Gemstone of the Month: Bloodstone
Bloodstone (also known as Heliotrope) is part of the Chalcedony family. It is a dark green gemstone with red flecks. The red flecks are actually inclusions of Hematite or Red Jasper and were said to resemble drops of blood on the stone, hence the name. Bloodstone is readily available and is found in India, Australia, Brazil, China, Russia, the Middle East, central Europe, and Scotland. Historically, Bloodstone has been believed to represent the vitality of life since it appears to have blood running through it. It’s healing properties have been used for thousands of years. Many cultures would dip Bloodstone in cold water and place it on the body to increase circulation, prevent injury or disease, stop blood loss, and heal wounds. It was believed to be such a powerful healer that ancient warriors & athletes even carried Bloodstone with them during battles or competitions.
Bloodstone is the must-have stone for wellness & immunity. It stimulates the body to heal itself and to cure infections. This is the season when everyone is fighting colds, the flu, and other infections, so it’s the perfect time to drape yourself in Bloodstone. It is believed to have the ability to boost your own immune system, keep you well so you do not catch illnesses from those around you, and help you get well sooner if you have caught an infection. For some people, Bloodstone can be too dense and intense for all-the-time wear, but it’s strength & power make it the ideal gemstone for fighting off acute infections. Any time I start feeling sick, I immediately grab my Bloodstone jewelry!!
Bloodstone also has other amazing properties in addition to immunity boosting & wound healing. It’s dense, earthy nature make it an ideal stone for grounding and stabilizing both your body and mind, allowing you to be focused and in the present moment. This translates into emotional well-being as well, as Bloodstone can stabilize your moods and heal emotional wounds, including those emotional wounds that you may have been carrying around for a while.
The next time you’re at Bead World, make sure to pick up some Bloodstone to keep you healthy and grounded!