Mineral Therapy // Smokey Quartz

Contributor: Ashley Neese
Photographer: Ashley Neese
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Smokey quartz is a key mineral for protection from many sources especially in negative environments. I was in real need of psychic protection at the time I received my first smokey quartz, trying to stay grounded through that huge transition. Psychic protection is helpful when you are experiencing negative vibrations (energy) from another person/s. You will know what it feels like because it has a really low, unsettling quality to it.

I am a big fan of paying attention to when and where minerals show up in our life and when applicable, who gifts them to us. As I look back and connect the dots with my relationships to these healing tools, I am in awe of how everything lines up. It becomes increasingly hard to deny that larger forces are at work and for that I am truly grateful.


Smokey quartz is a clear, grey mineral that ranges in color from super translucent to nearly opaque. They come from across the world including Africa, Australia, Brazil, Switzerland and the United States. Like other quartz gems, it is a silicon dioxide crystal. The smoky color results from free silicon, formed from the silicon dioxide by natural irradiation.

There are also smokey quartz crystals that are rutilated which are mostly what I have. These rutilated pieces of quartz have needle-like rutile (a red or brown mineral made up of titanium dioxide) embedded in them which can be red, golden or even green. Rutilated quartz has a much higher vibrational energy and are considered to have greater metaphysical properties for spiritual development.

Smokey quartz has been used as jewelry throughout history because it is really easy to cut as a gem. Some Native American tribes used it as gems for their ceremonial wands. In China smokey quartz was made into snuff bottles and was used by the Romans who used it for carving intaglio seals.


Anytime you are going through a major transition keep smokey quartz close by. It’s really helpful for helping you anchor and ground into the earth. Smokey quartz is also one of my go-to minerals when I’m in a funk or just downright bad mood. The power of smokey quartz is that it can transform negative energy and thoughts (which are energy) into positive ones.

Smokey quartz is a must have mineral if you are doing deep spiritual work. If you’re like me and have a tendency to become ungrounded during intense spiritual development, smokey quartz will help pull your energy towards the earth. It’s so important that we stay plugged into Mother earth, especially during times of upheaval, major change, and while digging deep into our spirit.

This incredible mineral is often associated with the root chakra and when placed on top of that energy center helps to heal our reproductive organs. I’ve been working at bringing more healing to my lower chakras this past year and smokey quartz has been a huge part of that journey. Smokey quartz supports our bodies natural detoxification process, relieves headaches like amethyst and reduces stress.


There are many ways to incorporate smokey quartz into your life. Below are some potent suggestions. See what works for you and trust your instincts here, you know what’s best ;)


Place smokey quartz on your root chakra to……..

  • Promote the health of your reproductive organs

  • Heal your womb

  • Relieve menstrual cramps

  • Enhance survival instincts

  • Remove toxins from the body


Carry smokey quartz to…….

  • Protect your energy field

  • Keep you grounded during big transitions

  • Clear negative energy

  • Prioritize your desires and needs

  • Elevate your mood

  • Regulate adrenal function


Meditate with smokey quartz to…..

  • Help you reach higher states of consciousness

  • Uncover subconscious wisdom

  • Stimulate Kundalini energy flow

  • Stay rooted

  • Cleanse your aura


Keep smokey quartz under your pillow to….

  • Promote restful sleep

  • Reduce insomnia and/or nightmares (great for children)


Place smokey quartz around your home to…

  • Absorb negative energy

  • Keep the mood light and filled with joy

  • Relieve depression and grief

  • Conduct positive vibrations


Bring smokey quartz to your next business meeting or workshop to…

  • Encourage community engagement

  • Enhance creative energy flow while keeping it grounded

  • Reach your goals

  • Affirm the abundance you desire