Zeolites are from a family of molecular sieves (aluminosilicate) because they can sort molecules selectively. They come from alkaline groundwater, ash layers, and volcanic rocks. It takes from thousands to millions of years for the combination to crystallize after being deposited in volcanic environments.
The Physical Properties of Zeolite
Zeolite crystals are aluminosilicate minerals, natural or synthetic hydrated, which contain alkaline and alkali metals. They have a characteristic structure that encloses small interconnected cavities with water molecules and ion-exchangeable metal cations that permit reversible dehydration. They are contaminated to some degree, which results in crystals having a white, blue or peach coloring.
The History of Zeolite
Zeolites occur in regions of mountain building rich in low-temperature metamorphic rocks, such as New Zealand or South Island. Ancient Romans were the first to discover it and used to place it in their aqueducts to filter their water, and it was also used in China in traditional Chinese medicine. A Swedish mineralogist, Alex F. Cronstedt, recognized Zeolites as a new class of minerals in 1756. He derived the name Zeolite from Greek words “ zeo and lithos “ meaning to boil and a stone.
Throughout history, people have used Zeolite for its healing properties. Powdered forms of certain zeolites have been used for centuries across Asia to promote overall well-being. As more and more people experienced its benefits, the story of the stone from the volcanic rocks has been passed from one generation to the next.
The Lore of Zeolite
The crystal's complex structure and honeycomb framework work at the cellular level trapping toxins and heavy metals. It is one of the few naturally occurring negatively charged minerals. They are said to be helpful for detoxification, addictions, bloating, and goiter due to its mystical healing lore. Zeolites are believed to bring in positive energy where the negative energy used to reside. An alchemical combination of earth, water, fire and air “ the four classical elements - these crystals aid to psychic direction, guidance, knowing, and higher spiritual consciousness.
The Metaphysical Properties of Zeolite
Zeolites contain various other crystals in their structure, which enhance one's response to its supportive and healing energies. Apophyllite in Zeolites is said to be an excellent conductor of energy and has high water content. It is said to carry the information from your past life and everything that has and will happen in your life.
Chabazite brings about deeper understanding that stimulates higher learning and will bring you stillness of the mind and enhance your meditative state. Ganophyllite will facilitate contact or connection with wildlife, while Pectolite will help you recognize and release yourself from self-imposed limitations. Pectolite emits energy of love, peace, and healing. Natrolite will soften your re-birth experience and promote contact with your spiritual self at a level when the spirit entered your body at birth.
Zeolites are very beneficial in gardening and agriculture when they are buried in the soil, near crops because they can replace negative energies from the soil with positive ones. They are unusual but excellent healing stones that can help you remove anything that is dysfunctional from your life.