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Amethyst: Its Significance, Healing Properties, and Uses in Gem Therapy

Discover the benefits of amethyst, how to use this magic crystal, and amethyst healing properties.

Amethyst: Its Significance, Healing Properties, and Uses in Gem Therapy

Amethyst is a natural mineral with a trigonal crystal system and trapezohedral crystal class. This stone belongs to the silicate mineral category. These uniquely magical stones are a variety of quartz whose colour is determined by traces of iron. Its crystals are transparent or translucent, with a vitreous lustre.

In this article, we take a closer look at Amethyst's healing properties based on gem therapy, its uses, benefits, and even fun facts about this magic gemstone that you've never heard before.

Amethyst: meaning in gemology

Amethysts, with volcanic origins and silica crystallization, cover geodes and sometimes basalt rock formations. Occasionally they also fill hydrothermal veins in plutonic rocks like granite.

Amethyst is found in many places across the globe. It is found in most countries in either small or large deposits.  In gem therapy, the primary deposits are in Brazil, Uruguay, Zambia, and Madagascar. Amethyst deposits are also located in Europe, Russia, and India.


Amethyst's healing properties and uses in gem therapy

One of the amethyst's main powers is its ability to favour the balance of the mind. This makes these stones perfect for meditation, concentration, as well as when it comes to letting go.

In gem therapy, amethyst is a magic stone of wisdom and temperance, humility and spiritual upliftment, concentration and meditation. It makes anger, fear, and anxiety melt away, relieves sadness and pain, and its power is also useful in cases of loss and even death.

If you place an amethyst in your room near your bed when you go to sleep, it will bring you peace and tranquillity. To enjoy its soothing and calming properties, place a piece of this stone under your pillow since this will ward off nightmares and improve your dreams in general.

Focusing on the physical benefits, amethyst relaxes muscles, especially the neck and shoulders. This gem also fights heartburn, works as an antioxidant, and can even help with headaches.  If you wear an amethyst around your neck or in your pocket, this will help to strengthen your bones.

You can make your own amethyst elixir at home. All you have to do is place one or more of these stones in a clear bowl overnight, on a full moon. Then put this water on areas where you're experiencing muscle pain, or even for softer skin. This can also be used for facial masks or healing clay treatments. 

How do you clean amethyst?

When the amethyst is overloaded with negative energy, you can place the magical stone in spring water (this is ideal, however, it could be tap water as well) for at least 3 hours.

Later, you can recharge it with moonlight. It can also be left on a mat, quartz geode, or even another amethyst. To regain the power you can also use the sun, but some types of amethyst could fade if they're exposed to too much light.

Amethyst and chakras

Magic amethyst stones are related to the seventh chakra, also known as the crown chakra, located at the top of the head.

This chakra is associated with understanding, knowledge, and all things related in some way with the mind. This is our union with the Universe, willpower, and inspiration.

To strengthen this energy point, we can wear an amethyst as a necklace, earrings, and it will work particularly well if it touches the head.

If you put this mineral on your the centre of your head for ten minutes per day, this stimulates the pituitary and pineal glands, and you'll notice that your mind will be clear since this also strengthens your neurons.

Which zodiac signs could benefit from amethyst?

In the Western zodiac, each sign has one or many stones that give them special power, that can also serve as a lucky charm. Amethyst is Taurus's lucky stone  -however, this stone is for all those people that are fortunate and willing, and often, those in search of power.

But amethyst isn't just for Taurus  -Pisces, Aries, Sagittarius, Virgo, Aquarius, and Scorpio can also all benefit from this stone's powers.

Some fun facts about amethyst.

Did you know that the colour purple has been associated with royalty for centuries? Because of amethyst's colour, it has been worn by the British crown, Catherine II of Russia, and even by Egyptian royal figures.

Amethyst is a stone that's valued highly in many religions. This gem is a symbol of mercy and brings strength to those living in celibacy, which made it an essential part of the decoration in the Catholic Church during medieval times. Amethyst was associated explicitly with bishops, and some even wear amethyst rings on their fingers to this day.

It's also worth noting that in Tibet, amethyst was considered sacred by Buddha. In ancient Rome, Dionysius was rumoured to have created it when he spilt his wine on Artemis (Amethystos), who was turned into a pure white glass statue when God wanted to kill her. According to this legend, her name means something like 'not drunk,' and because of this, powers such as fighting intoxication and addictions to substances like coffee, tobacco, and alcohol are also given to her.

Amethyst can be incorporated into all kinds of jewellery, like bracelets, necklaces, pendants, or earrings. Also, it looks best with white gold, silver, or platinum.  To pick the best amethyst for you, pay close attention to its colour and choose a shiny one that you feel attracted to.