Hematite is the mineral form of iron oxide. It’s metallic dark grey in colour, magnetic and cool to the touch. The name ‘hematite’ derives from the Greek word meaning ‘blood’ as it can be red in its powdered form. Hematite jewellery was very popular in the Victorian era, when doctors believed it to improve blood disorders.
Hematite has been used for thousands of years; in ancient Egypt it was turned into magical amulets, and the Romans associated Hematite with Mars, their God of War. Roman soldiers are said to have used it during battle for protection. Coincidentally, this mineral stone has been found in large quantities on the planet Mars in 2001 by the NASA 2001 Odyssey spacecraft, which is still orbiting Mars today.
Hematite is said to be a good grounding stone, helping to improve resistance to life’s stresses. Its shiny metallic lustre may deflect negative energies. In crystal healing books, Hematite is recommended when facing confrontations as it is thought to boost confidence and stimulates concentration and focus.
In American folklore, hematite was used as a remedy for alcohol abuse. In fact, it is said to help to break the cycle of all kinds of addictions including smoking and over-eating.
If you have an allergy to metal, then you may well be able to wear hematite jewellery as it doesn’t contain any nickel, which is the main cause for adverse skin reactions.
Wear a hematite necklace to relieve tension in the neck, upper back and shoulders. A hematite bracelet is said to increase the wearer’s magnetism – so wear one, if you are looking for love!
Of course, the healing properties of crystals in general are not scientifically proven, but why not try it out? At least we can enjoy their beauty.