For the Love of Light – an Ayurvedic Approach to Healing What Ails You With Gemstones

Guest Post by Candace Smyth

Life takes us all in directions.  We zig zag through the tunnels and byways of learning, finding our true selves, rejecting parts and then reconnecting again.

I began my little girl life in love with the sparkly beauty of rubies, diamonds, emeralds.  I asked for a new ring or piece of jewelry every birthday or Christmas.

Then I rebelled.

I left home and studied feminism, became aware of materialism, and the political economics of gemstone extraction.  I went to law school and later represented, pro bono, a very young man who escaped an extremely violent rebel group by the skin of his teeth to seek asylum.  He had been working in a diamond mine.  I stopped buying jewelry.  I rejected stones.  I was politically correct and pious about all jewelry and didn’t need or want it.

Then I crashed from my divorce.  And, my Dad passed away suddenly.

In healing, I practiced yoga and began to study Ayurveda, which taught me so much more about the true and powerful radiance of gemstones.  I was able to look at diamonds not as an evil into themselves, but as victims of human greed.  I began to reconnect with myself, nature, and be consciously connected to gems again.  And, although I buy consciously and conflict-free, I do it.

I fell in love with stones, crystals, the Earth.

There is a sacred, powerful energy present when we connect with gems.  Gem therapy is considered by some Ayurvedic practitioners to be the most important remedial measure to alleviate or help with negative conditions found in the Jyotish astrological chart, which is said to calculate the number of breaths we are allotted in this incarnation.

Formed by the cosmic rays transmitted through the planets, gemstones serve as a conduit of the planets’ energy.  Below is a chart of the major gems by planet.  To find out your dosha, go here.

To use the stones to help with your own energy, keep in mind that the stones always amplify the corresponding planet in the chart.

To select the gemstones that will most help you to gain balance and access their healing properties:

1 .        Identify your dosha.

2.         Identify the gemstones that will help you to balance that dosha.

3.         Wear them, and if possible, wear them so that the gem touches your skin.

As life takes us in our different directions, gemstones connect us to our universe, ground us in the planetary energies, and heal us with their light.   Namaste.

Candace Smyth is a writer, speaker, attorney and healer. She helps women find inner calm and strength about and in the decisions they must make before, during, and after divorce. Join her healing community at and You can also follow her on Twitter: @CandaceSmyth

Have you used Gemstones to heal? I would love to hear what you think in the comments below.

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  1. Kimberly on January 5, 2012 at 2:00 am

    Candace! What an amazing story. I love how your life circled around and what you loved as a child now holds meaning to you. Beautiful!

    I had my dosha done years ago and I was a vata/pitta. I find it fascinating that I actually favor those gemstones and I didn’t even realize they were connected to my dosha. Thank you for sharing this!


    • Tracy Matthews on January 5, 2012 at 2:03 am

      Thanks for your Comment Kimberly!

      It is amazing how you are drawn to certain stones and even cooler if it can heal your doshas…I am Kapha/Vata and of course I love diamonds and Rubies…Candace also recommended Aquamarine for me in particular.

      Happy New Year!

  2. tracy lee jones on January 5, 2012 at 4:16 am

    love this- i too am into crystals and gemstones…i couple them with plants for chakra balancing, which is fabulous. wearing garnets and eating roots like carrots and radishes are SUPER excellent for grounding! 🙂 love the dosha aspect- that’s new for me, thank you!!

    • Tracy Matthews on January 5, 2012 at 6:10 pm

      Tracy lee, great to hear how you incorporate grounding foods with your healing. Thanks so much for your comment and happy healthy!


  3. Sasha Campbell on January 5, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    I love this because it talks about the strength and the power of the earth and what it can offer us in our times of need. Mother earth is there to offer us healing in some many ways. Thank you for sharing your story.

    • Tracy Matthews on January 5, 2012 at 9:11 pm


      Thanks so much for commenting. I agree-Mother Earth is our biggest healer…and so awesome that so much beauty comes with it.

  4. Rachel Happ on January 25, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Thank you for sharing! I love this post. Gemstones and crystals are so incredibly healing and inspirational for me as well. So beautiful.

  5. Tracy Matthews on January 27, 2012 at 2:48 am


    I am so glad you enjoyed this post. I love that gemstones and crystals are healing for you as well. so amazing. I owe you an email.

    xxoo, Tracy

  6. Danielle on March 23, 2017 at 7:00 am

    wonderful read Tracy. Be it Reiki therapy or Crystal healing they have their own merits and believe they keeps body and mind both healthy. This read with Ayurvedic approach you have really nailed it. and these are the real facts which needs more awareness and reach.

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