combat your inner darkness, but obsidian has earned its spot on this list.
What makes obsidian such a powerhouse when it comes to battling depression? This of it as a black hole that absorbs and nullifies negative energy. Visualize your depression, your anxiety, your dark thoughts, your strength-draining feelings of hopelessness and inadequacy, your stormy mood, your pain, your stress, all of it being pulled into the black stone as you push it away from you and into this unbreakable seal to be purified.
Obsidian is a healing stone. Because it excels at absorbing negativity, you’ll want to make sure that you take the time to purify your crystal regularly between uses. And, since this can be a heavy stone to carry, you might opt for rainbow obsidian or gold obsidian to bring a little color into your life and help to realign your spirit in a gentler manner.
Quartz is a natural healer, which makes it one of the best crystals for anxiety and depression. When you need to dispel the chaos, settle the mind, and heal the spirit, clear quartz should be within easy reach.
Quartz is a master healer on just about every level — spiritual, physical, emotional. You can count on quartz to not only amplify your energy and improve your concentration, but also to realign your chakras and restore balance.
A variation of clear quartz that is also a strong contender when facing the black dog of depression is rose quartz. This pink, feminine crystal is widely cherished as the stone of love. That love doesn’t necessarily have to be that of a romantic partner; it can be friendships, familial relationships, love for a pet, love of nature, or even self-love, which is usually in short supply when depression has the upper hand.
Rose quartz, like its clear cousin, is a spiritual tonic for a heavy heart. If you let it, rose quartz can open your heart back up to receive love, respect, and self-worth.
Smoky quartz is another variant that may benefit you. This crystal is an effective grounding stone that can help you reclaim your focus and find your footing when it feels like the ground has been ripped out from under you.
A stone of prosperity and transition, tiger’s eye is a unique beauty with bands of shimmering brown and gold that catch the light in a stunning display. In fact, this stone is so powerful that the ancient Romans used to wear it into battle as a means of protection.
Think of it as your battle armor. Tiger’s eye excels at attracting good fortune as well as revitalizing self-confidence to help you confront the poisonous feelings of self-doubt that seed themselves into every thought when you’re wrestling with depression. Sometimes it’s hard to envision yourself in a positive light during your lows.
Let tiger’s eye remind you that you are strong. You are powerful. You can persevere. You can win this battle.
Ah, selenite. Another one of my favorites. Selenite’s soft-white, shimmery surface makes me think of the full moon, which in turn reminds me of the universe’s natural cycles (this darkness shall pass) and that there is a beautiful beacon shining in the night.
Selenite is a crystal of purity, clarity, and light. And the good news is it’s a relatively inexpensive crystal in comparison to others, which means you can often find slabs, crystal balls, wands, bowls, and other fairly large selenite items without spending an arm and a leg.
When meditating with selenite, use it to find, focus on, and amplify the light inside of you, no matter how dim it may be at the moment. Like the moon, let selenite guide you back into the light.
The symbolism behind this crystal can often be a direct reflection of ourselves. On the outside, labradorite is a fairly dull-looking blue/gray stone… until it catches the light at just the right angle. When that happens, the stone seems to glow with a stunning iridescent inner light. Its beauty is within, and you have to search for it.
Labradorite is a stone of positive change, inner sight, evolution, and creativity. It’s a powerful stone to utilize in meditation. Even the simple act of holding the crystal and tilting it in different directions to admire its changing colors can be calming.
Like clear quartz, labradorite easily connects the third-eye chakra, which is responsible for intuition, imagination, wisdom, memory, and perception. It’s said to be the eye of the soul. Unblocking this chakra helps us find inspiration and clarity, allowing us to see farther ahead and strategize the best path forward to reach the future we want.