- Good blood flow
- Balanced energy/emotions
- Will power
- Focus and concentration
Role in Spirituality
Perhaps the greatest strength of hematite is its ability to ground and protect. This is essential to any spiritual practice, as much of spirituality focuses on the higher chakras. Hematite activates and balances the root chakra – stimulating feelings of security and connection with the physical world. It also protects you from absorbing negative energy, a necessary precaution for spiritual practitioners.
Many people that are new to spirituality underestimate the importance of grounding yourself before accessing higher energies. Some of the most wonderful discoveries take place in the spiritual, mental and emotional worlds; but, you don’t want to become disconnected from what’s actually around you. It’s crucial to build a strong tether to the physical, and hematite is a great stone for working on that.
Mental & Emotional Benefits
By helping you to become more present and secure in your body, hematite boosts self-esteem, confidence, will-power and personal strength. Shyness – either as a personality trait, or because of a new environment – can be reduced by wearing hematite.
Being more present in your body will also make it easer to concentrate, focus and perform in mental activities. Hematite can be very helpful for daydreamers who are easily distracted from the task at hand.
Hematite helps balance the root chakra, creating a balanced foundation for all other chakra healing. Furthermore, the root chakra is the seat of our kundalini energy; balancing it is essential to encouraging further spiritual growth.
Magnetic hematite is especially useful in balancing the yin and yang energies along the body’s meridians.
Hematite is highly stablising, helpful in centring intense emotions and energetic fluctuations. If you find yourself getting carried away by emotions, keep hematite nearby as your rock. It will bring you back to earth and even out extreme feelings.
The name hematite (previously haematite) literally means blood stone. Hematite is the mineral form of iron oxide, and unsurprisingly can be used to boost blood health.
For centuries this gemstone has been used to heal blood ailments. Hematite can encourage healthy blood flow, cure blood pressure problems, help remove poisons or toxins from the blood, improve anaemia, help circulate oxygen throughout the body and improve production of blood cells.
By increasing oxygen flow in the body, hematite can reduce stress and improve sleep.
How To Use Hematite
A wonderful way to reap the benefits of hematite is to wear it as jewellery. This keeps the stone’s energy near the wearer at all times, healing and grounding them. Hematite jewellery is easy enough to find in stores, or you can make your own using my crystal necklace tutorial. One of the best ways to wear hematite is as a ring on your left hand.
You can place hematite in your home to make your everyday environment a more grounded, stable, healing space. The best way to do this is to create a personal altar with crystals, objects you hold dear (e.g. photos of departed loved ones or spiritual teachers, lucky charms) and perhaps a candle for meditation.
You may also carry your hematite in your pocket or purse. When you need the stone’s power, simply hold it in your left hand. This is a particularly good method for shy people as it helps draw your focus away from overwhelming environments.
Place a hematite underneath your pillow for improved blood flow while you snooze. This can make a for a deeper, more restful sleep.
Cleanse Healing Crystals
Hematite can be used to discharge personal energies that accumulate in crystals used for healing.
Above all, follow your intuition. You will know when it is the right time to use hematite. For example, I know I need some more hematite in my life when I start feeling (and acting) like a space cadet!
Remember to cleanse your crystals regularly with smudge sticks, moonlight, sunlight or meditative white light.