Pain Relief, Emotional Support and Courage
Bloodstone is a variety of jasper or chalcedony also known as heliotrope. The red inclusions are supposed to resemble spots of blood, hence the name Bloodstone.
Bloodstone is found in India, although there are also sources in Central Europe, Australia, Middle East and in Scotland.
The Ancient Greeks called it the Sun Stone. Babylonians used engraved Bloodstones in their divination. This stone garnered a reputation of sacred power in the Middle Ages when the Bloodstone meaning was linked to the crucifixion of Christ. The legend holds the belief that the blood from His wounds dripped on the dark green earth, which turned to stone.
Bloodstone is known as a stone of courage. In ancient times, bloodstones were believed to be magical stones. Warriors used to carry bloodstone amulets with them to help stop the bleeding from their wounds and to protect them from the evil eye.
Bloodstone is often used as a reminder of the saying "life is a pain", and we should not allow struggles to overwhelm us, but instead embrace them as a part of life and a way to make us stronger. The gemstone will absorb some of the pain of the situation in itself, meaning that although you are still conscious of the pain, you have a certain disconnect between yourself and it. It stimulates noble sacrifice and altruistic character.
Bloodstone is a powerful stone of emotional support, so should be integrated into your life in difficult or emotionally traumatic times. If you feel as if you're continually being kicked when you're down or the world is just continuing to treat you badly, Bloodstone will help pick yourself back up and carry on constructively and positively.
Bloodstone can give you a bit a mental kick paying attention to your own emotional cues, recognising your problems so that you can go about solving them, become stronger and deal with the world in a head-on fashion. It is one of the most efficient and effective stones for coping with serious, immediate dangers and problems.
Bloodstone is said to help cure ailments involving blood. It will help to stop nosebleeds, anaemia, blood disorders and will improve the circulation of blood.