8 Benefits of Amethyst Gemstone

by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM Published on , Last Updated on January 5, 2015


Amethyst gemstone offers certain benefits for body detoxification and health and is also one of the ingredients found in detox foot pads. This gem offers similar benefits as tourmaline, such as the far-infrared radiation and negative ion emission. While the benefits of amethyst gemstone are unknown to most, many of the researched applications for this stone are beginning to see the light. If you’re wondering how amethyst can improve your health, then please read on!

What is Amethyst Gemstone?

Amethyst is the rarest form of quartz and possibly the most popular form of quartz in the world. It’s a fairly hard gem, has six sides, and can be found within geodes all across the globe. Amethyst is usually available in crystal form or a mass. Nutritional analysis shows that some amethyst crystals contain naturally-occurring manganese. Many stones on the market are not natural; they are often heat treated to produce a darker shade of purple.

Throughout history, the purple, lilac, and lavender amethyst crystal have been associated with royalty. The crystals have also been used for a variety of health conditions throughout the ages, ranging from alcohol addiction and sleep disorders to pain and mental dysfunction. While research has yet to conclude that amethyst actually helps decrease symptoms associated with these health issues, emerging data displays amethyst as a powerful compound possibly helpful for detoxification.

How Can Amethyst Help You?

Amethyst has a myriad of natural aids for the body by producing small, detectable levels of magnetic fields. While high levels of magnetic fields are dangerous (particularly from electronics), the naturally-occurring magnetic fields from amethyst may actually produce favorable results in the body. Since the body has its own magnetic field, it is possible that amethyst interacts and exchanges energy with the body. [1]

This stone also generates far-infrared radiation, a type of long-wavelength radiation. All light and heat particles demonstrate this wavelength. X-rays have a very short wavelength, whereas visible light has a wavelength that is much longer. Far-infrared radiation has a variety of health benefits for the human body. Eight of these health benefits include:

1. Cell Regeneration

Far-infrared radiation is known to support healthy cell growth and regeneration. Scientific studies have shown that increasing infrared radiation may correspondingly increase energy levels in the body. This increase in energy is designed to promote the growth of healthy cells, possibly aiding in whole body growth. [2] Currently, the majority of experiments that verify these findings have been conducted with animals; however, results indicate that similar activity may occur in humans.

2. Sleep Support

We also know from experiments with animals and humans that far-infrared regulation may modulate sleep patterns. The low level of heat emitted by amethyst crystals may help provide a sense of calm for the body, possibly providing favorable effects for supporting a healthy sleep cycle.

3. Blood Circulation

Far-infrared radiation has been shown to aid blood circulation, particularly microcirculation among the capillaries in the skin. For a time, scientists believed that the circulation benefit from far-infrared radiation was in relation to infrared heat. A recent study, however, showed that it actually wasn’t heat but the radiation itself that contributed to circulation. [3]

4. Fluid Motility

Blood is not the only bodily fluid that improves in circulation ability in response to far-infrared radiation. The radiation increases the flexibility of blood vessels and may support the regulation of fluid transportation.

5. Mood Support

In one recent study, far infrared radiation-emitting discs were placed under the pillows of subjects during sleep. Subjects with the radiation-emitting discs hidden underneath their pillows reported a statistically significant increase in overall life satisfaction. This was in direct comparison with those who had a placebo disc.

6. Antioxidant Activity

Almost everyone has heard the buzz about antioxidants, and most of the population is aware of the general health benefits associated with these natural compounds. It turns out that the diet is not the only source of antioxidant activity. In fact, far-infrared radiation may promote antioxidant activity within the body, as well. [4]

7. Wound Support

Since far-infrared radiation increases circulation, it may promote wound healing by providing cells with the nutrients they require to repair themselves. Far-infrared radiation may also promote repair mechanisms in skin tissue, especially for patients with diabetes-induced skin damage. Skin damage related to chronic and acute conditions and reconstructive surgeries may also benefit from amethyst.

8. Bacteria Fighter

Last but not least, science shows that far-infrared radiation may aid in inhibiting bacterial growth by hindering the actions of certain growth-promoting enzymes. [5] Scientists have found that it is far-infrared radiation specifically, and not merely the heat, that inhibits the growth of some bacteria in the body. Regular heat therapy doesn’t seem to offer the same effect.

These are only a few of the many possible benefits of far-infrared radiation via amethyst gemstone. Now, let’s turn our attention to the negative ions found in amethyst. While the term “negative” might indicate harm, these ions are actually essential for promoting our health.

3 Benefits of Amethyst-Generated Negative Ion Emission

Negative ions are free electrons 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 for which they can combine. For this reason, negative ions are able to draw other particles if they are found in large enough concentrations. In theory, negative ion emission may draw certain free radicals out of the body. Amethyst crystals emit negative ions and can bring about the benefits of negative ion emission. Here are three benefits of negative ions:

1. Removing Toxic Particles from the Body

Negative ions appear to attract toxic particles to itself. For this reason, Detox Foot Pads contain amethyst crystal powder, which naturally contains negative ions, to help draw toxins out of the body. What’s more, studies have indicated that the size of the particles doesn’t matter. [6]

2. Respiratory Support

We also know that because negative ions have the power to draw out toxic particles from the body, it may aid in respiration by removing these particles from the lungs. [7] This could aid those with allergies or respiratory conditions. More research is needed, especially on humans, to find conclusive evidence for this benefit.

3. Removing Aerosol

Negative ion emission can remove dangerous chemicals like aerosol from the body in a similar way it does so in the air. [7] The compounds are carcinogenic, so finding ways of combating their entrance into the body is crucial for supporting health.

What are your thoughts on amethyst gemstone? Have you ever used it for health purposes? What were your experiences? Please let us know in the comments!


  1. Hall, Judy. Crystal User’s Handbook : An Illustrated Guide. Grand Rapids: Sterling Co., Inc., 2002.
  2. Inoue, Shojiro, and Morihiro Kabaya. Biological Activities Caused by Far-Infrared Radiation. International Journal of Biomereology 33 (1989): 145-50.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

  • Purple Smiley Hana

    Great article. Your explanation of amethyst health properties are very good. I’m wearing amethyst for a spiritual protection , because it is purple which is my favourite color & it is my birthstone. I’m not sure whether it influence my health but my guidance has keep telling me it does. Thank you for this & god bless :)

  • Kazina

    This is an interesting angle on explaining crystal healing as it is a hard realm to explain with current provided “science”
    Negative ions are awesome and it seems most Earth emits them so that’s not surprising. the radiation is intriguing, and if not for those there is also the chromotherapy aspect which has also been scientifically proven

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