Calcite is very often formed from sediments or mineral deposits of sea creatures which have extracted calcium from sea water to form their shells or exoskeletons. When they die, they form reefs, which over time, become chalk hills and mountains. Chalk is simply calcite. Given sufficient space and time, calcite will form crystals and compact structures in white, yellow, orange, red, green and blue.
Calcite is a carbonate of calcium and stimulates the metabolism of calcium in our bodies. It promotes the uptake of calcium in the bowel and strengthens the flora in the gut, ensuring good digestion and preventing build up of substances harmful to bones. Even when applied externally, calcite stimulates the metabolism of calcium from food and the uptake of calcium into the skeleton. Calcite also stimulates the mineralization processes that integrate calcium into the body’s structures, thus helping the biological processing of minerals that have been absorbed. In this way it promotes the regeneration of bones and cartilage.
A stone for old and young, calcite can help with osteoporosis, arthrosis, arthritis, rheumatism, meniscus and disc problems, and a range of back, knee and joint complaints. It may even help to accelerate the healing of broken bones. It certainly encourages the healing of tissue and bone. Calcite also promotes bone growth and overall development in children. It alleviates skin and intestinal complaints, stimulates blood clotting and strengthens and normalizes the rhythm of the heart.
Mentally and emotionally it brings stability, resilience, confidence and vigour, helping us to be more energetic, industrious and successful. It helps us transform ideas into actions.
Each strong, warm colour has its own unique healing qualities. Looking at the colours of calcite, I often find myself just wanting to eat them like lollies, or hug them close to my heart.
Article by Donna Mills
Research on the therapeutic qualities of the gemstones carried out by Michael Gienger.