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How to Use Lapis Lazuli

Updated on March 13, 2014

Healing with Lapis Lazuli

Learn how to use Lapis Lazuli for protection, healing and meditation. This beautiful crystal is a powerful healer for the throat chakra and can be used for healing, removing stress, increasing creativity and communication, and much more.

Discover the meaning of lapis lazuli and its metaphysical properties, in order to use this stone to its full healing potential. This guide will help you decide whether to use lapis lazuli as a crystal, as jewelry, or in some other form such as a pendulum or totem carving, for example.

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The History of Lapis Lazuli

Meaning of Lapis Lazuli

The literal meaning of Lapis Lazuli comes from the Persian word "Lazur", and translates as "blue stone". It was a much-prized stone of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, used as the "stone of rulers" and for cult purposes.

Lapis is a beautiful blue stone and highly sought after, so although it is not a rare stone, it can be expensive. The best Lapis comes from Afghanistan but can also be found in parts of Europe, the USA and Chile. High quality Lapis is becoming harder to find, as the best deposits of the stone have now been mined out.

Lapis is not a pure stone - the purest form is actually Lazurite, which is popular but very expensive. These deep blue crystals are hard to find and more commonly discovered in combination with other stones, such as pyrite, calcite and traces of other minerals. This is what makes up Lapis Lazuli.

Lapis Lazuli represents royalty and spirituality, and is widely regarded as a stone of protection and intuition.

Work with Lapis Energy via a Pendant

Sterling Silver Lapis Celtic Design Pendant
Sterling Silver Lapis Celtic Design Pendant

Wearing lapis lazuli is a powerful way to benefit from its energies, especially when combined with a symbol that is also powerful, or meaningful to you. This Celtic pendant set in sterling silver is a beautiful example.


What is Lapis Lazuli Used For?

In ancient times, Lapis was associated closely with royalty and spirituality, The ancient city of Ur had a thriving trade in the stone, and many of its murals and artefacts featured Lapis, such as this image here. The stone dates back thousands of years, right back to the time of the Pharaohs. It was used in ancient Egyptian amulets and other treasures, some of which were found in the tomb of Tutankhamun.

The stone also has links to the Bible, with the Book of the Dead partially written on a slab of Lapis Lazuli. It was also found in the breastplate of the High Priest of Jerusalem.

When Lapis Lazuli made its way into Europe, it went by the name of ultramarinum, meaning "beyond the sea", and in its ground form it was the secret ingredient of the pigment ultramarine, used by painters until the nineteenth century to paint seas and skies.

The Romans believed that Lapis was a powerful aphrodisiac, while the people of the Middle Ages considered it a stone to keep the limbs strong and stave off fear.

Today, Lapis Lazuli is used in jewelry and other adornments, as well as in crystal healing.

The Uses of Lapis Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli Properties

In crystal healing, stones are said to have various properties - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual - which they work on at an energetic level.

  • Physical Properties:

    Heals pain, particularly migraine headaches

    Heals the neck, larynx and vocal chords

    Lowers blood pressure

    Regulates the thyroid gland

    Lengthens the menstruation cycle

    Aids the respiratory and nervous systems

    Cleanses the organs, bone marrow and the thymus gland

    Boosts immunity

    Purifies the blood

    Alleviates insomnia, hearing loss and vertigo

    Assists the upper lungs, arms and base of the skull

    Helps regulates body weight

  • Mental properties:

    Aids depression

    Helps to confront truth

    Aids expression of opinion

    Contains conflict

    Aids creative expression

  • Emotional properties:

    Encourages self-awareness

    Brings dignity

    Boosts friendship

    Stops holding back and compromising

    Helps convey feelings and emotions more clearly

  • Spiritual properties:

    Heals the throat chakra

    Also beneficial to the third eye or brow chakra

    Enhances psychic ability

    Stone of protection, including against psychic attack

    Encourages honesty and reveals inner truth

    Aids meditation and spiritual contemplation

    Encourages the fulfillment of dreams

    Stimulates enlightenment

    Enhances dream work and spirit journeying

    Stimulates personal and spiritual power

Buy Lapis Lazuli Pendant on Amazon
Buy Lapis Lazuli Pendant on Amazon

Lapis Lazuli Healing

You can use Lapis Lazuli to heal any of the issues above, both physical and non-physical. You can use pieces of Lapis for healing, by holding the stone in your hand, or placing on the relevant part of the body.

You can also wear the stone as jewelry, or use it as part of a healing grid in conjunction with other crystals. You can find further information on how to do this in How to Use Crystals for Healing.

One of the most potent ways to use Lapis Lazuli for healing is by balancing the throat chakra. Doing so helps you to open up your self-expression and creative expression, both verbally and artistically. It helps to activate a new level of consciousness via this chakra and provides the mental clarity to clearly express yourself to others.

It expands your awareness, helping you to speak your Truth and follow through on your actions.

Lapis also works strongly on the brow or third eye chakra, your psychic centre. It opens you up to enlightenment and spiritual wisdom, enhancing psychic ability and protecting you from harm in this open state.

Ways to Use Lapis Lazuli

How to Wear Lapis Lazuli for Healing

Lapis Lazuli is available in many forms of jewelry, most commonly necklaces or pendants, bracelets and earrings.

The most beneficial way to wear this stone is around or near the neck, to work on the throat chakra, or near to the brow chakra. Short pendants or chokers will place Lapis closest to your throat, while earrings are ideal for placing it near the third eye. However, a perfect way to place this stone right over your third eye, thus greatly enhancing your intuition and spiritual vision, is by wearing a circlet. These ornate tiara-style headdresses usually place a stone over the forehead, and you can find Lapis Lazuli ones online, on sites such as Etsy.

Buy Lapis Lazuli Merkaba on Amazon
Buy Lapis Lazuli Merkaba on Amazon

How to Use Lapis Lazuli in Meditation

In meditation, you can sit holding a piece of Lapis Lazuli, or gaze at the stone, or even use a piece that has been carved into a significant shape to enhance its energy, such as a crystal skull, geometric shape (like this merkaba star) or totem animal.

During meditation, Lapis can open the brow chakra, provide higher guidance, enhance intuition, connect you to the higher self, give you an overview of a situation, help you come to a decision for the good of all, and connect you to spirit guides and beings.

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      oceanfaerygoddess 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Sounds like a wonderful experience - you are sensitive to feeling the energy from the crystals, which should mean you will be very well suited to energy work such as Reiki!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi there, I did my first meditation and held a Lapis in my left hand and malacite in my right , during and following the meditation my hands especially the left felt like they were burning in the centre, the Reiki master cleared my hands and told me to wash them a certain way when i got home, another at the meditation group overheard me and told me this is a beautiful experience that I have had and when I learn Reiki (which i plan to start next month) this will probably be what I will find happens then too , do you know why this would have happened to me?

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      Echo Phoenix 4 years ago

      Beautiful lens, Lapis is one of my favorites.

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      Celticep 5 years ago

      Lapiz is one of my favourite stones, but I didn't realise there were so many uses, thanks for sharing!

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      debra-kupchok 5 years ago

      As a Crystal Therapist, Lapis is my favorite stone to use to balance the Throat Chakra. Great info. here, thanks.

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      BorderCollie LM 5 years ago

      I never actually heard of it now, but now I plan to use it to help with meditation.

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      Harriet 5 years ago from Indiana

      I use Lapis Lazuli a lot in my jewelry designs. Now I have even more reasons to use it. Thanks. Blessings!

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      momsfunny 5 years ago

      I never knew about its healing properties. I have always liked lapis lazuli.

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      getwellsoon 5 years ago

      Beautiful stone! Thanks for the information also!

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      Moe Wood 5 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      If I had to pick a favorite stone it would definitely be Lapis Lazuli. I have some marbles made of Lapis that I bought online -- i had no idea what to do with them I just wanted them -- I take them out occasionally and admire them, now you have given me some other intentions to consider.

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      greenmind 5 years ago

      I would use this beautiful stone for jewelry, but I would use a doctor for healing!

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      journey103 5 years ago from USA

      Great lens on lapis healing properties. I do believe it works!

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      Close2Art LM 5 years ago

      I love the hue of blue of Lapis Lazuli, very cool to know more about it and it's uses, Angel Blessings***

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      Cdoimne 5 years ago

      This is a great lens. I had no idea all of the cool things this stone could do. Not to mention it is very beautiful. Thank you!

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      Thanks I didn't know all the healing properties of this great stone.

      Learn a lot in this lens.

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      Matejg LM 5 years ago

      No, but i like the structure of the lense!

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      shotwellphoto 5 years ago

      Lapis lazuli is my favorite! No wonder I always feel good when I wear it. :)

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      julliembud 5 years ago

      Hi, thanks for sharing.

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      i Dia1 5 years ago

      Nice lens with great pictures. I have a pair of lapis lazuli earrings that are my favorite because I love the color. Haven't thought of using them for healing.

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      TheMinuteIdea LM 5 years ago

      Great lens. allot of great gift ideas for the misses :)

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      ibakir 5 years ago

      impressive informative lens

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      RoadMonkey 5 years ago

      Lovely lens. Squidliked. Lapis Lazuli is a lovely stone, with a beautiful colour, such a deep blue.

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      Guided Abundance 5 years ago from Mobile, AL

      Very nice stone. Looks very unique when worn.

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      pheonix76 5 years ago from WNY

      My sister enjoys making jewelry and this is one of her favorite stones. I have several pieces of Lapis Lazuli jewelry. Interesting lens!

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      goldenrulecomics 5 years ago

      My wife has some pieces of jewelry made of Lapis Lazuli that we bought when we lived in Chile. It's a nice-looking stone. Good lens!

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      BarbaraCasey 5 years ago

      I have a lapis heart that I carry in a little leather bag inside my purse, along with some other stones. Lapis is one of my favorites.