Crystals have been used in cultures all over the world for thousands of years. Their uses have included healing, meditation, protection, and creative inspiration.
One of the most popular crystals is the rose quartz.
Today rose quartz is often used as jewelry, for meditation, or as decoration in homes or office spaces.
While there’s no scientific evidence that rose quartz crystals offer any health benefits, they’re still commonly used for healing purposes.
The rose quartz is a pale pink stone that’s part of the quartz crystal family.
Deeper pink varieties of the stone are sometimes called strawberry rose quartz. Lavender rose quartz varieties are pale purple.
Rose quartz is a mineral composed primarily of silicon dioxide molecules that typically form at about 752°F–1,292°F (400°C–700°C). The crystal can be found across the United States, Australia, Brazil, Madagascar, South Africa, India, Sweden, and Germany.
Rose quartz is perhaps best known for being the stone of unconditional love. It’s believed by some to emit a strong vibration of:
- emotional healing
“Rose quartz is a powerful healing crystal,” says crystal healer and reiki master Keith Birch, owner of KSC Crystals. “Its soft, gentle, almost pastel pale pink coloring is a good indication of its most commonly known property: that of pure love. It’s a stone of both giving and receiving love.”
However, it’s important to note that there’s a lack of research to support these claims. In fact, there’s very little evidence to support the benefits of crystals at all.
An older study (presented at two international conferences in 1999 and 2001 but never published in a peer-reviewed journal) suggests that any spiritual, emotional, or healing benefits experienced from crystals may be chalked up to placebo effect.
In the study, 80 volunteers were given booklets explaining the sensations they might experience while holding crystals. Half of the participants were given genuine gemstones, and the other half received fakes made of plastic.
The study found that the participants holding the fake crystals were just as likely to report sensations as those who had been given the real crystals. This implies that any benefits of rose quartz or other crystals could be a result of the power of suggestion.
Even so, many still use crystals as part of their healing practice.
The rose quartz is believed to embody powerful healing qualities that may be beneficial both for physical and emotional health.
It’s said that rose quartz can:
- heal relationship problems
- promote mutual understanding
- inspire an attitude of compassion and kindness
It’s also believed it can boost feelings of:
“Predominantly, rose quartz is a crystal of unconditional love that brings deep healing to the heart by opening the heart chakra,” Birch explains. “Once achieved, a deeper state of calmness, serenity, and peace is reached, which ultimately results in complete relaxation, encouraging the feelings of happiness and contentment.”
The rose quartz is also believed to have benefits for physical health, particularly when worn or carried on your body.
According to Birch, rose quartz:
- promotes a clearer complexion
- can accelerate healing
- boosts neuron activity
“Rose quartz increases blood circulation in the body and is especially powerful when worn close to the heart,” Birch claims. “Rose quartz wards off negativity, and when carried on your person, helps to replace negative emotions with positive, returning the wearer to that place of pure love and balance.”
That said, you should never use a crystal to replace the advice and treatment of a qualified healthcare practitioner.
Any supposed benefits of rose quartz are purely anecdotal. There’s no scientific evidence to indicate that rose quartz crystals offer benefits beyond those supplied by placebo.
Still, crystals may be an important part of cultural, spiritual, and healing practices for many.
It’s believed among crystal healers that rose quartz can promote feelings of self-love.
“Rose quartz may be used to balance emotional health, release emotional blockages, and balance other chakras,” explains Birch. “Once you recognize and feel pure love within you, this pure love energy is what those around you feel and see and most importantly what they react to.”
Some recommend the use of rose quartz during meditation.
“In meditation, the high vibration of rose quartz is beneficial not only to yourself but also to the planet,” claims Birch. “Connecting to rose quartz with meditation enables you to reach into that feeling of bliss, self-love, and stillness.”
When meditating with rose quartz, Birch recommends giving thanks to the crystal as you close your practice.
“For the skin, rose quartz can be used as an elixir made up by steeping the crystal in water overnight, in moonlight if at all possible, to charge the energies for maximum benefit,” Birch claims. “This can then be used as a face wash for sensitive skin or to reduce the signs of wrinkles and obtain a clearer, more youthful complexion. The elixir is also useful for cleansing small cuts and grazes.”
Wearing rose quartz on a necklace keeps the stone close to your heart. Birch suggests this is particularly potent.
“As a necklace, rose quartz is especially powerful because it’s worn close to the heart and heart chakra. This enables the heart center to open and release any tensions or stresses held there,” Birch claims.
Under your pillow
Birch suggests that placing a rose quartz under your pillow will encourage gentle dreams.
“You’ll take on the soft, peaceful, soothing energies of the crystal as you sleep,” he explains. “This will result in your dream being calm, peaceful, and loving, once again emitting a positive vibration.”
In your home
You may like to place a rose quartz crystal in your home or office space.
“Placing a piece of rose quartz in the center of your house or apartment will enhance compassion and heart healing for the whole family,” Birch claims.
Rose quartz is known as a healing crystal and the stone of unconditional love. It’s believed by some to emit strong vibrations of love, which are thought to:
- support emotional and relationship healing
- inspire compassion
- boost feelings of peace and calm
Some also claim that rose quartz may be beneficial to physical health by accelerating healing and increasing blood circulation, but there’s no scientific evidence to support this.
While there aren’t any known side effects to using quartz crystal for healing and meditation, it’s important to remember that any claims about their healing properties are anecdotal.
Still, if the symbolism and aesthetic of rose quartz crystal resonates with you, there’s likely no harm in giving it a try.
Victoria Stokes is a writer from the United Kingdom. When she’s not writing about her favorite topics, personal development, and well-being, she usually has her nose stuck in a good book. Victoria lists coffee, cocktails, and the color pink among some of her favorite things. Find her on Instagram.