Hematite crystals are rhombohedral, tabular, or sometimes prismatic or pyramidal; this member of the oxides group has a trigonal crystal structure. Its colour ranges from red, brown-red, grey and black, it is opaque with a metallic to dull lustre. It most commonly recognised in its polished metallic silvery grey colour. It is a relatively dense and heavy because of its mineral make-up. This stone is created from oxidized iron and scratching a piece of it against a hard surface will leave a red residue. In soft powder or sedimentary form this crystal is known as ‘red ochre’.
Hematite is referred to as Hæmatite in older texts with the name coming from the Greek word for blood, being known as a "blood stone," it has been used as an amulet against bleeding. Native American folklore says that war paint made with Hematite will make one invincible in battle. Roman soldiers wore it for protection. Early Egyptians used it as a talisman to calm hysteria and anxiety. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries Hematite jewellery was worn during mourning.
This crystal is highly recommended for grounding and protecting. Considered to be a symbol of life energy, Hematite allows for more confidence, will power and boldness. It helps us adjust to being physical and encourages our survival instincts. It helps bolster low self-esteem and is known to deflect negativity. It restores equilibrium, stability, and it brings awareness back to the body and helps maintain a sense of self. During astral travelling it protects the soul and grounds it back into the body.
Known as a ‘stone for the mind’, it brings mental organization and clarity as it helps with original thinking, logical thinking, and understanding in mathematics and with technical knowledge. It also enhances concentration and memory. Very grounding and calming this stone decreases negativity and harmonizes the energies of body, mind and spirit.
Hematite also improves awareness, hearing and general receptivity to vibrations and it increases alertness and vigilance.
A calming and transformational stone, Hematite offers support for your hopes, dreams, and desires, and reminds you that the only limitations that exist are those you place upon yourself.
Hematite has a powerful connection to the blood; it restores, strengthens and regulates the blood supply. It can draw heat from the body and keep it cool. Aids the absorption of iron in the small intestines and benefits all fluid functions in the body. This mineral is excellent for the kidneys, anemia, and tissue regeneration. Because it has an overall calming effect it is helpful for insomnia and anxiety. It aids spinal alignment and fractures and treats leg cramps. Helps you regroup after jet lag, stress, birth and anaesthesia. Do not use in cases of inflammation.