Bloodstone is a green jasper with spots or patches of bright red hematite. Bloodstone is often referred to as heliotrope, which is Greek for “sun turning,” as people once believed that the sun turned red when this stone was placed in the rays of the setting sun or when immersed in water. A legend dating back to the Middle Ages claims that bloodstone was formed at the crucifixion of Jesus Christ when the blood of his wounds fell onto the dark green earth and turned to stone.
While the primary source of the stone is India, it is also found in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Australia, the United States, and the Isle of Rum in Scotland.
Bloodstone is associated with the heart chakra (green; universal love) and the root chakra (red; survival instinct, feeling grounded). Due to its link to the heart chakra, bloodstone promotes both family love and romantic love and eases a broken heart. As a root chakra stone, it boosts energy and longevity, brings good fortune, and protects from danger.
Bloodstone is a grounding and protecting stone known as the stone of courage. It improves physical strength, enhances self-esteem, and calms anxiousness. It is said that bloodstone also fights evil and prevents jealousy, as well as increases wealth by improving business and legal matters.
Bloodstone stimulates dreaming,0 heightens intuition, helps one adjust to new situations, and reduces impatience. It also is a nurturing stone that encourages bonding between mother and child.
Bloodstone is the March birthstone. It is associated with the zodiac signs of Aries, Libra, and Pisces.
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Bloodstone stimulates the immune system, warding off colds and infections, as well as helping the body recuperate after an illness. It purifies the blood and detoxifies the liver, intestines, kidneys, spleen and bladder. It is used to treat blood disorders such as anemia, leukemia, and over-acidification.
Bloodstone is known to help women in their child-bearing years by building up blood and stimulating hormonal balance. It is thought to help prevent miscarriages and to ease the birth process. It is also believed to alleviate symptoms of PMS and menstrual disorders, and to stabilize hormones during menopause.