Howlite was named after Henry How, a Canadian chemist, geologist, and mineralogist who identified the stone in 1868 in Nova Scotia, where it was first found by gypsum miners. Today, howlite is typically found in California and Nova Scotia; it most often occurs as opaque white irregular shaped nodules with grey streaks.
Howlite is an aid to insomnia, especially when caused by an overactive mind. Howlite strengthens memory and stimulates the desire for knowledge, lending patience and helping to eliminate rage, pain and stress. A calming stone, Howlite calms communication, facilitates awareness and encourages emotional expression. Howlite brings mental awareness, both to current and past-life issues, and facilitates a calm communication of these issues.
Howlite aids in the absorption of calcium into the body; strengthening the teeth, bones and soft tissue; and may be helpful in cases of osteoporosis.