Chakra stones, also known as energy stones or healing stones, are used to activate and balance the 7 chakras in the body. The 7 chakras are energy centers located along the spine that regulate spiritual, mental, and physical health. Each chakra corresponds to a specific color, so chakra stones of the same color can be placed on the matching chakra to restore its natural flow of energy.
What are the 7 chakras?
The 7 chakras are:
- Root chakra – Located at the base of the spine, it governs security and survival.
- Sacral chakra – Located below the navel, it governs pleasure, sexuality, and creativity.
- Solar plexus chakra – Located above the navel, it governs willpower, self-esteem, and discipline.
- Heart chakra – Located at the center of the chest, it governs love, compassion, and relationships.
- Throat chakra – Located at the throat, it governs communication, self-expression, and truth.
- Third eye chakra – Located between the eyebrows, it governs intuition, imagination, and wisdom.
- Crown chakra – Located at the top of the head, it governs spirituality and connection to the divine.
What are chakra stones?
Chakra stones are crystals and gemstones that correspond to a specific chakra based on their color. They help unblock and restore the natural flow of energy in the chakras when placed directly on the body. The 7 chakra stones are:
|Root||Base of spine||Red||Red jasper, garnet, hematite|
|Sacral||Below navel||Orange||Carnelian, orange calcite, sunstone|
|Solar plexus||Above navel||Yellow||Citrine, tiger’s eye, yellow jasper|
|Heart||Center of chest||Green||Rose quartz, jade, green aventurine|
|Throat||Throat||Blue||Sodalite, blue lace agate, lapis lazuli|
|Third eye||Between eyebrows||Indigo||Sapphire, azurite, amethyst|
|Crown||Top of head||Violet||Clear quartz, selenite, diamond|
How to choose your chakra stones
When selecting chakra stones, make sure to choose ones that correspond to the color of the chakra you want to heal. The size of the stone does not matter, only the color association. However, larger tumbled stones may be easier to place on the body.
It’s best to use natural, authentic crystals and gemstones rather than artificial or dyed stones. Try to choose stones that are free from flaws, cracks, or inclusions, as these can impact their energetic healing properties.
You may be intuitively drawn to certain stones when selecting them. Pay attention to any stones you feel particularly compelled to choose, as that stone is likely meant to provide healing for you.
It can be helpful to cleanse and charge your stones before use. You can rinse them under cool water or leave them to soak in salt water overnight. Stones can be charged by placing them in sunlight or under the Full Moon.
How to use chakra stones
Once you’ve chosen your stones, using them is easy. Simply place the stone directly onto the corresponding chakra location on your body. You can lie down and put the stones on the chakras, moving from the root up to the crown. Or you can stand or sit upright and place the stones accordingly.
Ideally, the stones should rest gently on bare skin for optimal energy transmission. However, they can be placed on top of light clothing if needed. The stones do not need to be affixed in any way – just lightly holding them over the chakra is sufficient.
If lying down, allow the stones to rest on each chakra for 3 to 5 minutes before moving to the next one. If sitting upright, hold them for at least 60 seconds per chakra. Breathe deeply and visualize the color energy radiating from the stone into the chakra.
You may repeat this process over a period of days or weeks to continue strengthening and balancing each chakra. Daily 15-30 minute sessions can be very restorative. Listen to your intuition on when your chakras feel aligned and energized.
Root chakra stones
The root chakra is located at the base of the spine. It governs feeling grounded, stable, and secure. When balanced, you feel safe and supported. When imbalanced, you may experience fear, anxiety, or depression.
Use red root chakra stones like red jasper, garnet, or hematite. Place the stone at the base of your spine while lying down. Focus on your connection to the earth and feeling grounded. Breathe deeply into your abdomen and visualize the color red radiating from the stone into your root chakra, energizing the area with stability, security, and vitality.
Sacral chakra stones
The sacral chakra is located below the navel. It governs sexuality, creativity, emotions, pleasure, and relationships. When balanced, you feel confident in yourself and connected intimately with others. When imbalanced, codependent tendencies, emotional instability, or sexual issues may arise.
Use orange sacral chakra stones like carnelian, orange calcite, or sunstone. Place the stone 1-3 inches below your navel. Focus on your Creative passions, intimate relationships, and self-expression. Breathe deeply into your abdomen and visualize orange energy from the stone bringing creativity, vitality, pleasure, and intimacy to your sacral chakra.
Solar plexus chakra stones
The solar plexus chakra is located above the navel in the stomach region. It governs willpower, self-esteem, discipline, and motivation. When balanced, you feel confident, capable, and able to stand up for yourself. When imbalanced, you may experience low self-worth, lack direction, and feel discouraged.
Use yellow solar plexus chakra stones like citrine, tiger’s eye, or yellow jasper. Place the stone 1-3 inches above your navel near your stomach. Focus on your inner power, self-confidence, and ability to take action toward goals. Breathe deeply and visualize yellow light from the stone infusing your solar plexus chakra with energy, amplifying your inner wisdom, power, and self-esteem.
Heart chakra stones
The heart chakra is located at the center of your chest. It governs love, compassion, relationships, and acceptance of self and others. When balanced, you exude kindness, empathy, and connection. When imbalanced, you may experience grief, heartbreak, anger, resentment, or social isolation.
Use green heart chakra stones like rose quartz, jade, or green aventurine. Place the stone over the center of your chest where your heart space is. Focus on opening up to give and receive love. Breathe deeply into your heart space and visualize green energy from the stone expanding feelings of compassion, forgiveness, gratitude, and acceptance within your heart chakra.
Throat chakra stones
The throat chakra is located at the center of the throat. It governs communication, self-expression, truth, and listening. When balanced, you express yourself clearly, honestly, and openly. When imbalanced, you may feel withdrawn, fearful of speaking up, or unable to find the right words.
Use blue throat chakra stones like sodalite, blue lace agate, or lapis lazuli. Place the stone gently on the front of your throat. Focus on communicating from a place of authenticity, wisdom, and truth. Breathe deeply into your throat and visualize blue energy emanating from the stone, amplifying your ability to speak up and verbalize your needs clearly and powerfully.
Third eye chakra stones
The third eye chakra is located between the eyebrows in the center of the forehead. It governs intuition, imagination, wisdom, and perception beyond the physical world. When balanced, you have strong intuitive skills, self-reflection, and awareness. When imbalanced, you may experience poor concentration, lack imagination, or feel disconnected from your inner wisdom.
Use indigo third eye chakra stones like sapphire, azurite, or amethyst. Place the stone gently between your eyebrows where your “third eye” is. Focus on opening your inner eye to receive insight, visions, and messages from your divine guidance. Breathe deeply while visualizing indigo light from the stone stimulating your third eye chakra, expanding your intuition, inner vision, focus, and connection to your higher self.
Crown chakra stones
The crown chakra is located at the top of your head. It governs spirituality, connection to the divine, and self-realization. When balanced, you feel aligned with your highest purpose and closest to your connection with spirit. When imbalanced, you may experience apathy, lack of meaning or direction, or feel disconnected spiritually.
Use violet or clear/white crown chakra stones like clear quartz, selenite, or diamond. Place the stone gently on the crown of your head. Focus on opening yourself up to receive divine wisdom and connect to unconditional love from the universe. Visualize violet or white light flooding down from above into the crown chakra stone, filling your body, aura, and energy field with enlightenment, peace, and cosmic oneness with all.
When used consistently, chakra stones are powerful tools to restore balance and optimal flow to the 7 chakras. Take time to mindfully place the stones on the corresponding chakras while focusing on the color and meaning of each one. With regular use, chakra stones can improve your spiritual connection, mental clarity, emotional stability, intuitiveness, communication, self-confidence, passion, and overall wellbeing.
Pay attention to any thoughts, feelings, or physical sensations that arise during your session. Chakra healing brings increased awareness and releases stuck energy. Keep a journal to record your experiences and track your progress. With time, you will reap the full benefits when your chakras are humming in healthy alignment.