Wellness: The Gemstones of Africa And the Healing Power of Crystals

Updated: Mar 3

While Africa is most associated with diamonds and other precious stones, they are far from the only gemstones found on the African Continent. Africa is a hotbed of geological events and its soil is rich with minerals. This is why the continent is rich with mines that produce the world's most gorgeous, high-quality semi-precious gemstones.

Gemstones and crystals have recently become a tool in the wellness medicine box. But using healing stones is not new. There is evidence that ancient cultures used them to treat a wide array of ailments.

Today, belief in the holistic healing powers of gemstones is growing. For some, the stones are not simply ornamental. They also promote health and the healing of many ailments. Believers use gemstones as part of their spiritual practices to restore energy fields, gain peace, and promote love and safety. In some belief systems, practitioners use gemstones to balance chakras and find balance in the body.


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AMETHYST brings strength, courage, and peace to the wearer. These benefits can help promote healing. The stone has tranquil qualities, so it’s a great gift for anyone suffering from anxiety, mood disorders, and addictions. Wear it anywhere to promote spiritual and physical health. The most beautiful amethyst comes from Namibia.

PEARLS occurs naturally inside an oyster and can come in many shades, shapes, and sizes. They balance the entire body and create positive, happy feelings within the wearer. Please try to find ethically-sourced pearls. Remember that they are animal bi-products.

AQUAMARINE helps with digestive, eye, and teeth problems. In the past, sailors often used aquamarines to bring them luck at sea. Some still use the stone today for luck, protection, and happiness. People also believe the aquamarine promotes healing energy, reduces the fear of water, and can return lost love. Shamans use it as a meditative stone.

Pink-hued ROSE QUART helps to heal heartaches and calm anxiety. To benefit from rose quartz, wear the gemstone as a pendant around your neck. This helps close emotional wounds, promote self-love, and keep your heart open to positive relationships. Rose quartz is a good gift to someone suffering from personal sadness or heartache.

The deep red shades of the GARNET creates energy. Wearing one close to the heart helps to revitalize your body, boost confidence and promote emotional well-being. The stone is also said to bring protection from evil and bad karma. These stones are plentiful in Tanzania and Namibia

TOURMALINE is used for detoxifying the body. It is good for skin conditions, stress reduction, circulation, and increased mental awareness. It is also good for strengthening the immune and nervous systems

The MOONSTONE is white, clear, or rainbow coloured and helps wearers achieve balance. Since ancient times, travelers have used this gemstone as a protective talisman. Use moonstone jewelry to reduce anxiety, depression, insomnia, and to promote creativity. Some believe this gemstone can also help combat the ailments of both old age and childhood.

AFRICAN CITRINE promotes luck, emotional well-being and increases positive energy. Citrine can help with hearing difficulties, digestive ailments, sleep problems, and pain. Wear citrine in its natural form to enhance its positive benefits.

AMBER is a fossilized tree resin and can in found in abundance in Africa and the Americas. Use amber in yellow, brown, or red to treat headaches and reduce stress to promote self-expression. It also may help to bring detox the body and ease pain.

RED JASPER is good for anxiousness, emotional frustrations, and mental clarity. Use red jasper for increased stamina, self-confidence, courage, balance, calm and relaxation.

To benefit from gemstones, they can be worn as jewelry, displayed in the home, or even carried around in a bag or pocket. Remember that when you acquire a new gemstone or crystal, the energy must be cleansed. There are several ways to do this.


1. Natural Water

Water neutralizes any negative energy stored in a stone. Rinse your stones with water by placing them directly under natural rainfall for 4 to 5 minutes. If it’s a dry season, you can also place your stones in a colander and run your stones under a faucet for about 10 minutes.

This method should be used for hard stones only.

2. Sunlight or Moonlight

The sun can supply new gemstones with yang solar energy that balances the stone’s innate yin energy. Some stones may discolor in direct sunlight. Try sunrise, sunset for those stones.

Moonlight is a more delicate method that is especially effective with a full moon. Because the moon is at its brightest and full potential when full, it can increase the stone’s vibrations.

3. Earth

You can use the elements of the earth by burying your stones underground for a full day.

4. Fire Power

You can use fire or smoke to cleanse your stones by quickly burning your stones or smudging. Direct fire immediately burns away any negative energy and is done in a matter of seconds over a candle. Smudging can be done with sage sticks, palo santo, or commercial incense like sandalwood or cedar, which is known to remove negativity.

Wave your stone over your smoke source for 20 to 30 seconds to cleanse it while simultaneously purifying your home.

5. Salt Water

A saltwater bath is one of the easiest methods to clean your gemstones.

6. Other Stones

Certain crystals and clusters (like quartz or amethyst) have the ability to absorb and regenerate other stones.

So keep an open mind about how possessing gemstones can complement your wellness routine. Or simply appreciate them as gemstone jewelry for their beauty and add them to your fashion accessories. It's win win either way!




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I grew up in the States, but have lived a large chunk of my adult life in the UK. I now split my time between London and South Africa as well as chasing the sun around the world. 


 When my nest emptied, I began to plan my trips according to my own schedule, indulging in going solo. Once one gets used to traveling solo, it can be a very freeing experience. I seek out interesting, informative and unique experiences, and proffer advice with my network of readers.  I also have a lot of fun!


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