Let's talk about Amethyst, one of our most popular stones, and some of its healing properties and uses. Amethyst is a type of Quartz Crystal that forms as a transparent, terminated crystals of all sizes whether as geodes, clusters or single terminations. Its name comes from the Greek word "Amethustos," meaning "not drunk." It is said to be a stone that prevents intoxication and helps support sobriety.
Throughout history, amethyst has been revered for its beauty and powers to soothe the mind and emotions. In the Egyptian Book of the Dead, it was carved into heart-shaped amulets to be buried with the dead. In Eastern cultures, it was used in temple offerings for worship, or to align with planetary and astrological influences.
Some of its other uses are to enhance intuition and insight, treat insomnia while promoting restful sleep, and enhancing psychic abilities. Some ways to use Amethyst to aid in healing are placing a cleansed stone directly on the Third Eye or Crown Chakra, wear as a necklace or earrings, carry in your pocket, place it under your pillow, or set on your bedside table. Amethyst can also safely be placed in your bath water among other healing aids as in herbs or essential oils, such as Lavender or Sandalwood to amplify your specific healing intention. Amethyst can be found in several places including Brazil, India, Mexico, and even the United States! More uses include aiding in confidence, can offer some protection and balance, and can also help in arthritis pain relief. Amethyst is also considered to be a stone of peace, courage, and inner strength. A stone of the mind to bring about calmness and clarity. Amethyst is a great stone for someone suffering from anxiety, mood disorders, or addiction.
All in all, Amethyst is a wonderful basic stone to add to your collection of healing crystals.