Can crystals help us feel better?
Nicole Brandt, the proprietor of Siouxland Reiki & Spirit Nook Crystal Shop in Le Mars, says they can.
Crystals (of any kind -- ruby and salt alike) work with humans' energy fields, Brandt said, which can help to promote positive feelings, balanced energy, peacefulness, love and so forth.
These crystals are among the most-used by Brandt in her crystal healing practice.
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Amethyst. Used to soothe irritation and hostile feelings, and promote tranquility and peace.
Rose quartz. Promotes love of oneself, friendships and helps with romantic matters.
Clear quartz. Known as the "master crystal," it has all-around healing powers.
Sodalite. Promotes calmness and clarity.
Citrine. Inspires brightness, self-confidence and abundance.
Black tourmaline. A "grounding stone," helps people connect to the Earth.
Carnelian. Helps with creativity and self-esteem.
Green aventurine. Helps promote abundance, growth and renewal -- helpful for those with an old heartbreak that hasn't healed.
Halite. Popular in the form of Himalayan salt lamps, which Brandt said bring "a calming peacefulness" to a room.
Nicole Brandt of Siouxland Reiki & Spirit Nook Crystal Shop holds a crystal grid Tuesday at the Le Mars, Iowa, shop.