How to Use Tourmaline for Protection, Grounding, and Vitality

Learn about the origins of tourmaline, the different varieties, and how you can use this stone to support your physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
A large tourmaline stone on a table top

If you're just starting to create your own energy healing kit, then you need to get yourself a tourmaline gemstone. A stone loved by energy healers and the entire holistic community, this beautiful and versatile crystal is among the best protection stones you can find. 

The tourmaline group is the largest in the mineral world, and it occurs in more colors and combinations than any other crystal family, even quartz. Its colors range from colorless to black, and each one has its own special meaning and unique properties. Of all its shades and different varieties, black tourmaline (or schorl) makes up 95% of all the existing tourmaline in nature, and it's the most common version you’ll find in gemstone shops.

Black tourmaline is a traditional birthstone for those who are born in October and it’s a fantastic chakra stone. It can unblock and balance different energy centers, which makes tourmaline a wonderfully versatile stone to add to your crystal collection.

In this article, you'll learn about the origins of this powerful mineral specimen, the different varieties, and how you can use the four main types of tourmaline to support your physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

Origins of Tourmaline

Tourmaline's name is said to come from the Sinhalese word “turamali,” meaning "something small from the earth" or “turmali,” meaning "mixed-color stone." These chameleonic crystals were often confused with other stones like peridot, emerald, ruby, garnet, blue topaz, zircon, and aquamarine.

According to the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), tourmaline crystal structures commonly occur in granite pegmatites, with Brazil being the world's leading source for almost 500 years now. Geologically speaking, if you look at a gem tourmaline from different angles, you'll notice that its color changes. This phenomenon is called pleochroism, and it's a significant physical property for gemstone crafters as they'll cut these gems in a way to best showcase their most captivating color.

During the 1500s, Portuguese conquerors arrived in Brazil and fell in love with colorful tourmalines, mistaking them for emeralds and sapphires. They then shipped them back to their home country, where they were used to create jewelry for royalty and wealthy members of society.

In the late 1980s, Brazilian miners discovered another variety of this gemstone's family, which they called Paraíba tourmaline, after the city where it was found. The Brazilian state of Minas Gerais became famous for the discovery of this vibrant blue-green elbaite tourmaline variation, which ended up going for $2,000 per carat.

Since tourmaline is the most common mineral in the world, it can be found in different locations around the globe, including:

  • Africa (Kenya, Malawi, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, and Tanzania)
  • Brazil
  • Pakistan and Afghanistan
  • Sri Lanka
  • United States (Maine, California)

Healing Properties of Tourmaline

Tourmaline has been used for centuries as a cleansing stone in shamanic rituals, and as a protection crystal against negative energies. If you need an energy boost and want to get rid of harmful thoughts, then tourmaline is the stone to have.

In this section, you’ll discover the properties of different tourmaline crystals and learn how to harness their powerful vibrations to enhance your physical, emotional, and spiritual bodies.

Black Tourmaline 

A hand holds a piece of black tourmaline

The black tourmaline family includes the schorl, buergerite, feruvite, and foitite varieties, which are easily distinguishable by their deep and dark colors. Needles of black tourmaline can also be found embedded inside clear quartz. When this happens, it’s called tourmalinated or tourmalated quartz. This combination of white and black colors is believed to perfectly represent the light and darkness inside every person.

Black tourmaline has a special connection to the zodiac signs of Virgo, Libra, and Capricorn. Like all black stones, black tourmaline's vibration shares a deep bond with the root chakra, making it a perfect companion if you're feeling anxious or stressed. Carrying this gem can help you feel grounded, present, and confident to overcome any difficult situation.

Black tourmaline may give you a clear perspective and deepen your connection with the physical world. If you’re continually overthinking or worrying about something you cannot control, hold on to black tourmaline

If you have a friend or loved one who keeps calling you to complain about their life (even though they do nothing to change their situation), keeping this crystal around the house can help protect your energy and dispel the dense vibrations they might be sending your way. (Even if they’re doing so unintentionally.)

Many believe that black tourmaline's energy can help strengthen your immune system, heart, and adrenal glands, as well as alleviate colon diseases. Some people carry it on road trips to relieve motion sickness. If you struggle with darkness and confined spaces, holding this gemstone may calm your nerves and prevent potential panic attacks.

Its protective energy is said to dispel the side effects of radiation emitted by cell phones, computers, and other electronics. Place a piece of tourmaline on your work desk to wake up your mind and increase concentration.

Blue Tourmaline

A piece of blue tourmaline embedded in surrounding rock

The blue tourmaline group includes the indicolite and olenite varieties. Due to its color, it has a close relationship to the throat and third eye chakras. It’s also an excellent stone for those born under the Taurus and Libra signs. This soothing crystal helps you bring past wounds to the surface, so you can get the closure and healing you need. It’s said to free the mind from emotional bonds, allowing you to explore your higher self and deep wisdom.

Carrying a blue tourmaline is believed to encourage open, clear, and honest communication and give you the courage to speak from the heart. Its vibration teaches you to keep an open mind and be tolerant, especially when encountering different opinions. This peaceful crystal can guide you towards a more harmonious life, enhance your intuition, and awaken your sense of responsibility and service to humanity. For these reasons, it’s considered the perfect amulet for charity and aid workers.

If you've been thinking about changing your career for some time, meditating with blue tourmaline might give you that last nudge towards picking a profession close to your heart. In the end, this crystal's theme is all about being sincere, acting more responsibly, and becoming someone other people can trust.

Energy workers often use blue tourmaline to help respiratory diseases, thymus and thyroid issues, bacterial infections, and kidney and bladder conditions. If you know someone who has sleep issues, give them a blue tourmaline as a present and advise them to place it under their pillow for a restful night.

Brown Tourmaline

A piece of brown tourmaline

Brown tourmaline is also known as dravite, and its vibration helps to open chakras, particularly the root and heart chakras. This duality allows you to stay grounded while keeping your heart open and connecting with your emotional side.

By carrying brown tourmaline, many believe you'll be protecting your aura from psychic attacks and cleansing your energetic field. This gemstone helps you feel more comfortable in large groups, which encourages social openness and interaction with your community.

Aries-born people are said to thrive under the guidance of brown tourmaline. It helps to increase stamina and soothe the mind. The main themes of this reassuring and calming crystal are acceptance, self-healing, and opening your heart to the world. 

If there are things about yourself you've been ignoring or harmful patterns that you need to address, brown tourmaline encourages you to bring them to the light so you can acknowledge and release these parts of your shadow self. If you know someone dealing with addiction or self-abuse issues, kindly give them a centering and heart-warming brown tourmaline. It might help them see and accept themselves as they are and guide them on a journey of self-love and healing. 

Physically, carrying this soothing stone is said to help purify the blood, balance the lymphatic system, and give relief to those who suffer from IBS (irritable bowel syndrome).

Green Tourmaline

Close up on green tourmaline crystals

Green tourmaline gets its beautiful moss color from the presence of compounds called chromium and vanadium. Also known as chrome tourmaline and uvite respectively, this comforting gemstone is closely connected to the heart chakra and the power of nature itself.

It’s considered a stone of energy and stamina, so if you've been feeling sluggish or have experienced chronic fatigue, green tourmaline might give you the boost you need. It's an excellent crystal for athletes and for those who lead active lifestyles.

As a true stone of the heart, it supports you in overcoming emotional issues associated with a father figure or with another masculine force in your life. Its vibration encourages gratitude, compassion, and patience, and awakens a sense of belonging. 

Green tourmaline's presence is said to quiet the mind, improve sleep, and magnify the effectiveness of herbs and plants in herbal treatments. It's believed to give you strength and courage, especially when you're confronted with change, as it inspires your creativity to overcome obstacles.

This vibrant green stone is considered a natural detoxifier that aids in intestinal issues and works as a tonic for the nerves. Many believe it promotes cellular regeneration, supports good sleep, and calms hyperactive children. 

Green tourmaline can be beneficial for those born under the zodiac sign of Capricorn. It’s considered a stone of manifestation that brings good luck, prosperity, and abundance to its wearer.

Other Varieties of Tourmaline

a watermelon tourmaline stone split in half

Here are several more types of tourmaline to consider for specific areas in your life.

  • Achroite: This colorless variety gives a clear perception of life
  • Liddicoatite: A rare type of tourmaline that provides insight into the causes of conflict 
  • Yellow tourmaline: Also known as canary tourmaline, it’s an energizing stone and positivity booster
  • Cat's eye tourmaline: Commonly carved as a cabochon, it brings serenity and generosity
  • Watermelon tourmaline: This bi-color stone is a combination of pink and green, and dispels anger and resentment
  • Red tourmaline: Also known as rubellite, this type of tourmaline helps to revitalize joy and passion in sexuality
  • Pink tourmaline: Heals emotional childhood wounds and helps to restore a sense of wholeness

Tourmaline: Protect Your Energy, Heal Your Past, and Feel More Vibrant

The tourmaline crystal is the perfect companion to boost your energy levels, cleanse your aura, and protect your home and office. As it comes in many colors, be sure to reference this guide to help you pick the one (or two or three) that fills your needs and attracts you the most.

No matter which variety you choose, you’ll be mesmerized and embraced by its vibrant and protective energy. By carrying a tourmaline, you may feel more self-assured, more inspired to take action, and confident that no matter where you go, this beautiful crystal has your back.

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