Why we love Hematite and use it in all of our Malas
Hematite: The Blood-Stone
Most of us have learned somewhere that rust is iron oxide. Hematite is the mineral form of iron oxide, and while it can be black, grey, brown, or red…it always has rust coloured streaks running through it. In fact, it’s name is derived from the Greek word for blood-red. Hematite is slightly magnetic, and is responsible for the planet mars having a reddish hue.
Hematite was used as much as 164,000 years ago by primitive humans as a writing instrument (rock paintings). It rose in popularity as part of mourning jewelry in Victorian era England, and has many other artistic uses, such as gilding. A very common mineral, it’s found all over our world, and at least one other!
Hematite is often called a stone of the mind. It promotes clarity in one's thought processes to improve memory recall, focus, and concentration. It’s also known as the grounding stone, as it is an ideal mineral for helping achieve spiritual grounding and balance. It connects us with the earth, and facilitates a greater sense of security. Hematite activates the first chakra (connected to the human experience) and third chakra (wisdom). It is believed that Hematite can help with anemia and other blood disorders, as well as the formation of new blood cells and the production of blood within bone marrow.
Hematite is an I Am Blessed favourite, and can be found throughout our Vancouver, BC, Canada area studio in all of our Mala bead necklaces and bracelets. It’s a favourite for a couple of reasons. By placing a Hematite bead near the brain and the heart it helps to cleanse and balance your thinking and emotions. It also acts as a filter…preventing stress and anxiety from landing on you or the rest of your mala.
So whatever your intentions are for this period of your life, consider a piece of jewelry with Hematite to help you along your path.