Black Tourmaline

EMF Protection. Grounding. Purification

The Master Protector

Chakra: Root (1st)

Element: Earth

Zodiac: Libra

Crystal System: Hexangonal

Hardness: 7-7.5

Origins: Brazil, Pakistan, Africa and Maine

Physical: Provides pain relief, strengthens immune system, bowel/colon diseases, heavy metal detox.

Emotional: Cleanses emotional body of negative thoughts, anxieties, anger and feelings of unworthiness. 

Spiritual: Grounds spiritual energies, bringing a clearer expression of Light.

Mantra: "I am safe, protected, and balanced as I embark upon my inner journey."

ૐ Metaphysical Properties

Black Tourmaline is a highly protective stone and unique as it changes negative energies into positive ones. It is also a stone of purification, protecting from negative emotions and intentions and cleansing the aura and emotional body of stress, anxieties, anger or feelings of unworthiness. 

Black Tourmaline is extremely grounding and brings a feeling of security, energising and balancing the chakras. It helps to clear, cleanse and unblock energy blockages within your body or home. It also shields and detoxes from electromagnetic radiation - TVs, computers, cellphones. Black Tourmaline shields you from psychic vampires (those who drain other's energies - usually without knowing it) and deflects the negative energy back to the origin. 

Black Tourmaline increases physical vitality and inspires a positive attitude. Black Tourmaline helps to ground and clear the Root Chakra, which is located at the base of the spine and controls the energy for kinesthetic feeling and movement. When the Root Chakra is physically out of balance the symptoms will manifest themselves as lethargy, low levels of activity, low enthusiasm, and a need for constant stimulation. When its spiritual energies are out of balance, you will feel flighty, disconnected from reality, and distant. When the Base Chakra is in balance, the physical body regains its strength and stamina, and the spiritual energy is rekindled in the form of security and sense of one’s own power. It often leads to independence and spontaneous leadership.

Physically, Black Tourmaline stimulates the reflex points associated with the lower back, legs, ankles and feet, and may be used to realign the spinal column. It provides pain relief and assists with strained or torn muscles, numbness, arthritis, and scar tissue. Black Tourmaline strengthens the immune system, heart, and adrenal glands, and is also beneficial in treating the bowels, constipation, IBS, and diseases of the colon, as well as ridding the body of heavy metal toxins and environmental pollutants.


☥  In History

In Africa, Black Tourmaline was once used as a stone to awaken one from “the dream of illusion". Ancient ceremonies in India included the use of the gem as a tool to bring insight and help in the discovery of that which is good. It would also serve to make known who or what was the cause of troubles or evil deed, and to indicate a good direction in which to travel.

Black Tourmaline was also highly valued by alchemists who, perhaps because of its pyroelectric effect, believed it to be related to the philosopher’s stone. This was said to be the substance that would grant enlightenment, give power over spiritual affairs, reconcile opposites and change base metals to gold. The stone has been used by tribes in Africa, Native Americans, and aboriginal groups in Australia as a talisman that protects against all dangers.

☽  How to Use

Black Tourmaline is a shamanic stone, providing protection during ritual work and scrying. To use Black Tourmaline in purification and protection rituals, create a circle of eight small natural stones for a protection circle or place upon an altar.

Black Tourmaline is one of the most common meditation crystals, as it is exceptionally grounding to the Earth's energies, freeing one to explore the spiritual world without harm or danger, and provides high levels of purification for the auric field and the etheric body. 

Carrying Black Tourmaline can keep your auric field clear of imbalance or destructive energies. It soothes panic attacks and fears, especially those caused by dark or confined spaces, or in places where the atmosphere is frightening. 

Wear this crystal for protection against emotional/psychic vampires who burden you with their problems but do nothing to improve their situations.

Place Black Tourmaline around your home and close to electrical devices such as mobile phones, TVs, microwaves, computers, etc. It provides an excellent shield against environmental pollutants, electromagnetic smog, and radiation. 

Tourmaline is known to strengthen the sense of smell, and in that respect, can also enhance the perception of pheromones which produces an aphrodisiac effect. Black Tourmaline is also used to treat motion sickness. It may also assist in restoring luster and shine to hair and nails.

☋ Cleansing

Cleanse your Black Tourmaline crystal using any of the following methods:


Hold your Black Tourmaline under running water and ask the Universe to remove all negativity from this crystal. Alternatively, leave your crystal to sit bowl of water for several minutes. If you are near to a natural running river, Black Tourmaline stones can be placed in an organza bag and left for a short time in the running water. Running water can also energise as well as cleanse the stones at the same time.


Half-fill a glass bowl with sea salt (or cooking salt) and place your crystal directly into the salt. Either bury them into the dry salt or leave them on the surface. They should be left in the salt for several hours, overnight or for several days. Then thoroughly rinse the crystal under cool running water to remove any remaining salt. Don't forget to throw away the salt after use - Never re-use as it will have absorbed negative and unwanted energies.

Another salt method is to leave your crystals in a sea salt/water mixture, as per the water method.


Hold a burning sage smudging stick near the Black Tourmaline crystal so that the smoke fills the air around it. You can also hold your crystal in and near the smoke. Ask for cleansing, protection or dedicating love to your crystal. Discover our range of smudge sticks.


Place the Black Tourmaline crystal directly on top of a piece of Selenite for around 6 hours (or as long as you feel guided to leave them). Our powerful Selenite Cleansing Sticks are perfect for this purpose.


Sound Healing allows a single pitch or tone to wash over an area, bringing it into the same vibration as the tone. Long trusted by the ancients, singing bowls or Tingsha cymbals are handcrafted to sacred tones and are the ultimate sound healing tool. Simply hold the sound close to the crystal for a few minutes minutes. Ideal for cleansing multiply crystals at once or very large or delicate stones that are not easy to move. See our collection of Sound Healing tools here.

♡ Charging

Crystals can replay any sort of vibration that you bestow upon it, simply using your intention. Your Intentions emit a specific frequency of vibration of which crystals have the ability to store and emit. You can program your Black Tourmaline crystal to replay with a particular energy, belief or new paradigm that you are trying to cultivate or to assist with specific projects and tasks. 

Follow these steps to charge your Black Tourmaline:

  • Determine what you need assistance with and the energy that you would like your crystal to emit.
  • Ask your crystal if it is willing to partner. You will feel a clear yes, excitement even if the answer is affirmative. A neutral feeling is also a yes. No will usually feel like a strong resistance and is easiest to sense.
  • Hold your crystal to your heart and then to your third eye. With clear intent, imagine the task projected into the crystal. Extend the crystal in front of you to the point where you can envision the crystal, your heart and your third eye linking to form a triangle and lock in the purpose.
  • State aloud the “program” and thank the crystal for being a willing transmitter of this frequency.

Your charged crystal is now ready for use! Keep it close or hold it when you would like to amplify the program. Remember, the magic and power is within you, crystals are a wonderful tool to magnify our natural, metaphysical abilities.

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