Gemstones have been used for both therapeutic and spiritual purposes since the earliest days, in all traditions. Used properly, they can contribute to and accelerate healing through the practice of lithotherapy, which uses gems and minerals to restore enzymatic functions, and they can energize spiritual development. Alternative medicines such as homeopathy have given prominence to the therapeutic character of certain minerals, but the use of gemstones in expanding awareness or establishing a holistic, energetic connection with the stone itself has scarcely been brought forward. In this reclaiming of ancient wisdom, Florence Megemont explores the many potent and beneficial dimensions of the mineral world.
Over seventy precious and semiprecious stones are inventoried as to their principal deposits, therapeutic applications, and zodiac correspondences. Readers will discover which minerals can relieve specific physical and emotional disorders and which gemstones are indispensable to their spiritual health.