Benefits, Methods, and Lore
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Crystals have been used in cultures all over the world for thousands of years. Their uses have included healing, meditation, protection, and creative inspiration.
One of the most popular crystals is the rose quartz.
The use of rose quartz is said to date back as far as 7000 BC. It’s also been claimed that Egyptian and Roman women used rose quartz face masks to clear their complexions and prevent wrinkles.
Today rose quartz is often used as jewelry, for meditation, or as decoration in homes or office spaces.
While there’s no scientific evidence that rose quartz crystals offer any health benefits, they’re still commonly used for healing purposes.
The rose quartz is a pale pink stone that’s part of the quartz crystal family.
Deeper pink varieties of the stone are sometimes called strawberry rose quartz. Lavender rose quartz varieties are pale purple.
Rose quartz is a mineral composed primarily of silicon dioxide molecules that typically form at about 752°F–1,292°F (400°C–700°C). The crystal can be found across the United States, Australia, Brazil, Madagascar, South Africa, India, Sweden, and Germany.
Rose quartz is perhaps best known for being the stone of unconditional love. It’s believed by some to emit a strong vibration of:
- emotional healing
“Rose quartz is a powerful healing crystal,” says crystal healer and reiki master Keith Birch, owner of KSC Crystals. “Its soft, gentle, almost pastel pale pink coloring is a good indication of its most commonly known property: that of pure love. It’s a stone of both giving and receiving love.”
However, it’s important to note that there’s a lack of research to support these claims. In fact, there’s very little evidence to support the benefits of crystals at all.
An older study (presented at two international conferences in 1999 and 2001 but never published in a peer-reviewed journal) suggests that any spiritual, emotional, or healing benefits experienced from crystals may be chalked up to placebo effect.
In the study, 80 volunteers were given booklets explaining the sensations they might experience while holding crystals. Half of the participants were given genuine gemstones, and the other half received fakes made of plastic.
The study found that the participants holding the fake crystals were just as likely to report sensations as those who had been given the real crystals. This implies that any benefits of rose quartz or other crystals could be a result of the power of suggestion.
Even so, many still use crystals as part of their healing practice.
The rose quartz is believed to embody powerful healing qualities that may be beneficial both for physical and emotional health.
It’s said that rose quartz can:
- heal relationship problems
- promote mutual understanding
- inspire an attitude of compassion and kindness
It’s also believed it can boost feelings of:
“Predominantly, rose quartz is a crystal of unconditional love that brings deep healing to the heart by opening the heart chakra,” Birch explains. “Once achieved, a deeper state of calmness, serenity, and peace is reached, which ultimately results in complete relaxation, encouraging the feelings of happiness and contentment.”
The rose quartz is also believed to have benefits for physical health, particularly when worn or carried on your body.
According to Birch, rose quartz:
- promotes a clearer complexion
- can accelerate healing
- boosts neuron activity
“Rose quartz increases blood circulation in the body and is especially powerful when worn close to the heart,” Birch claims. “Rose quartz wards off negativity, and when carried on your person, helps to replace negative emotions with positive, returning the wearer to that place of pure love and balance.”
That said, you should never use a crystal to replace the advice and treatment of a qualified healthcare practitioner.
www.healthline.com, Victoria Stokes, 12-11-2020