For he hath given me certain knowledge of the things that are, namely, to know how the world was made, and the operation of the elements: The beginning, ending, and midst of the times: the alterations of the turning of the sun, and the change of seasons: The circuits of years, and the positions of stars: The natures of living creatures, and the furies of wild beasts: the violence of winds, and the reasonings of men: the diversities of plants and the virtues of roots: And all such things as are either secret or manifest, them I know
– WOS 7:17-21
Hematite comes from the Greek word for blood. It has been used as an amulet against bleeding, and so is known as the “blood stone”. Tales from ancient Gadite warriors state that war paint made from hematite will make one invincible in battle.
Scientists of the Mars Exploration Rover Project believe that deposits of hematite on mars may help prove whether large amounts of liquid water ever flowed on Mars’ surface. They say that where water is, life may have had a chance to thrive as well.
Hematite stimulates iron absorption in the small intestine, which in turn improves oxygen supply to the body. It can be in direct contact with the skin.