I’m often asked about which are the best crystals to help those with depression.
While I’m not a medical doctor and cannot prescribe medical advice, crystals can help to alleviate depression, just as they can help to alleviate many other physical, emotional and mental conditions.
I’ve researched and sourced this list from reputable crystal books such as The Crystal Bible, The Book of Stones, my various crystal healing teachers and through my own client work as a shamanic crystal healer.
This list is offered as a guide about where to start if you or a loved one have depression, and you are looking for crystals for support. Different crystals affect different people in different ways – so my advice is to read the descriptions and see if any particular meanings resonate with you. Then spend some time working with one or two crystals at a time to see if you notice any physical, mental or emotional changes.
Crystals to support depression
Botswana Agate looks to solutions rather than dwelling on problems. It helps you to explore unknown territory and your own creativity. At a mental level, it helps you to see the bigger picture. At an emotional level, it gently releases repression. This agate often has nodules or ovoids and, being gray and usually found as a nodule, it looks like the brain, with which it resonates. It is particularly useful in helping the body to assimilate oxygen, benefiting the circulatory system and the skin. It also aids depression.
Moss Agate promotes self-expression and communication. It balances the emotions, reducing stress and lessening fear. It encourages trust and hope, being a highly optimistic stone. It is helpful for anyone suffering from depression through life circumstances or brain imbalances. No matter how difficult those circumstances may be, Moss Agate gives insight into the reason behind them. It is said to eliminate depression caused by left-right brain imbalance.
Amber brings stability to life but also motivates by linking what is wished for to the drive to achieve it. Its warm, bright energies translate into a sunny, spontaneous disposition that nevertheless respects tradition. It can help counteract suicidal or depressive tendencies. Mentally, Amber stimulates the intellect, clears depression, and promotes a positive mental state and creative self-expression. It brings balance and patience and encourages decision-making, being a useful memory aid.
As well assisting with depression, Ametrine enhances compatibility and acceptance of others. It shows where everyone is linked, overcoming prejudice An extremely energetic stone, it stimulates creativity and supports taking control of one’s own life. It is a stone that can overcome apparent contradictions. Mentally, Ametrine brings clarity harmonising perception and action. It strengthens concentration and aids thinking things through encouraging exploration of all possibilities, bringing creative solutions. It takes the intellect beyond everyday reality to link into higher awareness. Emotionally, ametrine releases blockages, including negative emotional programming and expectations, facilitating transformation, bringing insight into underlying causes of emotional distress.
Apatite increases motivation and builds up energy reserves. It induces openness and social ease, encouraging extroversion, dissolving aloofness and alienation. It draws off negativity about oneself and others. It also clears confusion and helps to access information to be used personally and for the collective good. Apatite expands knowledge and truth and eases sorrow, apathy.
Black Calcite is a record-keeper stone for regression and regaining memories so that the past can be released. It returns the soul to the body after trauma or stress, alleviates depression, and is a useful companion during a dark night of the soul.
Orange Calcite is a highly energising and cleansing stone, especially for the lower chakras. Orange Calcite balances the emotions, removes fear, and overcomes depression. It dissolves problems and maximises potential. A stone of forgiveness, it releases fear and grief that keep the heart trapped in the past, bringing in unconditional love.
Citrine helps you develop a positive attitude and to look forward optimistically, going with the flow instead of hanging on to the past. This stone promotes enjoyment of new experiences and encourages exploring every possible avenue until you find the best solution. Mentally, Citrine enhances concentration and revitalises the mind. It is excellent for overcoming depression, fears, and phobias. Citrine promotes inner calm so that wisdom can emerge. It helps in digesting information, analysing situations and steering them in a positive direction. This stone awakens the higher mind. Emotionally, Citrine promotes joy in life. It releases negative traits, fears, and feelings at the deepest of levels. It overcomes fear of responsibility and stops anger. This stone helps you move into the flow of feelings and become emotionally balanced.
ldocrase provides a link to the higher self and the information it offers to the soul in incarnation. Psychologically, it releases feelings of imprisonment and restraint. It is helpful for healing past-life experiences of being a prisoner, of extreme danger, or off mental or emotional restraint; it gently dissolves depression, anger and alleviates fear, creating inner security. Idocrase has powerful mental connections. It opens the mind and clears negative thought patterns so that the mind can function more clearly. It stimulates inventiveness and the urge to discover, linking this into creativity.
Iron Pyrite relieves anxiety and frustration and boosts self-worth and confidence. It is helpful for melancholy and deep despair. Physically, Iron Pyrite increases energy and overcomes fatigue. In healing it is extremely fast acting, bringing up the cause of the dis-ease to be examined. It is particularly helpful for getting to the root of karmic and psychosomatic dis-ease.
Jet promotes taking control of life. It balances mood swings and alleviates depression, bringing stability and balance. Jet cleanses the base chakra and stimulates the rise of the kundalini energy force.
Kunzite encourages self-expression and allows free expression of feelings. It removes obstacles from your path and helps you to adjust to the pressure of life. It can aid in recovering memories that have been blocked It is a useful healer for people who had to grow up too fast, bringing back lost trust and innocence. It promotes the quality of tolerance for the self and others. Kunzite is helpful in reducing stress-related anxiety. Mentally, Kunzite facilitates introspection and the ability to act on constructive criticism. It has the power to combine intellect, intuition, and inspiration Kunzite can be used to clear emotional debris and to free up the emotions, healing heartache, especially that carried forward from other lives. Kunzite’s mood-lifting effect is helpful in depression arising from emotional causes. It is also excellent for alleviating panic attacks.
Lapis Lazuli helps to overcome depression and encourages taking charge of life. It reveals inner truth, encourages self-awareness, and allows self-expression without holding back or compromising. If repressed anger is causing difficulties in the throat or in communication, Lapis Lazuli releases these. This stone brings the enduring qualities of honesty, compassion, and uprightness to the personality. Lapis Lazuli is a powerful thought amplifier. It stimulates the higher faculties of the mind, bringing objectivity and clarity lt encourages creativity through attunement to the source. Lapis Lazuli helps you to confront truth, wherever you find it, and to accept what it teaches. It aids in expressing your own opinions and harmonises conflict. It dissolves martyrdom, cruelty, and suffering.
Lepidolite is extremely useful in the reduction of stress and depression. It halts obsessive thoughts, relieves despondency, and overcomes insomnia. Lepidolite contains lithium and is helpful in stabilising mood swings and bipolar disorders. It is excellent for overcoming any kind of emotional or mental dependency, supportive in releasing from addictions and complaints of all kinds, including anorexia. As a “stone of transition,” it releases and reorganises old psychological and behavioral patterns, inducing change. Lepidolite encourages independence and achieving goals without outside help.
Lithium Quartz (naturally coated, spotted lilac-reddish purple) is a natural antidepressant. Its powerful healing energies gently lift the conditions underlying the depression to the surface, neutralising ancient anger and grief. It can reach back into past lives to dissolve the roots of the emotional dis-ease that is pervading the present life. Lithium Quartz is an excellent cleanser for the chakras and will purify water. It is extremely useful as a healer for plants and animals.
Smoky Quartz is one of the most efficient grounding and anchoring stones and at the same time raises vibrations during meditation. Psychologically, Smoky Quartz relieves fear, lifts depression, and brings emotional calmness. It alleviates suicidal tendencies and ambivalence about being in incarnation. This crystal also alleviates nightmares and manifests your dreams. When it comes into contact with negative emotions, it gently dissolves them.
Sardonyx supplements willpower and strengthens character. It increases stamina, vigour, and self-control. This stone alleviates depression and overcomes hesitancy. Mentally, Sardonyx improves perception and aids the process of osmosis and processing of information.
Staurolite is exceptionally useful in relieving stress. It alleviates depression and addictions and negates a tendency to overwork and to overcommit energy.
Sunstone – Traditionally, it is known as a stone of good luck and good fortune. Sunstone is also a powerful ally if you have difficulties saying “no”, and continually make sacrifices for others. Sunstone can act as an anti-depressant and lift dark moods. It reverses feelings of failure and increases self-worth and confidence. Encouraging optimism and enthusiasm, Sunstone switches to a positive take on events.
Turquoise is a purification stone. It dispels negative energy and clears electromagnetic smog, providing protection against pollutants in the environment. Psychologically, Turquoise is a strengthening stone. It dissolves a martyred attitude or self-sabotage. Mentally, Turquoise instills inner calm while remaining alert, and aids creative expression. Emotionally, Turquoise stabilises mood swings and brings inner calm. It stimulates romantic love. Physically, Turquoise is an excellent stone for exhaustion, depression, or panic attacks.
My Reclaim your Joy Crystal Kit includes crystals specifically chosen to help raise your energetic vibration and reconnect with the joy of life.
If you have a go-to crystal for depression, I’d love to hear your experience in the comments below.
* Please note – I am not a medical doctor and I do not provide medical advice. Where appropriate, I will refer clients to appropriately qualified medical professionals, counsellors or appropriately qualified natural health practitioners.