What is amethyst?

Amethyst is a purple variety of quartz and comes in a range of shades from lavender to deep purple.

Its name comes from the greek ‘ἀ’ meaning ‘not’ and ‘méthystos’ meaning ‘intoxicated’, as in Roman times it was believed that this stone protected its owner from drunkenness. Throughout the ages it has been a highly prized stone, known for its powers to soothe the mind and emotions.

Amethyst is a very powerful stone with a high spiritual vibration which works in the emotional, spiritual, and physical planes to promote calm, balance, and peace. It is an excellent all-purpose stone that is predominantly associated with the third eye and crown chakras but can also open the heart chakra. An excellent spiritual stone, it is said to enhance intuition and psychic powers by making a clear connection between the earth and other planes.

amethyst point

The protective stone

Known for being a protective stone, amethyst guards against psychic attack, paranormal harm or ill wishes from others. It transmutes the negative energy into positive loving energy before returning it back to the universe.

The natural tranquiliser

Amethyst is a natural tranquilizer, relieving stress and irritability and dispelling anger, fear and anxiety. Emotionally, amethyst helps balance mood swings and brings about stability and emotional inner strength. It is often used to gently help deal with personal losses and grief due to its gentle and sedative energy. It is a good crystal to support with overcoming addictions such as those to alcohol, drugs, smoking, etc, and also with destructive or compulsive behaviours.

The dream stone

If you suffer from insomnia, try placing an amethyst under your pillow. Known as the dream stone it can bring about intuitive dreams and help with remembering and understanding them.



Amethyst has the dual capability of being both calming and stimulating to the mind. It is an excellent stone to carry, wear or meditate with when dealing with legal problems negotiations and business matters, enabling intellectual reasoning. It calms irate temperaments and hotheadedness, providing a strong advantage in situations where debating is required. Amethyst is also known to assist with financial issues and bring about prosperity and abundance, though citrine is also a very good stone for this.

Electromagnetc radiation

In the age where virtually every household has a multitude of electronic devices, there is understandably concern over the potential effects of exposure to electromagnetic radiation. Place a cluster of amethyst near your computer or other electronic devices to offer EMF protection.


The all purpose stone

Other conditions that amethyst is said to assist with include:

  • headaches – rub it across your forehead to bring relief from a headache

  • arthritis – particularly when used as an elixir

  • diabetes

  • pain relief

  • reducing bruising and swelling

  • skin conditions

  • circulatory system issues – supporting oxygenation of the blood

  • hearing disorders

  • boosts hormone production

  • endocrine system problems

  • dis-ease of the digestive tract and intestines

  • dis-ease of the lungs and respiratory tract, including asthma

  • chronic fatigue

  • fibromyalgia

  • strengthens the immune system

  • overcoming phobias

  • pregnancy

  • PMS and menopause

Please note that although crystals are thought to assist us as described above, they should not be considered as a cure should not be used as a substite for conventional medical advice and treatment, though they can be used alongside these. Please always seek a doctors advice with any medical concerns.

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