Howlite gemstone is a naturally white stone with dark veins a glimmering lustre that often makes it similar in appearance to marble. Although it can also occur in transparent crystal form, this is extremely rare. Due to its porous nature, howlite can be easily dyed, making it a good substitute for the more fragile and much rarer turquoise.
This gemstone was discovered in Nova Scotia, Canada in 1868 by the Canadian chemist, geologist and mineralogist Henry How, who also gave it its name. He was made aware of this previously unknown mineral by miners who found it hindered their ability to get to the much softer gypsum they desired. Although discovered in Canada and appearing in countries such as Germany, Mexico and Russia, the majority of howlite is now mined in California in the United States.
Ranked as a 3.5 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness, it is relatively soft and so can be fashioned into spheres, egg shapes, ovals, pear shapes or more sophisticated shapes, such as skulls. It can also be tumbled and drilled to make beautiful beads.
Howlite gemstone is considered a calming stone that many use to help release stress. Howlite is a semiprecious stone associated with patience, the resolution of disputes, dispelling anger and enhancing good character. It stills the overcritical mind and increases dignity, decency and tact. It is also helpful for those who tend to procrastinate.
Keep howlite in a pocket to absorb your own anger and any anger or negative energy that seeks you out. It helps overcome judgmental attitudes toward others and self-absorption, strengthening the positive characteristics of your personality. It calms the mind and dispels turbulent emotions. As such, it is often used to treat insomnia. Place Howlite around your bed to create an energy fence and banish nagging thoughts and inner turmoil.
Traditionally, howlite has been used in the following ways:
- Relieving headaches and tension caused by stress or psychological pressure
- Mitigating diseases associated with malignant energy to help reduce aggression and negativity
- Bringing about peace and balance to a chaotic mind
- Helping to recall dreams and giving access to intuitive knowledge
- When placed on the third eye, aiding in recovering memories of past lives
- Protecting against the evil eye