Turquoise has been used as a sacred stone throughout history and all over the world. It was prized in ancient Egypt and associated with fertility and resurrection. In the Middle East it has been used as protection for the Evil Eye; in Medieval Europe it was used to protect against snake and scorpion poisons. In North America it has been used by Aboriginal and First Nations cultures to bring rain, control the weather, as a hunter’s talisman to ensure accuracy of shot, and to denote rank and respect. It is also known as the “horseman’s stone’ and has been used both to protect from falls and by the Turkish cavalry in the crusades on their bridles to ensure bravery and victory. It has been associated with the Zodiac sign of Sagittarius, the planet Venus, the Element of Earth and the Throat Chakra.
Turquoise is a purification stone. It dispels negative energy and instills inner calm. It is said to change colour in periods of high stress and danger, which can be used as a barometer of sorts for one’s overall health. It is used to enhance meditation, creative expression, communication, friendship and loyalty. Traditionally it is also a gift between lovers.
In healing, turquoise has been used for centuries to treat throat problems. It is said to also be good to balance mood swings, to assist with depression and exhaustion and with problem solving. It has also been used with issues of nutritional deficits, immunity, tissue regeneration, inflammation, cramps, pain, the lungs, eyes, rheumatism, gout, the stomach problems and persistent viruses.