"Crystals are from the Earth, so it only makes sense that when we're feeling anxious or nervous, attuning to their energy can ground us," explains Narayana Montúfar, crystal reiki practitioner and senior astrologer at
Astrology.com and Horoscope.com. "They can also be really helpful in taking us back to our center and connecting us to our essential selves."
We asked Montúfar what she recommends reaching for when you're feeling wound up. Having these soothing crystals nearby will help you stay centered and stress-free, no matter what's going on in the world around you.
Montúfar calls amethyst a natural tranquilizer. "It's one of the
best crystals to have around
because it helps release negative energy, as well as stress and irritability," she says. "Its beautiful purple color aligns perfectly with the
, relating it to spiritual awareness and inner peace."
Amethyst Raw Crystals, $8.00
"This crystal is so powerful that it's even used to clean other crystals," Montúfar says. "
If you have trouble sleeping
, placing it on your bedside table can calm your nerves and ease your dreams."
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Buy Tiger's Eye"A mysterious and powerful crystal widely used to make talismans, Tiger's Eye is known for turning fear into courage and keeping that negative self-talk under check," Montúfar explains. Think of it as the crystal version of your own personal cheerleader. Bingcute
Tiger's Eye, $10.99
According to Montúfar, sapphire is detoxifying and purifying. "It promotes peace and attunes you to your higher self by promoting well-being," she says. "This is also a good crystal to have by your bed if
you suffer from insomnia
$6.50 $5.20 Buy LepidoliteThis crystal is a gorgeous shade of purple, and Montúfar says that like amethyst, it awakens the crown chakra, which helps create space for positive forces to enter your mind. House of Intuition
Buy Angelite"If you have any planets in Cancer, Scorpio, or Pisces, you might love this glacier blue stone," says Montúfar. Angelite is a dehydrated mineral, so the thinking is that it can "pull" anger, fear, and anxiety from these water signs. NewMoonBeginnings
Buy Black Tourmaline
"As a crystal that is widely used for protection, black tourmaline is especially powerful against
negative energy in the workplace
," Montúfar explains. Stash a hunk on your desk to help you keep calm during meetings and on rough days. It almost acts like a coat of armor, reflecting the bad energy off of you, the astrologer says.
Black Tourmaline, $15.50