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Healing with crystals is a hot topic of late, but we've been getting love stoned with rose quartz since Cupid—the Cupid, not the half-naked baby with a vengence—and Eros were rumored to have brought the gem to Earth thinking that it's signature pink color would elicit those lovin' feelings.
Even the Gods were rumored to have played a part in this infamous stone's opening act. Some say that Adonis, lover to none other than Greek goddess Aphrodite, was attacked by Ares (the God of War). When Aphrodite rushed to save her man, er...God, she got caught in a briar brush, and legend says that their mingled blood stained the white quartz pink. In love and war, amiright?
Suffice to say that rose quartz has quite the rep. when it comes to matters of the heart (love and reconcilliation to be specific). Check out what you need to know about the rock of love below:
Name: Rose Quartz
Most Commonly Found: Rose quartz has been found in Madagascar, India, Japan and Brazil, as well as in South Africa and South Dakota in the USA, however there are not a lot of quartz configurations that this stone naturally occurs in.
Stone Cold Facts: Rose quartz is a quartz crystal that derives its name from its rose pink color. It comes in a variety of beautiful shades of pink. It is known as the love stone, because it emits a strong vibration and high energy attracting every kind of love: true love, unconditional love, self-love, love between friends, big ol' family love, etc. It is supposed to remove all negativity and self doubt while giving courage and soothing the nerves. The proverbial calm after the storm, it is said to restore harmony after chaos.
What You Didn't Know: Rose quartz is also use to ease transition in death, making it a gentle trip and surrounding one with the unconditional love of the Divine. It can also help you recall your dreams, prevent nightmares or night terrors and produce beautiful dreams for both children and adults.
What to Heal: Physically rose quartz is used in crystal healing to help a plethora of ailments from head to toe. Use this rock of ages to benefit the heart, headaches and migraines, sexual disfunction, healing vertigo, the circulatory system—increasing blood circulation helps detoxify the body and produce an overall rejuvenating feeling, throat problems, depression,healing scars, fibromyalgia, ear aches, spleen problems, weight loss, kidney disease, acne, reducing wrinkles, addictions, sinus problems, fertility, lung problems, increasing intellect, supporting brain functions & more. It’s even suggested that rose quartz can be helpful and protective both during pregnancy and childbirth.
Rose quartz is commonly used to help heal and let go of trauma and emotional wounds spanning back a far as childhood and as deep as sexual trauma. The stone assists in the removal of fear, anger and resentment, neglect and lack of love by replacing these symptoms with unconditional love and heightened feelings of self esteem and self worth. It’s loving energy can and should be applied to loving ourselves.
Rose quartz brings a balance to your emotions and restores feelings of peace and tranquility. Stress and anxiety relief will follow this calm emotional balance. This love stone carries with it energies of tolerance and compassion, and even forgiveness.
Spiritual + Psychic Properties: Rose quartz crystal resonates Goddess Energy and is one of the foremost stones representing the Feminine Principle.
Since this stone helps heal anger and resentments, it helps make a person feel less restrained, helping expand her imagination and discover how to be happy.
How to Heal: Wear rose quartz over your heart, or keep it close in your pocket or bag. It can also be placed in the relationship corner of your home—the farthest right hand corner from the front door of the home—to attract love. To aid in sleep, place the stone under your pillow.
History + Lore: People in the earliest recorded times believed in the magical powers of quartz, including the Ancient Roman, Egyptian, and Greek. The Romans used rose quartz as a seal to signify ownership, and Egyptians believed the stone could prevent aging .In the Middle Ages, medical practitioners used quartz in their healing potions. Early cultures of the Americas also used quartz amulets.
Related Chakras: Not surprisingly, rose quartz opens the heart chakra—which is the seat of our emotions—clearing and balancing this energy center. It is also extremely powerful to heal the upper chakras above the heart chakra.
In addition, it can stimulate the thymus chakra or higher heart chakra, the throat chakra, the third eye chakra and the crown chakra and bring their vibrations into line with the heart's. In essence, it can help you live from your heart.