All About Amethyst

Monday, February 10, 2020

Time for a pop quiz!

What gemstone:

•is used by Tibetan Buddhists to make prayer beads,

•is February's birthstone,

•and was believed by the ancient Greeks to prevent intoxication (that's actually how it got its name!)?

If you guessed amethyst, you're right!

Amethyst is a variety of quartz, most often recognized by its purple hue (the purple color is caused by the presence of manganese!). Its spiritual uses have been touted for centuries, particularly as a stone of protection and a connection to the Divine.

Amethyst is strongly associated with the third eye chakra (which influences how you see the world) and the crown chakra (which influences your higher consciousness); when these chakras are out of alignment, amethyst can be used to regain balance. Creative people often gravitate toward amethyst, which is believed to amplify creativity. Amethyst is also considered a healing stone, and can counteract negative energy. It promotes calm (it's great for meditation!), and represents fidelity in relationships.

In addition to being February's birthstone, it's also the stone associated with those born under Pisces (which isn't surprising given its association with calm and creativity). It is the official gemstone for the sixth wedding anniversary.

Try holding amethyst in your left hand and touching it to your body while mediating (bonus points if you hold it over your third eye chakra, located between your eyebrows).

Amethyst is the perfect gemstone to wear, especially in a necklace! Catholic bishops actually wear amethyst rings because of its spiritual protection.

Add amethyst chips to a roller of calming essential oils to amplify their calming properties (one of my favorite combos is Lavender, Frankincense, and Stress Away!).

Slip amethyst under your pillow to ward off nightmares and have pleasant dreams.

Crystals are the perfect pairing with essential oils! To maximize the effectiveness of your amethyst, I recommend Lavender, White Angelica, Awaken, Frankincense, Clary Sage, and Envision.

Amethyst is a powerful crystal, and a great place to begin your crystal journey (I know this from experience 😉)!

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