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 health benefits 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 a healing aid for wounds, fatigue, and fevers. Most of these tales share a central idea about amethyst: it balances mental, physical, and spiritual health.
How does amethyst produce these effects? Through two natural processes: negative ion emission and the release of far-infrared radiation, two elements 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 remove toxins from the body and deliver oxygen and nutrients to the bloodstream, resulting in numerous health 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 radiation has powerful positive effects on human health; when combined with amethyst, its effects are even more significant.
Improves Blood Circulation
Good blood circulation is essential to the functioning of every part of the body. Heated amethyst improves circulation 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 and increases blood flow and volume, leading to improved circulation and overall heart function.
Detoxifies 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.(1)
Improves Sleep Quality
When we struggle to fall or stay asleep, our physical health deteriorates. Without the proper amount of sleep, our bodies cannot execute the essential processes that heal wounds, retain memories, prevent sickness, and more. The levels of FIR emitted by amethyst have a calming effect on the body, which promotes restful sleep. The far-infrared waves soften the muscles and release pent-up tension for more peaceful sleep. Researchers in Japan found that far-infrared therapy can positively modulate the sleeping patterns of insomniacs. Amethyst-enhanced FIR may be particularly effective for patients struggling with poor sleep quality. Negative ions can regulate the serotonin levels in your brain which also works to improve the quality of your sleep as well as your ability to fall asleep.(2)
Boosts Cell Regeneration
Far-infrared radiation increases energy in the body at a cellular level. When the body has more energy, cells can grow more efficiently. A study published in the International Journal of Biometeorology concluded that far-infrared therapy increases the temperature of body tissue, resulting in growth-promoting effects. When far-infrared radiation is enhanced with amethyst, the amethyst’s negative ion emission triggers additional cell regeneration. By extension, this can create an increase in white blood cells in your body to better combat current illnesses and prevent future ones to come.(3)
Promotes Mental Well-Being and Relaxation
Far-infrared radiation relaxes the body with its penetrative heat. Far-infrared heat warms the tissues and muscles deep inside the body, releasing tension and producing an intensely calming effect. A recent study found that patients who slept with a FIR-emitting disc experienced an overall increase in satisfaction, as compared to those who slept without the disc. These positive mental effects are enhanced by amethyst. Amethyst emits a low heat that produces a calming sensation. Meditating with amethyst provides heightened feelings of well-being and reduced symptoms of anxiety.(4)