If you are new player in the arena of crystals, semi precious and precious stones, either as collector, beginner in gemology, or member of the new age community interested in energy healing, chakra balancing or similar areas, chances are you have never heard of Lepidolite. This is a shame really, since Lepidolite possesses a range of physical and metaphysical properties everyone can benefit from.
When I bought my first lepidolite tumbled stone, I had no idea what wondrous properties dwell hidden in this very special gem. Its external beauty was pretty much obvious --- its most frequent color is delicate and cunning pale rose to rose, and some have reported even white specimens. The vibrational power of this mineral were equally not so difficult to sense (even if one is not really open toward the spiritual side of stones), but what could convince even the greatest skeptics is the fact that this stone belongs to the group of lithium rich minerals (more about the other healing and therapeutic properties of Li stones you can find here
). It contains from 3 to 5 percent of lithium, and all we need to say is to recall how important Li is in treating some mental disorders. Therefore we might say that in the metaphysical sense it has some antidepressant qualities.
The physical properties of lepidolite
This stone can be transparent or opaque, but mostly you will be able to find solid specimens without transparency. Therefore, it is not a gemstone material. It belongs to the phyllosilicate group of micas. Muscovite is another popular mineral from the mica group. These silicates arrange their silica tetrahedra in cyclic manner, building separate planes. These planar structures are the reason why these materials come in sheets that can be easily separated from the whole. Notable occurrences are in Colorado, Brazil and Madagascar.
Lepidolite's formula is K(Li,Al)3(Si,Al)4O10(F,OH)2. Basically we see that besides lithium, which lepidolite is a secondary source of, there are also potassium, and fluorine present in the structure. What is not contained in the above expression is that in this mineral there are also some quantities of rubidium and cesium, elements that are not so common in the silicates.
The meanings, healing, and metaphysical
This stone encourages independence and protects from any number of external influences when it comes to setting and following your priorities. It is of great help to relieve the consequences of everyday stress. Placed near the pillow, it promotes peaceful sleep without bad dreams and nightmares. In combination with rose quartz, lepidolite becomes stone of renewed love.
On the level of physical health, it can help with joint related problems, enhances blood circulation and protects the heart muscle. It reduces depression, relieves insomnia, and strengthens the nervous system. This is one of the best love stones. It can help us to accept others as well as our own being.
Lepidolite is able to dissolve many blockages from the past that manifest in our present life. In addition, this stone is able to induce deep relaxed states of mind, peace and serenity. Some crystal therapy healers use it as a tool for diagnostic purposes during the crystal healing seances. Placed on the affected area of the body, it can be put into gentle vibrations, effectively directing our attention toward the possible problem.
The research I did indicated that Li+ in Lepidolite and other stones containing lithium are not bioavailable (as are other Lithium compounds such as salts, orotate and aspartate that are compounded pharmaceutically). So how can we receive the lithium benefits, especially through skin? I would love to have this explained and
find that there is bioavailability. Thank you. - Virginia
You are right, Lepidolite does not contain any bioavailable lithium. The point is that in this case the action of lithium is purely metaphysical - it cannot be
proved by the methods of conventional science. The same way you cannot prove homeopathy in a conventional way.