Etymologically derived from the Latin ‘hematites’ (blood), hematite stone is also commonly called hematitogelite, oligiste, Iron mica and anhydroferrite. At the time, hematite stone was primarily used as a red powder during the Upper Palaeolithic period and later by homo-sapiens as a pigment for cave paintings.
Later, in ancient Egypt, hematite was primarily used to cure blood-related diseases as the stone displays the same colour. When hematite is placed in water, it taints it red. The Egyptians considered that this peculiar quality stimulated blood production. During the same period, it was used in the making of cosmetics, such as lipsticks and blush.
Having become the primary iron ore for the production of steel, cast iron and many other alloys, hematite stone is frequently used for drilling purposes but also in the manufacturing of heavy concrete. Examples of its use include for radiation protection screens and counterweights. Hematite has an important part in jewellery, for example, in the making of hematite necklaces, or bracelets.
From the iron oxide category, hematite stone is also composed of manganese, titanium and aluminium. It is part of the corundum-hematite family where most of these minerals have a crystalline structure. This stone is primarily black and silvery grey. Crude hematite forms as a result of high temperatures and can be found in widely varying locations.
Hematite stone is found in many deposits around the globe but the primary ones are found in: Brazil, France and Italy. Crude hematite spherules were found on Mars in 2004, raising once again the possibility of the presence of water, which is essential for the formation of this mineral.
A natural stone, hematite stone has a strong energy and is a powerful anchoring power, protecting and balancing the body and mind. Yang orientated, this stone harmonises the meridians while harmonising the yin.
Of great help psychologically, hematite stone aids women and reduces shyness. More broadly, this stone helps you to be respected and strengthens self-confidence. Hematite thus helps you to better communicate, concentrate and consolidate your thoughts. Hematite stone orients the mind towards its instinctive needs.
Physically, hematite stone also plays a strengthening role. It helps to regulate and consolidate the blood supply within the body. This natural stone has an equal role on body heat, allowing it to be harmonised according to the physical need.
This natural stone offers remarkable properties, such as the dissipation of negativity. Hematite stone removes bad energies and protects the corporal envelope by reharmonizing inner peace. Hematite primarily works on the sacred and root chakras.
Among its other properties, hematite stone limits excess (not replacing medical treatment), in the case of bulimia or smoking. Wearing a hematite pendant on the skin purifies the blood, aiding the kidneys and regenerating tissues. Hematite helps red blood cells to form and improves the retention of iron.