Benefits of Amethyst Gemstone
One of the ingredients in our Detox Foot Pads is Amethyst Gemstone. This gem offers similar benefits of Tourmaline gemstones such as the far infrared radiation and the negative ion emissions. The benefits of Amethyst gemstones are very well-known. If you're wondering how amethyst can improve your health, then read on!
Amethyst Gemstone: What is it?
Amethyst is the rarest form of quartz. It's very popular and although it is the rarest form of quartz, it's fairly common in the world.
Amethyst is a fairly hard gem, as is quartz. It is usually a six-sided crystal and can be found within geodes across the globe. It can be in a crystal form or a mass. It also often contains manganese. Many amethyst stones aren't natural, however. They're heat-treated to produce a darker shade of purple.
Again, it usually appears purple, but this can range in shade from dark purple to lilac to lavender. But the best Amethyst is a medium, yet dark purple with bits of rose coloring. It has often been a symbol of royalty. Amethyst has been used for many purposes through the ages. It is thought to aid with alcohol addiction. In fact, the name amethyst comes from the Greek word meaning not drunken. It's also been used to relieve hearing problems, sleeping disorders and bodily pain. Others think it reduces the severity of mental disorders.
How Can Amethyst Help You?
Amethyst has a myriad of natural aids for the body. Like Tourmaline crystals, Amethyst gemstones produce small, detectable magnetic fields. Since your body also has a magnetic field, the Amethyst and your body can exchange energy with one another¹.
Amethyst is Quartz, which means that it is capable of increasing the size of your biomagnetic field by 100% within seconds of standing in its presence. This can replenish lost energy eroded by depressive episodes or physical harm. It can also increase your energy levels.
Now where do the benefits of Amethyst originate? Like other crystals, it has two important abilities that are responsible for its benefits: far infrared radiation and negative ion emission.
Radiation in the Far-Infrared Spectrum
Amethyst generates far-infrared radiation. What is this kind of radiation? Far-Infrared radiation is a 'long-wavelength' infrared radiation. All light and heat particles have a wavelength. X-Rays have a very short wavelength, whereas visible light's wavelength is much longer. But infrared light has very long wavelengths. Long-wavelength infrared is among the longest, and it is long even for the infrared spectrum. It is even used to do 'thermal imaging' or to represent an image according to its heat properties.
Eight Benefits of Far Infrared Radiation
Far infrared radiation has a variety of wonderful health benefits. I want to discuss eight significant properties of this far infrared radiation, and how they can improve your health.
- Cell-Growth Promotion
Far-Infrared radiation is known to promote cell-growth and cell-regeneration. Scientific studies have shown that by increasing the infrared radiation level in your body, you will have more energy to grow and re-grow cells in your body. The benefit of far-infrared radiation is that its wavelengths are very long, so they don't have enough energy to kill cells (like X-rays), but just enough to provide them with life-giving energy².
- Sleeping Aid
We also know from experiments with animals and humans that far-infrared regulation has what scientists call a sleep modulator effect. The low level of heat emitted by Amethyst crystals can help to calm your body, and help you sleep².
- Blood-Circulation Enhancement
Far-infrared radiation has been proven to aid blood-circulation, particularly what is called 'microcirculation' among the capillaries in your skin. For a while scientists believed that it was merely having heat around you that aided microcirculation, but a recent study has shown that isn't true³. Far-infrared radiation is more ably suited than mere 'conductive' heat in promoting increased and more effective blood circulation.
- Better Circulation of Bodily Fluids
Blood is not the only bodily fluid whose 'motility' or circulation ability is increased by far-infrared radiation. Far-infrared radiation increases the flexibility of your blood vessels generally speaking, and as a result, everything in the body reaches its destination more quickly. It also helps to speed up your overall fluid transportation.
- People Feel Happier
In one recent study, Far-infrared radiation emitting discs were placed under subjects pillows while they slept without their realizing it. Subjects with the radiation emitting discs under their pillows reported a statistically significant increase in their subjective satisfaction levels after several nights with the discs under their pillows. This was in comparison with those who had a placebo disc, so as to weed out placebo effects².
- Increased Anti-Oxidant Activity
We all know the benefits of antioxidants. They help us fight the aging process. Well, it turns out that far-infrared radiation promotes antioxidant production in the body4. To think that Amethest Gemstone can actually help produce antioxidants! It's really impressive. And it appears to work through the low-level heating process, although we do not understand the mechanism behind it well yet.
- Healing Power for Wounds
Because far infrared radiation increases the body's circulatory power, it can help wounds to heal by bringing cells the nutrients they need to repair themselves. Far infrared radiation helps to repair tissue that is damaged as a result of diabetes mellitus, reconstructive surgeries or other chronic and acute damage³.
- Fighting Bacteria
Last but not least, we know that far-infrared radiation helps to inhibit bacterial growth by inhibiting the enzymes that lead to their growth5. Scientists have found that it is far-infrared radiation specifically and not merely heat that inhibits the growth of some bacteria in the body. Regular heat does not have the same effect.
These are a few of the benefits of far-infrared radiation. Now,let's turn our attention to the health benefits of negative ions.
The Benefits of Amethyst Generated Negative Ion Emission
Negative Ions are free electrons or any simple molecule with a net negative charge. Ions are broken molecules with special electrical properties. Since they are 'broken' they naturally seek out other molecules and compounds that they can combine with.
For this reason, negative ions are able to draw other particles if they are found in large enough concentrations. Thus negative ion emission can draw bad particular and 'free radicals' out of your body. Amethyst crystals emit negative ions and can bring about the benefits of negative ion emission. Here are three major benefits of negative ions:
- Removing Toxic Particles from the Body
Negative ions will attract many toxic particles. From within our Detox Foot Pads negative ion emission from Amethyst Crystal powder will help to draw many different particles out of your body. Studies have shown that it doesn't matter the size of the particles, whether they are small or very small; negative ions may assist in pulling them out of your body6.
- Enhancing Respiration
We also know that because negative ions have the power to draw out toxic particles, it aids in respiration by removing these particles from your lungs7.
- Removing Aerosol
Negative ion emission can remove dangerous chemicals like aerosol from your body just as they can remove them from the air7.
- Hall, Judy. Crystal User's Handbook : An Illustrated Guide. Grand Rapids: Sterling Co., Inc., 2002.
- Inoue, Shojiro, and Morihiro Kabaya. "Biological Activities Caused by Far-Infrared Radiation." International Journal of Biomereology 33 (1989): 145-50.
- Yu, Shi-Yau, Jen-Hwey Chiu, Shiaw-Der Yang, Yu-Chen Hsu, Wing-Yiu Lui, and Chew-Wun Wu. "Biological effect of far-infrared therapy on increasing skin microcirculation in rats." Photodermatol Photoimmunol Photomed 22 (2006): 78-86.
- Lee, Seung-Cheol, Seok-Moon Jeong, So-Young Kim, Hae-Ryong Park, K. C. Nam, and D. U. Ahn. "Effect of far-infrared radiation and heat treatment on the antioxidant activity of water extracts from peanut hulls." Food Chemistry 94 (2006): 489-93.
- Sawai, Jun, Koji Sagara, Atsushi Hashimoto, Hideo Igarashi, and Masaru Shimizu. "Inactivation characteristics shown by enzymes and bacteria treated with far-infrared radiative heating." International Journal of Food Science and Technology 38 (2003): 661-67.
- Lee, Byung U., Mikhail Yermakov, and Sergey A. Grinshpun. "Removal of fine and ultrafine particles from indoor air environments by the unipolar ion emission." Atmospheric Environment 38 (2004): 4815-823.
- Lee, Byung U., Mikhail Yermakov, and Sergey A. Grinshpun. "Unipolar ion emission enhances respiratory protection against fine and ultrafine particles." Journal of Aerosol Science 35 (2004): 1359-368.