Long considered to be the most beautiful variety of Jasper, Blood Jasper stone is also known as Heliotrope Jasper or Blood Stone. It is a stone whose colour varies from black to dark green. It is decorated with dots that can be yellow, white, but more generally red. It is known and venerated by men since ancient times. It is said, for example, that blood jasper was used in Ancient Egypt in the form of amulets to increase the strength of warriors and give the wearer protection against witchcraft. The Babylonians, for their part, used it to invoke the rain that was so precious to their crops and to control the winds to save their ships from storms. Pliny the Elder, the great Roman writer and naturalist of the first century A.D., explains in his Encyclopaedia of Natural History the origin of heliotrope stone’s name, saying that when placed in a vase filled with water, it gave blood-coloured lustres under yellow sunlight. He also reports that magi claimed that it had the power to make them invisible.
Blood Jasper is a variety of chalcedony, a mineral composed of silica. It is, moreover, rich in chlorite from which it gets its green colour and also contains an iron oxide, hematite, which gives it its red spots.
There are heliotrope deposits all over the world. Each one is different and provides stones of unique quality. The most important deposits are located on the island of Madagascar and in Brazil, but they are also found in India, Australia, China and the United States.
A stone known as the “Supreme Protector”, blood jasper exerts a powerful protection on the energetic level. It combines the virtues of the green stone, which provides purifying energy, with the vitality of the red one. Its energy, in itself, speaks of life, vitality, strength and courage. Stone of anchoring and control, it promotes a more effective connection to one’s inner strengths. People invaded by discouragement, uncertainty or fear will be able to regain, thanks to its power, the serenity, courage and self-confidence necessary to make decisions and choices. Extremely beneficial to self-control, it will soothe the least convenient characters and bring a great sense of balance, calm and appeasement to stressed people.
A protective stone, blood jasper protects against bad intentions, provides a bulwark against negative emotions and protects against accidents. On the psychic level, it promotes spiritual development and helps to find one’s way by stimulating creativity and developing intuition. Placed on the bedroom dresser or directly under the sleeper’s pillow, it preserves from nightmares and improves the memory of dreams. On the karmic level, the sacred chakra and the heart chakra enjoy the benefits of this stone.
Physically, different parts of the human body benefit from blood jasper, which has demonstrated its numerous virtues on our organs. Indeed, it is very effective in balancing and strengthening the immune system. It is also a powerful purifier of the blood system. It promotes the elimination of toxins and contributes to the improvement of blood circulation. It also cleanses the liver, kidneys, bladder, spleen and bone marrow. Consequently, true to its name, blood jasper is a precious ally in the treatment of blood disorders. Associated with hematite, it brings comfort to people suffering from varicose veins or haemorrhoids.
On a daily basis, blood jasper can help prevent and reduce nosebleeds and ease the discomfort caused by menstruation. Its effectiveness in relieving conditions affecting the urinary tract (bladder and kidneys) has also been proven. Cystitis and renal colic are among the conditions for which it will bring real relief. For optimal effectiveness, do not forget to purify your stone by immersing it overnight in distilled salt water and to recharge it by exposing it to sunlight.