Everyday Stones and Their Healing Properties
Every day, we are surrounded by many varieties of stone in our homes, gardens, streets and open spaces. Yet, this generally goes unnoticed as we go about our lives, rarely stopping to think about what materials things around us are made of. At times, people may become aware of materials that are used, for example when choosing building or decorating materials, but it is unlikely that they will consider that the stones have any use or benefit outside of being hardwearing, appropriate for the job and attractive.
To the majority of people, a stone is simply something lying in the street or on a beach or perhaps an annoyance in a cherished flowerbed or garden. However, like their more commonly known and loved brothers and sisters, crystals, these stones possess a range of useful properties including healing, prosperity, protection and purification.
Stones have long been appreciated and used for their beneficial and magical properties. Although ancient civilisations may not have understood why stones possessed these qualities they knew that they did and how this could be used to benefit their lives and well-being. Although our lifestyles and the problems we face may have changed due to changes in society, stones can still be of great benefit to us.
Flint is a hard sedimentary form of quartz. It usually dark grey, black, green, white or brown in colour with a glassy appearance and a thin typically white and rough outer layer. It has been widely used in religious and magical rites by Native American tribes such as the Cherokee. Flint was also used in the past to create arrowheads and knives. In Ireland flint knife blades were set into silver and carried as protection against mischievous faeries. This stone can be used as a protective amulet and is a good choice for placing above or around doors. Flint knives can be in preparing materials for or during protection rituals and magical work. This variety of quartz has the ability to protect against nightmares and to return curses and ill-wishes back to their source. Flint is a good conductor of electromagnetic energy and so enhances the flow of energy. This tone is thought to be good jaw and back pain and healing warts and wrinkles.
Most people will be familiar with coal as a black stone used in fires to produce heat and for providing power to power stations. Coal is a sedimentary rock that comprises mainly of carbon but may also contain varying amounts of other elements including hydrogen, sulphur, oxygen, and nitrogen. This fossil fuel is formed when dead plant matter is converted into peat, which in turn becomes lignite and then coal. This involves biological and geological processes that take place over millions of years. Coal is considered by many to be a lucky stone that is often placed in the home or carried in pockets or bags. It is also believed to be a good choice of stone for attracting money to yourself and home.
Marble is a metamorphic rock that forms when sedimentary carbonate rocks such as limestone are placed under heat and pressure. It is commonly used in stonemasonry for example in carving statures and sculptures. Marble is also used to create kitchen worktop surfaces and kitchen items such as pestle and mortars and chopping boards and decorative eggs, paperweights and other ornaments. Marble is a useful addition to protective spells or to be worn or carried as an amulet. Marble slabs can be used to top altars or other surfaces used in magical and healing work in order to being the protective qualities of this stone to everything you do there. This strong stone provides stability and structure to life and is believed to a very balancing stone. It may help to improve patience and help in gaining control over ones thoughts, especially for anyone who has a tendency to overthinking, anxiety or negative thoughts about themselves.
This light and porous volcanic rock is often used to make lightweight cinder blocks or a plaster like concrete. It is also abrasive and used in cosmetics and in removing dry excess skin or callouses. Pumice is very effective in absorbing negative energy but needs to be cleansed regularly. This is a useful stone for groups and will help in getting everyone working together well. Pumice can be used to banish unwanted or negative habits and emotions from your life. Placed around the home or workplace it will absorb negative energy and emotions. This is a useful stone for people who suffer with feelings of inadequacy and will help in removing feelings of guilt and resentment regardless of whether these are from this or a past life. Pumice stones help in letting go barriers and help us trust in or accept help from others.
Salt has long been regarded as a sacred substance and is commonly used in purification, protection and grounding. Salt or saltwater is sometimes used in cleansing crystals although care should be taken with this as it also abrasive and can damage softer stones. Salt can be dissolved in bathwater to create a purifying and grounding bath or sprinkled around rooms or entrances to create a protective barrier against negativity. Himalayan pink salt in particular is useful in promoting self-love and self-care and is a good choice for people who find it hard to say no to others requests, even when it has a negative impact on them.
These are not a certain variety of stone, but stones that have one or more naturally worn holes in them. They are also known as holed stones, hag stones or Odin stones. They are commonly found on beaches and are believed to have a range of beneficial properties. In the southwest of England it is a common belief that these stones can protect against witchcraft and negative forces and they are hung over doors and windows. Hag stones are thought to be highly protective and can be worn around the neck or placed around the home. Another English folk take tells that they can be hung on bedposts or above the bed using a red ribbon, in order to prevent nightmares. Looking through the hole (with your other eye closed) is believed to increase a person’s ability to see visions, ghosts and the fae.
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