Hematite is one of the main sources of iron ore and has many healing uses. Its name was taken from the Greek word “haima”, meaning blood.
Hematite usually occurs as black or dark gray crystals, and it is found in many parts of the world, primarily in Britain, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, and Italy. It was a popular stone among warriors – it was believed that rubbing the body with hematite would confer strength and invincibility on a warrior, ensuring victory in battle.
Highly polished mirrors of hematite have been found in Olmec tombs, in South America, as burial gifts, usually accompanying the bodies of females. In Babylon, hematite was believed to bring good results in lawsuits. The Egyptians often used hematite to make amulets, including scarabs and the pillow amulet that was placed under a mummy’s head.
Hematite is linked to a number of rather unusual beliefs and legends. In Voodoo, hematite is used for influencing lovers, as a gambling charm, and to ward off dangerous illnesses. Associated with Maat, the Egyptian goddess of truth and justice, hematite is a crystal associated with helping legal matters, especially ones where you have been wronged.
Sometimes known as a “staunch stone”, hematite was believed to stop the flow of bleeding. The Roman physician Galen prescribed hematite to treat inflamed eyes and headache by Mixing the powdered stone to honey and applying it to the eyelids and temples. Hematite was also used for treating kidney stones, by rubbing a polished stone over the kidney area.
Hematite is probably most famous for its use as a blood tonic. It is used to help control blood pressure and to aid in circulatory problems. Place a piece of hematite in spring water and let it sit in sunlight for at least five hours. Drink 10 drops of the water diluted in a glass of ordinary water twice a day. Please continue to take any prescribed medication or medical advice from your trusted health care provider!
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