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Hematite Meaning and Spiritual Properties
A silver and metallic looking stone, hematite is known for its grounding and balancing energy. It instantly calms you down when you touch it to your skin or hold it in your hand. This makes it the perfect stone for those suffering from anxiety and nervousness.
Physical Energy Properties: Helps the blood and circulation as well as anemia and blood clots. Also beneficial for back pain and the vertebrae that make up the spine. Excellent for travel sickness and jet lag as well as insomnia and muscle cramps. Helps the body absorb iron and to form red blood cells.
Emotional Energy Properties: Effective for grounding and feeling secure. Helpful in gaining strength and resilience and in boosting self-esteem. It’s said to absorb negative energy and balance emotions bringing a state of calm. Relieves you from worrying and stress which is beneficial for anxiety.
Chakras: Connected with the Root chakra and feeling safe and secure.
Astrological signs: Related to Aquarius and Aries.
History: The ancient Greeks used powdered Hematite to make a red pigment because it has a high iron content. When it was mixed into water, it looked like blood and took the name Haima which means blood in Latin. Hematite has a long history, and because of it’s high sheen, they have been used in mirrors. It was also used to make seals from 2500 BC to 500 BC. Hematite pigmented paint was used to paint petroglyphs in ancient caves, and it was also used by the Egyptians on the tombs of pharaohs, and also by Native Americans as war paint. It’s actually still used as a polishing powder known as jeweller’s rouge.
Where it’s found: Mainly found in the United Kingdom and Morocco. It can also be found in Canada, Switzerland, Italy, Brazil and Sweden.
Variations, Rarity and Value: Hematite is dark with a metallic blackish gray colour. It’s opaque and has an extremely high brilliance. Hematite rates a 6.5 on the Mohs hardness scale. Thicker hematite pieces can be cut into gemstones. It’s lovely in jewelry, but it can be heavy. It can also be engraved and is popular in intaglio pieces. Hematite has a low value, but the highly detailed engraved pieces are more valuable.
How to use it: Place one hematite stone at the top and then at the base of the spine to facilitate alignment. Hold a piece of hematite if you’re feeling anxious or worried and place a piece by your bed to rest easy.