Tourmaline Is Not A Single Mineral, But A Group Of Minerals With A Similar Crystal Structure
Different tourmalines contain different elements, and occur in many different colors. Tourmaline is often confused with other types of gemstones, but is truly unique in its healing and restorative powers.
Each variety of tourmaline has its own chemical formula, but tourmaline always has a six-atom ring. The elements found in tourmalines can include: aluminum, boron, silicon, chromium, oxygen, hydrogen, potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, iron and lithium. Tourmalines are among the most complicated chemical formulas of all minerals.
Tourmaline Converts Body Heat Into Energy
Tourmaline absorbs body heat and converts and then re-radiates that energy into the form of far infrared energy back into the body.
Those far infrared photons of light are picked up by chormophore molecules in our cells. Those choromphore molecules transfer that energy to the mitochondria. The mitochondria then will accelerate the rate of ATP formation. More ATP = A Greater Healing Capacity.
Tourmaline crystals are also pyroelectric, which means that they can actually generate a weak electric current from temperature change. This only happens with direct skin contact and can be perceived as a mild tingling sensation.
Tourmaline is found in two main geological forms; igneous rock, which are from volcanic lava, in particular with granite and in metamorphic rock, which change from another rock under pressure over time, such as schist and marble.
Tourmaline can also be found in minor amounts, in sedimentary rock, such as sandstone and conglomerate. California became a large producer of tourmaline in the early 1900s. Almost every color of tourmaline can be found in Brazil. In the late 1990s, copper-containing tourmaline was found in Nigeria. Africa and Afghanistan also have tourmaline mines.