Hematite is black to steel or silver-gray, brown to reddish brown, or red. It is opaque and has a metallic (shiny) appearance. Red ochre (hematite in its powdery, sedimentary form) was used by women in ancient Egypt as rouge and by many other cultures as a pigment for paint.
Hematite is typically found in the United States, Brazil, and Canada.
(Do not confuse natural hematite stones with magnetic hematite. Magnetic hematite is a manmade product used to relieve various types of pain. This article is about natural hematite.)
Hematite is associated with the root chakra, which relates to our survival instinct, our physical body, and our idea of ourselves as a person.
As such, hematite is a grounding stone. It helps us feel connected to our physical reality and to feel secure. It balances energies within the body for stability of the body, mind, and spirit. Hematite enhances concentration and memory, and helps one feel less scattered. It stimulates original thought. It is said to help logical and mathematical thought processes, which rely on mental organization.
Hematite helps dispels negative thoughts and helps you to not absorb the negativity of others.
When working with crystals that stimulate the upper chakras to connect with the spiritual realms or during meditation, a grounding stone like hematite can help maintain connection with the earth and combat any feeling of spaciness.
Hematite can also help one increase confidence, will power, and self esteem.
Astrological signs associated with hematite are Aries and Aquarius.
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Hematite healing is associated with blood, other bodily fluids, and the spleen. For those with anemia, it can help stimulate iron absorption and the formation of red blood cells. It supports kidney function and regenerates tissue.
It is also used to treat leg cramps and to help heal fractures. It is thought to relieve anxiety, jet lag, stress, and insomnia.