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What is Black Tourmaline? An Ultimate Guide – Benefits and Uses

The Powerful Psychic Protection of Black Tourmaline

Black Tourmaline for Psychic Protection, Grounding and Puriication Black Tourmaline is an incredibly high-frequency stone. It's one of the most well-known stones for grounding, protection, and purification for good reason!

It can help to protect and purify your energy, and can even offer protection and grounding at the level of your space or home.

I don’t think I need to clarify why you might want a little crystalline assistance with these things do I?

Well, let’s face it… While the world we live in today is absolutely beautiful, magical, and awe-inspiring… There is also an immense amount of stress, negativity, chaotic and detrimental energy, not to mention electromagnetic frequencies that we all encounter and have to deal with on a day to day basis.

Thankfully, we can tap into the power of Black Tourmaline which as an ally offers powerful psychic protection and so much more!

Okay… But What Is Black Tourmaline?

Black Tourmaline is first and foremost an incredibly versatile and protective stone.

Technically, as Robert Simmons shares in his book Stones of the New Consciousness: Black Tourmaline is a complex aluminum borosilicate with a hardness of 7 to 7.5. It has a hexagonal crystal pattern, and has vertical striations running along its main access.”

… But that may just make your head spin to read.

So looking at things from another lens. Sometimes called Schorl, Black Tourmaline is one of the most popular stones for crystal healing and other spiritual purposes.

Its uses are well documented in ancient Daoist Stone Healing practices… And of course, its commonly used today by many spiritual seekers, energy healers, and more!

Why The Black Variety of Tourmaline?

While Tourmaline forms in a variety of beautiful colors like Blue, Red, Green, Pink, or even Watermelon… The Black crystals are the most powerful of Tourmalines for their protective, detoxifying and grounding energy.

One of my favorite things about this stone is that it protects and shields you from negativity, that in our world today you just cannot avoid meeting.

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Black Tourmaline Protection Properties

When it comes to the protective properties of Black Tourmaline. Perhaps the most incredible is this stones ability to help keep your aura clear of imbalances, even when you're in direct proximity with detrimental energetic influences.

This is huge. As human beings, it's so natural and automatic to inadvertently take on energy from our surroundings. This can be a wonderful thing while meditating at the base of a pristine waterfall on Maui… But more often, you may find yourself feeling a bit worn out or drained as you navigate day to day life… This is often a result of picking up patterns and energies from around you.

One of the ways Tourmaline protects against this be seen in the way that Black Tourmaline shields you from the detrimental electromagnetic energies emitted from cell phones, computers, and the like. It shields you energetically by taking on the electromagnetic frequencies itself and safely stores it in its crystalline structure. Because of its deep black energy, it is able to hold a great deal of energy before it becomes less effective, at which point you can cleanse it energy and it goes back to work (more on that soon).

If you can imagine a lightning rod or a shield deflecting negative energy as you move throughout your day, that is a wonderful example for how this remarkable stone will work for you.

Physical and Emotional Benefits

There is much more to what Black Tourmaline has to offer than EMF Protection, because in a similar way to how Tourmaline absorbs detrimental patterns from your surroundings. It also works to pull out, and purify detrimental patterns, energies, and thought patterns held within your being too!

Black Tourmaline helps you to purify your energy and consciousness of whatever you're required to release in order to expand into the next levels of who you're able to become. 

In this, its an incredible stone of Spiritual Transformation!

In addition, Black Tourmaline is directly associated with your root chakra and so it will assist you in staying grounded and centered in the present moment, which is, of course, the place where all of your power and potential for inner growth and even outer manifestation resides.

You will love having this stone around throughout your day, when you meditate, even when you sleep!  It will not only help protect you psychically, but it will also cleanse your being from negative emotions and anxiety.

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In fact, its often recommended for those who are dealing with stress, negative thought patterns, anxiety, depression or feelings of unworthiness because of its purifying energy.

How do you get Black Tourmaline to work for you?

Tuning into the assistance of Black Tourmaline is as simple as carrying a stone with you (in your purse or pocket), wearing as stone as jewelry, or meditating with it to clear your energy of detrimental influences, and help to ground you in the present moment. I even know women who love tucking stones in their bras which is a great way to carry them too (though I can never seem to keep them in place there) haha.

Because it is so popular… Black Tourmaline is abundantly found throughout the world and so it’s is not just available to psychics, metaphysical healers and gem dealers, but rather is readily available and affordable to add to your collection.

I share some resources below for where you can purchase online.

How to Use Black Tourmaline

In addition to simply carrying Black Tourmaline with you, there is an immense benefit in connecting with the spirit of the stone. Tune into the energy of the stone with awareness and presence. Gaze into its crystalline structure and open your heart to it, and you will enjoy the benefits of connecting with the crystalline healing energy.

Black Tourmaline is also a good stone to program. Once you connect with your stone, ask it to help you keep your aura clear and shining bright, to protect your energy from negativity, and ask for its assistance staying grounded and centered in the present moment.

Place Black Tourmaline Under Your Pillow

Another easy and yet incredibly powerufl way to work with Tourmaline is to place one of these stones under your pillow as you sleep at night. This simple act will help to cleanse your aura and has been said to help ease joint pain, muscle pain, and discomfort. I can't say I've confirmed that last part as true… But I can confirm that sleeping with Black Tourmaline under your pillow can really help you to awaken more refreshed in the morning…

You'll be more rested and ready to take on the day and whatever comes your way, because Tourmaline has been energetically protecting you all night while you slept!

Create A Black Tourmaline Grid Around Your Home

Another great way to work with the protective and grounding energy of Black Tourmaline is to use 4+ pieces (these can be small tumbled stones) to create a grid around your house. Set the intention for the stones to protect your space, and then place the stones around your home in the corners.

When in place, your Black Tourmaline Grid will help to ground the energy of your home, helping you to stay more present, centered and balanced. The stones will also work to create a sort of protective barrier or shield, absorbing any detrimental energies that attempt to enter in your space, or are carried in with others.

How To Clean Black Tourmaline

When working with Tourmaline it is important to keep in mind that this is not a self-cleansing stone. This means, the Tourmaline will absorb detrimental energy and negativity and will hold it within its crystalline structure. If you do not go in and cleanse your crystals, they'll stop working as effective or at all!

The simple solution is to cleanse your crystals!

Cleansing Black Tourmaline can be done in a variety of ways… My favorite way is to soak it in salt water overnight, combined with the clear intention for it to release any detrimental energies, negative thought patterns, entities and inharmonious energy its absorbed into the light!

How do You Charge Black Tourmaline?

I personally feel its more important to energetically clear stones than it is to charge them… But if after cleansing your Tourmaline you still feel its energy is not shining as bright as it could be a great way to charge stones is to place them outdoors on the Earth under the light of the Full Moon, or out in direct Sunlight on a Clear Day.

When your stone is charged, the vibrational properties of Black Tourmaline are then activated and you can begin to benefit from its incredible energy.

All in all I absolutely love Black Tourmaline and I think you will too. It’s a stone that will have your back throughout your day, while you meditate, and even while you sleep.

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If you want to purchase Black Tourmaline, I definitely recommend you support your local Crystal Shop… When choosing a stone, follow your intuition and go with whatever stone you're most drawn to. If you don’t have a crystal shop near you, you can always order online. Just ask your angels to help make sure you receive the right stone for you!

It is truly remarkable that Mother Earth has provided us with the tools we need to shield ourselves energetically, and turn negative energies back into positive ones that will assist us in remaining clear, present, grounded and connected to her life force energy. It's just up to us to use discernment and choose and work with the things we resonate with.

Do you already own some Black Tourmaline? Was this post helpful for you? I love hearing from you… Leave a comment below and let me know!

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With love, light, and gratitude,

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Melanie Beckler

Melanie Beckler is an internationally acclaimed best-selling author, channel, and founder of Her books, Angel Messages, Angel Courses and CD's provide a direct link to the love, frequency & wisdom from the Angelic and Spiritual Realms for people around the world.

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  1. So recently in my life I haven’t been using crystals. I took a trip to south street to pick up some new ones, especially since I haven’t been able to find all of kind from moving; life has been very chaotic. I put a piece of black tourmaline under my pillow, and experienced a very very strange dream. It was a dark dream, and when I awoke in the middle of the night, I felt very sick and queasy. I pushed through it, and now that I’m awake in the morning I feel recharged and energized, cleansed. I also have smoky quartz, amber, amythst, and apache tears next to me. It feels so good to have the negative energy lifted!

  2. I really appreciate to your post about this magic stone, thanks slot. But where shall I get this stone?

  3. A few months ago I found a piece of black tourmaline in amongst crystals I’ve aquired, not sure even if I bought it, but it was there. I was drawn to it and have kept it close and try to wear it often especially at work where I have been fighting negative energies towards me and I definitely feel protected by it. Thanks for reminding me to place it under my pillow I really do appreciate all that you do for everyone xx

  4. I’d like to add my experience w/ black tourmaline, too. My life experiences were becoming far too negative. It seemed the more I was ‘positive’ the more nasty & ruthless people at work, or anywhere became. My family couldn’t believe how I seemed to ‘attract’ mean people, doing nothing. A holistic Dr. once advised I “get some crystals for you own health.’ I had no idea what she meant. After studying and good advice to go to an upcoming gem & mineral show, I bought a black tourmaline pendant. I added a wire wrapped clear quartz crystal I had laying in my jewelry box w/ it and wore it around my neck. Amazingly, I started to notice things changing. I would NOT have believed this if it wasn’t happening to me. There were angry, nasty people around me, but invariably their words or actions didn’t cause me job loss or severe stress again. I wondered if it was “just me.” Then, I lost my pendant. My angry boss turned her anger against me through the summer. Luckily the gem & min show was back in town just two months later. I found the other clear quartz crystal and bought a new black tourmaline wire wrapped pendant, put them both on. After six months, angry boss has just left, I still have my job. It really is a very protective stone. Good Luck.

  5. Hello. I have read that green tourmaline is also very helpful. Do the benefits provided by the tourmaline depend on the number of carats?

  6. Thank you so much for Sharing the vast information on Crystals, I actually purchased a dark purple crystal pendant that looks like the night sky ,I also bought a opal white one for my 16 yr old daughter whom took hers off and she has yet to find it ,so I gave her mind to wear because she started complaining of being touched by a presence @ night,since she has been wearing it the presence of something touching her or seeing the presence of a old woman staring at her in the corner has stopped, now I am concerned with myself not being protected. I want to where my Crystal, however I will wait until I can get her another one, first, for her protection. Amazon offers a vast variety of Crystals @ an affordable price, thank you ,so much Melanie, for if it were not for you,I would’ve never found out this information, with warm regards, Ms.Teona Monique Guy;!?) Blessings and divine love;!?)

  7. Dear Melanie, thank you for the article. I have ordered one for me to wear daily. But could you please tell me if that stone brings headaches? I have read many peple complaining about having headaches after putting the stone under the pillow.

  8. Hi, I make a bit of Jewellery to keep me sane….
    I’ve always Loved Crystals…..
    Recently purchased some Black Toumaline pieces to wrap…..
    It’s not the most attractive stone raw…..
    But I’m Definitely going to keep one in a spiral around me…..

    Been in a very Dark time…..
    Fortunately that’s shifting….
    Angels, protection, Reiki, Yoga, Meditation that’s my
    Crystals, Swami’s Devine Light and a Forgiving
    Husband and a Dog as my Best friend….

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