Hematite has a long history as a material with many different uses. Hematite crystals that are shiny have traditionally been used in mirrors and are sometimes called specular hematite. From 2500 BC to 500 BC, Hematite was used to make cylindrical seals.
Hematite has also been ground and powdered and used by artists as a pigment or for polishing. In fact, powdered hematite was used by prehistoric man for cave paintings and by the Egyptians to decorate the Tombs of Pharaohs. The Native Americans used powdered Hematite as a war paint. Today, it is still used as pigment, as well as a metal polishing powder called ‘jeweler’s rouge.’
Hematite is still worn to keep the blood healthy and to help cure blood related diseases. It is a powerful stone which is believed to aid in overall healing, courage, legal matters, alertness, vivacity, wealth, strength, power, business and agriculture. It calms fears, eliminates anger and fosters peace.
Hematite has been used in magic for over 3000 years now. In ancient Babylon, it was carried by warriors for strength to overcome enemies, and was believed to help cause stone walls to fall. In the 13th Century, Hematite was engraved with a figure of a bat and then worn by magicians who believed it strengthened their spells.
Hematite stones energy is earthy and is one of the best stones that you can use to harness the power of the element of earth. It will give you strength and dispel negativity. Hematite is especially good for organising thoughts and developing logical thinking skills. This is a useful stone for improving skills in subjects such as mathematics, argumentation, debate and problem solving.