Hematite is a mineral also known as iron gloss. This designation has been given due to its metallic appearance. In earlier times, the Heilstein was also called a mirror stone. Hematite is considered an important protective stone for blood.
Hematite Origin and History
The name Hematite comes from the Greek (“haemateios”) and means “blood” in German. This description can be attributed to the fact that the grinding water of the hematite turns blood red. However, the German synonym “Blutstein”, which translates to English as “Bloodstone”, is misleading and actually denotes the heliotrope.
The hematite has been used as a red dye since the age of the stone. According to ancient tradition, the Heilstein has also always been used for hemorrission. It also promotes the healing of wounds and the formation of blood. In antiquity, the hematite was also called a mirror stone (specularite) due to its appearance. It was therefore also used as a mirror. Among the ancient Egyptians, the hematite was considered a sought-after gemstone, and it was also used to produce valuable works of art. The hematite shows its typical metallic shine, especially in its polished state. However, the hematite is very brittle and sensitive to heat, salts and acids. Worn on the skin, it can also oxidize quite quickly. Hematite has even been discovered on Mars, which is evidence of former water resources on the planet.
The hematite is also known as iron gloss, glossy iron ore, red iron, black diamond or mirror ore. However, many other synonyms for the hematite are known.
Hematite – The Varieties
The versatile healing stone hematite has different varieties. These are:
- the banded hematite
- hematite with magnetite
- the red glass head
The banded hematite
The banded hematite gives courage, gives joy of life and vitality and also helps to increase assertiveness. Thanks to increased spontaneity, relaxation, independence and also determination, much more attention can be paid to one’s own needs. It also improves the pursuit of goals. This also improves the quality of life. In addition, the banded hematite averts misfortune and negative influences from its wearer. Power reserves are opened by him, and it is also helpful in the detection of psychological organ damage.
The hematite with magnetite
The hematite with magnetite gives vitality and joie de vivre and also provides courage. It can better pursue one’s own goals and raises awareness of one’s own needs due to greater determination, spontaneity, relaxation and independence. The quality of life is improved, misfortune and negative influences are averted and power reserves are opened up. Psychological organ damage can also be detected with the help of hematite with magnetite.
The red glass head
The red glass head also provides courage, joie de vivre and vitality. More spontaneity, determination, independence and relaxation contribute to an improved attention to one’s own needs, and this also makes it much easier to pursue one’s own goals. The quality of life thus increases, misfortune and negative influences are averted. Power reserves also open more easily. If there are psychologically infested disorders of the organs, the red glass head can also reveal them.
Hematite Occurrence and Origin
The hematite occurs either as a gang mineral or in sedimentary deposits. In doing so, it ensures the red colouring of many types of rock. Magnetite, rutile, pyrite, goethite, siderite, imenite or lepidocrokit are possible as accompanying minerals. Hematite is formed from magma, by oxidation of magnesite or by weathering in the oxidation zone of ore deposits. A conversion from limanite is also possible due to the loss of water and the resulting slow curing. Hematite is associated with the trigonal crystal system and forms dense masses. It has an anthracite grey color with metal gloss, rough stones are reddish-brown to gray-black.
Hematite is very common and is particularly common in countries such as Brazil, Egypt, Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Chile, Germany, Equador, Finland, Greece, Greenland, India, Japan, Canada, Colombia, Madagascar, Russia, Turkey or even in the USA. To find. However, there are many more countries around the world where hematite occurs.
Hematite Effect and Application
The hematite has been regarded as an important protective and healing stone since ancient times. It has various positive effects on both the body and the soul of man.
Massage with the hematite
The hematite is well suited for massage. It should be noted, however, that the healing stone is not intended to be massaged over open wounds or inflamed areas. The hematite is suitable for contact, pressure point and palpation massage.
Effect of hematite on the human body
Hematite has the following effects on the body:
- Use in the treatment of circulation problems
- Use in the purification of blood
- Positive effect on the build-up of blood and cells
- Healing wounds (promoting wound healing)
- Helps against tension
- Prevents iron deficiency
- Relieves discomfort during menstruation
- Helps against varicose veins and when the vessels narrow
- Helps against insomnia (falling asleep and falling asleep)
- Strengthens internal organs such as liver, lungs, spleen and kidneys
- Helps against eye discomfort
Effect of the hematite on the human soul
As a healing stone, the hematite unfolds the following effects on the psyche of man:
- Activation of will and vigour
- Promoting dynamism and vitality
- Falling asleep and falling asleep is made easier
- Promoting courage, decisiveness and spontaneity
- Promoting self-employment
- Ensures carefreeness and purposeful action
- Relieves mental tension
- Magnetic blockages can be solved
Ways of using the hematite
There are many possibilities for application for hematite. These are:
- direct skin contact (e.g. as a pendant, chain)
- Laying on the stone (e.g. drum stones)
- Place under the pillow
- As gemstone water on an empty stomach (e.g. in case of iron deficiency)
- Use for unloading and cleaning of other healing stones
The hematite can also be used as a rough stone, obelisk, doughnut or pyramid.
Hematite as drum stone – cheap yet valuable
Drum stones are usually used as hand flatterers. The choice is very large, so it takes a certain amount of determination to buy a drum stone.
Hematite drum stones are highly sought after. They look noble and mystical. And they quickly captivate their wearer. The healing and gemstone hematite is very common and is therefore available almost everywhere. The hematite is a comparatively cheap stone, which is nevertheless very valuable.
Hematite – The stone for unloading other stones
The hematite is a highly conductive gemstone that is excellent for unloading other healing stones. It absorbs the energy of other gemstones very well, so-called baths in hematite stones are optimally suited due to its water-like properties. The following applies: Larger stones are unloaded with hematite for a period of up to one day, small stones for no longer than 16 hours.
The advantage of the hematite: Healing stones, which must not come into contact with water, can also be unloaded thanks to the hematite. Although this method of discharge is somewhat time consuming, as the hematite itself must also be unloaded, it is a good alternative.
Hematite – A look back at a long history
The hematite looks back on a very long history. It has been part of the development of mankind for more than 80,000 years. Without the hematite, civilisation as we know it today would probably not exist.
To this day, the hematite is considered a sacred stone by the Navaho Indians of Arizona. Hematite is used here as a red color pigment, the baskets made by the Navaho Indians are still considered very high quality today, especially since each basket is a unique piece. Such a basket can quickly cost more than a thousand dollars and is then considered an investment.
The hematite was also used in Leonardo da Vinci. His self-portrait was painted with hematite-based paints.
In cave painting, the hematite was used as early as 40,000 years ago. The well-known bull in Altamira (Spain) originated about 15,000 years ago and was also painted with hematite-based paints. Thanks to the hematite, the works of art of the Neanderthals can be admired even today.
The ancient Egyptians cut from the hematite scarabs and other works of art. As a peace stone or as a “shining stone” the hematite was revered and was also considered a popular burial gift.
Hematite – Chakras, Zodiac Signs and Planets
The hematite can be assigned to different chakras, zodiac signs and also planets.
Zodiac of the hematite
For the scorpion, the hematite is an important main stone, giving it composure and the ability to compromise more easily. For the zodiac signs Aries and Virgo, the hematite is considered an important side stone. He brings the aries back to the bottom of the facts and helps the virgin in difficult times and in stress.
Chakras of Hematite
The hematite unfolds its effect as a healing stone by radiating warmth and rest, especially on the root chakra.
The hematite as a planetary stone
The hematite is assigned to the planets Mars and Pluto as planet stone.
Hematite – The proper care of the healing stone
Iron – and thus, of course, the hematite – has a “natural” enemy: the water!
The hematite should therefore only be associated with water during the production of healing stone water.
A crystal bath is much better suited for unloading the hematite, which in the best case takes place in a glass bowl filled with about fingernail large drum stones made of rock crystal. Bad rays are thus removed from the hematite. With the help of the rock crystals, the hematite is also recharged at the same time.
Hematite – Ways of Using It
Hematite is considered one of the most important iron ore due to its high iron content of 70 percent. The hematite is used in a variety of ways in addition to its use as a healing stone. For example, it is used as a polishing agent and also as a mirror due to its high reflectivity. It is also used as a cover coating in a lacquer matrix in the form of small, fine and flat crystalline platelets. As a result, corrosion protection can persist for more than 25 years, which is why hematite is also used for painting bridges, lanterns and electricity pylons.
Use as pigment
The hematite is considered a non-toxic and therefore important pigment. It was already used in the Paleolitol age for painting the body and painting in caves, the “Himba” in Namibia still use it today for body care.
In order to be used in the artistic field, the hematite is usually pressed. Either the pressed rods are used untreated or used as pin mines. The so-called rubella pencils are soft and colour good, which is why they are often used for drawings and sketches. Hematite pigment is also used for painting ceramics as well as for dyeing weaving threads for carpets. In the field of photography, the use of rubella is used to retouch large-format negatives and positives, because it is easy to wash off and dries without light.
The hematite as a gemstone
The hematite is also very popular as a gemstone. After appropriate polishing, it stands out above all due to its strong metallic shine. The stone is used either in faceted form or as cabochon (unfaccetated, oval or round shape of the cut) for jewellery. The hematite is also often used in small sculptures.
However, the hematite is very sensitive to heat, acids and salts and can be easily decomposed when worn on the skin. In addition, it is brittle and therefore very slightly brittle.
Imitations and manipulations for use in the jewellery industry
In the jewellery trade manipulations and imitations with the name “hematin” (hematine) are quite common. It is a kind of reconstruction of sintered and powdered iron oxide. According to CIBJO, however, reconstructed hematite must also be designated accordingly. The decisive difference is made by the last letter (“n” or “t”). In order to check whether it is actually a hematite, a test for magnetic behavior makes perfect sense.
Possible confusion of the hematite
Hematite is often confused with the onyx, with the magnetite, with the obsidian or even with the broncite. Confusion due to the external appearance is also possible with the Davidite, the Cassirite and the Pyrolusite.
Hematite and Hildegard von Bingen
Hildegard von Bingen gave the hematite no essential significance as a healing stone in her writings. Its importance as a protective stone is probably due to its similarity with the Onyx, especially in European latitudes. The abbess Hildegard von Bingen described this as a protective stone.
Hematite – Finds on Mars
The Mars Rover Spirit probe was discovered on the planet Mars Hematite in January 2014.
NASA made the sensational find on a desert of basalt chunks after the Columbia Hills. The eroded basalt rock with hematite “Pot of Gold” was mentioned. Another discovery of hematite was made by the second rover “Opportunity” on the Meridiani plain. The findings can be traced back to the fact that there was probably water on Mars once.