Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert Einstein
Derived from the Greek word for blood, Hematite is one of the most abundant minerals on the Earth’s surface.
Hematite (and Magnetite) are mined to produce nearly every bit of iron and steel in use today, from paper clips to locomotives, bicycles to skyscrapers.
The state mineral of Alabama, Hematite is found throughout the globe … and has even been found on Mars!
Cave paintings used pigments made from Hematite. Ancient Egyptians placed Hematite in their tombs. Native American warriors made war paint from Hematite to protect them in battle. Long-ago peoples believed Hematite deposits came about from battlefield injuries and soldier deaths.
Geology students quickly learn to recognize Hematite from the reddish streaks it leaves behind.
Hematite ranges in color from red to brown and black to silver. As a gemstone, it’s found as cabochons, beads, and tumbled stones and is prized for its weighty feel and glossy luster. Reconstituted Hematite can be made into magnetic beads that are popular with some jewelry makers and wearers (though healers say the beneficial properties don’t carry over).
Ranging from a 5.5 to a 6.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness, Hematite is an outstanding stone for mental, physical, and spiritual healing.
Hematite is believed to help calm a person, decrease negativity, heighten self-confidence, and reduce stress. It’s a stone of optimism, grounding the mind, and enhancing focus and concentration.
Feng Shui practitioners advise placing Hematite in the North/Career area of a home to tap into its power.
Metaphysical healers use Hematite to balance the Root Chakra. Healers believe Hematite aids with anemia, broken bones, backaches, insomnia, and overcoming addictions.
Tuck a piece of Hematite in your purse or pocket. Wear jewelry made from Hematite, particularly on your arm or ankle. Care for your Hematite by not exposing it to harsh cleaning chemicals; instead, clean it with warm soapy water. Remove Hamatite for physical activity like sports.
Note: The claims here aren’t meant to take the place of medical advice. They’re based on folklore and other sources, and likely “work” best if one’s belief is strong enough!