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Malachite: Healing Stones


Mineral Composition

Malachite is the another copper carbonate hydroxide mineral with chemical formula [Cu2CO3(OH)2] formed by the weathering of copper orebodies in the vicinity. The color is bright green with light green streak. The hardness and specific gravity varies between 3.5–4.0, and 3.6–4.0, respectively. The mineral in the purest form contains 57.48% Cu. Malachite occurs worldwide including Congo, Gabon, Zambia, Namibia, Mexico, Australia, and with the largest deposit/mine in the Urals region, Russia. Malachite has been suitable for mineral pigment in green paints since antiquity, decorative vase, ornamental stone, and gemstone. Presence of malachite is an excellent surface indicator for copper exploration. Malachite is formed by surface weathering process of copper ore and generally not used for copper extraction now due to insignificant resources and inadequate metallurgical recovery.  Continue reading from Science Direct

Historical Uses

Hypnotic green swirls and a rich azurite mixture make the healing gemstone of Malachite pop. This dark emerald and glorious stone can send our imaginations shooting to forests of velvet green, soft spring days, lush mountains, and cool running waters. It is a stone that takes its name from the Greek word for malakos – meaning soft. While it is a stone that holds its strength, Malachite is a heart opener which may relate to how the Greeks came to gift this stone with its gentle title.

The Greeks weren’t the only ones to fall for this swirled green stone, the Egyptians too were smitten and would often mine the green gem of the earth from the mines of Suez as far back as 4000 BC. Ever fans of the ornate and eye-catching, the Egyptians found a thousand uses for Malachite - from grounding it down to pigment for Cleopatra inspired eye shadow to adorning their wrists and necks with gleaming gems. As time ticked into the middle ages, Malachite hadn’t fallen by the wayside or lost its magic. It was taken by healers who soothe stomach ailments and to protect against curses and negative energies. To this very day, Malachite is still used in this protective way.

Malachite may have been uncovered in Egyptian mines, but the travelers stone can be found in all corners of the globe. From the snows of Russia to the crackling sun-scorched earth of Australia, Malachite has been pulled from the ground. Unsurprisingly, it is also found in some of the world’s most lush, earthly, and spiritual destinations like the depths of the Amazon Jungle and the near-vertical slopes of the Congo.

Having collected all the wisdom of the ages and the energy of the earth, Malachite is here to help us in times of transformation. For those ever ready to embrace new leaps or clinging to the edge of something, Malachite gifts you the strength to prune your inner branches and say yes to new growth. Let’s delve a little deeper and discover the healing properties of Malachite meaning.  Continue reading from Tiny Rituals

Metaphysical Properties

Malachite personifies the deep healing green of nature and represents the innate beauty of flowers, trees, roots, and plants. It manifests a deep Devic green which rules the material plane. It is a Stone of Transformation, assisting one in changing situations and providing for spiritual growth. It heals on physical and emotional levels, drawing out impurities and stimulating the Life Force throughout the aura and body.

With its pure energy rays of green, Malachite is dedicated to the Heart Chakra. Malachite is also helpful to clear and activate other chakras. Placed on the Third Eye, it activates visualization and psychic vision. Placed on the Solar Plexus, it facilitates deep emotional healing; releasing negative experiences and old traumas. Continue reading from Crystal Vaults

Books about Crystals and Crystal Healing

Historically speaking, crystals are touted as ancient forms of medicine, with philosophies borrowed from Hinduism and Buddhism. However, it’s important to know that there’s no scientific evidence to support the use of crystals. Despite this, people are still drawn to their colors and beauty. The key to indulging in this self-care experience is mindfulness, reflection, and acceptance. For instance, researchers found that a person’s mind may have much more healing power than it’s given credit. Continue reading from Healthline

Link to Lapidarium: the secret lives of stones by Hettie Judah in the catalog
Link to Crystal Reiki by Krista Mitchell in Freading
Link to The Illustrated Crystallary : Guidance and Rituals from 36 Magical Gems & Minerals by Maia Toll in the catalog
Link to Rock On : The Crystal Healing Handbook for Spiritual Rebels by Kate Mantello in the catalog
Link to Crystals For Energy Healing by Ashley Leavy in Hoopla
Link to The beginner's guide to crystals : the everyday magic of crystal healing, with 65+ stones by Lisa Butterworth in the catalog
Link to The Crystal Witch by Leanna Greenaway & Shawn Robbins in Freading
Link to The Power of Crystals by Juliet Madison in Freading
Link to The Crystal Alchemist by Karen Frazier in Hoopla
Link to Change Your Energy by Krista Mitchell in Freading
Link to Crystal Grid Secrets by Nicola McIntosh in Freading
Link to 101 Power Crystals by Judy Hall in Hoopla
Link to Turning to Stone: Discovering the Subtle Wisdom of Rocks by Marcia Bjornerud in the catalog

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