There are plenty of stones out there to choose from, each with its own unique vibration and power. Choosing a stone to work with can feel overwhelming and intimidating, especially if you’re new to using crystals. While we could go on at length about each of them and what they’re best for, but we’d like to focus our attention on one in particular… amethyst.
CHIJI believes that everyone is in control of their own destiny, and learning how to work with the forces that exist in the universe is an important way to remind yourself of that. Amethyst is a great place to start.
What Is Amethyst?
Before we get into all of the benefits and metaphysical properties of amethyst, let’s talk a little bit about it on a physical level. How can you recognize it when you see it?
First and foremost, amethyst (known chemically as SiO2) can be recognized by its beautiful, brilliant purple color. However, while most people think of amethyst as a bright, brilliant purple, the color can actually range from being very light and almost imperceptible to so dark that it almost appears black. It can also take on a variety of other colors in addition to its purple hue, colors like red or more violet in nature. The color is the result of a few different processes, but mostly a reaction that occurs with the iron inside the amethyst crystals.
On the Mohs Hardness Scale, which ranks stones on their hardness from one (soft and easily breakable, like talc) to ten (hard and nearly unbreakable, like a diamond), amethyst ranks as a solid seven. That makes it incredibly durable, which is a great quality for a crystal to have.
Amethyst is also the official birthstone of February babies. You’ll likely see it in plenty of different jewelry items, like rings, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings for that reason, and it continues to be very popular based on just its physical beauty alone.
The Benefits of Amethyst Broken Down
There are many reported benefits that amethyst is able to provide, according to metaphysical practitioners, crystal healers, and those who study Ayurvedic medicine or reiki. Those benefits can be broken up into a few different categories, so we’ll go into each in more detail.
The Physical Benefits of Amethyst
To begin, let’s start by discussing the physical benefits that amethyst may be able to provide. Those benefits fall into a few specific categories:
- Immune system
- Endocrine function
- Skin appearance
- Digestive health
- Hormone regulation
- Headache prevention
While none of the above benefits have been scientifically proven, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence from people who regularly practice crystal healing that any of them may be true.
An interesting fact about amethyst is that its name is derived from a Greek word, amethystos. That name literally translates into “not intoxicated,” which is why amethyst also has a reputation for helping people avoid feeling drunk, even when drinking. The myth is that it was given to Dionysus, the god of wine, by a Greek titan known as Rhea.
The Emotional and Mental Benefits of Amethyst
When it comes to the emotional and mental benefits, that is where amethyst really shines.
Mostly, amethyst is thought to bring a sense of peace to the people who use it. That is why it is commonly associated with being able to help ease feelings of anxiety and stress. It is thought to help return the body to a better state of balance or equilibrium, even with negativity around you. It’s those distractions, both internally and externally, that can ramp up the stress level and make you feel out of sorts. Without them, your mind can be more of a clean slate, and you will likely be far more prepared to take on your day.
Amethyst is also said to be able to soak up any negative energy and vibes around it. This may even extend out into electromagnetic frequencies as well as something known as geopathic stress, or stress that is related to the earth’s vibrations. Too much of these frequencies can also mess with our own energy fields and levels, so reducing or removing them entirely from the home is essential to living a more stress-free life.
And finally, amethyst has long been used as a protective crystal. This extends not only to physical protection but also to the spiritual. When it comes to physical protection, amethyst tends to work best at protecting the user from accidents, malicious attacks, burglaries, and misfortune. On a mental and spiritual level, it’s strongest against bad vibes and negativity being aimed at you by other people. And, if the legends are true, amethyst may be able to protect you from drunkenness (although we wouldn’t bet on it).
The Metaphysical Benefits of Amethyst
On a metaphysical level, amethyst ties most directly with the third eye chakra. As a brief refresher, the third eye chakra is located in the center of the forehead and is where the body stores its energy related to intuition, higher wisdom, and foresight.
Because of this, amethyst is often used to help boost intuition, sharpen spiritual visions, and help the user work toward a sense of enlightenment. It can be used to help connect you deeper with your inner self, creating a connection that is absolutely pivotal to being able to recognize and trust your intuition. The more you practice, and the more you use amethyst to help you open up your third eye chakra, the louder this inner voice will be.
With amethyst’s strong connection to the third eye chakra, some people believe that it may also have a positive influence on the crown chakra. The crown chakra, or seventh chakra, is related to our highest level of consciousness and ability to speak with the divine and the universe. While it is unlikely that anyone will be able to completely unlock their crown chakra, working with amethyst and a clear third eye chakra can help.
For people who practice the art of feng shui, amethyst is also commonly used. It can help improve the energy flow in the home and is specifically helpful in the northeast area (which is connected with knowledge and wisdom). Appropriate amethyst use in feng shui can promote self-love, healthy sleep, reduced stress, and easier meditation.
Ways To Work With Amethyst
There are just as many ways to work with amethyst as there are benefits that it may provide. To begin, you should take a look at the reason that you’re hoping to work with amethyst. This can guide you in the general direction of what the best way to work with it may be for your specific need.
If you just want to include amethyst in your life, but you don’t really have a specific issue that you want to address, give CHIJI’s amethyst face roller a try. By helping to turn negative energy into positive, you can take a break from your usual routine and literally roll the stress off. Taking time out for yourself is important for stress relief, and face rollers have shown usefulness in helping to improve the skin as well as having anti-aging properties.
If you want to bring a sense of protection to your personal space, try our Protection Crystal Energy Candle. When burned, the candle emits a fragrant scent profile, including bergamot, lavender, eucalyptus, patchouli, tonka bean, and musk. Each candle is made of 100% natural soy wax and burns for an average of about 50 hours. As it burns, it brings a sense of warmth and energy to your space, helping to ward off negativity and create peace of mind. The crystals that are built right into the candle (black obsidian and tiger’s eye) also help fend off negative emotion, and there is a large piece of amethyst that is yours to keep once the candle is gone.
You can also just simply carry an amethyst with you as you go about your day-to-day life. Amethyst-based jewelry is a fun way to do this, so that you can wear it on your body while also looking cute. If you’re trying to specifically work with your third eye chakra, spending some time in quiet meditation with a piece of amethyst on your forehead can also help to clear out some of the fog.
CHIJI uses crystals in our products because we believe in their potential and power. Amethyst is one of those crystals, which we love especially for its power to fend off negativity and anxiety.
We all live in a world that is absolutely packed full of stressors, so having a tool that can help ward off at least some of that is incredibly important. When you know how to use amethyst to support your goals, you can give yourself the sense of calm, peace, and self-confidence that comes with being able to handle every aspect of your life. You’re a boss, and it’s ok to act like it.