The Healing Properties of Crystals



Quick Overview

  • Pronunciation:

  • Formula: Na4(AlBeSi4O12)Cl 

  • Stone Qualities: Heart centered, Passion, Emotional Opening

  • Hardness (Mohs): 4

  • Chakras: Heart (4th)

  • Zodiac: Leo

  • Locality: Greenland


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Tugtupite, also sometimes referred to as “reindeer stone,” was discovered in 1962 and is related to sodalite. It forms in intrusive, high alkali igneous rocks and belongs to the silica-deficient feldspathoid group of minerals. It is a rare tectosilicate that also contains chlorine and sodium. It comes in pink, crimson, white, green and blue, has a specific gravity of 2.36 and a Moh’s scale hardness of 4, a vitreous luster and is transparent to translucent. It is tenebrescent, meaning that it possesses the fascinating ability to change color when it is exposed to sunlight. Under ultraviolent radiation, it has a crimson fluorescence, and it is a non-radioactive substance. Tugtupite occurs in Greenland (where it was first found), Quebec, and Russia.


In the metaphysical world, tugtupite is considered to be a stone of unconditional love. In Inuit legend, it is attributed to “Tutu,” or the “reindeer girl.” It is said that Tutu gave birth to her firstborn child in the mountains and, during the process, life-giving blood seeped down into the stones, creating tugtupite. Thus, tugtupite has always represented life, fertility and romance. Upon carrying this stone with you or, preferably, wearing it on a necklace on a regular basis, you should experience the opening of both the heart and thymus (or higher heart) chakras. These chakras would then be excited by the vibration of this crystal and awaken and intensify inside of you the feeling of love, in its totality and magnificence. You may also notice enhanced romance, passion and fertility within your relationship with your significant other, even in circumstances where love was previously lost and/or where one or both of you were feeling apathetic. In fact, the Inuit claimed that the stone itself can glow red according to the intensity of the love felt between lovers. In order to experience the astounding transformation awaiting you in the company of tugtupite, all you must do is be willing to embrace the intensity of the stone. Beware, however, that the opening of your heart does not only ensure an incoming of happiness, but also grief and sorrow stemming from traumatic events from your past. This may initially prove uncomfortable, but rest assured that these emotions can then be processed in a healthy way and then released, ultimately allowing for positive spiritual growth. Tugtupite has also traditionally been used for its ability to shield its keeper or wearer from many kinds of negative energy, and it is still sought out for this purpose.


In addition to the aforementioned (and more) metaphysical healing properties, tugtupite is believed to provide physical benefits for the body. Crystal healers use it to promote general healing, as well as to purify the blood, stimulate the production of hormones and boost fertility. It is also believed to treat depression, promote overall health of the heart and circulatory system, and stabilize blood pressure.

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