11 Crystals that Protect You from Negative Energy

Holding quartz crystal

Ever had a bad day where you feel like everything is going wrong? Then you have probably been affected by negative energy, as this can lead to stress, anxiety, and feelings of despondency. Crystals have been revered for centuries for their ability to protect us from outside influences and instill a sense of empowerment. But which are the best crystals for protection from negative energy?

How do crystals protect you from negative energy?

Crystals are fossilized minerals that are believed to have absorbed the grounding energy from Mother Earth for countless generations. This makes them incredibly powerful protectors and shields from negative energy.

Simply holding a crystal in your palm and breathing in the positive energy it contains can work wonders to make you feel more in control of your life. Many people also choose to wear them as necklaces or other jewelry. This way, they act as protective shields that encourage you to view the world from a more positive perspective.

When we talk about protection from negative energies, crystals can help in many ways from removing jealousy in a relationship, to warding off curses and maleficent intentions. Each crystal has its own properties so it is important to choose the right one for your needs.

11 crystals for protection from negative energy (and how to use them)

There are so many protective crystals out there that the choice can be a little overwhelming! Here are 11 of the best crystals to protect you from negative energy:

1. Amethyst

Amethyst small crystal

Amythest is well known for its soothing properties but it is perhaps less well known for its powerful protective properties. Amythest can protect your mind, as well as your spiritual and emotional wellbeing, from becoming clogged and overwhelmed. Its high vibration is also excellent for warding off psychic attacks as it helps to connect you with your higher consciousness; giving you a more balanced outlook on life.

2. Selenite

Selenite wand

Selenite, famed for its smooth-lined and translucent milky appearance, is considered to be one of the best protective stones. This crystal is often used in protective grids alongside black tourmaline to shield homes from negative energies. Selenite has an intense purifying power that can be utilized to protect your aura, clear your mind of negative thoughts, and instill a sense of balance. This crystal can even cleanse other crystals!

Holding selenite against your forehead is believed to cleanse your aura and it is believed to be most effective during the full moon as selenite is thought to wax and wane with the moon’s phases.

3. Black Tourmaline

Black tourmaline

Black tourmaline is a very strong grounding stone that is often used to protect the user from psychic attacks. If you are experiencing extreme anxiety or depression, black tourmaline will bring you back to your center and help you to regain your self-confidence.

This crystal is also known to shield against electromagnetic energy so try placing a piece by your phone or your laptop to protect your aura from the harmful effects of electronic devices.

4. Obsidian

Black obsidian

Obsidian is a deep black crystal that is believed to absorb negative energy in much the same way as black would absorb all other colors. This crystal is known as volcanic glass which is formed during volcanic eruptions. Because of its intense origin, obsidian is believed to alleviate all types of bad energy and encourage spiritual growth – out of the fire, new life begins to flourish.

The shape of obsidian is also relevant. The sharp edges of this unusual crystal are believed to be able to cut through deception, toxic relationships, and destructive habits.

5. Black Onyx

Black Onyx

This smooth, black crystal is known to act as a shield, protecting you from harmful spirits and black magic. The best way to use this crystal is to hold it in your hands during meditation as it works to strengthen the third eye chakra (believed to be the point of enlightenment and spiritual awareness). This will help to prevent you from absorbing further negative energies.

Black onyx is also a great mood booster as it can ease environmental stresses and prevent the body from becoming drained and listless.

6. Pyrite

Pyrite crystal

Pyrite, also known as Fool’s Gold, is a striking stone that is believed to instill confidence, encourage vitality, and protect you from negative influences. This incredibly positive stone has a very strong healing ability which is thought to help reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.

It is a damage control crystal that gives you the ability to think clearly in any situation and prevent you from only focusing on the negative.

7. Clear Quartz

Clear quartz is a powerful balancing crystal that can be used to enhance the energy of other crystals. If you are feeling out of sorts or down and you don’t know why, try holding a clear quartz and meditating for a few minutes.

This crystal will cleanse your whole body, mind, and spirit, so that you can confidently let go of anything that is not benefiting you, such as negative thoughts or habits. Clear quartz is also believed to have the ability to cleanse the soul and restore your connection with the spiritual realm.

8. Moonstone


Moonstone is renowned as a crystal of new beginnings. If you have ever felt emotionally lost or unsure of your path (which can often be caused by negative thoughts and feelings), then moonstone is the crystal you need in your life!

It will help you to gain the inner strength to return to the path you were destined to be on. Usually, moonstone is white however a black form of moonstone has now been discovered in Madagascar.

This crystal is believed to act as a shield for your aura, protecting you from all negative energies. It is a particularly potent crystal to have if you are suffering from emotional baggage such as being stuck in a toxic relationship.

9. Citrine

Citrine crystal

Citrine is the perfect stone to boost your energy and your mood. This powerfully positive crystal has been likened to pure sunlight in its ability to invigorate the spirit, which makes it a potent crystal to protect you from negativity.

Citrine reduces stress and infuses you with a sense of calm and confidence. Try placing one of these crystals under your pillow at night to ward off bad dreams and to aid in more restful sleep.

10. Rose Quartz

Single rose quartz crystal

Rose quartz is famed for being the crystal of love; whether it’s romantic love with another or self-love. It is a gentle, soothing stone that deflects negativity and encourages feelings of positivity.

Meditating with this stone is believed to open your heart chakra and clear your aura so you are open to new opportunities in love and life. It is the perfect stone to rid yourself of negative emotions after a break-up. Rose quartz can also help you heal a broken relationship.

11. Hematite

Hematite crystal

With its high iron content, hematite is known to not only repel negativity but also create a shield around you that will reflect negative energy back to the sender.

It is also one of the most powerful grounding stones so try meditating with hematite when you are struggling with a lack of focus or motivation. In addition, this crystal is believed to have a strong impact on the root chakra which is the center of the body responsible for irrational fears, worries, and anxieties over safety.

How to choose the right crystals for protection?

To find the right crystal for you, you first need to determine the root cause of your worries. What is it that you want protection from? Jealousy? Feelings of worthlessness? Once you have worked this out you can better determine the crystal that will work best for your situation.

Perhaps the most powerful way to find your crystal is to use your intuition. Visit a crystal or holistic shop, clear your mind, and run your hands over the different crystals. Which one speaks to you? Reactions differ from person to person but many people claim they feel a warmth in their palm when they have found the right crystal, others describe the feeling as a tingling in the fingers. Others simply get the feeling that ‘this is the one’. The important thing is that the crystal feels right to you.

How to cleanse and recharge your crystals?

Most crystals work by absorbing negative energy from the surrounding environment. Over time, this energy can cause blockages in the crystal itself, which can reduce its efficiency. For this reason, it is important to cleanse your crystals regularly to keep them clear.

The easiest way to cleanse your crystals is to leave them out under the light of the moon for a night. Alternatively, you can leave them out in the sun for a day, or bury them under the earth for a short while to recharge (salt also works well as it is an incredibly grounding substance).

You can also run certain crystals underwater to cleanse them. Bear in mind that different crystals are made of different materials so it is important to do your research before choosing your cleansing method, to ensure you do not damage your crystals. Selenite is a very soft stone so it should never be run underwater. Similarly, Amythest is known to lose its color if it is left out in sunlight.

Once your crystal has been cleansed, you will need to recharge it. Simply hold the stone in the palm of your hand, close your eyes, and infuse it with your intention. Once this is done, you should keep the stone with you for a few days to reinforce your connection with it.


When working with crystals, you must respect their power, take care of them, and expose them to your intent regularly. Crystals are incredibly powerful healing objects as they have a direct connection to mother earth. Without that anchor to the earth, we are more susceptible to soaking up negative energies. Crystals can be worn as jewelry, carried around in pockets, or simply placed on your nightstand to recharge you at the end of a long day. Whichever way you choose, ensure you keep your crystals close so you can soak up their positive, empowering energies.

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Carla is a writer, author and a practicing Wiccan for the last twenty years and loves anything to do with nature and spirituality! She lives in Cambridge UK, with her two daughters and husband. When she is not working she has a special interest in creative writing, with two novels in progress.
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