When hot lava spews into the air and solidifies before hitting the ground, the nodules are nicknamed Apache Tears. These stones originate in desert-like parts of the United States, especially Arizona and Nevada, as well as other countries. Apache Tears, a type of Black Obsidian, name comes from an American Indian Legend:
“In the 1870s, a small group of Apache warriors met the American Cavalry in a battle. They were sorely outnumbered and it became clear that they could not win the battle. Instead of conceding defeat and being captured and murdered, they decided to ride their horses off the side of a mountain to their deaths.
According to the story, when the wives and children of these warriors heard this story, their tears turned to gemstones when they touched the ground where their warriors fell.”*
Aids with Grief and Negative Feelings
Apache Tears aid and bring comfort to grief and emotional trauma as well as bring peace and calm energy. These gemstones help soothe negative feelings and old hurts. Apache Tears can also help you forgive yourself and others.
If you would like Apache Tears to help you emotionally, wearing them near your heart places the gemstone closest to your emotions. You can place them near to you on a table, desk, etc., however, they are more effective the closer they are to you.
Like gemstones in the Obsidian family, Apache Tears dispel negativity, but in a gentler way compared to the other gemstones in the same family. “This stone seems to have a more intuitive grasp of when it should do it job and when it should give you a rest!”*
They also help you heal from past traumatic experiences by removing the negative energy left by the event. This gemstone is wonderful for people in the medical and healing professions. Apache Tears keep you “psychically safe through the frequently traumatic experiences of working with the sick and dying.”*
Apache Tears absorb negative energy, drawing it into them. Therefore, you do need to cleanse this gemstone on a regular basis. This is especially necessary when you experience very negative people, environments and/or events.
Provides Protection and Grounding
Apache Tears improve your ability to recognize dangerous situations before they happen. These gemstones protect and cleanse your aura from negative energy by absorbing it. Apache Tears also protect you from psychic attacks and psychic vampires.
If you need grounding, Apache Tears are associated with the Root Chakra so carry them in your pant’s back pocket. You want the gemstone close to the base of your spine.
Helps with Physical Healing
Known to strengthen the immune system, Apache Tears help remove toxins in the body. They also help calm muscle spasms and increase blood circulation. By removing energy blocks within your body, your body’s ability to heal improves.
Cleansing Apache Tears
You need to cleanse Apache Tears regularly because their efficiency will wane as they absorb negativity. Start by holding your Apache Tears under cool/lukewarm running water while visualizing the negative energy going done the drain. After drying the gemstone, place it in direct sunlight or moonlight for several hours.
Combining with Other Stones
You can combine Apache Tears with other gemstones to increase positivity and happy energy*:
- Turquoise – helps improve mood and “opening lines of communication”
- Other chakra gemstones – helps balance your chakras and ease the energy of these chakras
- Citrine – helps cleanse Apache Tear’s negativity and bring a joyful energy
Seeds of Wellness carries a variety of gemstones including Apache Tears. Come in or call 440-933-7733 for more information.
Disclaimer: The healing and metaphysical properties written on this website are for reference and inspiration. The information is gathered from writings and other sources. It is not meant to substitute for the advice provided by your own physician or other medical professional. If you suspect you have a disease or health-related condition of any kind, you should contact your health care professional immediately.
* “Apache Tears: Meaning, Properties and Powers” on Crystals and Jewelry.com
“Apache Tears…” by Liz Oaks on Healing Crystals for You
“Stone of the Month – Apache Tears” on Ask Ron and Sue
“The Legend of the Apache Tear” on CrystalWind.ca