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hematiteThe name comes from the Greek word for blood.  It has been used as an amulet against bleeding, so is known as the “blood stone.”  When arranged like the petals of a flower, it is referred to as the “iron rose.” 

Native American folklore states that war paint made from hematite will make one invincible in battle. People in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries wore hematite jewelry during mourning.

Scientists of the Mars Exploration Rover Project believe that deposits of hematite on Mars may help prove whether large amounts of liquid water ever flowed on Mars’ surface.  They say that where water was, life may have had a chance to thrive as well.

Healing Properties of Hematite

Said to be a good healing and grounding stone, Hematite strengthens the body and improves resistantance to life’s stresses.  It inspires inner life and helps to keep inward peace.

Hematite grounds and protects us.  It strengthens our connection with the earth, making us feel safe and secure.  It endows us with courage, strength, endurance, and vitality.  A “stone for the mind,” Hematite also stimulates concentration and focus, enhancing memory and original thought.

Hematite is strong, supporting timidity, boosting self-esteem and survivability, enhancing willpower and reliability, and imparting confidence.  It helps to overcome compulsions and addictions, treating overeating, smoking and other forms of overindulgence. 

Hematite restores, strengthens, and regulates the blood supply, aiding blood conditions such as anaemia.  It supports the kidneys and regenerates tissue.  Stimulates the absorption of iron and formation of red blood cells.  Treats leg cramps, anxiety, and insomnia.  Hematite aids spinal alignment and fractures.

Sources of Hematite

Brazil is the most important source of hematite.  Other sources include  England, Mexico, Australia, United States,  Canada, China, England, and Germany.

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