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What Is Tourmaline

Grounding - Protecting - Realigning

The strong clear energy of Black Tourmaline makes it a powerful healing crystal. It cuts through the darkness and transforms the energies around it. This black cloak wraps around us and keeps our energies stable and strong.

The most commonly found Tourmaline is Schorl and it draws us in with it’s deep dark coloring. This beautiful crystals name comes from an ancient Sinhalese word turmali which means mixed color precious stone.

This stone has been used throughout history and it is definitely something we can use in our modern lives today. 

Ancient Shamans relied on Black Tourmaline to protect them from earth demons. 

In today’s modern world this transformational stone is often used to shift and change stagnant energies, transform heavy low vibrational energies and strengthen the wearers aura.

  • Location: Mined in India, Brazil, China and Russia
  • System: Trigonal, microcrystalline
  • Rarity: Common variety of massive Quartz
  • Lustre: Vitreous
  • Hardness: 7
  • Identification: They can be identified by the metallic sparkly flecks

Healing Powers

It is a very strong healing stone and this can be shown when it is heated up.


On heating, black Tourmaline becomes negatively charged at one end and positively charged at the other.

This shows the stones ability to balance out extremes and its powerful properties.

Needles of Black Tourmaline can also be found embedded in Clear Quartz called Tourmalinated or Tourmalated Quartz

Properties and Uses

Tourmaline deflects potential harm and protects from negative forces, psychic attacks and spiritual attachments. It is able to dispel lower frequency energies around it.

Connecting to the Earth and Root Chakra makes this crystal great for grounding our energies. 

It is often used for spiritual protection during any activities that involve drawing in and welcoming in spiritual energies.

  • Realigns the structure of the body
  • Grounds stabilizes and anchors
  • Soothes and settles bones and muscles
  • Connects to the Root Chakra
  • Focuses our awareness in the present
  • Strengthens our grip on reality
  • Creates a shield of protection

Practicals

Try wearing Tourmaline earrings to relieve tinnitus and earache.

Place a piece under your pillow to get restful sleep especially in unfamiliar places.

Take a piece on your travels to reduce tiredness, jet lag, and disorientation.

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