The healing properties of black tourmaline are rooted in its powerful protective qualities.

Black Tourmaline Healing Properties and Uses

Black Tourmaline Crystal Properties

  • Provides Protection From Negative Energy
  • Purifies and Cleanses the Body and Spirit
  • Enhances Spiritual and Metaphysical Grounding
  • Promotes Positivity and Joy
  • Reduces Stress, Anxiety, and Worry
  • Stimulates and Energizes

Black Tourmaline Chakra Associations

  • Root Chakra (First Chakra)

Description of Black Tourmaline

Tourmaline is a member of a group of aluminum borosilicates that contain iron, magnesium, or other metals. Depending on the exact mix and proportions, tourmaline may appear as any number of colors, including black, brown, red, yellow, green, blue, or violet. Its triangular, striated crystals may be long and thin, or thick. Tourmaline may vary in color inside a single crystal. It is found in both transparent and opaque varieties.

However, the most common variety of tourmaline is black tourmaline, also known as schorl. Over 90% of all naturally-occurring tourmaline is this variety. This stone can be black or a very deep blue that is nearly black.

Tourmaline is able to become electrically charged by rubbing or heating it. When a piece of this stone has an electrical charge, one end is positively charged and the other negatively charged. This gives it the ability to attract or repel small particles of matter. This property is at the root of black tourmaline’s healing and metaphysical properties.

Black tourmaline is strongly connected with the root (or base) chakra (1st). This connection, along with its black color, makes this stone one of the most powerful stones for grounding and protection – physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

The healing properties of black tourmaline are associated with the properties of other colors of tourmaline.

Black tourmaline is the most common type of the crystal. However, all colors of tourmaline have healing properties in common.

General Uses of Black Tourmaline

Black tourmaline is one of the most effective crystals for grounding. Its electrical properties create a powerful connection between the Earth and the crystal user. Its supports and aligns the body’s energy centers and allows healing energy to flow through the entire body. Keeping this stone near when you need some extra support.

It is also considered to be an ideal tool for protection, creating a powerful shield against negative energy and influences of all types. This stone can help guard against a whole range of destructive or negative factors, including damaging environmental factors, electromagnetic pollution, negative thoughts and feelings, and destructive forces and entities.

It not only deflects negative energy, but also purifies and cleanses it, transforming it into positive energy. This energy can then be utilized. In effect, this stone allows a user to create useful energy out of negativity.

Because of this, black tourmaline is a useful crystal for people who live or work in places that are surrounded by negativity. This stones protection and purifying properties can, in fact, be helpful in any circumstance that is challenging or difficult. It provides support and energy, allowing us to withstand any darkness, and come out triumphant.

Black tourmaline also imparts a keen sense of self-confidence and personal power. This clarifies perception, allowing one to see things more clearly, and be able to act positively and productively. Any time you need to be able to give something your full attention and concentration, hold a piece of black tourmaline in your hand for several minutes. Doing this can also enhance and stimulate both the practical and the creative, opening one up to insightful solutions.

Some people find that black tourmaline also enhances their sense of smell. In effect, this can heighten sensitivity to pheromones, thereby creating a subtle aphrodisiac effect.

Physical Healing Properties

Modern life creates an environment of stress and toxicity that is constantly assailing our bodies. Black tourmaline’s protective and grounding properties can counteract this by stimulating the body’s reflex points (specifically the back, legs, and feet), which helps guard against diseases and disorders. This also gives it the ability to help relieve pain and heal injured muscles or nerves.

Black tourmaline is widely used to provide support for the immune system, helping to protect us against both major and minor diseases, as well as detoxify the body. It is valued for its abilities to protect and heal the lungs, the heart, the digestive system, and the adrenal glands.

This stone helps guard the body against, and counteract, the damaging effects of all types of environmental pollution and toxicity. It is particularly effective for minimizing the effects of electromagnetic pollution, including that created by cell phones and other electronic devices we are constantly surround by.

Black tourmaline has many uses, including protecting against electromagnetic radiation.

One of black tourmaline’s healing properties is the ability to help shield us from the damaging effects of electromagnetic radiation pollution.

Black tourmaline enhances physical vitality and energy, overall. It helps to convert stress and tension into relaxed, focused energy.

Tourmaline is often used to reduce the effects of motion sickness. Many people also report that it is useful for helping to heal and restore the health and appearance of hair and nails.

Emotional and Mental Healing Properties

Black tourmaline can impart a grounding, calming effect, deflecting chaotic energy into the earth. People who suffer from constant negativity, anxiety, or compulsive tendencies can get help from black tourmaline. It is also useful for reducing panic attacks and phobias. Tourmaline can be used to help mitigate almost any fear. It’s vibrations resonate in a way which helps to guard against all stress and anxiety.

Black tourmaline is a powerful purifier, able to cleanse negative or destructive thoughts and emotions. Many people have used this crystal to deal with substance abuse, chronic gambling, and other risky or self-destructive compulsions or addictions.

Tourmaline’s ability to bring balance between the right and left sides of the brain helps to clarify and focus thoughts, reducing disorder and anxiety. It helps us to see the world more clearly and honestly with a rational and realistic perspective.

This stone’s protective qualities make it a popular tool for guarding against complainers, criticizers, and other types of emotional vampires who want to burden you with their negative energy.  Black tourmaline promotes and enhances positivity, shielding you from all external and internal negative energy sources. It’s healing abilities are a great aid for anyone in challenging or difficult circumstances or situations.

Some people have report successfully using black tourmaline for helping them to overcome dyslexia by improving eye-hand coordination and helping them to more easily perceive symbolic information.

Metaphysical and Spiritual Properties of Black Tourmaline

Magicians and shamans have used black tourmaline for thousands of years as a tool for protection against demons and other destructive entities. To this day, it is highly valued as one of the most powerful stones of protection. It functions as a psychic and spiritual shield, able to deflect negative energies and influences of all types. Black tourmaline’s protective qualities are used to deflect psychic attacks and other ill-meaning intrusions.

Tourmaline is, traditionally, a stone used by shaman, guarding them while performing rituals and spells. To use black tourmaline for rituals of purification and protection, form a circle of eight small stones to create a circle of protection, or place the stones on an altar.

Black tourmaline is a powerful stone for grounding. It acts to promote balance and harmony between the chakras and body’s energies. It can be used to ground the root chakra to the Earth, enhancing the connection between one’s physical body and spirit. When spiritual energy isn’t balanced, you may feel disconnected or separate from yourself. Bringing the root chakra into balance strengthens and energizes both the physical and spiritual. This can manifest as a profound sense of clarity, personal power, and independence.

This is also an ideal crystal to use for meditation. In fact, it is one of the most popular healing stones used for meditation and spiritual exploration. Because of its strong grounding to the Earth, it allows one to venture deep into the spiritual world without fear of being harmed. It also acts to help purify the spirit while meditating or in a trance. Meditating using black tourmaline can help bring about profound and intuitive insights about one’s self.

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