Gemstones…contain life force. This life force is the divine energy that sustains, nourishes, and enlivens all living things.Dr. Gopal Sharma & Pr. Sewaram Jaipuria
Like us, the Earth is enlivened by life force. As the Earth was forming, life energy was infused into the planet’s crystalline matrices. Thus, the Earth’s gemstones came to embody and express the life force within the planet.Dr. Gopal Sharma & Pr. Sewaram Jaipuria

Root Chakra

The first chakra in our body is the Root Chakra, which is located at the base of the spine; the color associated with this chakra is red and also black. When working with the Root chakra your energy focus will reflect on grounding, stability, sexual expression, your physical energy, security and will. It also has to do with our sense of smell and taste.

The root chakra also associated with our adrenals, kidneys, muscles and arterial blood.

The color Red symbolizes life, vitality, strength and the physical nature of man. In nature, red represents heat, fire and anger.

Foods to aid with this chakra are beets, parsnips, rutabaga, apples, pomegranates and especially animal proteins.

Popular gemstones used to help when working with this chakra include: garnet, ruby and red jasper and hematite.

Sacral Chakra

The second chakra we find in our body is called the Sacral Chakra; it is located about 2 inches below our belly button area. The color associated with this chakra is orange and also blue-green. When working with this chakra your energy focus will reflect on creativity, healing, desires, emotions, intuition as well as sexuality and reproduction.

The sacral chakra is associated with our reproductive organs, stomach and colon.

The color Orange symbolizes energy. Orange is a combination of red (for personality) and yellow (for wisdom). Orange integrates these to help us overcome our anger and develop self control.

Foods to aid with this chakra are tropical fruits, seeds, nuts, oranges, carrots tangerines, fish, fats and oils.

Popular gemstones used to help when working with this chakra include: carnelian, orange calcite, blue green fluorite and bronzite.

Solar Plexus Chakra

The third energy center we find in our body is our Solar Plexus Chakra, which is located halfway between the rib cage and the navel. The color associated with chakra is yellow. When working with the solar plexus chakra your energy focus will be on intellect, personal power, ambition, protectiveness, it is also home to our sense of identity it allows us to really get to know ourselves.

The Solar plexus chakra is associated with our pancreas, liver, gall bladder, spleen, digestive system and nervous system.

The color yellow is the symbol of the mind, our intellect, our high intelligence and wisdom.

Foods to aid with this chakra are sweet yellow peppers, yellow lentils, corn, oats, brown rice, complex carbohydrates, whole grains and dairy.

Popular gemstones used to help when working with this chakra include: Citrine, Yellow Jasper, Golden Calcite and Amber.

Heart Chakra

The Heart chakra is the fourth energy center we find in our bodies it is located at our heart. The colors that are associated with this chakra are green and pink. Our heart chakra represents our higher consciousness and love. The heart chakra acts as the balance point for all our other chakras. It governs our relationships and how we interact with other people. A balanced heart chakra is expressed in our acceptance of self and others, our personal values and ethics and following one’s unique direction in life.

The Heart chakra is associated with the heart, thymus gland, lower lung and circulatory system.

The color green symbolizes harmony, creativity, health, abundance and nature. It is the combining of yellow (soul) and blue (spirit). Green, is often referred to as nature’s color, offers new energy and revitalizes tired nerves. Foods to aid with this chakra are broccoli, kale, chard, leafy greens, raw foods and foods rich in chlorophyll.

Popular gemstones used to help when working with this chakra include: Jade, Green Aventurine, Malachite and Rose Quartz.

Throat Chakra

The fifth energy center in our body is our throat chakra; it is located at our throat. The color associated with our throat chakra is blue. When working with this our energy focus will reflect communication, expression, divine guidance, creativity, self-expression and the search for truth. Our throat chakra is also a focusing point of the spoken word, and the expression of feelings via communication.

The Throat chakra is associated with thyroid gland, upper lungs and respiratory system.

The color blue is the symbol of inspiration, devotion, infinity and spiritual goals. Blue produces a calm and peaceful feeling.

Foods to aid with this chakra are Kelp, blueberries, blue raspberries, sea plants, fruits, juices, soups and sauces. The throat chakra encourages a variety of foods from different ethnic groups.

Popular gemstones used to help when working with this chakra include: Sodalite, Turquoise, Lapis Lazuli and Chrysocolla.

The color green symbolizes harmony, creativity, health, abundance and nature. It is the combining of yellow (soul) and blue (spirit). Green, is often referred to as nature’s color, offers new energy and revitalizes tired nerves. Foods to aid with this chakra are broccoli, kale, chard, leafy greens, raw foods and foods rich in chlorophyll.

Popular gemstones used to help when working with this chakra include: Jade, Green Aventurine, Malachite and Rose Quartz.

Third Eye/Brow Chakra

Our body’s sixth energy center is our third eye chakra, which is located between our eyebrows. The color related to our third eye chakra is Indigo. When working with our third eye chakra our energy will reflect on spiritual awareness, psychic powers, intuition, directly related to your senses of sight and hearing. It has to do with our perception. It is our seat of understanding that affects how we see the world we live in and how we make sense of what is being perceived. Balancing this chakra can help remove confusion or indecision and increase the ability to see clearly and make important distinctions.

The Third eye chakra is associated with the pituitary gland, eyes, nose, ears and skeletal system and is directly related to your senses of sight and hearing.

The color Indigo is a symbol of spiritual attainment, self-mastery and wisdom. Indigo aids us in the opening of the third eye (our inner and outer vision) and opens doors to our subconscious.

Foods to aid with this chakra are purple potatoes, blackberries, blueberries, purple grapes, caffeine, tea, chocolate, spices and wine.

Popular gemstones used to help when working with this chakra include: Azurite, Sugilite, Angelite and Dumortierite.

Crown Chakra

Our Crown Chakra is our seventh energy center in our body, which is located at the top of our head. The color associated with our crown chakra is violet. When we are working with this chakra our energy focus will reflect enlightment, it is our body’s primary co-ordination center. It ensures a connection to universal sources of energy and with the world as a whole. A balanced crown chakra allows for expanded awareness on an emotional level.

The Crown chakra is associated with the pineal gland, brain and central nervous system.

The color Violet is known as the color of spiritual mastery. Violet is a blend of red (matter) and blue (spirit) and has been associated with transformation. When working with the stones for this chakra darker colors are associated with sorrow, deep purple symbolizes high spiritual attainment, pale purple means cosmic consciousness and love for humanity.

Foods to aid with this chakra are plums & eggplant. This chakra tends to thrive on sustenance that comes by way of sunlight, air & love more so then foods.

Popular gemstones used to help when working with this chakra include: Amethyst, Charoite, Chalcopyrite (Peacock Ore) and Clear Quartz.

Arguments For And Against Gem Therapy

The views expressed below are not necessarily those of Islandgems...

If you have ever heard of gem therapy, you might be wondering what it is and if wearing a certain gemstone could possible work. There are many people all over the world, who feel that this form of therapy works to help heal the body. Gem therapy is most aptly described as the wearing of precious and semiprecious stones for healing the body and emotional well being. Most of the time, people who believe in gem therapy will wear the stones as jewelry such as a necklace, ring or bracelet. Believers in gem therapy feel that all gemstones carry certain vibrations and when the gem or stone is placed within a person’s “aura”, it can change the mental and physical outlook of the wearer. It is also thought that the human aura consists of nine colors that include violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange, red, infra-red and ultra violet. Any excess or deficiency of any of these colors can lead to illness and emotional distress.

Many believe that gem therapy does indeed work. People have been using a form of gem therapy for years. The idea of gem therapy is not new. The practice of healing with stones has been around for centuries. It can be traced to the Ancient Greek and Egyptians. The Vedas in India used gemstones for healing on a regular basis. They believed that certain imbalances could be corrected by wearing gems against the skin. Gems were also ground and were used in oral medicines. The use of gem therapy does not stop there. Even royalty wore certain gems on their crowns and in jewelry in hopes of having better health. Gems were also thought to influence not only the body, but also nature. Many believed that it was possible to increase wealth, power and popularity if worn properly.

Today, those who believe and practice gem therapy believe that the stones transmit certain wavelengths to the body. The wavelengths convert aura rays into a chemical form that the body can use to improve health. Those who believe in this therapy feel that when they wear the correct gems they have an overall sense of well-being and that they have improved sense of health. However, for every believer of gem therapy, there is a non-believer. There are many critics of gem therapy. Does gem therapy really work?

Those who believe in gem therapy feel that anyone can learn to use gems to their advantage. Those who practice in crystal therapy will point out that many people wearing certain gemstones report feeling better or have an improved sense of well-being when the gem is worn in the correct way. Believers say that crystals and gemstone do carry vibrations and channel good energy. These vibrations ward off bad energy. In addition, those who maintain that gem therapy works believe that gems can help with self-expression, creativity, and meditation. Gems can improve the immune system, too. They also believe that it is a much healthier and natural alternative to healing that taking prescription medication.

Not so, say critics of gem therapy. Some people say that there is no way a stone can actually make you feel better. Critics of gem therapy believe that the healing or sense of well being the wearer may feel when wearing a gem, is more about the power of suggestion or attitude, rather than actual healing. This is called the placebo affect. The placebo effect is a perceived or felt improvement, but not from the treatment. The sense of well-being comes from the mind and believing they are doing something to improve their health. Other critics argue that gem therapy has no basis at all. Critics say there are no scientific studies that show that gem therapy really helps the wearer, most of it is only wishful thinking instead. Many people have a hard time thinking that something like a gemstone can actually improve their health at all.

Those who dismiss gem therapy also believe that even if gem therapy had certain healing powers, a small gem worn on a necklace or bracelet would not be sufficient enough to heal. Instead, the whole body would need to be covered in the gemstone to show any effect at all. Critics also say that crystals and other gemstones cannot possibly harness and direct energy at all. However, it is a known fact that some gems do in fact produce an electrical charge when compressed.

Who can say for certain whether or not this form of alternative healing really works? If the idea of gemstone therapy is appealing, check into a book that helps explain all about gems and how gem therapy works. You do not simply put on a gem and expect it to heal whatever ails you. You must learn how the therapy works. It is recommended that beginners of gemstone therapy understand that different gems work differently from person to person. The simplest way to practice this form of therapy is to wear high quality gems of natural origin around the neck. It is said that some gemstones work better when soaked in rubbing alcohol and stored for up to a week. Synthetic gems are not recommended because these gems have been heated and changed during processing and do not work as well as natural gems.

Gems Commonly Used

If you are ready to learn more about gem therapy, there is a list of commonly used gems and what they are commonly used for:

Meaning: Opens the heart and helps the wearer overcome fear.

Meaning: Strengthen the wearer’s emotions.

Meaning: Helps change bad habits. It is believe that those wishing to lose weight or stop smoking wear a necklace of black onyx.

Meaning: Used to improve both physical and emotional well being.

Meaning: Helps the wearer handle difficult situations.

Meaning: Believed to provide mental clarity.

Meaning: Helps with depression and emotional stress.

Meaning: Increases personal clarity.

Meaning: Believed to broaden the perspective of the wearer.

Meaning: Creates a sense of relaxation and help the wearer feel calm while reducing tension.