Stilbite belongs to the zeolite family of minerals. As of 1997, the name “stilbite” actually refers to a series of two tectosilicate minerals, as opposed to a single mineral species. The two species making up this series include “stilbite-Ca” and “stilbite-Na.” The calcium variety is far more abundant. In the absence of testing, the varieties are virtually indistinguishable and both usually just referred to as “stilbite.” Stilbite is a white, pink or colorless mineral that exhibits a thin and tabular or fibrous and globular crystal habit, a monoclinic or triclinic and orthorhombic crystal system, common twinning, perfect cleavage, a brittle tenacity, a Mohs scale hardness of 3.5-4, a specific gravity of 2.12-2.22, a vitreous or pearly luster, and a white streak. It will decompose in hydrochloric acid. Stilbite forms as a secondary hydrothermal mineral at low temperature, in gneiss, andesites, hydrothermal veins, and in basaltic volcanic rock, within amygdaloidal cavities. It may also occur in some conglomerates and sandstones in the form of a cementing agent, and in hot spring deposits. Notable localities include India, Iceland, Nova Scotia, the United States and Scotland.
On a metaphysical level, stilbite is considered to be a very powerful mineral that is believed to provide psychic direction and establish connections with totem animals, guradian angels and guides, which may then provide guidance for the keeper of the stilbite. Wearing the mineral, meditating with it and/or simply keeping it near is also said to sharpen intuition and help with psychic knowing. In addition, stilbite’s presence may heighten creative energy, hone the physical senses (particularly the sense of taste), encourage acceptance and the letting go of attachments, facilitate manifestation of dreams, desires and goals, stimulate expansion of the mind, maintain mental balance, enhance learning ability and more. This mineral is associated with the crown, throat and heart chakras, the element of wind and the energies of love, healing and power. It gives off a peaceful, loving vibration that is said to remind its keeper of how much he or she is cared for and loved (regardless of circumstances) and to raise his or her personal awareness of universal love. As stilbite is a calming mineral, you may try placing it under your pillow if you have trouble sleeping, and see if it doesn’t provide you with much needed restful sleep in addition to vivid dreams.
In terms of physical healing, stilbite proves useful, as well. Specifically, its presence is claimed to improve the condition of those suffering from laryngitis and to aid in the removal of toxins from the body. It is also used by crystal healers in the treatment of ADD and ADHD, brain disorder and disease, dehydration, menopausal symptoms, disorder and disease of the muscles and throat, and osteoporosis. In addition, this mineral’s influence may promote the general health and proper functioning of the liver and other organs.