Black Tourmaline: Meaning, Healing Properties and more

Countries of origin: Brazil, Sri Lanka, USA, Africa, Italy, Madagascar, Australia, Afghanistan, Germany

Hardness on Mohs scale: 7-7.5

Rarity: Common

Zodiac Sign: Capricorn

Birthstone Month: October

Chakra: Root

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Black tourmaline meaning

The word tourmaline is thought to come from the word “tormalli”, the Sri Lankan word for “mixed-coloured gems”.  There are many different colours of tourmaline including watermelon and pink.  Black tourmaline is also known as schorl.

What does black tourmaline look like?

Black tourmaline as the name suggests is black in colour.  It is opaque meaning you cannot see light through it.

A piece of raw black tourmaline

What is black tourmaline used for?

It is thought that the name schorl has been used to describe black tourmaline for many hundreds of years.

Black tourmaline has been used all over the world throughout time by many different cultures as a stone of protection.

These days it is still very highly regarded for it’s protection properties by many.  Often worn as jewellery or made into tumblestones to carry or place around the home.

Cleansing and charging black tourmaline

All crystals should be cleansed when you first get them and then regularly after that. They should also be charged to keep them at their full power.

Two of the most common ways to cleanse crystals is with water and with sunlight.

Can black tourmaline get wet?

With a hardness of 7-7.5 on the Mohs scale it is safe to put black tourmaline in water.  Long periods of soaking should be avoided though as this has been know to cause the stone to crack and chip.

Can black tourmaline go in sunlight?

Yes, using sunlight is a great way to cleanse and charge this crystal.

For a more comprehensive guide check out this blog post: How to Cleanse and Charge Crystals

Black tourmaline healing properties

Physical healing properties

  • Aids detoxification
  • Supports the immune system
  • Great for pneumonia, bronchitis, emphysema, pleurisy and diabetes
  • Soothes pain and arthritis
  • Improves hand eye coordination
  • Beneficial for debilitating disease and spinal problems
Physical healing properties of black tourmaline

Emotional and mental healing properties

  • Reduces stress, anger, paranoia, sadness and other negative emotions
  • Promotes rational thought processes
  • Encourages self-confidence and a positive attitude
Emotional and mental healing properties of black tourmaline

 Metaphysical healing properties

  • Removes blockages and negative energies
  • Provides protection including EMF protection
  • Boosts energy flow whilst grounding
  • Blocks psychic attacks
Metaphysical healing properties of black tourmaline

Affirmations for black tourmaline

Affirmations are a great tool to use alongside crystals.  They can be used to set your intention and further personalise your journey of healing and growth.  Firstly, decide which of the many properties of black tourmaline you feel is needed in your life at this current time.  Next, write down your affirmation as if it has already happening, in the present tense.  Remember your affirmation must be positive, for example rather than “I am not afraid” instead say “I am full of confidence”.

Here are some examples you can use:

Affirmations for black tourmaline

Where do you put black tourmaline in your home?

With it’s EMF protection properties black tourmaline is the perfect crystal to have on your desk of your home office.  Black tourmaline also creates a calm space which encourages a positive attitude and a rational thought process, great for creating a productive workspace.

What chakra is black tourmaline good for?

Black tourmaline is great for the root chakra.  The root chakra is associated with feeling safe and grounded in the physical world.  Black tourmaline can be used to unblock, balance and align the root chakra.

How to use black tourmaline

Black tourmaline can be used in an area of your house or placed within your energy field.

To be within your energy field a crystal can be:

  • Placed near you
  • In your pocket, wallet, purse or bag
  • Worn as jewellery or an accessory

The crystal’s energy will now be working to heal, improve your life.

Another option is to meditate with Black tourmaline.  You can either place it on one of your chakras or hold it in your hands.  This is especially powerful if you have a particular healing property you wish to receive.

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