Neutralize negativity & increase cheerfulness: How to enhance your home with crystals and stones #Decor & Decorating#crystals#decor June 2 2016 | Guest post by Melanie Marquis and Emily A. Francis Amethyst crystal necklace terrarium from Etsy seller RubyRobinBoutique Crystals and stones provide a great way to add positive energy to your home. Each stone or crystal has its own special properties which can be utilized in a variety of ways — from deflecting negativity to encouraging good cheer. Here are a few easy ways to use crystals and stones to improve your home's energy… To absorb and neutralize negativity Jet Stone from Etsy seller Souls with Heart If there is anger or depression in your home and you'd like to dispel it, try placing several large hunks of jet around the house. This black stone will siphon the negative energies away from the home's inhabitants. It can also be used to help ward off bad dreams. To bring peace and harmony Raw Rose Quartz from Etsy seller MakeMeSmileJewelry To create an all-around peaceful, pleasant vibe that will help the people in your home feel good towards one another and get along well together, try tucking pieces of rose quartz and/or turquoise around your dwelling. To increase cheerfulness Citrine Points by Etsy seller MoonGoddessMagick If you want to cultivate a more happy, cheerful, upbeat atmosphere, try placing citrine crystals or clear quartz crystals around your home to help lift the general vibe. For healing and purifying To help balance and restore your body's energies while you sleep, place an arrangement of stones beneath your bed, choosing large specimens that don't present a choking hazard. You might arrange the stones beneath the bed so that they correspond to your body's chakras. Raw fluorite from Etsy seller EarthMerchants Place a hematite near the foot of your bed to correspond to the energy center located at your feet, and above that place a red or orange calcite to correspond with the chakra located at your pelvis. A yellow calcite comes next to correspond with the chakra located at the solar plexus, and a fluorite or green calcite is placed to correspond with the energy centered at the heart. Next, place a blue celestite to align with your throat chakra, and an amethyst to align with the third eye chakra located between your eyes. Finally, place a clear quartz to correspond with the crown chakra located at the very top of the head. This arrangement will help replenish and balance your body's natural strength and vigor. Cleaning your stones Related Post Make these DIY crystal bottle stoppers Right? Cupcakes and Cashmere has the tutorial on how you can transform a little epoxy, a pretty stone, a cork stopper and into something super... Read more Keep your crystals and stones clean. While typically your stones and crystals will retain their positive energy as long as they're not exposed to bad energies, it's a good idea to clean them every few months just in case, to clear them of any ickiness they may have picked up. You may want to cleanse them monthly on each full moon. To purify and recharge your rocks, simply rub them with salt, rinse them with water, or place them beneath the sunlight or moonlight for a few hours. They'll be energized and ready to refresh your home. Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Melanie Marquis and Emily A. Francis Melanie Marquis is the creator of the Modern Spellcaster’s Tarot, and the author of several books, including A Witch’s World of Magick. The founder of United Witches Global Coven and a local coordinator for the Pagan Pride Project, she loves sharing magick with others, she lives in Denver, Colorado, and can be found online at MelanieMarquis.com Emily A. Francis has a BS in Exercise Science and Wellness. She is a clinical massage therapist and a certified pediatric massage therapist. She is a Usui Reiki and Karua Ki Master Level practicioner, trianed in Seven Rays Healing working directly with the Ascended Masters. You can find her at emilyafrancisbooks.com PREVIOUS How to make soft pretzels, Austrian-style NEXT Make your pool time magical with this inflatable unicorn raft! Show/Hide comments [ 11 ] Some stones will discolor if exposed to the sun for too long. I learned this the hard way when my pink and green unakite jasper turned a dull brown when left on my nightstand. 2 agree Reply Same goes for cleansing them in salt water. Also MANY stones are dyed. I shop raw crystals in some pretty great shops, and still find agate dyed to look like malachite or amethyst, amethyst dyed to look like citrine, and so on. It's hard to tell sometimes, but too much consistency of color or pattern can be a tip that it may not be natural. 1 agrees Reply Research cleansing methods on the web before you do your stones. Some stones shouldn't be in the sun for more than a short time – Amethyst (will go brown), Citrine will go grayish, Rose Quartz will lighten to white – both have to do with trapped electrons getting knocked around by photons rather than color fading. The color won't come back unless they get a dose of radiation. That's how they change amethyst into color enhanced citrine, smokey quartz to that super dark smokies, make oro verde quartz, etc. It's a neat phenomenon. Turquoise may bleach out to white if left for extended periods, kunzite can fade and lose it's pink color if you wear it in the sun too long. Selenite will dissolve in water. Etc., Etc., Etc.. 2 agree Reply Good lord, this makes my hippy heart happy! To help open that heart chakra, I have a big ol' hunk of rose quartz under my bed! 1 agrees Reply Selenite!! I have selenite wands in every windowsill in my bedroom…it's my way of keeping my space clear and light! They're always getting charged with the sun and the moon, and I cleanse/charge my other stones by placing them on the selenite and letting them hang out for a while. And at work we have huge selenite wands under all the massage tables to keep things clear. I love it! 3 agree Reply Just want to mention since the permissions line was left off the article, that this is an excerpt from the book Witchy Mama by Melanie Marquis and Emily A. Francis, copyright Llewellyn Publications and is used with permission. All rights reserved. http://www.llewellyn.com And I also wanted to say thank you for sharing our excerpt! I love stones and crystals and there are so many wonderful ways to utilize them! Reply Just want to mention since the permissions line was left off the article, that this is an excerpt from the book Witchy Mama by Melanie Marquis and Emily A. Francis, copyright Llewellyn Publications and is used with permission. All rights reserved. http://www.llewellyn.com And I also wanted to say thank you for sharing our excerpt! I love stones and crystals and there are so many wonderful ways to utilize them! Reply And then there's dreaming-stones. A dreaming-stone can be any kind that calls out to you. To use a dreaming-stone, settle it lightly in your hand as you go to bed. The feel of it in your hand will remind you that you're dreaming and help you become lucid, which can enable you to cooperate with the dream and kick things up to a new level. 1 agrees Reply I love this! I have a perfectly-shaped-for-my-hand piece of clear quartz at my desk, and have had great experiences with hematite jewelry dispelling negativity. As a tree-hugging aside, if you're concerned (like I am) about the environmental impact of gemstone mining, it's easy to find many vintage stones. 2 agree Reply It's good to keep that in mind–thanks! I get great results with common, non-mined stones. Beach or creek cobbles especially have some experience to them. One of my most valued stones I found in a dry river bed, while on a quest for something else–it is naturally heart-shaped, smoothed by time, and a deep organ-red literally the color of a heart. I think it's probably porphyry. I know that I have felt healing from it, and so have others. 1 agrees Reply I agree with all of these uses. Jet stopped my trauma nightmares like a light switch. I'd add that turquoise encourages harmony *because it cultivates communication (throat chakra). I have turquoise laying all over my house, because marriage. Also, citrine is known to promote prosperity/abundance. If you have a business, keep it where the money goes, or on your accounting books, in your cash register, etc. If you don't, keep it in your purse or maybe your mailbox (I like to visualize checks in the mail just for kicks). Other favorites are tiger's eye for letting go of stubborn tendencies/transitions, smoky quartz for grounding, and carnelian for PMS. 1 agrees Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Subscribe me to your mailing list No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.