Children are deeply rooted in and connected to the natural world. Crystals are a key element of the natural world and play an important role in physical, emotional, and spiritual healing. Children have a profound and innate connection to the healing attributes and energies of stones and crystals so much so that they naturally gravitate towards these at a very young age. Yet so many children are not encouraged to explore the healing powers of these natural elements.
Gemstones and crystals have been used in medicine for more than 5,000 years in China, India and other ancient cultures. They house spiritual and healing properties that can be tapped into in a variety ways. Each type of stone has its own unique talent and area of focus. Shapes, colors, and textures all carry a special meaning.
Crystals For Kids
Below are 25 gemstones and crystals which may support children with various issues and challenges. Be sure to watch the video which has images of all these crystals for kids.
Amethyst – the master healing crystal. It has the ability to purify and transmute all forms of negativity. Amethyst will help children in the midst of a transition (i.e. a death in the family, parent going back to work, moving). For children with various disabilities or with either emotional or physical pain, an Amethyst cluster in their room will help clear unwanted energies, bringing the room into a balanced state. For local pain, hold the Amethyst directly on or over the area for up to twenty minutes. Amethyst also helps with nightmares or insomnia – Place a piece of Amethyst on the child’s nightstand or under a pillow.
Apache Tear – helps children with any form of sadness.
Aventurine – a leadership stone. It is very loving, embracing and protective of the heart. It is an excellent stone for children who are shy and/or timid, and suppressing their leadership qualities. This stone helps them to become active and to initiate action on their own accord. Asthmatic children seem attracted to Aventurine as it opens up the lungs, giving them some relief. It balances out polar energies.
Blue Lace Agate – helpful for children who are argumentative and have a short temper. It allows them to practice more peaceful communication.
Carnelian Agate – can be used to help with feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem. Useful for promoting self-security and self-love. Carnelian Agate encourages love between parents and children. It helps girls to appreciate their bodies while aiding creativity. Carnelian can also be used for dermatological ailments such as acne by holding the stone over the skin and moving it in circles for several minutes, several times a day.
Charoite– aids with insomnia and difficulty settling into sleep.
Chrysoprase – protects children suffering from frequent nightmares.
Citrine – useful for self-esteem and self-confidence issues.
Clear Quartz – known as the “Healing Crystal.” Its energy is unique and when a child makes contact with the right one, the natural energy of Quartz can be just enough to transform a disharmonious thought pattern, burn off some negative emotional state, or even place the spiritual seeds of one’s future into consciousness. Quartz crystal clusters are also helpful to organize scattered thoughts and to deflect negative energies.
Golden Calcite – a great stone for building self-esteem. It also provides courage.
Hematite – provides protection and dispels negativity. It gives children strength and courage.
Howlite – a “tranquility stone”. It calms communication, enhances emotional expression, and eliminates stress, rage and rudeness. It assists with the attainment of goals by encouraging ambition and eliminating hesitation.
Jade – a soother of emotions. Emotionally sensitive children often need a supportive system to ensure that their feelings do not overwhelm them. Jade enhances confidence, self-assurance and self-reliance. Jade is also very inspirational in helping children achieve their desires in life.
Lapis Lazuli – a wonderful stabilizer for children who show psychic gifts early in life. The deep blue color stimulates expansion of consciousness in a very supportive way, promoting purification and clarify of spiritual insight. Lapis Lazuli instills self-acceptance of one’s given gifts and encourages openness of one’s spiritual awareness.
Moldavite – a useful stone for sensitive children who find it difficult being in incarnation on the earth and who cannot adjust to suffering and deep emotions. Many such children are “star children” who have come to aid the earth in its time of transition to a new vibration. They are not used to the heavy energies of earth and find it difficult to integrate their spiritual bodies into the physical, and need to ground. Moldavite also supports qualities such as empathy and compassion.
Moonstone – a wonderful stone for children dealing with emotional overwhelm and hyperactivity. It can be rubbed over the forehead and temples.
Pink Tourmaline – a good choice for children recovering from abuse. It brings deep comforting love energy. It transforms negative behavior into positive.
Pyrite – an extremely protective stone. Pyrite is like a small mirror, reflecting negative energy away. It also instills a feeling of physical empowerment.
Rhodonite – helps children who are impatient. Children should rub it in his or her hand when feeling impatient. Brings about a feeling of calm and peacefulness.
Rose Quartz – a strong healing crystal for children because it exhibits gentle positive vibrations. Rose Quartz is a good choice for those children who have a lot of hurt feelings or aggressive tendencies. It can sooth a broken heart shattered by seeing raw reality – the way things are, rather than the way one wants them to be. For hyperactive children, Rose Quartz soothes erratic emotional states, anxiety, fear, compulsions, and many other mental disorders. You can hold Rose Quartz over the child’s heart, wear as a pendant, or put a piece in a pouch to wear around their neck.
Serene Prehnite – the stone of unconditional love. It is a good stone for children who are overly possessive. Prehnite alleviates nightmares, phobias and deep fears, uncovering and healing the dis-ease that creates them. It is beneficial for hyperactive children and the karmic causes that underline the condition.
Sunstone– helps children who are overprotective and possessive.
Tiger’s Eye – is a grounding stone. Sometimes children get carried away and get lost in their dream world. Tiger’s Eye helps to pull them back. This stone is also very useful to help put thoughts into action. Tiger’s Eye teaches them to listen to their intuition while providing self-esteem. It also promotes the courage to do the right thing. Tiger’s Eye is also a good protection stone while traveling.
Turquoise – helpful if your child has difficulty asking others for help. Allows the child to relax and let go.
Variscite – brings peace and harmony to the heart. It enhances life by generating feelings of inner peace, love and compassion, and is excellent to aid any child with stress or anxiety.
There are a lot of other gemstones and crystals for kids which offer powerful healing properties.
This short list gives you a start on finding the ones your child might benefit from. If you are interested in learning more about these 25 gemstones or crystals or in finding additional ones, I highly recommended these books:
So now that you know which gemstone or crystal your child might benefit from, how do you go about incorporating these into his or her life? It is actually pretty easy and since children are naturally attracted to the energies contained within the stones.
Here are a few suggestions as to how children can use healing crystals:
- Worn on the body (necklace, ring, bracelet, or anklet).
- Worn close to the body (kept in a medicine pouch, pocket, or on a special key ring style clip). Tie a small stone or crystal bead onto their shoelaces. They child receives the healing energy and does not lose the stone.
- Kept under a pillow or tucked inside a dream pillow.
- Placed in bathwater or around the edge of the bathtub.
- Held during meditation or quite time.
- Placed in their room.
It is important to note, that crystals need to be “cleansed” from time to time.
Crystals pick up and absorb negative energy and can be drained of their energy after being used for a while. Gemstones and crystals should be periodically cleansed and charged to ensure they can be used efficiently for healing purposes.
A simple and potent method for cleansing crystals is to present each of the stones to the four elements, something your child will enjoy assisting with.
- Air – present the stone to the east and pass the object through the smoke of burning incense. Or take the stone outside on a breezy day and let it spend a few minutes absorbing the energy from the wind.
- Water – present the stone to the west and pass the object through a bowl of water. Or take the stone to a nearby river or stream and wash it in the fresh water.
- Fire – present the stone to the south and pass the object through the flame of a candle or small fire. Or the stone can be placed outside and left out overnight in the light of the moon. If pressed for time, simply take the gemstones and crystal outside for a few minutes during the heat of the noonday sun.
- Earth – present the stone to the north and wave a previously charged rock or crystal over the stone that is being cleansed. Or, if time is not a concern, bury the gemstone or crystal for a few days, in the ground or in a clay pot filled with dirt.
After the gemstone or crystal has been cleansed, it will need to be recharged with positive energy. Again, this is easy to do and something your child is quite capable of. Hold the gemstone or crystal in your dominant hand, close your eyes, and picture the stone filling with positive, powerful energy. Alternatively, you can leave it out in full sun to recharge for a few hours.
Do your children use gemstones and crystals? Are they naturally drawn to any in particular?
Tat @ Mum in search says
That’s so interesting! I got a Rose Quartz as a gift recently, but I had no idea about all the amazing qualities it has.
Do you know if chewing on a clear quarts is safe for a teething baby? I have it in my necklace he likes to chew on
Hi Kate! It is safe insofar as being non-toxic. However, it is a pretty hard mineral and could break a tooth. It sounds like the piece is rather small as well so it could be a choking hazard. But otherwise, safe for a little nibble here and there.
Amber is used a lot in France at a teether stone and calming i always recommend amber when teathing and keep on baby say around ankle it’s part of the incense frankensense family so very calming if u warm amber up on your hands it gives of a livery aroma and you can also burn it
Alinka @ Baby Web says
Thank you for sharing this! It’s time for gemstone shopping now 🙂 as these make great gifts for your close ones. A beautiful crystal or gemstone with a personalized dedication is something many people will definitely appreciate! Their benefits are very powerful.
What a great resource Jennifer!
I have to admit I’ve always been fairly skeptical of things like this, but just reading over your post I realize that skepticism is really just one more way to discount the power of the natural world (an attitude I’ve grown up with and find it necessary to battle often).
So really, I haven’t before considered all the benefits possible here – you’ve got me thinking and I’m looking forward to implementing some of these crystals – I can already see areas where they would fit. Thank you for a great post!
What a great article! I think I’ll be splitting up my crystal collection with my son and see if it doesn’t help him out with some things. I like the idea of the medicine pouch the best. Thank you for this!
Playful Karen says
My 7-year old daughter has had an affinity to the natural world through stones and gems and crystals from quite an early age. I think I’ve lost count of all of her collections and I am glad that she has that internal knowing about their power. Thanks to your great list, I can now help to add to her knowledge.
Jennifer Shelby says
Wow, I have suddenly found myself digging out my childhood rock collection and learning so much more about myself. Thanks!
Andrea at Tales Of Goodness says
How refreshing. I’ve never really given much thought to gemstonesor crystals before, but my kids really dig rocks. Reading this makes me wonder if gemstones and crystals might be what they’re really seeking. Wonderful ideas.
What a super resource – thank you – I will book mark it to come back to again and again. My kids are really drawn to crystals but I had never put two and two together – and I am quite a hippy so I should have! I have a clear quartz dousing pendulum that they love to play with and ask questions to – I had only thought of it in terms of them tapping into their intuition whilst using it, not the powers of the crystal itself.
Thanks for creating such a great resource
What age do you think is good to start making them wear crystal?
Any age is fine so long as the child can do so safely. You can make an anklet that a baby can wear safely. Necklaces should only be used if they are the breakaway kind in case they get tangled on a young child. But there is no age limit otherwise!
This is such an informative and comprehensive post, but of course I expect nothing less from you 🙂 I was totally fascinated by all sorts of rocks, crystals and gemstones as a child and I know that is something that both my children gravitate to. I will be using this post as a reference, much like I do many of your other posts, when I take H & P to get some crystals!
thank you for this amazing resource post!!!!!! I love that there is such an affinity with nature to children! As it should be! Hoping to get my girls to take a second look at their collected treasures and use your list for reference!
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Hi Jennifer thankyou for this post what a lovely image of all the stones together I want them all lol please is it possible to have the name of the crystal under the actual stone in the picture as they can come in so many variations when shopping for them many thanks and kindest regards Amina xx
Thanks for the ideas! We are just getting introduced to stones and crystals, my almost 4yr old loves mine (they are mostly for communication and spirit realm) we have looked some before for him and he just picked out blue ones cause thats his fav color 😂 so I’m not sure how picking his own out will go! And I just saw your books, omg, we absolutely read Milkie’s in the Morning while weaning (few mos after 3) it was very helpful and simple short phrase to say, so thank you!
Hi Taylor! Thank you for that sweet comment! I am getting ready to re-do that book this year. I wanted to update the images to a better quality. So glad to hear you liked it so much! XO As for the crystals… I find that children are drawn to the exact crystals they need. I suspect your son will move beyond color as he gets a little older.
Thanks for posting such a nice post I have a little confusion regarding treating kids with crystals can we treat kids with crystal therapy?