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Lithotherapy, also known as "stone therapy," is an ancient practice that involves using crystals and minerals to enhance physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

This method is based on the idea that stones naturally emit energy that can be used to balance and harmonize the body and mind. Lithotherapy practitioners believe that each stone has a unique "vibrational signature" that can be used to treat various health issues and promote healing.

Origins and history of lithotherapy

The use of stones and their therapeutic properties is an ancient practice that dates back several millennia. Many ancient peoples, such as the Mesopotamians, Egyptians, Hebrews, Greeks, Aztecs, Japanese, Indians, and Chinese, used gemstones and ornamental stones in their traditional medicine.

For example, the Nippur tablets, dating from Mesopotamia, testify to the use of minerals and plants in the medicine of the time. These tablets, which date back more than 4000 years, provide valuable information about the medical practices of ancient Mesopotamia. The Mesopotamians believed that minerals and plants had healing properties and that they could be used to treat a variety of diseases and medical conditions. The Nippur tablets also provide information on the methods of preparation and administration of remedies, as well as on the rituals and ceremonies associated with the medicine of the time.

In 1644, Emperor Rudolph II's physician, Anselme Boèce de Boot, published a 750-page work entitled "The Perfect Jeweler or History of Stones," in which he discusses the healing properties of stones. This work is an essential reference in the field of lithotherapy, as it compiles the knowledge and beliefs of the time on the therapeutic virtues of stones. It also explains the beliefs and superstitions associated with each stone, as well as the rituals and magical practices attributed to them.

Similarly, in 1748, "The Encyclopedia of Drugs by Mr. Lémery," written by Louis XIV's physician, also mentions the virtues of stones. This work, which is authoritative in the field of pharmacology at the time, offers an enlightening perspective on the use of stones in traditional medicine.

In the 19th century, Monsieur Guibourt, a professor at the École Supérieure de Pharmacie in Paris, published in three volumes "History of Simple Drugs," the first volume of which deals with minerals.

The use of stones in medicine came back into fashion in France in the 1970s. Today, some Gypsy, Roma, and other ethnic groups sometimes use stones in their medical practices.

Lithotherapy: different benefits thanks to different stones
Lithotherapy: different benefits thanks to different stones

How to use healing stones

Stones are believed to emit beneficial energy for individuals, according to the properties of each stone. These properties are often associated with specific colors, which are thought to have particular effects on the body and mind. For example, green stones like emerald or jade are often associated with healing and growth, while blue stones like lapis lazuli or turquoise are associated with communication and mental clarity.

Stones can be worn on the body (as a pendant, earrings, bracelet, ring, etc.) or placed in a room in the house. There are also recommendations for using the properties of stones through elixirs. The stone is then left immersed in water for varying lengths of time, day or night, as needed.

Stones are also used in the concept of Kundalini Yoga and the 7 chakras, considering that they can be used to unblock and balance the different chakras. Chakras are energy centers located along the spine, and each chakra is associated with a specific color. For example, the root chakra, located at the base of the spine, is associated with the color red and the earth, while the crown chakra, located at the top of the head, is associated with the color purple and spirituality. Stones can be used to stimulate and balance the chakras by placing a stone of the color associated with each chakra on the body during meditation or yoga.

Color symbolism with stones

The symbolism of stone colors is an important aspect of lithotherapy and other alternative healing practices. Each color is associated with specific properties and meanings, which can vary depending on culture and beliefs.

History and contribution of metals

Metals have played an important role in lithotherapy, as they are considered to have unique energetic properties that can be used to balance and harmonize the body and mind.

History and vertues of stones

Lithotherapy: a little of the benefits of nature in the palm of your hand or in jewelry
Lithotherapy: a little of the benefits of nature in the palm of your hand or in jewelry

Stone properties and virtues already present on our website

To learn more about litotherapy, we recommend you the following books:

Crystalpedia: the wisdom, history, and healing power of more than 180 sacred stones
Around 27.00 US dollars
Crystals for healing: the complete reference guide with over 200 remedies for mind, heart & soul
Around 17.00 US dollars
Crystals for beginners: the guide to get started with the healing power of crystals
Around 15.00 US dollars