Whether you consider yourself deeply spiritual or worship at the alter of Rihanna, admit it: you're a little curious what all the hype is about crystals. Yes, they're aesthetically pleasing and make house guests think you're super *down to earth*, but what do they do?
Celebrities flock to Heather Askinosie of to find out. From Molly Simms to Jason Mraz, the spiritual guru's new book has been dubbed the Crystal Bible for newcomers. If you want to rid your home of any bad vibes (hello, post-breakup glow-up), this beginner's guide will show you how, step-by-step.
Find out how to give your home an energy makeover with these excerpts from "Crystal Muse," which hits stores October 17th.
"Crystals have an orderly structure, known as a crystal lattice. The energy they emit remains at a constant frequency. When a crystal is placed on or near an area of the body emitting at a lower frequency, it encourages the body to match its higher frequency. So on the most basic level, when you’re feeling low, bringing a crystal into your energy field helps to lift you up."
Five simple ways to use them: Carry it in your pocket or purse, wear it, place it on your altar or nightstand, lay it on your body, meditate while holding it.
"Whether you’re headed to your local meta-physical store or browsing online, the first step to choosing your crystal is to get out of your head and into your heart. It’s important to trust yourself. We’re confident you’ll know which crystal is right for you. How? Because you know yourself better than anyone else.
As you pick up a variety of crystals, some will feel light, while others will feel heavy. You’ll be drawn to some, and you’ll pass over others. It might be the color, the shape, or the size that makes you pause on one and not the other. None of these specifics matter. This is your intuition talking to you."
"Palo Santo means 'holy wood' in Spanish. This sacred wood comes from the Palo Santo trees of South America. When it’s burned, the smoke is believed to provide medicinal and therapeutic healing energy. Its calming and rela aroma is incredible, standing among the greatest of the world’s fragrant woods. Because of the extraordinary blessings it bestows upon those who have the good fortune to use it, this wood has touched the hearts and minds of countless people."
Palo Santo Wood, $14.88
"'Smudging' with sage is an ancient practice from Native American and other indigenous cultures. It’s a purifying 'smoke bath' that can be used to cleanse a person, place, object, or space of negative energies or influences. When the smoke begins to melt away, it takes the unwanted energy with it. This can be lower vibrational energy, negative thoughts, or even words from an old argument still hanging in the air. Smudging with sage is an easy way to uplift the energy."
Sage Smudge Stick, $5.88
"You know salt can combat an icy driveway and even make
your well-meaning friend’s pot roast bearable, but did you know this miracle mineral could purify your space as well?
What can’t salt do?! Himalayan Salt, or Pink Halite, is similar to the salt in your cabinet — both are composed of mainly
sodium chloride. However, the other mineral impurities within it, like magnesium, calcium, potassium, and others, give Himalayan Salt special therapeutic abilities. Himalayan Salt is used as a stress reliever and muscle relaxer in baths, as comforting salt lamps, and in cooking."
Himalayan Salt Rock, $6.50
Reprinted with permission from Crystal Muse: Everyday Rituals To Tune Into The Real You; Hay House 2017.