What is Dolomite? History and Current Uses
As mentioned, Dolomite is a rock-forming mineral. “It is the primary component of the sedimentary rock known as dolostone and the metamorphic rock known as dolomitic marble. Limestone that contains some dolomite is known as dolomitic limestone,” according to Geology.com. It is a 3.5-5 on the Mohs hardness scale.
Historically, the mineral Dolomite was first written about by Carl Linnaeus, a Swedish botanist, in 1778. But it was actually named after Déodat de Dolomieu, a French geologist, in 1791. Dolomieu was on an expedition to the Italian northern alps, where he found the mineral. Dolomieu noticed it was similar to Limestone, an already known mineral, but that his new discovery seemed different. So he ran some tests, diluting Dolomite in hydrochloric acid. He recorded that there was a lack of effervescing, something that does occur in Limestone. So he then published his discoveries. Not too long afterward, Nicolas Théodore de Saussure, a Swiss chemist, named the mineral after him!
We now know that Calcite, Barite, Fluorite, Quartz, and sometimes gold are minerals found within Dolomite. It has since become a very useful tool for the construction industry. Today, Dolomite is crushed and used as a material in concrete and asphalt. It can also be found in what’s called “dimension stone.” Dolomite is sourced in the USA, Mexico, Switzerland, Canada, and Spain.
Dolomite comes in a variety of colors. From an array of easy-on-the-eyes pink to white and gray, even red and yellow hues, this mineral is a natural beauty. Due to its varying appearances, Dolomite can activate multiple chakras. It has been known to activate the heart chakra. Working there, it helps stimulate blood circulation to the body, as the heart does. Dolomite has also been known to extend into the Third Eye chakra, enhancing your connection to the divine, Mother nature and your own intuition.
A stone related to the zodiac sign Aries, it’s a mineral perfect for those fiery personalities with a million and one goals they wish to achieve. As an Aries, you are ruled by Mars, the god of war and agricultural guardian. Dolomite can bring peacefulness to your often quick-to-anger attitude. It can also bring a sense of clarity to your overflowing to-do list. Dear Aries, don’t forget to add this mineral to your mystic rock collection!
Harmonizer of Nature and Energy
As the mineral that helps form majestic mountain ranges, it’s no wonder Dolomite has been known to bring harmonious energy to all things natural. If you’re feeling out of tune with earth, wind, and fire, let Dolomite remind you of all the majestic power that lives on our abundant planet. It can also restore your own energy if you find yourself with more-than-usual frantic energy or if you have been feeling low. Let it restore a natural balance that feels effortless to you.
Stimulator of Creativity
Breaking out the creative side of life isn’t always easy. We need a hefty mixture of motivation and inspiration to get the ball rolling. Dolomite sparks creativity, not just on a superficial level but in a way that encourages true, original thought from you. It’s the perfect mineral for writers, producers, inventors, and any artist that needs to come up with bright ideas on a daily basis.
Healer of Sorrow
A beacon of hope for those grieving or wallowing in sorrow, Dolomite can help pick you back up from off the floor. This glossy gem has the high vibrations to heal a hurting heart in many different aspects, but it specifically focuses on loneliness. It releases feelings of selfishness and helps you see the abundant side of life, harnessing in on your manifestation powers and opening the heart back up to accepting the trueness you deserve in life. Let Dolomite be your honest friend that sheds light back into your dark caverns.
Reliever of Pain
Much like it works to heal your heart, Dolomite also works to heal the body. Historically, in folklore, it was used to support the structural part of the body such as bones, teeth, skin and nails! Mostly, it was used to heal broken bones and rotting teeth. It was also known to provide a better oxygen supply to the lungs. More recently, it has also been said to relieve PMS symptoms in women, specifically reducing their mood swings and balancing hormones during this time.
How to Harness Dolomite’s Energy
As Dolomite can work with various chakras, it’s a good idea to use this glitzy mineral as a scan over your chakras. Let the stone decide where you need healing most! To do this, lay down, take a few deep breaths to center yourself, and move your Dolomite crystal up and down your body from the bottom to the top. The stone will work to release the negativity and harmonize the energy where it sees fit. Of course, you can use this opportunity to use other chakra-cleansing stones to enhance your session.
If you are an Aries or simply feel aligned with the Dolomite crystal, keeping it around your house can also offer optimal protection and a genuine connection to nature throughout the day. To cleanse the stone, do not try the traditional water method. Water can damage this gray beauty. Instead, try cleansing it with smoke, energy, sunlight, or moonlight.
Your Mountainous Mineral Friend
Are you ready to have the robust yet natural healing properties of Dolomite in your home? The same mineral that forms some of the most sought-after mountain ranges in the world? This unique stone has so much to offer—from creating concrete and asphalt roads to glorious mountain peaks to mind - and body -healthy vibrations. There seems to be nothing it can’t do.