Friday, 5 October 2012


I’m often found sitting in front of a PC screen and recently I’ve found myself trying to multi-task too much and stress is beginning to creep in.  So I’ve decided to take a dose of my own medicine and research which crystal(s) may help.

After some research, Tourmaline fits the bill (especially the black variety).  There are many varieties of tourmaline including colourless (achrotie), dark brown/black (buergerite), brown (dravite), blue (indicolite), red/violet/pink (rubellite), green (verdelite) and black (schori).  It is therefore no surprise that tourmaline’s name is derived from the Singhalese word tourmali, meaning ‘mixed coloured stones’. 

Tourmaline is a naturally occurring mineral widely used as a semi-precious gemstone, and it has unique electric properties responsible for many beneficial health effects.

From the scientific point of view, tourmaline is known to generate a weak electric current, producing far infrared rays and converting moisture in the air to negative ions.

Unlike mechanically produced negative ions, those generated by tourmaline are completely natural and safe and have no negative side effects. In fact, many of the beneficial effects of tourmaline are thought to be brought about by the negative ions it emits.

It is also known to be helpful for improving circulation, relieving stress, increasing mental alertness and strengthening the immune system function. (Niwa Institute for Immunology, Japan. Int J. Biometeorol 1993 Sep; 37(3) 133-8).

Black tourmaline is an excellent grounding stone and helps to balance those who feel ‘spaced out’.  (This certainly applies to me at the moment with so many thoughts spinning around in my head).  In recent years, tourmaline has been closely investigated for its potential to counteract the effects of electromagnetic fields, which are thought to be harmful. Researchers suspect that the weak electric current generated by tourmaline suppresses electromagnetic fields immediate environment (so I’m finding my largest chunk of black tourmaline and placing in front of my computer screens where my IPhone also resides) 

We all know that we often encounter individuals or situations that emanate negative vibes and black tourmaline is ideal for clearing oneself and one’s surroundings of negativity and disharmony.

Come back in two weeks for an update.

Please don’t use tourmaline for making direct essences as it contains aluminium.

As always, thanks for reading and any questions or comments, I’d love to hear from you below.


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Quick disclaimer; I am not a medical practitioner so therefore I’m not prescribing.  All of my blog posts are based on complementary therapies and not as a replacement for conventional medicine. 

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