2 More Cool Crystal Properties to Prove that Crystal Energy Ain’t No Scam!

Hibiscus Moon Crystals, science 24 Comments

A while ago I wrote a blog post answering the question:
“Is the power of crystals & quartz energy a scam?”
This is that post.

Well, my usual MO on questions like these is to simply throw some science at it. That usually gets the skeptics to sit up & listen. 😉

In that post, I dove deep into piezoelectricity; a scientific property of quartz crystals that explains 1 way they give off energy.

That blog post certainly was (surprisingly to me)…a big hit!

What I thought would be a topic that would sort of quietly disappear into internet wasteland (yeah… I needed to write it anyway simply b/c it brings me so much joy to share the sparkly musings in my head)…with me blissfully spouting off my science mumbo jumbo as I tend to do from time to time…ended up being a very popular post with it sort of getting viraly shared about…and had many of you in the comments asking for more info about the other scientific properties of quartz that I had mentioned.

Well you don’t need to ask me twice!

I’m on it.

Just took me a while to get around to this post. (You should see the pile of backed up draft blog posts I have going on over here.) I don’t think I’ll ever run out of crystal content to write about on my blog…for joy’s sake! I have so much fun doing this shizzle. 😀

OK, here we go.
What is Pyroelectricity?
Similar to piezoelectricity…pyroelectricity is the ability to transduce (**transform 1 kind of energy from 1 form to another) a temporary voltage when certain crystals are heated or cooled. So we’re talkin’ transforming heat energy into electrical energy or vice versa.

This word comes from a Greek prefix: “pyr” which means FIRE…so we’re literally talking about fire-electricity here!

It’s hard to demo this for you b/c the temp change has to happen slowly & uniformly…so all over the crystal at the same time.

But here’s a graphic I made that helps to visualize it…

So it’s the change in temperature that causes the crystal’s atoms to gain or lose energy, thereby changing their positions in the crystalline matrix.

For whatever reason it makes the atoms want to polarize.

Polarizing is when all the negatively charged atoms want to go hang out together on one end & all the positively charged ones want to go hang out together at the other.
When said polarization happens, the change & movement of the atoms generates electrical potential! The effect is commonly known as static electricity.

This property was first noticed in tourmalines in the 1700’s when it was noted they could be used for cleaning ash from tobacco pipes…b/c when briefly heated, the tourmaline would polarize & then they’d easily attract & then repel the hot ashes like a magnet. Tourmaline can also attract bits of paper, dust & straw. Amber can do this too!

SIDE NOTE: It’s this property that makes tourmaline crystal such a great choice for flat irons & curling irons…yeah, the ones we use on our hair!

Tourmaline hair straighteners have plates made from actual ground up tourmaline crystals. (Always choose these over the ceramic or metal irons for your hair.)


Well, now you know that the pyroelectric property means that when tourmaline on the iron is heated up, it will polarize…so 1 end will be negatively charged & the other will be positively charged. It’s the negatively charged end that will be making the hair pretty here by making your hair look super shiny & smoothing down the cuticles.
Pyroelectric Crystals

  • Colemantie
  • Dipotase
  • Amber
  • Hemimorphite
  • All tourmalines
  • All quartz

This scientific property is an exciting visual one where we actually see a flash of light!…best seen in the dark.

Here I am in our bathroom with 2 rose quartz chunks demo’ing this very cool property for you….

With this property we can see the energy with our own eyes being transduced from mechanical energy into light energy…we actually see the internal & external flash of light. This is a property that about 50% of minerals have. And with over 4500 minerals and counting, that’s quite a lot!

Science can’t explain everything (**gasp!**) & this property isn’t really well understood in physics…yet anyway.

Some think that triboluminescence is much like lightning, in that the impact causes an electrical current that travels through the crystal allowing trapped molecules of gas to emit light. Some explain it by saying that the impact adds energy to the system which excites the crystals’ electrons. Eventually, the electrons fall back to the original state & when they do, you get that flash of light. 
Try It Yourself!

  • Wear some safety glass just in case…small shards of quartz can go flying
  • Grab 2 rose quartz OR milky quartz crystals (not your prized pieces b/c this will damage them somewhat)
  • Go to a darkened room
  • Now take the edge or side of 1 of your crystals & strike it against the other crystal. Use force…like you’re striking a match
  • Since this is something that can damage your crystals, you may want to think twice before trying this out with specimens that you are very protective of
  • You’ll see that characteristic orange-yellow spark/glow inside the crystal! You’ll also get a strange metallic smell in the air. Totally normal, Chick Pea. 🙂

    Triboluminescent Crystals

    • quartz
    • sphalerite
    • fluorite
    • diamond
    • calcite
    • muscovite
    • opal

    You can get different energy glow colors too! It all depends on the type of crystal.

    So how does all this scientific property mumbo-jumbo help us with Crystal Healing?
    Now that I’ve explained how this energy transduction works, can you see how crystals can most certainly affect our environment on an energetic level?

    And as I said before, I feel that understanding (at least on some level) the very real power that our crystals have…power that can be proven scientifically and is taught in physics and used in technology is the key to 2 things:

  • getting others to accept it as a healing modality
  • giving crystal healers the confidence that they sometimes lack
  • Not to mention that the piezo, pyro and tribolumenescent properties of certain crystals are highly beneficial to our energy fields.

    In my Hibiscus Moon Method, I teach a very specific technique in detail that allows our Hibiscus Moon Certified Crystal Healers to tap into all the power inherent in these properties…and I teach you more on the physics behind why it works. We involve the transducing aspect, allowing it to play a big role in crystal therapy!

    So please let me know … Did this blog helped you to learn a bit more about the science behind crystal healing?  Or did it bore you to tears?  …let me know that too in the comments below!

    Crystal Blessings,




    P.S. If this sort of thing appeals to you & you’d like to go way deeper in your crystal practice this is just a taste of the type of info I teach in the Certified Crystal Healer Course. We’ll be enrolling again for our fall term very soon. You can get on the Wait List here.

    How To Program a Crystal

    Hibiscus Moon Crystals, dreaming, gratefullness 34 Comments

    I wanted to actually call this blog post: “How to TUNE IN + Set Your Intention using a Crystal”, but I KNEW that the title that I settled upon up there would grab way more attention b/c it’s a topic I’m often asked about…“How do I program my crystal?”

    That’s the lingo everyone is using. So when in Rome…

    OK, so let me set the record straight here from MY perspective.

    And keep in mind that this is my opinion on what works best & is most efficient…my theory, my method from the research & work that I’ve done & have had many of my students carry out as well…this is precisely what I teach my students in my courses.

    If you know of another way that contradicts my method…that’s totally cool. I don’t ever say my way or the highway.  There are many ways to achieve the same result & no one is wrong or incorrect. It’s all about what resonates with you & your preference.

    Let’s get into it…
    Do we really need to PROGRAM a crystal?

    I feel that certain crystals can help with certain specific things or have a set of certain properties due to their unique molecular make up & vibrational frequencies. So knowing that …why would a crystal need us to “program” it?

    Does the crystal really need us telling it anything?  So…we’re going to tell the crystal what to do for us or go about controlling it in some way? Are we even able to do that? Do we tell a medicinal herb how it’s going to heal us?

    I just don’t vibe with this.

    Not to say that it isn’t possible. But why go against the grain & the inherent programming that nature & Mama Earth baked into it?

    Let’s say, for example, that I decide to use clear calcite to help gain a new perspective on something…do I need to tell the calcite this, program or charge it in some way to make it do what I want if I already believe that the calcite has this specific correspondence?

    Or is that vibrational frequency already programmed in its energetic blueprint? I feel that it is so I take a simpler more practical approach to all this.

    Although, I do teach in our Advanced Crystal Master Course how to program clear quartz crystals for special cases, this isn’t something that is always necessary & I don’t feel the program we imprint will have staying power anyhow…so it’s something that will continually need to be maintained.

    For the most part…I leave it up to nature to do the programming. I think she’s pretty much got that process down pat. 😉

    TUNE IN + Set Your Intention using a Crystal; Step by Step
    Now, I do feel that it’s important to tune into the energy of your crystal…as you would turn the dial (back in them thar olden days…) to tune into a specific frequency to receive a desired radio station.

    Then once you’re tuned in you can set your intention & align it with your crystal.  So its more about “programming yourself” than it is about the crystal. Get what I mean?

    The difference here may seem subtle to you or you may say “Semantics, Babe!”, but in my mind it’s quite different.

    In tuning in first, we’re getting into harmony with the energy of the crystal & then by clarifying our intentions we are making the sometimes muddy work of communicating with Source Energy way more clear. In addition, by doing this you’re laser-focusing your energy  to your purpose + objective!
    My super-easy & practical steps:

    • First, do your research & choose a crystal that resonates with your desired intention (so the crystal already has its own “baked-in program” & you’re just looking for a match to what you want to achieve.)
    • Get cozy with your crystal in your sacred space. Doesn’t need to be elaborate…just any space you can be quiet in, is special to you & allows you to focus on the task at hand
    • Get into a clear & relaxed state by taking a few deep breaths. You can use some meditation music to help with this as well (here’s my Pandora Sacred Space Station so you can dive into that!)
    • Write your intention down on a small piece of paper so you can refer to it. For example, “I will work together with this crystal to achieve self-love & healthy confidence” or “I will work with this crystal to have a calm & anxiety-free week”. The options are endless.  ❤
    • Place the crystal at your third eye and visualize yourself LIVING your intention in 3D. How would it feel? How would it sound when you’ve achieved that intention? Really use your senses to visualize you HAVING that intention as reality & then visualize shooting that “vision” from your third eye right into the crystal like a laser-beam of light. This is powerful stuffs! You’re actually sending emotionally charged energy into the crystal like a computer laser writing a program on a microchip! Yep..this is mega-charged intention-setting.
    • Now hold your crystal over your heart as you send your feelings of gratefulness. Gratefulness that we’ve been provided with such healing tools + supports to assist us here on Mama Earth School. Gratefulness that your intention has already been set & is coming to fruition. Manifestation wheels are already rolling! Feel the joy of that & let it flow from your heart into your lovely crystal ally. And say a heartfelt “Thank you”.
    • Now, take a deep breath & you’re all done. 🙂

    That’s all there is to it.

    Maybe you’re next question is:

    “Where should I keep my crystal now? Do I need to keep it someplace special?”

    That part is really up to you, Lima Bean. You can choose to take it with you in a little pouch…however I don’t recommend doing that with a really pretty or expensive crystal as it runs the risk of getting pretty banged up.

    Or perhaps you’d like to keep it by your bedside.

    Or maybe on a special altar surrounded by other objects that are special to you.

    Just make sure it has meaning. As I teach about in my book, Crystal Grids…just make sure it’s in a space where you can give that crystal some daily TLC.  Don’t ignore it & don’t let it collect dust bunnies. You want to make a meaningful energetic connection of some sort with it on a regular basis: at least once a week, daily if possible.

    And you know, if you’re a hard-core skeptic, none of this shizzle is going to work for you b/c that’s your intention. You don’t believe it will work…so guess what? It won’t!

    If you do have total faith & believe then you & your crystals will do wonderful things together! Believe me. I know!

    WHO done it?
    Another point I want to bring up is that for me…it’s extremely important WHO does the intention setting for you.

    I feel this is something you must do yourself rather than leave it to someone else to do for you. If you’re thinking “I don’t know what I’m doing so I’ll let them do it for me”, well…I feel this is giving your power away & taking the most important necessary element out of the recipe: YOUR ENERGY!
    It’s so much more powerful when you can tune in + set the intention with your crystal YOURSELF.
    I see so many crystals being sold at exorbitant prices b/c so & so “programmed” or “charged” the crystal up for you.

    No thank you. Not for me.

    I don’t want anyone else’s energy imprint messing with my mojo. No one can do it like you for you, Crystal Hottie!

    And you see how easy it is…I just showed you. So why leave it up to anyone else? These are your precious dreams & plans. Treat them like your babies & don’t leave it in the hands of others.

    Ready to give it a go?  Put these steps into action, grab your crystal, set your intentions & let your dreams fly!  I’d love to hear how it works for you & what you think of my process in the comments below.  

    Crystal Blessings!