The connection between hematite and human blood is strong and ancient. Hematite, in the form of either stone or powder, has been found in human burials dating back to the Neolithic, in places far apart as western Europe and China. Hematite is iron ore. Iron is, of course, an important part of our blood; it also constitutes 70% of hematite, which accounts for this stone’s metallic shine. The Egyptian Book of the Dead recommends burying a corpse with either a headrest of an amulet symbolizing one, and these were often made of hematite. The purpose of the headrest for the deceased was to ensure that his or her head would not be taken away. (In case sounds a little odd, tomb robbery was common in those days, and grave desecration was serious politics.) Even if you’re not dead, hematite can help you “keep your head” in the sense of grounding. It’s also still used to help heal blood disorders, a use that also goes back at least as far as ancient Egypt. But we probably wouldn’t want to use the poultice one papyrus for healing cuts and wounds: a mixture of goat fat, honey, powdered hematite, and cat feces.
Safety note: Since hematite is iron ore, it will rust in water, and should not be used for elixirs.
HEMATITE: (Also known as Kidney Ore or as Bloodstone) Use at the 1st Chakra (Root Chakra/Base Chakra) for grounding, to balance the mind, body, and spirit, for astral travel and shamanic journeying, to transform negative energy into positive energy, to bring peace and calming, to encourage confidence, to aid in removing addictions, to aid in acceptance of one’s life, to increase concentration, to stimulate memory, to encourage creativity, for inner-reflection, for protection, for pain relief, to aid in curbing materialism, to aid in studying, to maintain proper blood circulation, to help the body assimilate iron, to relieve insomnia, and to reduce fever. PLEASE NOTE: Hematite is only known as Kidney Ore when it appears in its botryoidal form.
Special note about “magnetic hematite”: “Magnetic hematite” is not pure hematite at all. It looks the same as polished hematite: a smooth, dark gray mineral with a metallic sheen. It also has the same basic chemical components: iron bound with oxygen. To make magnetic hematite jewelry, manufacturers mix ground-up hematite and magnetite into a matrix, usually glass, then heat and cool the mixture while being exposing it to a strong magnetic force. While pure hematite can be magnetized, the charge will be weak and temporary. Different manufacturers have varying processes and formulas for “magnetic hematite,” formulas which are closely-guarded trade secrets. Whatever its real makeup, any people feel a noticeable physical improvement when wearing jewelry made of magnetic hematite. One theory is that the magnet attracts heavy metals circulating through our bloodstream. This seems pretty unlikely, though, since most of these substances aren’t magnetic, whereas the natural iron in our blood is. A more likely theory is that magnets affect the electrical signals running through our nerves in such a way that people feel calmer and more energetically “put together.” Others say that magnetic jewelry works by giving iron in the blood a temporary magnetic charge, and that this in turn improves the blood’s ability to circulate oxygen and nutrients. One thing is certain: Different people have widely varying subjective reactions to this material — some positive, some negative, some neutral. It’s a good idea to experiment; if you’re interested in buying hematite jewelry, try wearing it for a few minutes to see how it makes you feel.