Hematite gets its name the Latin word meaning ‘blood stone’. When found naturally, most hematite – an iron oxide ore – is red with rust. Hematite grounds and protects us, using magnetic energy to strengthen our connection with the earth, making us feel safe and secure. It endows us with self-esteem and survivability, enhancing willpower and reliability, courage, strength, endurance and vitality. A ‘stone for the mind’, Hematite stimulates concentration and focus, enhancing memory and original thought. Hematite also dissolves negativity and prevents you from absorbing the negativity of others. It helps to overcome compulsions and addictions, treating overeating, smoking and other forms of overindulgence.