AMETHYST is an extremely popular gemstone in fine jewelry and it gets its name from the Greek amethystos, meaning "not intoxicated." The ancient Greeks used this semi precious stone to guard them against drunkenness. Medieval soldiers wore amulets made of amethyst gemstones to protect themselves during battle as they believed the stone possessed healing powers. Nowadays, for use during meditation the Healers believe that sitting with the stone in a calm room can aid in relaxation and intuition. Amethyst can reduce anxiety and help relieve stress while keeping the mind clear which improves the ability to remain calm in the face of adversity which will minimize anxiety and stress. If you can hold an amethyst gemstone in the left hand this can energize your meditation experience.