Taking its name from the Greek “haima” meaning ‘blood’, hematite is one of the main sources of iron ore and has many healing uses. It was a popular stone with warriors; it was believed that rubbing the body with hematite would confer strength and invincibility, ensuring victory.
In Babylon, hematite was believed to procure the favour of kings when petitioning, and bring good results in lawsuits and judgements. A seal of hematite was also thought to enable a man to destroy his enemies. The Ancient Egyptians often used hematite to make amulets. In voodoo hematite is used for influencing lovers, gambling charms and to ward off dangerous illnesses.
Hematite was sometimes known as “staunch stone” as it was believed to stop the flow of bleeding and to help with blood problems. The Roman physician Galen prescribed hematite to treat inflamed eyes and headaches. Hematite was also used for kidney conditions, for curing backache and to treat inflammation and hysteria.
Hematite is said to help balance the scales of justice, and to assist one to have the courage and conviction to both speak up and out. It is also attributed with the ability to bring stability and coherence to what may feel like a very fragmented state of mind. It is said that keeping a hematite in every room will help absorb negative energy.