What crystal book do you recommend for someone starting out?

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Question: Hi I was wondering if there is a great book that I can buy that will let me know which crystals do what and how to care/ cleanse them ect? I am very new to all of this Thank you so very much!

Answer: I have a link that will help you get started that's the best price ever... FREE! I reference it all of the time. In fact, if someone asks me "what is this crystal good for" I give them this site. It's easier than me taking the time to type it all out. The website is HealingCrystals.com.

Book wise, my personal favorite is "The Crystal Bible" by Judy Hall. I agree with most of her information, the photos are pretty good representations, and it has a lot of information without being overwhelming. There are actually 3 volumes in the Crystal Bible series. Start out with book 1 as the other 2 volumes contain harder to find or relatively new crystals. This is my #1 recommended crystal book. I put together a list of what crystals are included in each of the 3 volumes. Check out that article here.

I also love Judy Hall's book "Crystal Prescriptions" which simply lists various ailments and suggests multiple crystals to help, much like my own crystal tips and prescriptions, only her prescription book does not contain any photos. "Crystal Prescriptions" will be for someone who wants access to quickly look up crystals for ailments. It does not contain any metaphysical properties or information on specific crystals. **Update: As of July 2017 there are 6 volumes for Crystal Prescriptions series. I recommend Volume 1, especially for beginners. It contains the more common crystals.

One other book that I really like for beginners is "The Crystal Healer: Crystal Prescriptions That Will Change Your Life Forever" by Philip Permutt. This book lists the crystals by color instead of alphabetically. This is handy if you have a crystal and you're not sure what it might be. This book also has a crystal prescriptions section in the back of the book. The book does not contain much metaphysical information for each crystal, though. It is generally just a very brief entry. **Update: As of September 2018 there is a Volume 2 which contains 250 new crystals. I still recommend the first volume for beginners. If you are looking to expand and like the first volume, then this is a nice addition.


Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and cannot give out medical advice. Crystals and energy healing should be used as a compliment to other therapies and not as a replacement for regular medical care.

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