The Best Crystals for Empaths and Highly Sensitive People

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Being an empath can be incredibly challenging and draining at times. If you’ve landed on this article, it’s because you are (or think you might be) an empath, and you are looking for crystals and stones to protect your energy and help you thrive as a sensitive soul in a harsh world.

Today, we’re going to be diving deep into the idea of empaths, along with discussing some of the best crystals for empaths so you can thrive and feel protected at all times.

What is an Empath?

Let’s start by understanding what an empath is. Empaths, as described by PsychAlive are:

highly sensitive individuals, who have a keen ability to sense what people around them are thinking and feeling.

Can you relate to this?

When you’re an empath, you’re always taking on the emotions of those around you.

If someone near you is angry, they don’t need to say a word for you to know it. You can simply feel their anger.

If someone is sad, you are often times sad with them.

What makes being an empath so emotionally draining is that you are constantly taking on the emotions of everyone around you. Your keen ability to sense everyone’s’ emotions and desire to make them feel good, takes a toll on yourself.

And at times, it can be difficult, even impossible, to deflect everyone’s emotions for your own sake.

How Can You Tell if You Are an Empath?

Here are a few quick ways to tell if you are an empath:

  1. You get “vibes” from other people
  2. You are able to tell how someone is feeling without them needing to let you know
  3. You get overwhelmed in big crowds due to all the emotions in one confined space
  4. Your sensitive to violence on T.V., to the point where you prefer not to watch it
  5. You absolutely love animals and feel as if you have a deep connection with them
  6. Self-love is a challenge for you (on top of crystals for empaths, you might also want to learn which crystals improve self-love).

Empaths are also usually highly sensitive people (HSP), meaning that you are deeply sensitive. Stones that help empaths are also very useful for HSP, so in this article, I’m going to discuss both.

How Can Crystals Help Empaths?

Crystals can help many different ailments. But when it comes to protecting you from energy and vibrations, crystals are really quite powerful.

As an empath and highly-sensitive person, myself, I need to protect myself from the energy of others if I want to make it through the day without feeling exhausted.

Being around someone who is emotionally charged can be a lot for the average person, but for an empath, it’s too much to handle at times.

Crystals for empaths will protect you and guard you against feeling everyone’s energy who crosses your path!

5 Best Crystals for Empaths

Try the following crystals for empaths to help protect your energy and shield you from becoming overwhelmed with the vibrations around you.

Smoky Quartz | Balance, Grounding & Protection

Brown gemstone

How to use this stone: Keep a Smoky Quartz stone with you when you are around others

Chakra: Root

Stone summary: Smoky Quartz is a reliable grounding stone that can either help you come down after an emotionally draining day, or protect you from feeling drained by other’s emotions in the first place.

Smoky Quartz will be your ultimate bodyguard against negative energy. It has the ability to absorb and alter negative energy by sending it back to the Earth for natural healing.

Amethyst | Stability, Intuition & Protection

Purple polished stone

How to use this stone: Keep Amethyst on you when you are around others

Chakra: Crown, Third Eye

Stone summary: Amethyst is a very protective crystal for empaths. It works to protect you against psychic attacks and attacks of the mind, which empaths and HSP can be prone to. Some common attacks of your mind include gossip, negative talk and unwanted attention from others.

Amethyst will help sharpen your intuition which is useful when trying to detach your emotions from those around you, especially when you are trying to understand whether your feelings are real or if they are coming off from everyone else.

Amethyst is a good stone for your mind and will allow you to feel calm and balanced both emotionally and mentally.

Hematite | Balance, Grounding & Stability

Silver gemstone

How to use this stone: Keep Hematite with you, especially when around particularly negative people

Chakra: Root

Stone summary: Hematite will deflect and absorb negative emotions and protect you from any that try to come your own. It’s important to cleanse this stone often since it will be absorbing negativity for you.

Hematite will clear an empaths’ overactive mind, allowing you to feel relaxed and at ease.

If you are surrounded by negative people, Hematite will help you see the good in each and every situation, preventing you from believing their negative thoughts and energies as your own.

Labradorite | Deflection & Optimism

White crystal rock

How to use this stone: This stone is most powerful on a fullmoon, but can be used whenever. Wear Labradorite as a necklace to deflect negative energy

Chakra: Third Eye, Crown

Stone summary: Labradorite (also known as Rainbow Moonstone) is the ultimate crystal for empaths and protection. Labradorite will deflect negative energy. It will calm your mind and give you the ability to see things for how they really are.

Labradorite will protect your auras and prevent your energy from being drained by those around you. If you have someone in your life who is constantly negative and wants to bring you down with them, Labradorite is a must (and perhaps reconsider allowing this person into your life).

The blissful vibrations provided by Labradorite are also useful for times when you need to recover from an emotionally draining experience.

Moonstone | Confidence & Protection

Cream colored polished stone

How to use this stone: Keep Moonstone on you, especially when you are near negative people

Chakra: Third Eye, Crown

Stone summary: Moonstone will wash away negative emotions and keep you balanced and protected from unwanted energy. This stone is particularly helpful to wear after you’ve been upset as it will balance and ground you.

You’ll be able to see the positives in each situation and speak your truth. If you find that you are constantly influenced by gossip and negative talk, wear Moonstone to protect you as well as give you the courage to speak your mind. For this reason, Moonstone is also one of our top crystals for confidence.

Tips for Using Crystals as an Empath

When using crystals for a highly-sensitive person or empath, it’s important to keep them near you at all times.

Meditating with crystals is powerful, but for an empath who needs hourly protection, I advise you to wear the crystals (in jewelry form) or keep them in your pocket.

For cleansing and protection, you should have monthly spiritual cleansing baths; as an empath, these baths will rid you of negative energy and help you feel stronger.

You do not need huge crystals to reap their benefits. A small stone is more than enough to ward off any unwanted energy!

Because you’ll be keeping your stones on you quite often, you’ll want to cleanse your crystals weekly or bi-weekly. The more you use them, the faster they will fill with negative energy that will need to be cleansed!

How Else Can Empaths Protect Themselves?

Using the stones above as tools for protection, empaths also need to be aware of situations they are placing themselves in to actively avoid emotionally draining circumstances.

It’s perfectly OK to turn down plans and say “no” if you know you will be surrounded by emotionally-charged people.

It’s also essential for empaths to take time off when they need it to recharge and recuperate.

Which crystal for empaths are you going to try? Let me know in the comment section.

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11 thoughts on “The Best Crystals for Empaths and Highly Sensitive People”

  1. I am an aquarian, so I am planning to wear amethyst all the time and hematite when I am travelling. Do you think it will help? I get very drained amidst crowd and absorb their ailments too and I also face near death experiences. Please let me know if I need anything other than these Crystal’s and also how to cleanse hametite.

    • Hi Guna,
      Both amthyst and hematite are great choices for an Aquarius. I’m sorry to hear of your near death experience – that sounds traumatic. You might also find Black Tourmaline useful (it’s a Root chakra stone) and it will help ground you (if you suffer from anxiety as a results of your near death experience) as well as ward off negative energies from others.

      To cleanse hematite, you’ll want to avoid salt water cleansing methods. I recommend meditation (sitting or walking), moonlight, smudging, sound, your breath or brown rice. You can read more here on the different ways to cleanse stones. I hope this provides some clarity to you–sending you positive vibrations for your travels.

  2. Hi, I have been cleansing my crystals in sunlight and charging them in moonlight. How can one do it with brown rice? And how is it different?

  3. is it okay to wear them all at once. say i bought them all and made a necklace with them all on there they wont affect eachother will they?

      • Hi, I’m curious as to what effects some of my crystals are having on me. I am an empath who had a liver transplant 1 1/2 years ago. I recently bought a rose quartz necklace and am finding it to be a wonderful, positive, and calming influence on me I rarely take it off. Earlier in the year I purchased a combo necklace/bracelet of hematite,amethyst,rose quartz, and labradorite. I felt uncomfortable with that combo. I am noticing my palmstone labradorite in general now feels too strong for me. Is this possible? I am a Libra/Scorpio cusp (23) and my intent is peace, but also heightened positive empath/psychic abilities.

        • Hi JP, this is a great example of conflicting crystals! (You can read about them here).
          In short, there is an infinite possibility of crystals that can conflict together, because it entirely depends on your intentions with each crystal. You mentioned that you want to improve your psychic abilities, and I immediately knew why that bracelet combo didn’t feel right. Amethyst is known for helping you tune into your psychic abilities, but hematite is a powerful grounding stone. If you want to work on your psychic ability, take hematite out of the mix, otherwise, it will work against amethyst by trying to keep you grounded and out of touch with your psychic abilities 🙂

  4. Am making a labradorite amethyst & real black onyx necklace. I’ll pair it at times w/a rose quart lei. Any thoughts? Aloha & mahalo

  5. Hi im a Sagittarius rising, and i am hsp. i am searching for a crystal that can protect my energy and can calm my mind when i am in a public places especially when i am inside a room that is full of people (stranger). What crystal can i buy that is worth the money ,i need help i am absorb their energy without me knowing and i cannot tolerate it anymore it is extremely exhausting specifically inside my classroom.

  6. I am an empath and I have been struggling lately. Im going thru a divorce so my emotions are already all over the place but I still feel connected to my ex-husband and his emotions…it’s been exhausting. Today, on my way back home from Daytona Beach, I stopped in Cassadaga. While I was in one of the shops, a small pendant caught my attention. I ended up buying it without even knowing what it was…only that it called to me. Once I got back in the car, I realized that it was a labradorite pendant. I have been wearing it ever since and I already feel more grounded, protected, and focused. The emotional noise that has been screaming at my soul for months has already started to quell. I am going to start looking for a few other crystals on your list to wear with the labradorite. Thank you for your insight!!


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