Black Tourmaline Healing Properties, Correspondences and Meanings

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One stone that’s always on the top of my list is Black Tourmaline. By the way… if you want to check out my Top 10 Must-Have Crystal List, head over here.

So, today I’m giving you the lo-down on all things Black Tourmaline.

Let’s go!

Black Tourmaline Properties

The large pieces pictured above, are really good quality pieces of black tourmaline, for instance: Chunky, hefty, smooth.

Of course, you don’t have to have this kind of quality (which is very difficult to find anymore). The lower quality type emobodies the SAME energy.

Just so you know, many black tourmaline mines have been closed. Specifically, a large mine in China, where my high-quality specimens came out of.  So, the A-grade is no longer readily available. And if you do find it, it’s going to have a price tag to reflect its rarity!

The common type that you’re seeing out there these days is more spindly; more splintery and friable (in the same way of some kyanite is, if you’re familiar with that raw stone), meaning they’re more brittle, but… they work just as effectively!

Often times, this stone will be accompanied by quartz and mica just like the above specimen.

Black Tourmaline is a workhorse for your energy field, and one of my top 10 must have crystals.

It’s a primo crystal tool for:

Transmuting Energy

I love this stone for transmuting energy, so if energy has a specific charge to it and it has a negative feel to it, black tourmaline is my go-to transmuter.

It’s excellent for bringing that energy back to neutral. For that reason, it’s always in front of me between me and my laptop. I’m transmuting that electromagnetic radiation coming off of the laptop. I’ve tested other crystals and things, and when I tested black tourmaline, I get good results.

It’s not the best thing. It’s not going to completely mitigate that energy, but it’s one thing I can do to help mitigate it.

Neutralizing a Space

I also like it for transmuting negative energy that people might bring into a space. For example, when I used to work in a classroom, which I left in 2012… I used to be a science teacher for those of you that don’t know: some people would come into the room and they were just a sheer joy, and some people would come into the room and they’d suck the energy out of the space. Talk about energy vampires. There weren’t too many of those thankfully, but black tourmaline was wonderful for helping to mitigate that.

I had them conspicuously placed throughout my classroom. Heck, I could get away with putting any rock in my room that I wanted to. I taught geology as part of my curriculum, so I could put anything I wanted and no one would question a thing.

black tourmaline

You can also make black tourmaline mojo kits and you can make room sprays with black tourmaline and all kinds of great stuff.

For the same purpose of transmuting energy in your space, Himalayan Salt is a great option and an entirely different approach to cleansing your space. Here’s another blog for you:  Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Himalayan Salt Lamps.

EMF Shield

I don’t like using silicates on my desk for the purpose of shielding from computer EMF, etc.

So, I hear people say, “Oh, put a piece of fluorite, put a piece of selenite, put a piece of citrine in front of your laptop.” Those crystals are silicates… and silicates amplify that energy. We use silicon chips in our electronics to make them work better, so I don’t want to amplify that energy. Anyway, let me get off my soapbox 😉 I go into that a lot more in my Certified Crystal Healer Course.

What I DO like to use for this purpose is a chunk of BT! (black tourmaline)

I also have a blog post here going into detail on crystals I like to use to help lower EMF exposure.


The surface of our planet is covered in free electrons, which are very attracted to us (water + minerals)…if we allow them to be.

grounding black tourmaline

Problem is, we’re usually well insulated from these free electrons with our rubber soled shoes and carpeted or tiled floors so there’s very little if any direct contact happening and we’re depriving ourselves from Mother Earth’s balancing restorative energies. In other words, we’re disconnected.

This stone (BT) is ideal for helping us to connect and ground to Mother Earth.

Tourmaline Lore

Ancient peoples were (are) very aware of all of this and knew to monitor the cycles and to stay closely connected to the planet. Being closely in-tune allows us to regulate many bodily functions and feel plugged in. GROUNDED… dissipating any excess energy to the ground.

Our body’s various vibration frequency can move our body out of our dominant oscillary rate very easily when we experience stress, which we are constantly doing, especially since we are not regularly connecting with Mother Earth to re-balance.

Vibrational healing (like crystal healing) oscillates and naturally entrains our body back to its base resonant frequency.

I highly recommend staying grounded as much as possible and, yes, we can use crystals to help us to do that:

Black Tourmaline Geology

While there are many different varieties of Tourmaline (I talk about Watermelon Tourmaline over here), you’ve probably noticed we are focusing on black tourmaline for this blog. 😉

Some of the main geological properties include:

  • Mohs Hardness of seven to seven-and-a-half
  • Also known as Schorl, a complex aluminum borosilicate
  • While the mine I mentioned the mine in China has closed, BT is also found in Mexico, Africa, United States, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, and Russia


Black Tourmaline has two critical physics properties:

  1. It’s pyroelectric
  2. It’s piezoelectric

Both which mean that, essentially, it can polarize and transduce electricity and energy. It’s one of the reasons why I find it to be such a powerful and effective stone to work with.


Black Tourmaline is associated with the Root Chakra and the Earth Star Chakra.

The Root Chakra is located at the base of your spine and is associated with all things foundational including your sense of safety and security. It’s all about the fundamental things we need for survival. The Earth Star Charka, while not technically not one of the seven main chakras, it’s known as a “transpersonal chakra”…  located about six inches below your feet.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this spotlight on Black Tourmaline!  What do you think about this workhorse mineral?  Share with me in the comments below.

Crystal Blessings,

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    2. I learned a lot about the Black Tourmaline.Thought it only took away negative energy.I learn a lot more from you.Thanks for sharing your great Knowledge with all of us.

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  1. What a great article. I find Black Tourmaline one of the best stones to work with. I’ve been using it a lot for the last for months.

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  2. Hi, HM, Cathy comments. I miss you all! Trying to ‘splain crystals to my 7 yr old Grand daughter about crystals. Any ideas if she is too young? Did not have much time either–her sister is 2, so not enough time to concentrate. And of course, Easter week took precedence. Can I forward this info to her Mom about black tourmaline?

    Love your site!! Cathy Hall

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  3. I agree Black Tourmaline is a crystal workhorse. I enjoyed the information about grounding. Thank you for the easy to understand information

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  4. Great blog, HM 🙂 I NEVER leave my house without my awesome BT pendant that I wear down at my Solar Plexus. I also have four nice sized chunks of BT in each corner of our trailer to keep us safe when on the road (my hubby complains about the extra weight, LOL.) I, too, have it in-between my laptop and myself (along with meteors from the Meteor Crater in Winslow, Arizona and some Dravite.) BT is actually all around me all the time! I really enjoy your blogs, and LOVED your CCH program (that I graduated from in February.) Thank you!

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  5. I really learn a lot from you, and hope you overcome this issue you are dealing with now.
    This is an amazing lot of information that I needed. You are an amazing teacher, and you have the ability to get through to me. I treasure your time and effort for sharing your information with all.

  6. Great post! What is the best way to charge black tourmaline? I have several pieces that are splintery (not smooth) and I notice the more I handle them, the more they flake.

    Thank you!

  7. thank you for sharing the information, it is well presented
    I use black tourmaline for many years for cleansing and protection, it works great – indeed doesn’t matter much if it’s flaky, full block, polished or tumbled… I have it near to my desktop and another one in my pocket every time I go out
    regarding your health, every spiritual worker, crystals or not, really invested in this, has a difficult time regarding health for the last months, especially – there are reactions which are targeting our vulnerabilities… in the physical or emotional body
    take care of yourself <3

    1. Thank you so much, there was a few things I didn’t know about black tourmaline. BT is one of my fav.’s I have all around the house. Take care of yourself Ladybug xxxx.

  8. Always love to read you HB,great blog on black tourmaline,I’ve been working with it for a while now.Always carry one with me and have another one on my desk where I use my PC.Works pretty well for grounding purpose that I really needed.
    Take good care of yourself. Leaving you with a lot of love and White Light.

  9. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    I love black tourmaline and this has helped me to understand why.

    Can’t wait to learn more!

  10. Good post on BT …I work in a naturopathic clinic and use 4 BT to ground the space (in each corner) because of all the different and various energies people bring in with them. 💎💎

  11. Hi Stephanie , I find black tourmaline is great for grounding , but i also have a large piece near my bed to help be painfree/ less pain, so i can sleep , I have fibromyalgia and i strongly believe mine is not as severe because of my crystals , meditation and what i eat . I do not take medication , though absolutely no judgement to anyone that does its an individuals choice , though black tourmaline is fantastic for pain relief as is rose quartz and kyanite. Just my experience anyway . Take care many blessings x

    1. Tracey, thank you for recommending black tourmaline for sleep. I will give that a try tonight. I also want to follow up on your idea for using it and the other stones for pain relief. I have signed up for the eighth annual Food Revolution Summit scheduled for April 27 through May 5. Maybe this would be of interest to you. Like the presenters of the summit, I view food as the ultimate medicine. The program is online and free. Just do a search and you can join in. Blessings and good health to you.

  12. You provide so much information and I thank you for all the time and love you put into this info. I wish you love, light and better health.

  13. Thank you so much for this interesting and insightful blog. I have made myself a BT and Selenite necklace which I find very grounding and protecting as well as refreshing. You have made me realize just why BT is such a go to stone for me.

    Sending you much love and healing energy. <3

  14. Hey Hibiscus, I just read your email about dealing with chronic illness etc. I hope you are doing well and just wanted to thank you for everything crystal and healing related that you give.
    May the crystals bless you and heal you, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

  15. i’ve stumble across your YouTube channel and was interested in learning more about how crystals works. I live in a small east Texas town and while with friends we jumped over to another small antique town and while shopping for antiques I met a couple whos grandson is autistic who overheard me asking if they knew of any shops that would have crystals, etc. They said no, but their 10 year old grandson told there was a shop and then he ran into the back of the store and brought out his collection of crystals. He thought they were just rocks. I pulled up your website and showed him a couple of crystals and he was very interested. I told his grandparents to read your blog and watch your YouTube channel. So, I went down and got a nice chuck of BT and a beautiful smokey quartz. I am still learning how these work, but was excited on my finds. I wish I could share a photo to show you. Each was about $30.00 which I thought that was a good price. 🙂

  16. Hibiscus Moon! Thanks for the positive work that your doing. Although only just been recently following the newsletters and YouTube channel my curiosity into crystals and holistic health has increased. I’v been encouraged by the transparency and openness you’ve shown in sharing some of your health experiences and the courage to pursue your passion. The light fun loving energy I feel from your posts and blogs is great. Keep up the good work! Happy Earthing!

    Blessings ; )

  17. thank you hibiscus moon for all your time .i have learned alot of information i am really interested in . i find i have to go over it again and again to make it stick in my brain.

  18. What I realized in meditating with crystals is that it works on how and what crystals you want to work with. On the off chance that you are taking a shot at something particular in your life, get clear on what that is and maybe record it. When picking meditation crystals I think of what lines up with your objective. Given above descriptions of different crystals and what they are capable off then you are good to go. Or on the other hand, you can rely upon your intuition.

  19. So glad you are feeling better Hibiscus ….. sending you tons of continuing Positive Healing Energies and Light.
    Thank you for all that you do to pass forward information and tools for learning. ox…

  20. Thanks for the bare bones update on Black Tourmaline HM 🌺 This was just the refresher that I needed. Straight forward and concise information. I was recently blessed with a sizable & dynamic specimen that I just couldn’t get enough of when I needed it the most and now I know why. BT is definitely on my never leave home without it list because nothing else grounds me like it does 🥰

  21. Currently waiting for my two larger pieces of black tourmaline at the moment! Can’t wait to work with them. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us 🙂

  22. This was such a helpful blog. I definitely will be utilizing all of the properties that Black Tourmaline has to offer. Thank you for your knowledge. I’m hopeful to win one of your kits.
    Much love!!

  23. From what I know, Egyptians believed that Tourmaline came to Earth from the core of the earth, after passing over the entire sky on a rainbow-lit day and turned into the celestial gemstone that it is now. To the aborigines and shamans of the west, tourmaline protected the wearer from all evil while Indians believed that Tourmaline brought direction and destiny closer to present tense.

  24. Hi i love listing to you and reading all the information you write . I am learning to understand and use crystals this is very new to me. Thankyou for helping me along my path.

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