Amethyst is a gorgeous purple variety of quartz that is commonly used as a gemstone in yoga jewelry and mala beads. The name “Amethyst” comes from the Ancient Greek language from the root words a and methustos, which translates to “not intoxicated.” This meaning is due to the Greecian belief that wearing Amethyst protected its owner from drunkenness.
In Tibet, amethyst is considered sacred to Buddha, possibly due to its ability to activate and balance the 6th chakra (third eye). Amethyst is said to cure impatience, balance high-energy, eliminate chaos, promote clarity, and help keep one grounded. Amethyst encourages spiritual development and is an excellent stone for use in meditation and other spiritual practices.
Amethyst is known to assist in calming the mind, reducing the symptoms of insomnia, and promoting restful sleep. This stone can help reduce stress, headaches, and assists in the function of the pineal and pituitary glands (considered to be connected to the third eye and crown chakras). Amethyst can also help with hormone production, strengthening the immune system, cleansing the organs, and reducing bruising and swelling. It is also known as an emotionally supportive stone that can be helpful in overcoming addictions.
Wearing and using Amethyst mala beads is a powerful and efficient way to access the healing benefits of this gemstone in your yoga practice and daily life. If you have a meditation altar, placing your Amethyst mala on it will also help to empower and activate the space for healing. All of the following mala bracelets and mala necklaces contain Amethyst gemstones: