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Roger Weller, geology instructor
gemstones and healing
by Brenna Dykstra
The Healing Powers of Gemstones
Can you imagine a world where when you need medicine or antibiotics the doctor
prescribes you a gemstone? Well that is exactly how life was hundreds of years
ago. Every gemstone emits a certain type of energy. The energy emitted from the
gems has the power to help promote healing whether the problem is mental or
physical. Here are just a few of the gemstones and their healing qualities.
This crystal is found in nearly all parts of the world. The name derives from a Latin word meaning flesh colored. It varies in intensity from deep reddish-brown to a yellow or cream colored translucent stone. Carnelian is the birthstone for July and for Virgo.
Carnelian is said to increase ambition, drive and
confidence. It is believed that it protects the owner from negative emotions and
to calm the angry, and the envious. It is also reputed to bring about warmth,
sociability, creativity and happiness and to restore self-esteem. Carnelian is
believed to increase fertility. This stone represents confidence, boldness,
initiative, dramatic abilities, assertiveness and outgoingness. Precision,
analysis, stimulates appetite, encourages celebration and brings awareness of
feelings. Carnelian is one of the most helpful crystals for healing trauma,
stress and emotional wounds that have accumulated in the etheric body or the
aura and are now manifesting as physical symptoms.
This stone is one of the best for
Carnelian is believed to be a warm crystal that can cleanse and purify the
blood. It is said to help the function of the liver and kidneys, stimulate
appetite, emotions, passion, sexuality, physical energy, reproductive system,
ease menstrual cramps, and arthritis.
Historically also used to pull excess fever out
through the feet. Carnelian is a form of Chalcedony (jasper) quartz. This stone
does not have the typical lattice, usually found in quartz, but is formed from
the dissolving of other minerals containing silicates. These closely packed
fibers form in concentric circles or parallel bands. Carnelian comes in a
variety of colors ranging from red to orange and, in some cases, even dark
brown. Carnelian is one of the oldest stones used in jewelry dating back to 3000
BCE and was found in Egyptian tombs. Gem quality carnelian is called "Sard",
which refers to the ancient Greek and Roman word "sardius". Carnelian is one of
the stones found in the breastplate of Aaron.
Citrine has many different names such as Success Stone; Merchant's Stone. This stone is great with help in achieving goals and releasing your inner creativity. The grounding abilities of citrine help to alleviate anxiety, as the more orange encourages creative flow and sexual arousal, where the more yellow citrine has a soothing affect on the digestive system. Citrine energizes every level of the aura, cleansing and balancing the subtle bodies as it aligns it with the physical body. This stone is very versatile and is used for mental and emotional clarity, problem solving, memory issues, will power, optimism, confidence and self-discipline. It reduces anxiety, fear and depression. Citrine is one of two crystals which never have to be cleansed of negative energy. Citrine crystals are invigorating and positive. These stones are used to create a positive energy in life and helps with motivation.
There are numerous benefits of using the citrine crystal for
healing measures. Here are just some of the health problems that can benefit
from this crystal, digestion problems, stomach tension, food disorders,
menstrual pain, chronic fatigue and even allergies. This crystal can also help
with detoxification of the Spleen, kidneys, liver, urinary system, and
intestines. Citrine promotes physical activity, which in turn improves digestion
and helps the cleansing organs. It may also work as a detoxifier for the blood.
Ancient cultures have used citrine for protection against evil spirits and in
particular, against snake bites. Citrine has been used to reverse degenerative
diseases and in treating chronic fatigue. It is considered the eliminator as it
is used on the abdomen for eliminating constipation.
Citrine gets its unique orange to yellow color from a matrix of
ferric iron and quartz. Citrine was used in Rome as engraved figurines given as
gifts. Citrine has been given other names in other cultures including the
merchant stone or the golden stone of wealth. Dark citrine has been given the
name ox blood. Natural citrine tends to be a very pale yellow. Much of the
citrine on the market today is "created" by adding heat to a poor quality of
amethyst, turning it orange. When citrine forms naturally with amethyst, it is
Emerald is a symbol of love and good fortune. This stone is used for abundance,
growth, peace, harmony, patience, love, fidelity and honesty. It used against
negative energy and has been used in many forms of
This crystal is the most recommended stone for breathing issues, heart health,
swollen lymph nodes, blood problems, the thymus, the pancreas ( for blood sugar
rebalance), labor/delivery, eyesight, and the
Emerald was considered an ancient blood detoxifier and anti-poison. Helps
strengthen the backbone and alleviates problems associated with sugar diabetes.
It improves psychic abilities, raises consciousness, and helps the individual
attain balance. Also enhances the immune system.
Emerald is a member of the Beryl family of stones. They are found
in many shades of green varying from very light to very deep. The deep green
color is due to the presence of chromium. The "emerald cut" was created to
avoid chipping the corner of the stone and helps to enhance the color.
Emeralds have been prized by the ancient Babylonians and Indians, loved and
honored by Cleopatra and made into stunning jewelry by the Egyptians.
Emeralds were also used by the Aztecs, Incas and Mayan cultures for carving,
adornment and medicine.
The bloodstone was originally named the martyr stone because it
was thought that the stones were at the foot of the cross and stained by Jesusí
drops of blood. Metaphysically, bloodstone is used to either promote a calm,
tranquil atmosphere that is grounding or revitalize insufficient energy. This
stone is used for treating mental exhaustion. This stone represents both courage
and strength and is used for achieving these attributes.
This crystal is one of the most recommended stones for blood and circulation
issues because it is an immune stimulator. It is believed to neutralize toxins.
The stone is helpful with menstrual cramps, anemia symptoms, reducing blood
clots, birthing/reproductive issues and imbalance. It has been used for
cleansing heart and blood circulation, marrow, thymus and lungs. Helps purify
toxic blood and detoxify the kidneys, liver, and spleen. It can be placed in a
bowl of water or in bath water to ensure peaceful sleep and protects against
nightmares. This is a good stone for
Bloodstone, also called "Heliotrope". It is a type of chalcedony, similar to jasper. The green color is caused by small crystals of actinolite and the red patches are from streaks of iron oxide. Found in the Mediterranean, USSR and India, this stone was used by the Babylonians for amulets, seals and decor. Because of its deep green color with flecks of red, often resembling drops of blood, it was used throughout Europe as a carving stone for making scenes of the crucifixion. It was often carried by soldiers during war because it was believed to stop bleeding and heal wounds faster.
As you can see there are many different solutions to medical/physical issues other than the use of man made medication.