For eons, gemstones have been believed to hold magical powers bordering on the supernatural. They are thought to provide a connection to the planets, sun, moon and stars, and possess the power to heal or prevent illness.
Gemstones are believed to collect their powers from the earth whilst they form by natural heat and pressure due to volcanic action. Therefore, many people believe these earthly powers can be harnessed for health reasons. For example, the light that reflects through a gemstone crystal, or energy emanating from it is thought to facilitate healing when the gemstone is placed on vital parts of the body. This use of gemstones and minerals for healing is called lithotherapy, and this field is gaining popularity throughout the world of alternative therapy.
Gemstones used today for healing purposes sometimes have symbolic and mystical signs engraved into them, as in ancient times. According to aficionados, the shape of the stone can also be very important. Special significance is attributed to gemstones such as long pendulum-shaped crystals with a pronounced tip, or rounded stones that are kept in the pocket or held in the hand.
Abbes Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179) chronicled the healing powers of gemstones in her book Physica. Today there is a resurrection of interest in what is known as Hildegard medicine. According to her view, gemstones are formed through the powerful combination of water and fire; therefore, they hold powers corresponding to these phenomena. She also believed that each stone had a certain, divine blessing from God. For example, she said the following about sapphire: "Who is dull and would like to be clever, should, in a sober state, frequently lick with the tongue on a sapphire, because the gemstone's warmth and power, combined with the saliva's moisture, will expel the harmful juices that affect the intellect. Thus, the man will attain a good intellect."
Here are the most common gemstones and minerals with a description of the healing properties that they are thought to possess:
Agate - All agates strengthen the effect of other stones.
Agate, Botswana - Eases depression, promotes joy, dispels lethargy, increases practicality.
Agate, Fire - Restores emotional balance and harmony, increases practicality, subdues sexual conflict.
Agate, Moss - Eases depression, restores emotional and mental balance.
Agate, Picture - Decreases apathy, sharpens mental clarity.
Alexandrite - Brings happiness, increases self-esteem.
Amber - Eases stress, facilitates expression, dispels nervous tension.
Apatite - Eases stress, facilitates expression, dispels nervous tension.
Aquamarine - Diminishes disorientation, facilitates expression, curbs unnatural fear and sharpens mental clarity.
Aventurine - Eases stress, restores emotional balance, promotes independence and sharpens mental clarity.
Azurite - Improves decision-making, eases depression, heightens dreams, promotes mental balance, sharpens mental clarity, increases mental discipline and sensitivity.
Beryl - Relieves stress, overcomes laziness, strengthens mental balance, increases mental clarity and mental discipline, and protects the wearer.
Bloodstone - Encourages caution, courage, promotes mental balance and clarity, strengthens mental discipline, aids in self-actualization.
Chalcedony - Soothes depression, heightens dreams, promotes goodwill, dispels irritability, brings joy and happiness, supports mental balance, increases mental clarity, and reduces negativity and nightmares.
Chrysocolla - Relieves stress, restores emotional balance, assuages guilt, promotes maturity and dissipates nervous tension.
Chrysolite - Exposes delusion, fights depression, supports emotional and mental balance, aids in discovering past life experience.
Chrysoprase - Encourages caution, improves flexibility, inhibits greed and hysteria, promotes imagination, sharpens perception and mental clarity and aids in recall of past life experiences.
Coral - Eases depression, restores emotional balance, improves expressiveness, strengthens mental clarity, restores mental balance and banishes nightmares.
Diamond - Dispels stress, guards against envy, relieves insecurity, improves clarity and increases self-esteem.
Chrome Diopside - Relieves insecurity and strengthens self-esteem.
Emerald - Restores emotional balance, aids working closely with others and facilitates expression.
Fluorite - Has a calming effect on the body.
Garnet - Diminishes stress, promotes imagination, guards against nightmares and improves self-esteem.
Hematite - Improves self-esteem.
Ivory - Eases frustration.
Jade - Brings peace and calm, intensifies expressive ability.
Jasper - Reduces stress, promotes endurance.
Jet - Reduces stress, relieves depression, calms excitability and combats manic-depressive behavior.
Lapis Lazuli - Improves expression, eases stress and dispels depression.
Lazulite - Strengthens courage.
Loadstone (also lodestone) - Promotes expression, relieves insomnia.
Malachite - Dispels stress, heightens expression.
Moonstone - Resists mental imbalance, improves intuition and receptivity.
Onyx - Relieves stress, fights depression and soothes fear.
Obsidian - Wards off negativity and over-sensitivity.
Opal - Promotes creativity, love, and joy, resists emotional imbalance.
Pearl - Brings peace, reduces over-sensitivity.
Peridot - Extends patience, sharpens clarity and calms nerves.
Pyrite - Eases stress and frustration, dispels depression and anxiety.
Rhodochrosite - Promotes self-love and acceptance, strengthens self-identity.
Quartz, Blue - Improves creativity, has a calming influence.
Quartz, Citrine - Reinforces self-confidence, self-discipline and creativity.
Rose Quartz - Increases confidence, heightens personal expression, creativity and comfort.
Smoky Quartz - Improves creativity, enhances joy, balances emotions.
Quartz, White - Promotes healing, works as an energizer.
Ruby - Reinforces confidence, increases flexibility, vitality and leadership skills.
Sapphire - Works as a mood elevator, improves communication, dispels stress.
Sodalite - Fosters harmony, courage, and communication.
Star Sapphire - Enriches communication.
Tiger's Eye - Gets rid of unwanted emotion, balances material and physical needs.
Topaz - Enhances creativity, relaxes, and balances emotion.
Tourmaline, Black - Energizes.
Tourmaline, Blue - Improves communication.
Tourmaline, Green - Develops feelings of love and compassion, renews creativity.
Tourmaline, Pink - Sharpens insight and perception, and strengthens creativity.
Tourmaline, Watermelon - Stimulates other tourmalines and encourages unconditional love.
Turquoise - Builds strength, provides protection and helps communication.
- First Published: September-09-2006
- Last Updated: June-05-2014
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