“Bloodstone,” another name for the ancient mineral “heliotrope”  along with “Sun Stone” and “Christ’s Stone,” is the traditional birth stone for the month of March and is a type of chalcedony. It is historically regarded for its healing aspects (both metaphysical and physical). Classic bloodstone is a deep green colored chalcedony with inclusions of red jasper or iron oxide, which resemble drops of blood (hence the name). Sometimes, the inclusions are yellow rather than red, and in this case the mineral is referred to as “plasma.” One legend surrounding this mineral says that when Christ was crucified, his blood dripped onto the green earth and transformed it into stone. Bloodstone can be found in the United States, Australia, Brazil, China, Madagascar, Germany and Scotland, but primarily comes from India. It exhibits a hexagonal crystal system, a hardness of 7 on the Moh’s scale, a specific gravity of 2.63-2.65, a vitreous luster and an opaque transparency. It is usually cut into beads and cabochons for necklaces, bracelets and rings, but sometimes cut into other facets as well. It is also carved and made into figures, on occasion.

Many people would argue that keeping a specimen of bloodstone with you– or better yet, wearing it as an amulet– would provide you with a myriad of metaphysical benefits. They would say that it would dispel anger, protect from deception, and yet bestow upon you an incredible charisma that would suddenly make you a very persuasive individual. They would say that it would increase your mental vitality and clarity, balance your mind, link your root and heart chakras and stimulate kundalini energy movement. Many maintain that bloodstone also protects from bullying and threats, increases courage and motivation, aids decision making skills, encourages prosperity and good fortune, eases difficulties and misunderstandings between mother and child, fosters self worth, self sufficiency and self confidence, and more. Bloodstone is described as protective and nurturing.

As previously stated, bloodstone is also highly regarded for its physical healing abilities. It has been ground into powder and used in healing potions by egyptian doctors and priests, carried by soldiers, exploited by women in childbirth, and more. It is said to detoxify blood and aid the heart and detoxifying organs of the body, as well as help in cases of poor blood circulation and iron deficiency. In addition to the circulatory system, bloodstone is believed to provide benefits for the reproductive system (ease PMS, menopause, prevent miscarriage, support pregnancy, aid in childbirth), the immune system (ward off the flu, colds, inflammation and infection), and the bones and blood marrow. Bloodstone may also stop hemorrhaging, heal tumors, staunch wounds, relieve hemorrhoids and varicose veins, stabilize hormones, ease lower back pain, remove blockages, alleviate reaction from bug bites, and treat leukemia, tumors, and over acidification. Wear it as an amulet and see for yourself if it doesn’t prevent disease and injury, enhance vitality and reduce stress!