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

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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.

    Top 4 Crystals to Work with Moon Energy

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    Let’s talk about crystals we can use to work with moon energy. Whether it be for the full moon, new moon or any phase of the moon.

    I feel that when you’re working with different phases of the moon, it’s not so much about the specific crystals that you choose to work with, because there are several different ones, but more about your intention of working with that particular moon phase.

    There are several crystals that have vibrational frequencies that align with the moon in general, no matter what phase the moon is in at that particular time. Which is great b/c it makes uncomplicated work of it.

    Again, it doesn’t matter whether it’s full moon or new moon, what I feel is most important is that you be very clear on what your intentions are & that you align them with that particular phase of the moon.

    Here’s a very general summary of those energies…
    Full Moon Energy

    • It’s a time when you reap what you’ve sown.
    • It’s when you’re grateful for whatever lessons you’ve learned in last moon’s cycle, or for whatever intentions and seeds that you planted that actually came to fruition.
    • It’s about completion.
    • Yang energy.

    New Moon Energy

    • A time to plant seeds and a time of new beginnings.
    • Starting and growing something new.
    • Great time to set intentions.
    • Yin energy.

    ** If you’d like to learn more about setting intentions with new moon energy, I created an earlier blog post on setting intentions at the New Moon over here. And if you’d like some tips on working with the Full Moon & Your Crystals head over here. **

    The crystals I’m recommending here resonate very strongly with moon energy at all phases.
    My Crystal Recommendations for working with Moon Energy

    1.  Selenite
    Selenite is a beautiful crystal that actually has a sort of iridescence or sheen to it that reminds us very much of the moon.  It’s got that tell-tale moon beam glow.

    Selenite embodies goddess energy, and it’s a crystal that allows us to more easily communicate with our higher selves.

    Selenite often comes in many different forms.  It can be polished, like a heart or a palm stone, or shaped into a wand. Sometimes you will see the natural selenite towers, which come in a range of sizes from small to large.

    You may have even heard about this beautiful, magical selenite crystal cave in Mexico.  Have you heard of it?   It’s called the Cave of Giants, where these huge selenite, (actually, gypsum; gypsum is selenite) humongous crystals have grown.

    It’s not a place we can visit. No, not a place we can go.  Too dangerous. It’s very difficult for even the geologists to go down there, but it’s just so magical to even think about and even know that a place like that exists on mama earth!  Ya know?

    It’s like the fortress of solitude that Superman went to while growing up and he learned all his stuff and all his knowledge and connected with his higher self. 😉
    2.  Moonstone
    The next crystal for working with moon energy may come as no surprise to you, it’s moonstone.  I have a moonstone, that I show you in the video, that  just so happens to be carved into a sphere, so it looks very much like Luna herself.

    It doesn’t need to be white moonstone, it can be any kind of moonstone, there’s even peach or black moonstone.

    Some of them will have a  flashy iridescence to them that you can see in certain light which is quite beautiful.

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    Any kind of moonstone is great for working with lunar energy at any moon phase.

    It’s all about goddess and feminine energy. Makes sense b/c the moon itself is actually known to embody that goddess feminine energy.

    Moonstone is also great for allowing you to more efficiently tap into your intuition.

    It’s also about mystery.  So, if you’re looking to align with that while working with certain lunar cycles, then you’ll want to work with moonstone.
    3.  Labradorite

    Labradorite is another great choice to work with moon energy.  It’s actually closely related to moonstone and it has that similar flash; a blue flash that you get in certain light, that iridescent quality again.

    Labradorite is all about tapping into magic.  Plus it’s also quite protective.  If you’re feeling like you need some protective vibrational frequencies during a certain phase of the moon, then go ahead and try working with labradorite.
    4.  Opal
    [caption id="attachment_17942" align="aligncenter" width="428"] Rob Lavinsky, iRocks.com – CC-BY-SA-3.0 [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons[/caption]The moon is also known for having a vibrational connection to the element of water.

    And another stone that we can work with to more closely align ourselves with that type of lunar energy is opal.

    Opal allows us to align with that water energy so it’s also about purification.

    Any type of true authentic opal will do, it doesn’t need to be white precious opal either. There are many different kinds.

    Just don’t reach for opalite as a replacement, b/c that is a man-made “stone” & will not deliver the same kind of energy at all (which I talk about in this blog post.).

    Well, I hope you like my picks for working with moon energy, Crystal Hottie!

    Do you have certain stones you like to use for  the waning / new moon & during the waxing / full moon?  Are your go-to stones included in my list? 

    I’d love to hear about the crystal connections you’ve made @ different moon phases.  Share with us in the comments below!

    Crystal Blessings,


    3 Crystals to Mega Boost Your Self-Esteem

    Hibiscus Moon Crystal Goodness, Crystal Healing, Crystals, healing, self love, Videos 18 Comments

    Have issues with worthiness? Self-Worth? Self-esteem? Self love?

    Well, I’ve got some crystals for you today!

    Yes, I’ve got some crystals to help boost your feelings of worthiness, or boost your self-esteem, your self-worth. 

    You know, a lot of us have issues with this.

    Because…maybe we’ve been bullied.  Perhaps, there are people in our lives that talk negatively to us or criticize us for every little thing we do. 🙁

    After a while you start to believe that stuffs.

    Keep in mind, they’re being this way b/c you’re not just like them, because of their own feelings of low self-esteem & low self-worth.

    These people make themselves feel better by coming at you, belittling you, talking down to you & making you feel that way.  That may be exactly where your feelings of low self-esteem, low self-worth come from.

    Of course, there may be more extreme things that people have done to you or circumstances behind it: abusive relationships, both physical & emotional that do that to you as well. ((HUGS))
    Crystals for Self Esteem & Worthiness
    Let’s get back to feeling worthy & the crystals you can use to help reinforce those feelings.

    Of course, in addition to your sparkly tools, you want to be working on yourself in lots of different ways:

    • self-care
    • therapy (group or one on one or both!)
    • journaling
    • surrounding yourself with supportive people
    • self-help books, etc.

    You know I don’t ever rely just on crystals alone, but I definitely like them as a healing tool & support to help us along with other healing modalities that we’re using to achieve the goal of whatever we’re trying to achieve.  In this case, it’s self-worthiness & self-esteem.

    White Precious Opal

    This stone looks like Common Opal, BUT it has an iridescence & some flashes of blue, green + red in there!

    White Precious Opal or any kind of Opal is great for boosting self-esteem. ♥ It’s also known for purifying & removing blocks.

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    Cinnabar is a powerful stone, great for boosting self-esteem!

    I have a blog post and video all about Cinnabar that I will link to here. A lot of red stones are good for boosting self-esteem, but Cinnabar is especially known for that.


    WARNING: Cinnabar is a stone is you want to be careful with because it’s a toxic stone. It has Mercury in it.  But I’m not afraid of handling it.  It’s not so crazy-toxic that I can’t touch it.  I just wouldn’t put this in my mouth or make a Gem Elixir with it or anything like that. And I’m always mindful of washing my hands after I do handle it. Maybe I’m a little too cautious, but it can’t hurt, right?

    Always err on the side of caution with any kind of crystal that may have elements in it that could be toxic, like Cinnabar.

    Here’s an affirmation that I really like for worthiness in general b/c…you know…you need to know internally that all of us, every single one of us, are worthy and that we deserve to receive good in all forms.  All forms, we all deserve it:

    We deserve to receive good in all forms.

    Spirit Quartz
    It has a slight Lilac-tone to it, or hue.  Some are more vibrant than others.  Look how purty-sparkly it is!

    Spirit Quartz is a great 1, again, for boosting self-worth, feelings of worthiness.  It’s also known for purification & protection; freedom from fear. Get yourself some Spirit Quartz if you need to boost that up.  And a cluster would be really good for sending out energy in all different directions, if you’d like to radiate that energy into your sacred space or office perhaps: send out that energy in all different directions!

    We all need a self-worth boost sometimes, right? Please tell me & our Crystal Hottie Community if you use these crystals & how you work with them in the comments below.

    Crystal Blessings,