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A stone of purification and evolution on the physical and spiritual planes, Halite is a dissolvable salt and symbolizes spiritual discernment. Protecting against negative energies, entity attachment or psychic attack, Halite dissolves old behavioural patterns, negative thoughts and emotions. It draws out impurities at all levels and creates balance.

Overcoming feelings of abandonment or rejection, this stone promotes well-being and increases goodwill. Halite stimulates the meridians of the body and can be used to enhance acupuncture or acupressure.

Halite, better known as rock salt, can easily be distinguished by its taste. Since taste is an important property of salt, there is a right way to taste a specimen of halite. The right way is to first lick your index finger, rub it against the specimen and then taste the finger. This limits the amount of the mineral that actually gets in your mouth, an important consideration when you consider that there are poisonous minerals that resemble halite.

Halite is found in many current evaporative deposits such as near Salt Lake City, Utah and Searles Lake California in the U.S., where it crystallizes out of evaporating brine lakes. It is also found in ancient bedrock all over the world where large extinct salt lakes and seas have evaporated millions of years ago, leaving thick deposits of salt behind. The cities of Cleveland and Detroit rest above huge halite deposits that are mined for rock salt.

Physical Properties:


Halite Birthstone

Crystal System
NaCl, Sodium chloride
USA, France, Germany
Crown (varies according to colour)

Symbolic Halite: Cancer

Element: Water

Color: purple

Perfectly formed cubes of halite are typical of the habit of this mineral. However it does form some unusual interesting habits that are much sought after by collectors. One habit is called a hopper crystal which forms what has been termed a skeleton of a crystal. Just the edges of a hopper crystal extend outward from the center of the crystal leaving hollow stairstep faces between these edges. Hopper crystals form due to the disparity of growth rates between the crystal edges and the crystal faces..


Anxiety, detoxification, metabolism, water retention, intestinal problems, bipolar disorders, respiratory disorders, skin.


It is good to release negative thought forms and energy from the emotional body, it allows for this change to shift. Physically, halite is used to aid assimilation of the proper amount of iodine. Some folks use it for their thyroid condition.


Notable occurrences include Searles Lake, California and Utah in the U.S., Germany.