Crystals have been used for thousands of years by medicinal people and shamans all over the world for years. Their use dates back 5,000 years in Biblical, Chinese and Ayurvedic texts from India.
Crystals have been found around the world in prehistoric graves of different cultures, from the Pharaohs in ancient Egypt to the Olmec civilisation in Central America.
Theoprastus, a Green philosopher, wrote a text called Peri Litbon, meaning On Stones, which is the basis of todays modern classification of gemstones. In his book, he wrote about the gems origins, physical properties and magical healing powers.
What exactly are crystals?
Crystals are natural solids made from minerals, and are formed in the earth's surface. Crystals are often identified by their colour, and their degree of hardness. There are many explanations as to how crystals actually have healing properties. One is called piezoelectric, which means the ability of crystals to generate a voltage in response to mechanical stress, and the other one is called a pyroelectric effect, which is the ability of crystals to generate an electrical potential in response to temperature change.
Although science has failed to prove a direct effect of crystals on any disease or condition, it has been able to show that crystals do indeed vibrate and can hold both heat and electricity to focus light energy. These properties have been used in practical applications such as the use of quartz crystals in watches to the development of lasers.
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