March's Birthstone: Bloodstone
Who in this world of ours, her eyes
In March first opens, shall be wise.
In days of peril, firm and brave,
And wear a Bloodstone to her grave.
Bloodstone is a Jasper variety and belongs to the Quartz group and the Oxide family. Just like all other members of the Quartz group this stone's chemical composition is SiO2 and its hardness is 7 on the Mohs scale.
Bloodstone's colour is green, with red or brown spots; these spots are caused by traces of Iron within this mineral.
The stone thanks its name Bloodstone to the fact it displays red and/or brown spots, reminiscent of blood splatters. Another member of the Oxide family, Hematite, is also called Bloodstone. Bloodstone is also called Heliotrope, this name is derived from the Greek words 'helios', sun, and 'trepein', turning; it's literal translation therefore is 'sun turning'. A third name, only used in German speaking countries, for Bloodstone is Hildegard Jasper, this refers to the nun and mystic Hildegard von Bingen.
In the past, it was believed this stone contained the blood of the crucified Jesus Christ, and therefore it was seen as a stone of great value. Because of this association with the blood of Jesus Christ, the stone was used to stop bleeding. Because of this property this stone was taken into battle by warriors, another reason for bringing this stone along in battle is the fact this stone provides his wearer with courage and protects him or her.
In Egypt Bloodstone was used to attract wealth and abundance, and magicians used this stone to add power to their magic. The Ancient Greeks and Romans used the Bloodstone to lessen the pain of childbirth, a property still in use in gemstone therapy today.
According to folklore, an inherited Bloodstone will provide its wearer with the support and help of its previous owner.
Bloodstone is the traditional birthstone for those who are born in the month of March.
Bloodstone is a stone that comforts when you have to work through set backs, but it also a stone that will diminish aggression and violence. Bloodstone diminishes fears, bad tempers and anger, and next to that, this stone may also be used to heal insomnia. It works specifically for those who have trouble falling asleep. This stone also provides its wearer with strength, stamina and courage.
On the physical level Bloodstone may be used for all ailments concerning the blood. Bloodstone purifies the blood, takes care of a healthy blood circulation and heals anaemia. Next to that, Bloodstone positively influences various organs in the body, especially the stomach and liver profit from wearing this particular stone. Ailments of the pancreas, heart and the lungs are positively influenced and healed by Bloodstone as well. This stone promotes the discharge of waste and toxins from the body, and next to that, it stimulates the transport of oxygen to all parts of the body. Bloodstone also heals stomachaches, diarrhoea, and intestinal problems, but it is most suited to heal bladder and kidney conditions, like cystitis, urinary tract infections and kidney and bladder stones, as well. Bloodstone may also be used to diminish pain and it positively influences the muscles and the nerves. Therefore, it may be used to heal and diminish neuritis, rheumatic pains, gout, sciatica and cramps. It is an excellent stone to diminish menstrual pains and other menstrual complaints and it is a stone that is indispensable when one is pregnant. Bloodstone may be used to heal and diminish sinusitis, flu and ear infections.
Bloodstone strengthens the spiritual energy, stimulates creativity and provides its wearer with precognitive dreams.
In magic, Bloodstone is used for cleansing ceremonies, but also to attract money and wealth. You may also use this stone for spells to attract justice.
Bloodstone strengthens the energies of the following Bach Flower remedies: Beech, Chicory, Rock Water, Vervain & Vine.