The Black Tourmaline


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This almighty protector can be found in the United States, Africa, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Australia, and Pakistan. Also called Schorl, black tourmaline is one of the most popular stones used in spiritual practices today. Used mostly for protection, including psychic protection and protection from Electro Magnetic Fields, it is usually recommended for anyone living or working in challenging and uncomfortable environments. This is because Black Tourmaline works as an etheric/ supernatural vacuum cleaner”. It cleans and clears all negative energy and cleanses the aura, making it an that excellent talisman for anyone struggling with anger issues, unwanted thoughts, and anxiety and or anyone who is around such people at work or in the home.

Noted as one of the strongest grounding stones, Black Tourmaline offers a connection between the Earth and the human spirit. It has an energy that helps us stay aligned, balanced and with both feet well planted to the ground.  It invokes a sense of power and self-confidence, allowing a clearer, more authentic and true view around the self and the world we live in. This black beauty also proves useful when facing challenging and difficult situations and/or people, which is why it is also well renowned for protection against the ‘evil eye’.  

If you are one of those people who experience night terrors or nightmares, or you know someone who does… then a Black Tourmaline is definitely a must have. Not only will it help with unwanted dreaming, but it can aid in a sound sleep as well. This is due to the fact that this gemstone contains traces of iron. Iron treatment has been thought to enhance sleep quality, so there are numerous benefits to having one of these guys in your bedroom.

Above I mentioned challenging situations and challenging people, day to day encounters with such energy can literally be life sucking and taxing on so many aspects of our lives. Black Tourmaline, in addition to protection, helps us stay calm, cool and collected, offering soothing vibrations and alleviating stress, fears and the general worry that goes hand in hand with drama.

Who in this day and age doesn’t need a vice that eliminates negative energy? If you aren’t nodding at your screen right now, then you are telling tattle tales to not only me but to yourself. We are so vastly surrounded by noise, chaos and negativity these days that staying a state of peace and happiness and very often be a struggle. Black Tourmaline is a precious addition as it clears the negative energy that surrounds it and is also said to transform these energies into positive ones. Black Tourmaline is undeniably one powerhouse of a gem, providing plenty of properties to help our overall well-being and health physically, mentally and emotionally.

Another interesting thing to note about Black tourmaline is that it’s a pyroelectric stone. This means that it produces electricity when it becomes heated. In addition, it is also piezoelectric, meaning that it is capable of storing electrical charge as well.  So, if you spend long hours using your cell phone or working on your laptop, then it is best to keep a medium to large size piece nearby. This helps clean your space of all unhealthy and disruptive EMF’s.


Although it is said that Black Tourmaline does not need regular cleansing, it does not mean that it should not be done. Unbeknown to many this stone is actually not a self-cleansing stone. Just because it transmutes the negative energies it absorbs, doesn’t mean it doesn’t need a ‘good shower’ here and there. If you do not cleanse it, black tourmaline will eventually stop working effectively, so here are a few ways to give your guy a cleanse when you feel it’s needed.

  • The most common way is burying the black tourmaline completely in a container filled with concentrated form of a salt such as dry sea salt or himalayan salt. Leave it for a few hours or even overnight. After that, remove it from the container and throw away the salt.

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  • Soak the stone in salt water for 2-3 hours. It is important to note that the structure of Black Tourmaline is vulnerable to lengthy periods of time submerged in water so if this is the way you chose to cleanse, be mindful of the time.
  • A tired Black Tourmaline can also be cleansed by saging the stone. Simply, wipe down the crystal with a damp cloth, light the sage and burn around, underneath and above it while you shower the space with the intention of clearing and cleansing.

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  • Place under the light of Full Moon

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Whichever way you choose to cleanse, the importance of doing so to maximise the benefits of this magical earthling is huge…. Once cleansed and refreshed you can start utilising the incredible list of blessings that the Black Tourmaline was created to gift all of us.


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