Properties: Iolite opens a light pathway from Throat Chakra up through the Crown Chakra. Iolite is the stone of truth, simplicity, imagery, and peace. This stone allows us to live at a higher awareness level. Iolite is considered a very strong “Shaman” stone, and can stimulate visions. Like amethyst, it is excellent for alcohol and addiction of all kinds, as a detoxificator, and is called the “alternate sobriety stone”.
Iolite is one of the best stones to use in psychic, healing, and spiritual activities. It can open one to psychic talents and expand them and is excellent for use on the Third Eye Chakra and Crown Chakra. It can also enhance curiosity. It is an excellent stone for meditation and astral travel. It helps one grow spiritually in a peaceful approach. Iolite is also said to help build relationships.
Folk Remedies: This crystal is the most recommended stone for stress relief, detoxing and addictions. Iolite has a direct link to the mind. It bolsters the production of the hormones, and strengthens the cleansing organs, the circulatory system and blood, the immune system, and body metabolism. Beneficial for asthma. Headaches, eyes, scalp/hair, pituitary, pineal and blood sugar balance. Famous ancient detoxifying stone. Especially helps in sobriety, as well as alcohol, food, sex and other addictions. It soothes the nervous system and assists in the transmission of neural signals. Helps you feel less scattered and more in control of your faculties. Memory skills and motivation improve.
History: Cordierite (mineralogy) or iolite (Mg,Fe)2Al4Si5O18, is a magnesium iron aluminium cyclosilicate. Iron is almost always present and a solid solution exists between Mg-rich cordierite and Fe-rich sekaninaite. The name “iolite” comes from the Greek word for violet. Another old name is dichroite, a Greek word meaning “two-colored rock”, a reference to cordierite’s strong pleochroism. Another name for blue iolite is Steinheilite, after Fabian Steinheil, the Russian military governor of Finland who observed that it was a different mineral from quartz. Praseolite is another iolite variety which results from the heat treatment. It should not be confused with prasiolite.
It has also been called “water-sapphire” and “Vikings’ Compass” because of its usefulness in determining the direction of the sun on overcast days, the Vikings having used it for this purpose. This works by determining the direction of polarization of the sky overhead. Light scattered by air molecules is polarized, and the direction of the polarization is at right angles to a line to the sun, even when the sun’s disk itself is obscured by dense fog or lies just below the horizon.
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