Written By Liz Oakes
Black Tourmaline crystal is a powerful stone for protection against negative energy of all kinds including psychic protection and EMF protection. It is also a strong spiritual grounding stone.
Also known as Schorl, it encourages optimistic attitudes as well as good luck and happiness, regardless of the circumstances that you find yourself in.
Many people, and I am among this group, believe this is the best
protection stone that you can use. Its wonderful to hold Black Tourmaline in your hand as it has such a positive energy!
It is one of the most popular crystals to be used for metaphysical purposes. They are wonderful healing crystals for you to use as they bring relief from pain, boost the immune system, aid stress and arthritis.
These black crystals create a favorable approach to life and a positive mindset, and are beneficial aids to both the professional healer and the average
person who wants a stone that will be a positive force for good in your
The black variety of Tourmaline has been found in a large number of locations, including Pakistan, Australia, Brazil, Sri Lanka, Africa and the USA. It is also known as Schorl Tourmaline.
While the black variety of Tourmaline is fairly common, some of the other types of tourmaline are not so easy to obtain and may even be called rare stones.
This stone is easy to obtain, and it is definitely worth looking for as it an excellent addition to your collection for reasons explained below.
The name of this mineral is made up of two words, and of course we all understand the Black which relates to its color, but some people have wondered about the word Tourmaline.
The black variety of Tourmaline is just one of a group of different colored stones that all have a similar structure, yet its meaning is incorrect when you go back to the origin of the word.
This word came from a regional term in Sri Lanka, based on the Sinhalese word "turmali", that referred to yellow Zircon. This name has since changed a little to the current word Tourmaline.
It's use began due to a mistake, when a consignment of stone was sent from Sri Lanka with the label Turmalin. For some reason they liked the name and began to use it and it stuck.
The structure and look of natural pieces of tourmaline are the same, regardless of the color. This relates to the presence of vertical striations, ridges or furrows on the stones, and this is one way to identify Black Tourmaline in the natural form.
Although it is known as the black variety of tourmaline, not all of the black stones are black, but are a very dark blue color, although it is hard to tell the difference.
This is a powerful asset to your health, as it not only removes the negative energy but by changing it to positive energy it has an excellent effect on your well-being!
There are a number of health benefits of Black Tourmaline stone, including:
Some time ago, scientists came out in the media discussing the issues around the vibrations emanating from electrical devices and cell phones.
The discussion centered around the negative effect on your body's electrical system, that devices emit and the relationship to electromagnetic sensitivity.
Electromagnetic sensitivity is quite widespread as so many people now use mobile phones, and for many hours a day.
Many scientists recommend for that reason that you should try to have your nights rest in an area where you have as few electrical devices as possible.
While this is hard to do, it is a good idea not to sleep with your mobile device in the bedroom. Adding some Black Tourmaline crystals to the bedroom will aid you to regulate your body's electrical system.
Black Tourmaline will ground you quite quickly, so it is highly beneficial to keep a piece of this stone on you. It is helpful both for grounding and for protection from beings from the lower realms.
If you do a lot of spiritual work, or have strong psychic abilities and you use these abilities quite a lot, you may become ungrounded.
This is one of the stones that I always keep in my pocket or wear on my body as jewelry, along with a few others.
If you acquire a small cloth bag, and many crystal shops sell them, you can put your crystals in your pocket easily each day, just so you don't lose them.
Another alternative is to buy a macrame crystal holder to enable you to easily wear stones on your body. This also allows you to change the stones you wear with ease.
The good thing about this stone is that it does not absorb negativity, but changes or alters it, transmutes it, into positive energy.
This means it improves the vibration of the air where it is located. Keeping it in the bedroom will help you to sleep better and wake more refreshed.
Some people have asked me about how to cleanse this stone. It is safe to rinse it under running water both to remove dust and if you think it needs cleansing of negative energy.
You can use any of the methods for cleansing crystals. If you have it in an environment where there is an influx of electrical energy and EMF's or where there are lots of negative people, it may be beneficial to cleanse it regularly.
Although this black stone transmutes negativity, which may mean that it may not need cleansing to remove negative vibrations, this may depend on how much negativity the stone is dealing with, and the size of the piece.
Cleansing it would be helpful to make sure that the negativity that it is dealing with has not been too high for its size and what its doing to help you.
These stones are excellent crystals to use them for grounding and utilizing them by holding them while doing a grounding meditation may be helpful, as these are a wonderful ally in the process.
These crystals are strong stones for the two lowest chakras. These chakra are the earth star chakra and the base or root chakra, and this makes them powerful stones for grounding.
These black stones channel an excess of energy down through the base or root chakra down to the earth star chakra, allowing you to release an excess of energy that has caused you to feel unwell.
is one of the most potent stones to use if you are feeling unwell,
including feeling spaciness or other health issues caused by the need
to ground yourself.
If you are not sure if you need to ground yourself, please read my in-depth article on grounding and see the symptoms of being ungrounded. Find out... Are You Ungrounded?
Lovely Black Tourmaline jewelry pieces can be bought, including nice pendants or even rough stones that are set in silver, and beads are also available.
They are a birthstone for the Capricorn sign so you may find lovely birthstone jewelry containing this stone.
Black Tourmaline jewelry is not as common as the other colors of
Tourmaline, it is possible to buy very nice pendants made from the
One of the reason it is not so common, is because much of this stone is not stable enough to cut into cabochons, but Australian stone is highly stable.
The solid and stable stone from the Flinders Ranges in Australia, can be cut into lovely checker cut pieces, like the one in the photo on the left, and they make beautiful pendants.
Whatever type you buy, wearing it is very beneficial. One of the best ways to use crystals like these is to keep a piece of this stone on you at all times. This is highly recommended!
As jewelry made from these black stones is becoming more commonly available, these powerful black stones are now on the zodiac birthstones list.
Wearing Black Tourmaline jewelry may help you, as it can be advantageous to have piece on your body.
Black Tourmaline With Mica is an excellent stone to prevent psychic attack.
It you have this stone on you, when negative energy or ill wishes are sent to you, it is said to send the energy back to the person who sent it.
When this energy is returned to the sender, it has an effect on the sender and helps them to no longer wish to continue attacking you.
I know that there are stones that send back the negative energy, but this stone will not do that unless it has inclusions of mica in it, see the silvery inclusion in the stone in the image.
Many people are not aware that normal Black Tourmaline stone simply changes negative energy to positive energy.
But if it also contains mica, it will send bad feelings back to the person who sent it, allowing the sender to realize what has occurred.
The best stone to use to send negative energy back to where it came from is Fire Agate, so you may like to combine these together.
In these days when life is getting increasingly frantic, many people are feeling highly stressed. A Black Tourmaline stone is a powerful aid to helping you to let of the negativity generated by the way we live our lives.
Black Tourmaline is easy to buy, and it will also act to protect you against psychic attack and negative entities.
You all have times when you feel negative, or when you encounter other people who are giving off vibrations that are not pleasing to you.
You all live with a lot of electromagnetic smog, including your televisions, computers and the large number of other electrical devices that seem to be essential these days, just to live your life.
What is the role of Black Tourmaline to aid the body to heal, including health issues related to electromagnetic emanations?
Once you have learned any of the easy methods to meditate, you may also wish to use one of these stones in meditation.
They will help you to let go of negativity and self doubts or any feelings of anxiety or negativity of any kind.
Having the vibration of Black Tourmaline stone stone within your aura
for as long as possible each day is to your advantage, as they are good crystals for stress.
Wearing stones as jewelry is the easiest way to keep a piece of the stone on your body. But if this is not possible keep a piece of the stone in the room with you.
These stones are helpful to assist you if you have adrenal exhaustion, as they embody a useful energy that relieves stress.
In summary: if it is not possible for you to have them on you during the day, it would be advantageous to at least have a couple of these stones in the bedroom.
Putting one of these crystals on your bedside or under your pillow is very helpful, as it will cleanse your etheric body while you sleep, as well as the room where you are sleeping.
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This Black stone is an integral part of the process of keeping healthy, and may be combined with other strong grounding stones.
You may like to use it with Dravite aka Brown Tourmaline, Black Diopside, Black Spinel, Prophecy Stone or Ilvaite.
This is an excellent stone to use if you have been having issues with muscle pain and are looking for relief. But there are also a number of other helpful stones that you can combine with this stone to relieve your pain.
Specific stones that I can suggest to help muscular pain includes Fuchsite, Amber and Emerald stone.
If you feel you are suffering from health issues that are related to EMF's and suffer from electrical hypersensitivity when you are near specific devices there are quite a few EMF protection stones that will also assist your body to deal with this issue.
Stones that are have an energy that may help with healing this type of sensitivity include Aegirine, Fulgurite, Fluorite and Shungite.
You may like to use it with Black Andradite Garnet, as this is a strong earth chakra stone that may be combined with this black variety of Tourmaline, to create an excellent grounding effect.
It also combines well with any of the base chakra stones, including Fire Agate, Smokey Quartz, Black Onyx, Sphalerite, Dalmatian Jasper and Black Obsidian.
There are quite a few other psychic protection stones that combine well with Black Tourmaline including Tourmalinated Quartz, Charoite, Zircon and the beautiful violet flame crystals, Purple Amethyst.
These are all highly protective stones, that will be enhanced by the vibration of this stone.
Did you know that there are quite a few other colors of Tourmaline, and many of these have their own in-depth pages written on this site? To learn more, check out the pictures below.
Each picture relates to a different type of Tourmaline and if they have had their own in-depth page written you can click on the link below the picture to learn more about any of them. So check them out!
Black Tourmaline commonly occurs as an inclusion in quartz, and when its Black Tourmaline in quartz, it is known as Tourmilated Quartz. Other colors of tourmaline also occur as more chunky pieces in quartz.
Blue Tourmaline commonly occurs as an inclusion in quartz, and is also known as Indicolite. While Indicolite Specimens are uncommon they are quite beautiful.
Green Tourmaline is another beautiful color of this stone and it is also another variety that is commonly found as an inclusion in quartz.
Watermelon Tourmaline is a lovely unique stone that is a mix or red and green tourmaline in one stone. Its uncommon and very beautiful.
Tourmaline that is pink does occur on its own, but it is more common to find Pink Tourmaline as an inclusion in Quartz. The darker pink colored stone is known as Red Tourmaline or Rubellite.
Brown Tourmaline is known as Dravite and it comes in a deep brown color as well as a lighter golden color known as Golden Dravite or as Champagne Tourmaline.