The use of bloodstone stems from Ancient Babylon and Egypt. In Egypt it was ground and mixed with honey as a cure for tumours and to stop haemorrhaging. In Babylon the crystal was worn over the chest to prevent internal bleeding, and once the stone had been put to this use it was never discarded as it was believed that a permanent link with the person had been made. However, it is said that the blood of Christ, as he hung on the cross, splashed onto a piece of jasper and turned it into bloodstone. Bloodstone was thought to staunch the flow of beeding, clear bloodshot eyes, and cure and protect the bearer from poison.
A bat engraved on bloodstone is said to give the wearer power over demons and aid incantations, while carrying the crystal may even bring you fame. According to myths across the world, bloodstone has the power to detect changes in the heavens and therefore is able to shroud things from view. Bloodstone is also known as heliotrope, from the Greek words ‘helios’ meaning Sun, and ‘trepein’ meaning to turn towards. This name comes from the belief in Ancient Greece and China that heliotrope could detect solar eclipses. In the Middle Ages, heliotrope was said to bestow the power of invisibility.
It has also been associated with the Zodiac signs of Aries, Pisces and Scorpio, the Planet Mars, the Root and Heart Chakras, the Element of Fire, and it is a birthstone for March.
It is still used in some healing practices today to cleanse blood, purify organs and discourage excess bleeding.