Health Benefits of Amethyst
Amethyst is a semi-precious variety of the mineral quartz, well-known for its beauty and striking purple color. While the gemstone can be found around the world, it is most common in Brazil, Uruguay, and Zambia, where it is carefully extracted by hand from underground geodes.
Traces of Amethyst being used for wellness maintenance can be found throughout history. The ancient Greeks and Romans wore the stone to ward off intoxication and maintain clarity of mind. The ancient Egyptians carved amethyst stones into amulets to protect themselves from harm. Early Christians, who considered the gemstone a symbol of purity and spirituality, used amethyst as an aid for wounds, fatigue, and fevers. Most of these tales share a central idea about amethyst: it balances mental, physical, and spiritual wellness levels.
How does amethyst produce these effects? Through two natural processes: negative ion emission and the release of far-infrared radiation, two therapies found in nature that is necessary to maintain the quality of human life.
Ions are simply molecules with a positive or negative electrical charge. Negative ions are created naturally all around us every time a molecule breaks apart, typically due to sunlight, radiation, and moving air or water. In natural environments like the beach, the forest, or the mountains, we are surrounded by negative ions. We often feel the effects of those negative ions immediately, by way of improved mood or increased energy after spending time in nature.
When heated, amethyst naturally emits negative ions. Negative ions assist in the removal of toxins from the body and deliver oxygen and nutrients to the bloodstream, resulting in numerous wellness benefits.
Amethyst’s emission of far infrared rays intensifies its benefits. Far infrared rays produce the “warm energy” that exists in all living things. On a sunny day, we can feel far infrared rays in the form of deep, internal warmth. Far infrared rays have powerful positive effects on human wellness; when combined with amethyst, its effects are even more significant.
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Helps Improve Localized Blood Circulation
Good blood circulation is essential to the functioning of every part of the body. Heated amethyst pressed against the skin helps to improve circulation where applied so that essential oxygen and nutrients can be delivered more efficiently to our organs. In combination with far-infrared radiation, the body temperature rises, which expands blood vessels leading to temporarily increased circulation and heart rate. (1)
Supports the Detoxification of the Body
Amethyst-enhanced far-infrared radiation has powerful detoxifying effects. When we are exposed to environmental toxins, our bodies absorb dangerous substances, from aluminum and mercury to alcohol and nicotine. Far-infrared radiation breaks up the molecules that trap those toxins, thus enabling our bodies to release them. When combined with amethyst, the far-infrared radiation is able to penetrate the body more deeply. In addition, recent research from the University of Cincinnati suggests that negative ions attract toxic particles. The negative ions emitted by amethyst can draw these toxins out of the body. By enhancing FIR with amethyst stones, detoxification is even more effective.(2)
Helps Maximize Relaxation and Comfort
Amethyst has a well-known history of being a soothing stone. Many have sought its natural abilities to relax the mind and body. The reason that amethyst has such a positive effect on relaxation is that it produces a steady stream of far infrared rays when it comes in contact with heat—this includes body heat. When this stone transfers heat into far infrared rays it has a calming effect on the body that can moderate and release stress and tension. As a result, it is often used in conjunction with meditation to maximize the comfort and relaxation it brings. Incorporating amethyst gemstones into your life can help boost your overall wellness through the improvement and balance of the mind and body. (3)
Healthy Cells for Better Wellness
Amethyst’s ability to transfer heat into far infrared rays is extremely beneficial for improving your wellness at a cellular level. The far infrared rays temporarily increase the blood circulation in your body, delivering more oxygen to your cells. When cells receive the proper amount of oxygen the body can function more efficiently. Amethyst supports the body’s efforts to carry out its natural functionality, and using it with heat therapy will significantly improve your wellness levels. (4)
Assists in Stress and Tension Relief
Amethyst is beneficial for loosening up muscles for two reasons. First, the stones become a heated surface that presses against the body. This heated surface presses firmly into areas of the body and breaks down resistance the same way any heating device does. Second, it releases deep penetrating far infrared radiation. FIR is where amethyst separates itself from the traditional approach to heat therapy. Heating any stone can provide tension relief on the surface level—like a hot stone therapy session at the spa. Far infrared rays, however, reach inches below the surface of the skin to dig into the tension and stiffness that lies below and is often difficult to reach with traditional methods. Amethyst takes heat therapy to the next level to offer the body a tension-relieving experience that it needs. (5)