Protect Yourself from Negativity with Black Tourmaline

Black tourmaline is said to protect from all kinds of negativity, ranging from electronic radiation from TVs and computers, to negative people, psychic attacks, past lives and spells. Black tourmaline seems to bring grounding in your life, and to balance our bodily systems for health.

healing stone for protection and balance


What is Tourmaline?


Tourmaline has been uses as a gem for over 2,000 years.  In physical terms, tourmaline is a borosilicate mineral of complex and variable composition. Tourmaline is the name given to the group of related minerals that all have essentially the same crystal structure, but that vary significantly in chemical composition and in some of their physical properties.

Another name for tourmaline is ‘schorl’. Tourmaline can be found in many countries such as the US, Brazil, Burma and Zimbabwe.


Unique Properties of Tourmaline


What is chemically special about tourmaline is that when it is heated, it obtains an electric charge. When charged, it attracts small objects such as hair or small pieces of paper. It is this unique property that has resulted in scientific and industrial uses of tourmaline.


Black Tourmaline as Protector

Black tourmaline has strong protective properties, and can offer shielding from harmful emissions from electronic equipment, from psychic attack and it is said to protect from magic spells and curses in present and past lives.


Tourmaline as Healing Gem Stone

Tourmaline has been considered to heal physical and mental disorders as well as prevent death. It already was attributed such qualities back in the Middle Ages.

Black tourmaline has been known for its strong balancing properties to realize physical healing and health. It is said to aid a number of body systems, including the endocrine, immune and autonomic nervous systems. 

How does the black tourmaline work? It help your body towards homeostasis – the state when your body is working perfectly and everything is in balance. 

This mineral is considered to be an effective pain reliever, and can be used in the treatment of arthritis and back disorders.


Black Tourmaline as Mental Balancer

For mental/emotional healing, tourmaline appears to help enhance concentration, inspiration and sensitivity.  Further, it has been used to stimulate a proper balance between the left and right sides of the brain.

Black tourmaline is considered to also help in all kinds of other areas of our lives where a state of equilibrium is required, such as between play & work, ease & pain; or, inner- & outer- consciousnesses.

One of my sources referred to people in the healing profession specifically, stating that black tourmaline can be useful in balancing the healing and creativity energies required in the art of healing.


Black Tourmaline & Chakra Healing

As its strong back color indicates, black tourmaline is mostly associated with the root or base chakra. As such, it can be used to gain grounding. 

For example, in your healing practice, you can give your clients a black tourmaline stone to hold for a few minutes after their healing treatment, as tourmaline is said to rapidly dispels any ‘spacey’ feelings post treatment. You can, of course, also use it yourself, after your meditation, or early in the morning, to quickly wake up.

Having said this, black tourmaline seems to absorb and dissipate negativity related the other chakras as well.  It is said to dispel a negative frame of mind (3rd eye chakra); dissolve negative emotions (heart chakra); and to help being free from irrational fear and panic (solar plexus chakra).   


Black Tourmaline, as a Lucky Stone

I have read that rubbing black tourmaline brings luck and happiness. When rubbed, it becomes charged with magnetic electricity and the luck intensifies.

Where to Buy Black Tourmaline

Black tourmaline is a great stone to own, in raw form or as a sphere or shape.

For good prices and a wonderful selection, this is where to buy …

Black Tourmaline, Raw
Black Tourmaline, Double Terminated
Black Tourmaline Ball Sphere

Using a Pendulum to Choose Your Healing Stone

Beware that tourmaline is deemed to be a powerful healing stone. Everyone seems to react to Tourmaline differently (because we tend to be ‘out of balance’ a bit or a lot in  different ways.)

I suggest you use a crystal pendulum to choose the right healing stone for you. If you have no pendulum at hand, and still want to buy one online right now, listen to your own inner guidance to know which one is right for you. Usually there is one in particular that says ‘yes’ to you. Select the one you need carefully and it will be a faithful friend for you for the times to come.




Healing Tourmaline in Other Colors

The name ‘Tourmaline’ stands for ‘multi-colored’ in Sinhalese, and indeed, Tourmaline occurs in many colours besides black.  Other colors and color combinations of tourmaline are: pink, water melon (i.e. pink & green), green, and blue.  What is considered ‘pink tourmaline’ seem to actually range from light fluorescent light brown to an intense fuchsia pink to purple.

pink tourmaline

It is a stone that is found in abundance, and only its flawless, translucent varieties are cut as gemstones.  Particularly the pink and watermelon tourmaline gems are really exquisite! However, all healing stones work: rough ones, shiney, tumbled ones, as well as those cut into marvellous gems.


bi-color tourmaline


The color of the tourmaline reveals its healing properties.


Metaphysical Properties of Specifically Colored Tourmaline

Black Tourmaline Said to absorb and give protection against negativity from both people and electrical & magnetic fields. It is also said to sharpen one’s wits, to enhance vitality and to give emotional stability.
Blue Tourmaline Said to enhance one’s communication skills, intuition and spiritual perspective.
Green Tourmaline Said to give success, prosperity and peaceful sleep.
Pink-Red-Purple Tourmaline Said to inspire love, spirituality and creativity, and to give wisdom and enhance one’s willpower.
Watermelon Tourmaline (Pink & Green) Said to be very effective in helping one to recover from emotional problems. Also all the properties of pink & green tourmalines.

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Learn More about Healing Stones & Gems

There are a few books in my online library that I frequent often for crystal therapy.

“The Book of Stones” – Who They Are & What They Teach
Also check ‘The Crystal Bible’ by Judy Hall. An excellent, comprehensive guide to crystals, their shapes, colors and applications.
Crystal Bible 2, also by Judy Hall. Also recommended.




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