Practical Magic: Amethyst - Sobering Stone (Slideshow)

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Amethyst, the Sobering Stone



Stone Cold Facts:  Amethyst is a popular quartz crystal that derives its name from the Greek word amethustos meaning non-drunk. It comes in a variety of gorgeous shades of purple, violet and lavender, but can also be found in a green color (Prasiolite). It is known as the sobering stone, because the ancient Greeks made cups from the purple stone, as they believed it could prevent you from becoming inebriated. Amethyst is a stone that embody the energy of the violet flame, which is potent for spiritual healing and growth, especially to help beat addictions.

What You Didn't Know: This stone is said to help develop psychic abilities, and this is a reason why it has been throughout history, along with its beauty. In addition, it historically believed to have been the ninth stone on the Breastplate of the High Priest of Israel.


Name: Amethyst  

Most Commonly Found: The best varieties of Amethyst can be found in Siberia, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Europe, Russia, India, East Africa, Brazil, Mexico, Uruguay, Bolivia the USA and Canada. 

This stone is also commonly sold in retail markets throughout the world. 


Spiritual + Psychic Properties: When meditating, amethyst is one of the premier stones to use, as it will aid your mind to relax. 

It is said to strengthen and bring through increased spiritual gifts, helping to develop your abilities when communicating psychically. These purple stones will open the third eye, awakening your psychic visions and clairvoyant abilities. They will also attract powerful spiritual energy. 


What to Heal:  Physically amethyst is powerful and protective stone. Physically, it is said to boost hormone production and to tune the endocrine system and metabolism. Amethyst strengthens the immune system, reduces pain and strengthens the body to fight against cancer. It also destroys malignant tumors and aids in tissue regeneration. It is said to cleanse the blood. It helps to eases headaches and releases tension. Also, it reduces bruising, swellings, injuries, and treats hearing disorders. This stone heals diseases of the lungs and respiratory tract, skin conditions, cellular disorders and diseases of the digestive tract.

It guards against psychic attack, transmuting the energy into love and protecting the wearer from all types of harm, including geopathic or electromagnetic stress and ill wishes from others. Amethyst is a natural tranquiliser, it relieves stress and strain, soothes irritability, balances mood swings, dispels anger, rage, fear and anxiety. Alleviates sadness and grief, and dissolves negativity. It activates spiritual awareness, opens intuition and enhances psychic abilities.  It has strong healing and cleansing powers.

Amethyst encourages sobriety, having a sobering effect on overindulgence of alcohol, drugs or other addictions. It calms and stimulates the mind, helping you become more focused, enhancing memory and improving motivation. Amethyst assists in remembering and understanding dreams. It relieves insomnia. It also encourages selflessness and spiritual wisdom.



History + Lore:  The ancient Greeks made cups from the purple stone, as they believed it could prevent you from becoming inebriated. 

In Egypt, amethyst was used to make beads and amulets. It has been continuously used throughout history as its vibration is recognized to be so beneficial for many reasons. For many centuries people have used these beautiful purple stones, as they believed they had amazing healing powers.

In ancient Israel, it was believed to have been the ninth stone on the Breastplate of the High Priest.


How to Heal: Amethyst is so strong that even placing the stone in your home can have strong effects. You can also wear in as a pendent or as earrings. When recovering from addiction, place it in your pocket. Having a piece in the bedroom will promote restful sleep and peaceful dreaming.​ Place it on your third eye to stimulate your sixth chakra. 

Related Chakras: Amethyst primarily serves the third eye chakra (the center of intuition) as well as the crown chakra. It is also said to stimulate the the soul star chakra and the etheric chakras right up to the fourteenth chakra, if you believe that there are chakras past the usual seven.