Crystals and Gemstones
Gemstones and Crystals are used interchangeably although there is a difference between the two. The difference is in the chemical composition and organic base. Gemstones are mineral based and may be cut or polished and come in various colors.
Crystals are solids that have atoms, ions and molecules fixed in a regular order. Crystals come in various colors according to the transmission of light through them. A gemstone can be considered a crystal but a crystal is not to be considered a gemstone. When comparing the two one looks at the hardness (Mohs Scale), transperancy, refractive index, durability and fluorescence to distinguish the difference. Crystals come in seven different shapes; cubic, trigonal, hexagonal, orthorhombic, monoclinic and triclinic.
The important part is that you choose a stone or crystal that is appealing to you.
Gemstones and Crystals come from the earth and each is made up of minute crystals which are in constant motion emitting an energy signature or vibration. Different stones can be used in a variety of ways to enhance healing in humans and horses. They can used in conjunction with or without the chakras.
Due to the vibration of each, one can choose the complimentary stone that resonates with the vibration of the corresponding chakras to help bring balance to this area of the body. Like attracts like.
In addition, one can use a corresponding stone on an area of the body that isn't necessarily a chakra point. Malachite is a suggested stone that may be used on an arthritic knee or hock.
Another way of using stones is in a grid pattern around the animal. If using crystals with points (terminated) always place the point facing the animal. Rose Quartz may be helpful in fear and aggression and the lingering effects of past trauma and abuse.
You may carry a stone in your pocket, wear it on a piece of jewelry, or place it next to the animal or situate in a barn, stall or pasture where the healing properties may be absorbed as needed. It is not recommended leaving the stone unattended for an unspecified amount of time. The properties can also be over absorbed resulting in a new imbalance. Clear Quartz is the only stone that may be left unattended for an unspecified amount of time.
If the animal will allow, you can place the chosen stone along their topline during a grooming session or while they graze in hand.
It is important to cleanse and charge (recharge) crystals and gemstones after use as energies can be transmitted from one being to another.
Cleansing is nothing more than removing the built up energy collected by means known or unknown. When first purchasing a stone, it is important to cleanse it before use. A few ways of cleansing is to bury in dry sea salt, place in sunlight or moonlight or smudge with sage. Be mindful of the stone's mineral make up as some stones can fade in sunlight and some stones can dissolve to a lesser degree in running water.
HathaHorse Sage Spray is a wonderful way to cleanse your stones!
Charging a gemstone or crystal is giving it access to an outer source of energy that it can be nourished and rebalanced by. This can be the stone's guardian by holding it and setting (resetting) its intended purpose based on its properties, leaving the stone in moonlight or sunlight or by burying in the ground or placing in a potted plant. Charging should be done when the feel of the stone is dull.
Crystal Therapy is an excellent complementary therapy to routine veterinary care.