Hematite is a silvery, shiny opaque mineral form of iron oxide. Our hematite is natural, leaving a red streak when scratched across unglazed porcelain. (Simulated products such as Hematine and Hemalike leave a gray streak and are composed of iron oxide).
The name Hematite is from the greek word "haimo" (blood) because when pulverized it is red, resembling blood. In ancient Egypt, Hematite was carved into often used in death/rebirth ceremonies. It was carved into pillows to rest the head of the deceased on, and used as an inscription stone for certain passages from the Book of the Dead. Hematite was carved into protection amulets and worn as mourning jewelry. The ancient Egyptians used this Hematite to aid in curing abnormalities and diseases of the blood, to reduce inflammation, and to treat hysteria. Hematite itself exhibits an ability to heal itself; if scratched and then rubbed, the scratch will often disappear.
Today Hematite is used for grounding, calming, dispelling worry and negativity, clarity, self-esteem, physical energy, and to cure insomnia, jet lag, or any other physical and mental drain on the body and for increasing qi and healing blood disorders. Hematite is found in Brazil, China, Canada, England and Germany.