13 Best Crystals and Stones for Grounding & How To Use Them
Most people by now have heard that crystals have amazing healing properties that can alter our mental, emotional, physical and spiritual states of being. More specifically, crystals positively influence the energy flow in our chakras centers and the layers of our energy body, the aura. Our energy body or aura is constantly fluctuating as a result of day-to-day influences, and these fluctuations often leave us disconnected from our physical environment and feeling ungrounded or out of our element. One of the signs of being ungrounded that I most often come across is people explaining how they feel like they aren’t actually living their life, they are just going through the motions almost like they are an observer. Our need to be present, grounded, and connected to the electromagnetic frequency of the planet is central to our wellbeing not just in theory, but in scientific research. Lucky for us, there are several crystals that are great for this specific purpose.
Hematite is THE crystal for electromagnetic grounding! Of all of the crystals and stones out there on the market, if I had to grab just one, it would without a doubt be Hematite. Not only is Hematite able to conduct energy, it possesses its own electromagnetic charge. It is a great stone for pulling the energetic body into the physical body, and anchoring the physical and electromagnetic bodies to the Earth's electromagnetic field using our Meridian system. Hematite cleanses the auric field of stagnant or low vibrational energy flow, opens the chakra centers, unifies and integrates polarities, and allows one to find the silver lining in dark denseness.
Caution: Not all Hematite is created equally. When looking to buy Hematite, you want natural NON-magnetized; those that have been magnetized have been structurally altered and do NOT have the same healing benefits of natural Hematite.
2. Black Tourmaline
Black Tourmaline, also known as Schorl, is by far one of the most effective crystals for both forms of grounding. Because of its electrical properties, it purifies and regulates the energy layers of the aura, as well as taps into and moves the free electrons from the Earth’s surface through our body by creating a circuit (same with Hematite). Black Tourmaline is the go-to for many crystal users looking for a powerhouse stone to cleanse, strengthen and protect the aura; release anger, anxiety, worry, compulsive and intrusive thoughts and behaviors, and to detox the physical body from waste.
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Lodestone shares almost the exact same composition as Hematite, is naturally magnetized and is an essential stone for those working with crystals. Despite its rather “plain” appearance, Lodestone was one of the first stones I ever bought because of its ability to unify and strengthen all of the various energy layers and currents of the energy body. Just like Hematite, Lodestone is able to unify polarities which means that despite how different, erratic or resistant energy is, Lodestone can “get it together”. Its magnetic property allows it to not only open up the chakra centers, but also remove stagnant energy and recalibrate them for better energy flow; the same applies to the meridians. There are few stones that most people are able to physically feel, Lodestone is one of them; it's known to cause a buzzing sensation in the hand when holding it, especially if one is placed in each hand. Lodestone may recharge your energy body like a 9V battery, but will also aid in discharging excess energy, and keeping you firmly connected to the electromagnetic frequency of the planet to avoid spaciness and clouded thinking.
Use a magnetized Lodestone pendulum like this one from Crystal Pearl Boutique to sweep through your auric field for cleansing and grounding. Lodestone is THE stone for clearing EMF pollution from your auric field, but make sur to keep it away from your electronics or you might end up with a wiped hard drive.
4. Smoky Quartz
Smoky Quartz is another one of the most well known grounding powerhouses. Some would say that because of its quartz composition and ability to send any frequency of energy into the Earth for transmutation, you can’t do much better. Smoky Quartz centers our energetic body within the physical body and integrates our spiritual awareness and experiences into the physical world. It is one of the best stones for bringing the unmanifested into physical manifestation and our awareness to that of being a co-creator of our reality. This stone is about taking disorganized, erratic, impatient and impractical energies and transforming them into calm, collected and organized waves of steady flow for beneficial use. Smoky Quartz is one of the best stones for energetic protection of oneself from the low vibrational or stagnant energy in the environment while simultaneously recalibrating the environmental energies.
Onyx is a stone for strength, endurance and persistence. It helps us to gain control, focus all of our energy on a particular task, and anchor the will to get the job done. This is incredibly helpful when we are trying to block out everything else in the world and ground ourselves. Onyx is a powerful stone of self mastery, a key element in the ability to effectively ground. It is also great for gradually building up our energetic vitality which in turn plays a part in the strength and resilience of our auric field and ability to be “down to earth”. Onyx calms the nerves, quiets the mind, and aids in bringing the mind and body into a meditative state despite the environment.
Jet makes for a great grounding, purification and protection stone because it is actually decaying wood that has fossilized under extreme pressure. It has the ability to draw on the Earth's energies and channel the powerful flow into the same direction of one’s will. This tapping in and then consciously directing of energy clears the auric field of anything that is out of alignment with your will, as well as neutralizing negativity, stagnant or dense energy, and to reshape “negative” experiences so that they can be integrated and used to our benefit. Jet is fantastic for really helping us feel our personal power coursing through our veins, and to recognize where we have a “weakness” that needs tending to in order to strengthen the entire circuit.
7. Apache Tears
Apache tears are a small pebble variety of Obsidian, a volcanic glass. Due to the nature of their creation, volcanic explosions, Obsidians are powerful; however, not all are created equally and one should take care and caution when working with them. Apache Tears are great for mental and emotional support in grounding work; they cleanse and fortify, particularly as it relates to grief and deep emotional wounds. They have a rather gentle effect to them and come from a legend of the First Peoples’ Apache Nation.
8. Snowflake Obsidian
Snowflake Obsidian helps us to make the best out of a bad situation, to find the light within the darkness. These specks of lights allow us to peer through the darkness and chase away negative thoughts and feelings, darkness cannot exist in the presence of light. Through this clearing we are able to ground our feelings into reality, find courage and persistence, and to be more in tune with the subtle energy within our body and the natural environment around us. Snowflake Obsidian is fantastic for strengthening our will and fortifying our auric field like armor.
9. Mahogany Obsidian
Mahogany Obsidian works much in the same way as Snowflake and Apache Tear, though it is a bit more potent as it draws out stagnant energy, blockages and low frequencies to the surface to be addressed and then consciously cleared. For those that want to work on deep healing from depression, anxiety, and negative thought patterns that are a result from traumas that are now leaving one feeling “off”, this is the stone for you. Mahogany Obsidian helps us to move past limitations, blockages and feeling disconnected and unworthy to a place of abundance, propensity, contentment and joy through re-anchoring us in the present moment and support of the Universe.
10. Tiger Eye
Tiger eye is a stone of not only increased vitality, but also of taking physical action that is appropriately aligned to the needs and challenges in our life. To respond rather than to react. It provides mental clarity and a sense of calm despite being in the midst of the storm, almost like someone outside peering in through the window. Tiger Eye allows us to take an objective and non judgmental approach to situations and challenges, and strengthens our will in order to overcome obstacles and the fatigue that follows them. It allows us to find balance between extremes, to form enlightened intentions, and to persevere through the mind, body, and spirit. It is the stone of Archangel Michael, the defender and protector.
11. Almandine Garnet
There are several varieties of garnet that can be used for grounding, but I find that there is just something unique about Almandine. I imagine it’s because of the intense feelings of strength, centeredness, hardiness and unwavering endurance that comes with this particular variety. It helps to enhance our vitality through activating and strengthening the Root Chakra, arousing our Vital Life Force (Chi), releasing worry and anxiety, and really tapping us into the present moment. Almandine Garnet reaffirms to us that the Universe has our back, we have access to all that we need and we are fully supported in all that we do even if it doesn’t always feel that way. When we are able to live in this state, we are automatically more grounded and can withstand difficult times more easily.
Ruby not only replenishes our energy body from what we lose in day to day living, it actually provides additional energy and amplifies our life force field size. Its grounding effects are known to clear out feelings of anxiety, defeat and hopelessness, especially around ingrained fears. It highlights the positive aspects of our character and gives us the courage and a sense of optimism and determination for pursuing our dreams and goals, taking leaps of faith to move forward, and being comfortable with the unknown. Ruby encourages us to truly live, to live in our truth, and come from a place of sheer raw power from within.
Bloodstone is great for clearing the auric field of sluggish and stagnant energy, brings the layers of the energy body into alignment with one another, and for grounding them within the physical body. It gives us increased vitality, courage, support and stamina during times of adversity. Bloodstone helps us to perceive the correct course of action and bring us into alignment with our highest path despite obstacles and challenges. When we need extra support in making difficult decisions or taking action, Bloodstone gives us courage, faith and trust in the Divine. This is a fantastic one for those experiencing difficulties around spiritual awakening and awareness.
Knowing what crystal or stone to use
With so many options available, it can be difficult to know what crystal or stone is right for you. Most people will tell you to just go with what you are attracted to, and while that is definitely a valid method, it’s not one that I recommend for grounding. Because of the different types of grounding, the various causes of feeling ungrounded, the differences in what grounding stones have to offer, and the intense power of grounding stones that can easily “over ground” someone, I find it’s best to consciously select the right crystals. Here are a few questions to ask yourself:
What type of grounding am I trying to achieve?
What crystal(s) have additional properties that would be beneficial to my unique circumstances or needs?
Are there a couple of stones that I can mix to meet all of my grounding needs?
For instance, if you know that you want to practice the energetic form of grounding by tapping into the Earth’s electromagnetic field, then Hematite, Black Tourmaline and Lodestone are your best choices. However, if you feel that you are also struggling to find calmness, stillness and presence of mind and body as a result of the inability to focus your attention and will, and are feeling defeated and living in fear, you could also add Onyx and Ruby to your crystal cocktail.
Still unsure what crystal(s) are best for you? Use a pendulum to decide!
Whatever crystal you decide on, you’ll want ones that are at least the size of a quarter (Apache Tear excluded as they tend to be slightly smaller).
How to use grounding crystals and stones
Don’t overthink it, crystals are going to work their energy magic even if you don’t know exactly what to do and how to do it. With that being said, there are ways that we can increase the effectiveness of crystals and stones by having a basic understanding of why they are being used and thus where they would best be used.
For example, if you are wanting to energetically ground yourself to the electromagnetic frequency of the planet (earthing), then it makes most sense for the crystals and stones to be on your feet, legs or at the base of the spine at the location of the Root Chakra. Here are a few ways to start using grounding stones effectively:
Use medical tape to adhere the crystals and stones to the tops of your feet while walking around or sitting outside (earthing). Hematite, Black Tourmaline and Lodestones are ideal.
Place them in your socks/shoes; several stones come in stretchy bracelets that can be worn as anklets.
Hold a stone in the palms of your hands, this is particularly effective when simultaneously using them on your feet or Root Chakra (though not required by any means). This is a great way to boost your Tree Root Visualization Exercise.
Carry them in your pockets or a mojo bag.
Keep a “Worry Stone” handy; Worry Stones are crystals that have been shaped to fit in the palm of the hand or on the thumb pad for stress relief.
Add crystals and stones to a grounding bath. Water safe stones: Smoky Quartz, Onyx, Jet, Apache Tear, Snowflake Obsidian, Bloodstone. Amplify with Clear Quartz. Non-Water Safe Stones: Hematite and Lodestone can technically be in water, but will rust over time as they contain iron; Mahogany Obsidian gains its color from iron as well. More on creating Crystal Baths to come.
Spritz yourself in crystal infused grounding elixirs, recipe to come!
Anoint yourself in grounding oils like this one from Eye Love Love; the temples, hairline, hands and feet. Just drop a small clean smoky quartz in the bottle and now it's crystal unfused!
Crystal Grid your body by lying flat during meditation and placing your grounding stones around your body within a few inches of the skin. More on Crystal Grids and gridding the body to come. Increase the grounding effect by lying on a black, dark brown or dark red cloth, and limit the time to no more than 20 minutes.
Electromagnetic Frequency (EMF) Pollution is another huge contributor to the instability in our auric field and inability to effectively stay grounded. Place a baseball size+ chunk of Black Tourmaline or Hematite between you and your computer/laptop while working to combat EMFP.
Disclaimer for Black Obsidian - unlike other forms of obsidian that have a crystalline structure as a result of an extended cooling period following volcanic activity, black obsidian cools too quickly to form a crystalline structure and thus is not nor does it work like a crystal.
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