Medical experts agree that thyroid conditions seem to be on the rise. The causes, although still uncertain for sure, are thought to be linked to a variety of triggers such as environmental toxins and pollution, an increase in auto-immune diseases, radiation exposure, an increase in viral and bacterial illnesses linked to thyroid disease, smoking, gluten intolerance, and eating too many foods with high soy or iodine content.
With so many people being affected by thyroid conditions, it is imperative that healers and energy workers know how to help treat this growing health crisis. Crystal healing is a great way to complement and enhance the treatment you are receiving from your physician. For most people, treatment will be an ongoing process because most thyroid conditions are chronic issues and are not reversible. Crystals can be used to treat the condition itself (as well as the outward symptoms), by working to bring your energy body into alignment, while the physical body is being treated by your physician. This combination of traditional and alternative approaches to healing will help to heal your whole self, both the energetic and physical bodies, so that you receive the greatest possible benefit from treatment.
The four most common thyroid disorders are Hashimoto’s Disease (the most common cause of hypothyroidism – underactive thyroid), Grave’s Disease (the most common cause of hyperthyroidism – overactive thyroid), goiter (enlarged thyroid), and thyroid nodules (cancerous or non-cancerous growths on the thyroid). Since each of these conditions has different symptoms and causes, the crystals used to treat them will vary.
Hashimoto’s Disease & Underactive Thyroid:
Because Hashimoto’s Disease is an autoimmune disease, Carnelian or Serpentine can be used to balance the energy of your immune system. Try wearing a piece of Carnelian or Serpentine jewelry (especially a pendant on a short chain near the thyroid gland) to get the immune system back into alignment so that it no longer disrupts thyroid function. The pendant should be worn continuously and should be cleansed regularly, at least once per week, to ensure maximum benefit to your immune system. Amber, Bloodstone, Clear Calcite, Orange Calcite, Tangerine Calcite, Lapis Lazuli, Malachite, Black Tourmaline, Turquoise, and Vanadinite have also been known to balance the energy of the immune system so they would make good alternative choices to the Carnelian or Serpentine.
The symptoms of Hashimoto’s Disease are quite varied and often mimic symptoms associated with other health problems. Fatigue, ranging from mild to severe, and sleepiness are very common in people with Hashimoto’s Disease. Getting your immune system back into balance will often help reduce the fatigue associated with this condition, so using the Carnelian or Serpentine, as described above, is a great way to help treat chronic fatigue. However, for those days when you feel particularly sluggish, try using a piece of Ruby or Garnet (carried in your pocket) as a quick and easy pick-me-up. Citrine has also been shown to be beneficial for treating chronic fatigue and tiredness so it would make a good alternative choice to the more expensive Ruby or Garnet stones.
Because Hashimoto’s patients feel constantly run-down due to fatigue, depression is a common secondary symptom of the disease. Orange Calcite, Yellow Fluorite, Lapis Lazuli, Fire Opal, Pyrite, Lithium Quartz, Rutilated Quartz, and Tiger’s Eye (Blue, Golden, or Red) have all been used successfully for treating depression and its associated symptoms. You may try holding one of these stones over your Sacral Chakra (your emotional center) or over your Solar Plexus Chakra (the center where negative emotion is most commonly stored) for 15 minutes per day, everyday, for at least three to four weeks. Be sure to speak with your physician about treatment options for your depression (especially if it is moderate to severe). Instead of holding the stone over the chakra centers, meditating with your chosen crystal can also help you to work through your depression. Make yourself comfortable in a place where you will not be disturbed and hold the crystal in your hands. Take a deep breath in and exhale gently. As you exhale, feel yourself releasing any feelings or emotions that are not for your highest good. Continue to breathe in and out, releasing any unwanted energy as you exhale, until all negative emotion has been released. Take another deep breath in and feel the energy of your crystal begin to enter your physical body. It fills you up with positive energy. Continue to breathe in and out, allowing the positive energy from the crystal to expand outward, until it fills your entire physical body. Continue this breathing with your crystal, feeling the positive energy begin to expand out into your energy field, until it has filled your entire aura with positive, healing energy. When you feel ready you can slowly open your eyes, wiggle your toes, and drink a glass of water to ground yourself.
Constipation is a more minor side-effect of Hashimoto’s Disease, but can be quite uncomfortable if it is chronic. To get things moving again, try using an Apricot Botswana Agate. You can hold the stone over your belly for 2-3 minutes before and after each meal time. You may even want to try moving it in small circles while holding the intention to ease discomfort and regulate your system. You may also want to try stones associated with healthy digestion such as Ametrine, Golden Calcite, Honey Calcite, Carnelian, Citrine, Yellow Fluorite, Red Garnet, Gaspeite, Pink Heulandite, Red Jasper, Apple Aura Quartz, Papaya Quartz, Sunstone, Imperial Golden Topaz, or Green Zoisite.
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Dry skin and hair are also commonly associated with Hashimoto’s Disease. Green Aventurine is useful for treating skin problems in general, as are Brazilianite and Rainbow Fluorite. Pink Calcite, Pink Chalcedony, & Peach Stilbite may also prove useful for returning skin or hair to its normal, healthy appearance.
Women with Hashimoto’s Disease may also suffer from heavy or irregular menstrual periods. Citrine, Peach Moonstone, Rainbow Moonstone, and White Moonstone can help regulate menstruation. Wearing a gemstone bracelet made from one of these stones is a simple way to help keep your body on a regular cycle. It’s best to wear the bracelet all the time (if possible), but wearing it at least during the time of your cycle (starting a few days before it begins and continuing to wear it until a few days after it has ended) is necessary for effective results.
Heavy menstruation can sometimes lead to anemia (iron deficiency) which can cause feelings of coldness, even when others are warm and comfortable. It can be uncomfortable and irritating to feel constantly cold in your body. Green Apatite, Hematite, and Green Kyanite can aid in absorbing and using appropriate levels of iron in the body (treating the anemia and thus, reducing the coldness felt in the body). If coldness is felt, but your iron levels are shown to be normal, Clear Fluorite may be used to help warm your body when you are feeling cold.
Goiter is also sometimes associated with Hashimoto’s Disease. See the “Thyroid Goiter & Enlarged Thyroid” section below for more information about treating thyroid goiter with crystals.
Grave’s Disease & Over-Active Thyroid:
Similar to Hashimoto’s Disease, the symptoms of Grave’s Disease are quite varied and often mimic symptoms associated with other health problems.
Anxiety and nervousness are common symptoms of Grave’s Disease. I have helped treat many clients with anxiety problems over the years and the two stones that seem to work best for most people are Aquamarine and Lepidolite. Having a small “touchstone” in your pocket that you can hold when you start to feel anxious is a quick way to help you cope with your feelings. You can rub the stones with your fingers and thumb 9similar to a worry stone) to stimulate the reflex points in the thumbs and release happy hormones into your body. This action, when combined with conscious control of the breath has worked wonders for my clients time after time. Purple Botswana Agate, Alexandrite, Epidote, Yellow Fluorite, White Opal, Electric Blue Aura Quartz, and Lithium Quartz have also proven useful for treating anxiety and nervousness.
Another symptoms frequently experienced by Grave’s Disease sufferers is irritability. Blue Calcite, Dumortierite, Sikhote-Alin Meteorite, Pink Dendritic Opal, Blue Tara Quartz (Quartz with Blue Tourmaline Inclusions), Cobalt Aura Quartz, Ruby-Kyanite, Red Rutilated Quartz, Septarian Nodule, and Violet Tourmaline are all useful for removing anger and irritability and replacing it with compassion, understanding, and peace. These stones help get your emotions under control and allow you to see the situation for what it really is, removing your irritation with the person or people involved.
Fatigue is also sometimes associated with Grave’s Disease. See the “Hashimoto’s Disease & Under-Active Thyroid” section above for more information about treating fatigue and tiredness with crystals.
Increased or irregular heartbeat may not occur in all people with Grave’s Disease, but it is a fairly common symptom of this disorder. This can be quite a frightening experience, leading to additional feelings of anxiety which can exacerbate the heart issue. Apricot Botswana Agate, Green Aventurine, Barite Rose, Dioptase, Green Heulandite, Pink Opal, Pink Nirvana Quartz, Seriphos Quartz, and Peach Stilbite all work to correct and heal disorders of the heart. Green Heulandite has the additional quality of aiding the removal of excess energy from the heart center ( which may be the energetic cause of this symptom). If you have an increased or irregular heartbeat, you should immediately seek medical attention, but these crystals may be useful while you are in route to your physician or to the hospital.
Excessive sweating is a more minor symptom of this thyroid disorder, but it can be uncomfortable, embarrassing, or even lead to dehydration if not attended to properly. Apricot Botswana Agate can help treat the effects of minor dehydration on an energetic level while you work with your physician to restore the correct level of fluids and electrolytes to your physical body.
Diarrhea and frequent bowel movements are also common in Grave’s patients and can also lead to dehydration. You can use the Apricot Botswana Agate, as described above, to help treat your dehydration. However, to treat the bowel issues, Green Zoisite can be very useful. Carry a piece in your pocket to help restore balance in your body.
Because of the primary symptoms associated with Grave’s Disease, many Grave’s patients have secondary symptoms such as difficulty sleeping. Chrysoprase can encourage restful sleep and Howlite can help you to feel more rested after even brief period of sleep. White Opal encourages healthy sleep patterns so that you can return to a normal sleep cycle. Sleeping Beauty Turquoise helps to treat sleep disorders (especially insomnia). Any of these crystals may help you sleep better simply by placing them in your pillow case or on your bed side table. Since you will be using them daily, be sure to cleanse them regularly (at least once per week) for best results.
Change in the menstrual cycle of women suffering from Grave’s Disease are commonly reported. See the “Hashimoto’s Disease & Under-Active Thyroid” section above for more information about regulating your menstrual cycle using crystals.
Goiter is also sometimes associated with Grave’s Disease. See the “Thyroid Goiter & Enlarged Thyroid” section below for more information about treating thyroid goiter with crystals.
Some people with Grave’s Disease may suffer from a variety of eye issues including bulging, inflammation, redness, tearing, swollen eyelids, or sensitivity to light. Clear Calcite, Chrysoprase, Citrine, Emerald, Blue Tara Quartz (Quartz with Blue Tourmaline Inclusions), Seriphos Quartz, Tiger’s Eye (Blue, Golden, or Red), and Turquoise are all general eye healers. Small, lightweight stones may be placed on closed eyelids (or just above the eyes on the brow if the eyes are too sensitive to place stones there) for 3-5 minutes, twice per day, until the symptoms subside. This treatment has been shown to be most effective when both eyes were treated at once, but if this is not possible, you may treat one eye, and then the next.
Thyroid Goiter & Enlarged Thyroid:
Thyroid goiter (an enlarged thyroid) is most commonly caused by a lack of iodine in the diet. You should work with your physician and a nutritionist to ensure that you are getting proper nutritional requirements, but you can also use healing crystals to help you absorb the appropriate vitamins, minerals, and nutrients from the foods you eat. Golden Cat’s Eye Apatite, Peach Barite, Brazilianite, Leopard Skin Jasper, Marble Jasper, Green Kyanite, Peach Moonstone, Chlorite-Included Quartz, Papaya Quartz, Sunshine Aura Quartz, Serpentine, and Vanadinite all aid in nutrient absorption while Bornite aids in balancing the nutrients to the right levels for your body. These stones can be easily utilized by wearing a piece of jewelry (programmed to aid in nutrient absorption and regulation) or by carrying a stone in the pocket. Alternatively, you may want to create a small crystal grid using one or more of the stones listed, and then charge your food within the grid. To do this, simply place your plate, bowl, or glass within the center of the grid for 1-2 minutes prior to eating while holding the intention that the food is charged with the energy of the crystals. When you consume the food, eat with intention and purpose, allowing the food to nourish your physical body and provide that which is needed for your highest good.
When the thyroid is enlarged, it can often cause additional symptoms such as swelling or tightness in the neck or trouble swallowing. Honey Amber works to soothe the thyroid gland while Blue Fluorite, Blue Topaz, and Blue Calcite add cooling energy to reduce swelling. Wearing these stones in a pendant on a short chain, close to the neck is best. However, an alternative way to get some relief is to hold your chosen stone over the thyroid gland for 5-10 minutes, 2-3 times per day as needed.
An enlarged thyroid can also result in coughing or wheezing, trouble breathing, or hoarseness. Honey Amber and Honey Calcite can reduce coughing whereas Rose Quartz aids in opening the lungs to reduce wheezing. Blue Fluorite, Blue Topaz, and Denim Lapis soothe the throat in general, making it easier to deal with these associated symptoms. To use these stones, hold your chosen crystal over the throat chakra as symptoms occur. The Rose Quartz can be held over the Heart Chakra (over the lungs), over the thymus, or over the Throat Chakra to open the lungs and aid your ability to breathe easily.
Thyroid Nodules & Thyroid Growths (cancer is rare):
Although the cause of thyroid nodules is often unknown, some nodules may be caused by Hashimoto’s Disease or by a iodine deficiency. See the “Hashimoto’s Disease & Under-Active Thyroid” section above for more information about treating Hashimoto’s using healing stones. See the “Thyroid Goiter & Enlarged Thyroid” section above for more information about treating iodine deficiency with crystals.
Thyroid nodules can cause hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism, so they are often undiagnosed until they are quite large and then detected via a physical examination of the thyroid.
If the nodules are causing hyperthyroidism, then they can be responsible for causing several uncomfortable symptoms including rapid heart rate, nervousness, and anxiety. See the “Grave’s Disease & Over-Active Thyroid” section above for more information about treating these symptoms with crystals.
The nodules may also be responsible for increased appetite or loss of body weight. These seemingly contradictory symptoms mimic symptoms of other illnesses and often lead to misdiagnosis until the nodules have grown quite large. Angelite can be used to control body weight, especially when you are rapidly losing weight at an unhealthy rate. Carry a piece in your pocket or wear as a bracelet to help regulate your body’s weight. To help regulate the appetite, we suggest using Blue or Green Apatite crystals placed on your dining table or in your dining area.
Clammy skin is also associated with thyroid nodules. Colorless Fluorite may be used to warm the body while Apricot Botswana Agate can regulate perspiration. Hold these crystals in your receiving (non-dominant) hand when you’re feeling a bit clammy and visualize yourself returning to a comfortable state of being. This may take anywhere from 2-10 minutes. You may do this as often as needed.
If the nodules are causing hypothyroidism (a result of Hashimoto’s Disease) or if you are experiencing the symptoms associated with the disease (fatigue, weight gain, hair loss, dry skin, or constant coldness) see the “Hashimoto’s Disease & Under-Active Thyroid” section above for more information about treating this condition with crystals.
General Treatment Options for Thyroid Conditions:
If you suspect that you may have a thyroid condition, but have not yet confirmed this with your physician, it is important to get an accurate diagnosis as quickly as possible. In the meantime, you may use healing stones like Angelite, Blue Apatite, Citrine, Blue Fluorite, Lapis Lazuli, Rutilated Quartz, and Blue Topaz are all beneficial for general thyroid balance.
Alternatively, you can create a “mojo bag” or medicine pouch for treatment of each thyroid condition, using one stone for each of the symptoms associated with that particular condition. For information about how to create your own medicine pouch using healing crystals, check out our blog post about Creating & Using Crystal Medicine Bags.