Rose quartz, one of many crystals from the quartz family, is commonly known for it's beautiful pink colour and it's calming and healing properties.
Found in South Africa, USA, Brazil, Japan, India and Madagascar, this crystal works closely with both the heart and the heart chakra, enhancing love, forgiveness of others, self-forgiveness, inner peace and acceptance. Physically it helps circulation and aids detoxification. It is soothing when dealing with a crisis or trauma, helps with releasing unexpressed emotions and can increase creativity and imagination.
It is an excellent crystal for women as it resonates with the female reproductive system, helping to balance the menstrual cycle. It is also thought to increase fertility.
It is a wonderful beauty stone for the skin, soothing, evening the complexion and is cooling on minor burns and wounds. The ancient Egyptians are thought to have used rose quartz for its anti-ageing properties.
Ways To Use Rose Quartz
*Make a gem water - place 3-4 clean and cleansed rose quartz tumblestones into a glass and fill with filtered water. Leave to infuse for an hour or two. You can do this under the sunlight or moonlight if you choose to. Then it's ready to drink. You can also use this water for steam inhalation to sooth the skin, to add to your bath water or to create a spray adding essential oils (preserve with vodka or apple cider vinegar).
*Facial massage - using some clean rose quartz palm stones, massage the face in an outward movement to increase lymphatic drainage and cool and soothe the skin.
*Meditation - holding a rose quartz palm stone in each hand whilst meditating.
*Self Love Grid - Create a self love grid using rose quartz and some other crystals of choice such as amethyst, green aventurine or tigers eye. Decide where you're going to create your grid, and cleanse the space, physically and energetically. Cleanse the stones you'll be using and set your intention for your grid. Next place a stone in the centre and arrange the other stones around it. You can activate your grid using a crystal wand, slowly and gently tapping each crystal, energetically connecting them. Then sit and meditate often next to your grid, focusing on self love and self acceptance. Keep it up as long as you feel you need it. When it's served it's purpose you can take it down and cleanse the stones again. If it's there for a while and you feel it's energy isn't as high as it was when you created the grid, you can cleanse the stones and place them back in the grid and reactivate it with your wand again.
*Heart Healing - Lay on your bed, floor, yoga mat or on the grass, and place a rose quartz heart over your heart. You can add additional rose quartz on and around you, or other crystals that you feel may help. Placing a black tourmaline or red jasper by your feet will keep you grounded. Lay there and either meditate, focus on your breath or simply relax.
These are just a few examples of the many ways to work with this wonderful crystal.
When working with any crystals, always follow your intuition and be guided to whatever it is you need at that moment.