Monday, October 24, 2011

Healing Properties of Howlite



Howlite is a calcium boron-silicate hydroxide that usually occurs in sedimentary rock formations. This mineral was named after a Canadian mineralogist Henry How who first discovered it a Nova Scotia gypsum quarry in 1868.

The gem has a rather dull, porcelain-like white or ivory color with pronounced grayish veins that make it look like an albino turquoise. This fact is sometimes exploited by dishonest gem dealers who dye it and sell it as the more expensive turquoise.

Howlite is a rather soft mineral with a hardness 3.5 on the 1-10 Mohs scale. It dissolves in a hydrochloric acid solution.

It forms nodules that can be quite large and look like cauliflowers. Crystals are rare and sometimes form spiky aggregations. They are translucent or transparent, creamy white or light brown.

The largest deposits of howlite were found in Canada, mostly in Nova Scotia, but this mineral is also mined in the USA, especially in California, and in South Africa.

Howlite is considered to be a stone of calm and tranquility. It can be used to calm the troubled or overactive mind, reduce stress, and induce peaceful sleep at night. Energy healers suggest drinking a howlite gem elixir one hour before bedtime or putting pieces of howlite on the bedside table or under the pillow.

Howlite is believed to help control rage and other negative impulses. It can help develop patience, tolerance, and a positive outlook on life. It can also bring calm, reason, and clarity to any verbal exchange. To experience these balancing effects, angry and disappointed people are advised to carry howlite on the their bodies or in their pockets.

This gem is thought to help clarify one's mind and became aware of one's goals and ambitions. It can help expand the horizons and to open the mind to wisdom and new knowledge. It can improve memory, facilitate learning, and help access and balance unprocessed emotions.

Howlite is associated with the third eye chakra. In esoteric circles the gem is believed to facilitate insight and meditation as well as the out of body travel. It helps access deep seated memories including these of the past lives.

On a physical plane, howlite is said to accelerate metabolism and elimination and to heal various skin conditions. It purifies the blood and helps regenerate bodily tissues. It helps reduce pain and loosen the muscles. High calcium content makes it useful in balancing calcium deficits in the body.

Howlite is a stone of modesty and understatement. It balances energy flow in chaotic spaces and infuses them with peaceful energy and tranquility. It helps reduce conflicts and facilitates respectful communication. It promotes kindness, compassionate behavior, and peaceful coexistence. Howlite can be placed everywhere where balance and calm are needed, particularly in rooms where people meet together and in bedrooms. The gem can be worn as jewelry, placed directly on the body or taken as a gem elixir.

By Dominique Allmon

*This information is for educational purposes only and is not meant to diagnose or cure a disease.

         

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