Bloodstone
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General: Jasper

Origins:
           Bloodstone is mined in Australia, India, and the U.S.

Geology:
          Bloodstone is dark green jasper with red (and sometimes yellow) spots, resulting from iron oxides such as hematite.

Birthdays & Anniversaries:
          Bloodstone is the Tibetan birthstone for February, and the traditional, Ayurvedic, Hebrew, Arabic, and Roman birthstone for March. It is the birthstone for astrological sign Aries and a talisman stone for Pisces.

History:
          Heliotrope, an alternate name for bloodstone, is an ancient reference to the way in which polished stones reflect the sun. In the Middle Ages, bloodstone was attributed special powers, as the spots were thought to be the blood of Jesus Christ where the drops fell from the cross onto the stones below. It was also called the martyr's stone, for this reason, and was frequently used to carve scenes of the crucifixion.
           Ancient literature says that it was used in Egypt and Atlantis for calming, grounding, revitalizing strength, shrinking tumors, and to attract wealth. It was also thought to be able to stop hemorrhages with the lightest touch. To this day, powdered bloodstone is used as medicine in India.

Crystal Healing:
          Bloodstone is known to work well with and to help align the lower chakras. It is used to boost the immune system, stimulate the lymph, increase the metabolic processes, reduce the formation of pus, and detoxify the liver, kidneys, spleen and bladder. It is recommended to Leukemia patients for its ability to cleanse the blood and remove toxins.
          Bloodstone is attributed the power to correct the mind, help with decision-making, and to give one strength and courage. Bloodstone is considered a change or "turn over" stone, as a powerful energy mover. It is believed that it can sweep away blocks, clear confusion, and bring calm, allowing one to move forward. It is said to be particularly good for helping emotional traumas and grief and for enhancing the intellect and intuition.