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Top Five Benefits of Amethyst

Updated on January 17, 2019
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Anne is a writer and teacher. She also has an interest in crystals and has done extensive research on the subject.

Purple Power

Amethyst has been used throughout history as a stone of protection and healing.
Amethyst has been used throughout history as a stone of protection and healing. | Source

Origins and History

Crystals are a powerful, natural, and effective tool for healing the mind, body, and soul. Of all of the crystals, Amethyst is known as one of the most useful crystals. It has many benefits physically and mentally, which make it one of the most common and recognized crystals in existence.

The name for Amethyst comes from the Greek word “Amethystos”, meaning "sober" or “not drunk.” In earlier times, this stone was used to help prevent “drunkenness”, and as such, this stone has been associated with sobriety and treating addictions ever since.

In Greek mythology, Amethyst is most associated with the god Dionysus, the god of wine, as well as Bacchus. In Greek mythology, Amethyst was known as a young woman who became intoxicated and was therefore punished by Dionysus. When she asked for help from the other gods, she was turned into a white stone. Amethyst felt bad for her actions, and her tears dripped into the cup of wine. When the cup spilled, she was saturated in the color of the wine, turning the white stone into purple, which is the description of how Amethyst was formed according to Greek mythology.

In the modern day, there are several benefits to using Amethyst as a healing stone. Here are the top five ways to use Amethyst as a useful healing stone in your life.


1. Depression/Mood Disorders

  1. Amethyst has been known to be useful in the treatment of depression and mood disorders. It helps bring about balance and harmony, and therefore relieves stress, melancholy, and the highs and lows most commonly associated with mood disorders. Keeping this stone in a pouch or your pocket throughout the day would be a great way to benefit from the positive vibrations of this stone.

Restful Sleep

"Amethyst also promotes a deep sleep, so in general, you will feel more well-rested upon waking."

2. Insomnia/Nightmares

Amethyst is also a protective stone that can prevent nightmares and insomnia. Sleeping with Amethyst under your pillow or near the bed at night can help promote a restful night’s sleep and also fend off night terrors, nightmares, and other sleep disturbances. Amethyst also promotes a deep sleep, so in general, you will feel more well-rested upon waking if you sleep nearby this crystal.

Healing Properties

Amethyst helps in the treatment of insomnia, nightmares, headaches, and migraines.
Amethyst helps in the treatment of insomnia, nightmares, headaches, and migraines. | Source

3. Headaches/Migraines

Amethyst is also a wonderful stone for pain relief. More specifically, because this stone is associated with the crown and brow chakras, this makes it instrumental in the treatment of headaches and migraines. The reason Amethyst is so powerful in this area of the body is because it is believed to target the pituitary gland in the brain.Amethyst generally has a soothing, calming effect on the body and will relieve stress related headaches very easily, in addition to generalized typical headaches and migraines. This stone is so powerful that it can also help treat concussions!

4. Psychic Wisdom

Since this stone is strongly associated with the crown and brow chakras and it targets the pituitary gland in the brain, it is also a great crystal for helping to open up the third eye and strengthening psychic abilities. In ancient times, this stone was also worn to help prevent psychic attacks. Because it activates the cerebral cortex in the brain, this stone is often associated with helping to bring about altered states of consciousness, insight, and wisdom. Therefore, this is a very useful crystal to use in meditation.

A Stone of Peace

"The peaceful nature of this stone helps to calm the senses and also provide the strength needed to push through the many obstacles in life."

Good Vibes

Amethyst gives off positive vibrations that aid in  strengthening psychic awareness, meditation, as well as general optimism in life.
Amethyst gives off positive vibrations that aid in strengthening psychic awareness, meditation, as well as general optimism in life. | Source

5. Positivity

In general, Amethyst promotes feelings of positivity, inner strength, balance, and wisdom. The peaceful nature of this stone helps to calm the senses and also provide the strength needed to push through the many obstacles in life. That is why it is referenced in so many texts as being the stone to help treat addictions. If you have an addictive personality or are struggling with an addiction, this is the best crystal to have to help heal and recover. It will bring about positive energy that will keep you motivated.

Something for Everyone

"Everyone can benefit from the positive vibrations of this crystal, and it has been referenced throughout history over and over for this reason."

Conclusion

Amethyst is one of the most incredible crystals in existence. The history behind the stone and the many benefits of this crystal all point to the fact that in any beginner’s crystal set, this stone is essential to begin learning about and using basic healing techniques. Everyone can benefit from the positive vibrations of this crystal, and it has been referenced throughout history over and over for this reason. It was even seen as a more valuable crystal than rubies or sapphires at one point in time. If you are interested in beginning your journey with crystal healing, I highly recommend you start with Amethyst. It is a useful stone that will keep you optimistic and calm in the most busy, stressful times in life.


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    • Anne Carr profile imageAUTHOR

      Anne Marie Carr 

      10 months ago from Richmond, VA

      Thanks for reading! Yes I have noticed a difference myself just by having amethyst on my nightstand. You get a more deep and restful sleep.

    • Anne Carr profile imageAUTHOR

      Anne Marie Carr 

      10 months ago from Richmond, VA

      Thanks for reading! Yes I have noticed a difference myself just by having amethyst on my nightstand. You get a more deep and restful sleep.

    • Lorna Lamon profile image

      Lorna Lamon 

      10 months ago

      I thoroughly enjoyed this article and may even use Amethyst to give me a restful nights sleep.

    • Anne Carr profile imageAUTHOR

      Anne Marie Carr 

      10 months ago from Richmond, VA

      Thanks for reading! Yes, crystals are actually very beneficial for health.

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      Jennifer C 

      10 months ago

      Interesting article. I was not aware of the power of crystals. I'm definitely interested in looking more in to this.

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