Protection, EMF Defense, Emotional Health, Sobriety, Purifying, Grounding, Strengthening
Black tourmaline has also been known as schorl since before the 1400’s. It received the name schorl from the German village where black tourmaline was found in a nearby tin mine.
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Schorl is the most common tourmaline and can be found on every almost every continent.
Though tourmaline has been known since Medieval times, it didn’t gain in popularity until the late 1800’s when mineralogist George Kunz sold a tourmaline to Tiffany and Co. Tourmaline has a pronounced ability to become electrically charged just by rubbing it or heating it. When rubbed or heated, one end of the tourmaline takes on a positive charge and the other end a negative, which lets it attract and repel bits of dust or paper or other tiny particles. Dutch Traders in the 1700’s made use of this ability by using tourmaline to pull the ash from their Meerschaum pipes. In more recent times, tourmaline is valued for its durability as high frequencies can be passed through them without ruining the stone, making it useful as electrical tuning circuits.
Black tourmaline is best known for its protective properties. It is said that it creates a psychic shield which blocks out negative energies and entities. Use this stone to help keep whiners and emotional vampires from draining you. It even assists in taking your own negative thoughts and conflicts and transmutes them into something positive. Black tourmaline is a stone of purification, cleansing and purifying the body of anger and bad feelings. It assists in overcoming these negatives, leaving you with feelings of self-worth and positivity.
Black tourmalines protective properties also extend to filtering out environmental radiation and pollutants. Place pieces of black tourmaline near your computer, cell phone, microwave and another other electronic equipment.
It is said that black tourmaline can help in lending strength for kicking substance abuse, and helps turn self-harming tendencies into more positive expressions of emotions. Some find that black tourmaline can be beneficial for easing extreme worry and obsessive compulsive disorder.
Black tourmaline is an excellent tool for grounding and strengthening.