A quartz is one of the most abundant mineral in the Earth’s crust, and it comes in several forms. One of them is the semi-precious gemstone amethyst. Amethyst is a type of quartz that is purple in colour; its colour can span from a mild lavender shade to a deep mauve. On the Mohs scale of mineral hardness, it rates a 7 – which means it’s both hard and durable. Because of its widespread nature, it is relatively more affordable than its precious gemstone counterparts. Deemed as February’s birthstone, it is also linked to anyone born from February 19 – March 20, also known as the Pisces zodiac sign.
Earlier I mentioned the widespread nature of amethyst – I say widespread because there are several amethyst deposits throughout the world. The biggest ones are in Minas Gerais (Brazil), Russia, Uruguay and Bolivia. However, they can be found in other countries such as India and the Canada, etc. Just try checking out your backyard – perhaps you’ll be lucky enough to find some, because it’s just that common.
According to Greek mythology, the Greek God Dionysus vented his wrath upon a young lady after getting drunk. Where he set a streak of tigers after her. This lady was known as Amethyst. Amethyst then sought the help of Goddess Diana, who transformed the young lady into shiny white stone. After realizing his actions, Dionysus was in anguish and fluster. Coincidental or not, he accidentally spilled over a cup of wine over the shiny white stone. That act of spilling turned the stone purple. It was from this story that the name of the gemstone was derived.
Summary of Amethyst Benefits
- Reduce stress and worries.
- Instil calmness and brings mind into tranquility.
- Aids concentration and facilitates decision making.
- Helps to overcome over-indulgence and addictions.
- Overcomes insomnia and brings restful sleep.
Amethyst Benefits # 1 : Non Intoxication
Amethyst came from the Greek word améthystos, which means “not intoxicated”. The superstitious character of the ancient Greeks led them to believe that this gemstone would prevent them from getting drunk. Since they really loved their alcohol and their wine, they started wearing amethyst stones and putting them on their wine cups and drinking flasks in order to protect them from inebriation, and in turn result in them drinking more. But more importantly in today’s modern age, Amethyst is believed to protect the bearer from picking up bad habits and aids in kicking addictions.
Amethyst Benefits #2 : Natural Tranquiliser
The crystal was also believed to have protective and curative powers – it was deemed as “nature’s tranquiliser”. In the Middle Ages, people used amethyst to prevent and cure insomnia.What they would do is to place the gemstone under their pillows while they were sleeping.
It also helps to alleviate sorrow. This would be suitable for those who have encountered a great loss or failure. This is also for people who constantly suffer from immense stress or insomnia, and currently need a source of support.
Amethyst Benefits # 3 : Psychic Protection
The Ancient Egyptians used it to protect themselves from witchcraft and fear. During the Renaissance, monarchs added amethyst in their crowns and jewelleries, while Catholic priests put them on crosses, in order to defend deflect evil and elicit peace. The amethyst will form a protective barrier around you, bringing in peace and happiness, and at the same time preventing negative thoughts from entering getting to you. It also discourages you from indulging in vices and other temptations, keeping you pure in both mind and soul.
Amethyst Benefits # 4 : Physical Healing – Headaches, Diabetes and Arthritis
Other than the mental and spiritual healing that comes with this gemstone, it has also been associated with being able to heal physical diseases. Metaphysical healers believe that many physical diseases are a result of diseases in the mind (such as stress, vices, and mental diseases), so many use the amethyst to clear the mind and thus the body. From curing illnesses such as headaches, diabetes and arthritis, it is also used for the following: cleansing the bloodstream, treat against pain, tension, swelling and bruising, and boosting a person’s immune system. Additionally, being known to treat lung ailments and breathing difficulties, it has also been used to treat against malignant tumours and other respiratory tract illnesses.
If you’re keen to learn about different crystals and their meaning, you can check out my first few post on heysoulcrystals.com!