Howlite Crystal

Origin: South Africa

Mineral Species: Howlite

Mineral Group: Borates

Chemical Formula: Ca2B5SiO9(OH)5

Hardness: 3.5

Crystal System: Monoclinic

Colour: White

Typical Appearance: Forms as nodular masses but is sold as a polished or carved mineral; unless it has been dyed, it is white with grey marbling

CHAKRA(S): Crown, Third Eye

Numerical Vibration: 2



Howlite is an extremely calming stone, an excellent antidote stone for insomnia, mostly caused by an overactive mind. Howlite stone can be placed under the pillow or used as an elixir and sipped for an hour before bedtime. This stone links to the spiritual dimensions, opening attunement, and preparing the mind to receive wisdom and insights. It assists journeys out of the body and accessing past lives.

Howlite Crystal
The Howlite Crystal was named after the Canadian geologist and mineralogist Henry How. He discovered this borate mineral in 1868 during a mining expedition in Nova Scotia. It was initially called silico-boro calcite. Years later, the famous American mineralogist and geologist James Dwight Dana decided to change its name to howlite to honor its finder.

Focusing your sight on a piece of Howlite Crystal can transport you to another time or dimension. Placed on the third eye, it opens memories of other lives, including those in the “between-life” state and the spiritual dimensions. Howlite stills the mind and excellent for sleep or meditation, allowing precise and reasoned communication to take place. It releases the strings that tie old emotions to present life triggers.

Cleansing and Charging Crystals

Set your stone out before nightfall and plan to bring it in before 11 a.m. to allow your stone to bathe in the light of both the moon and sun.

Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight may weather the stone’s surface, so make sure you return for it in the morning. If you’re able to place your stone directly on the earth will allow for further cleansing. Wherever they are, ensure they won’t be disturbed by wildlife or passersby. Afterward, give the stone a quick rinse to remove any dirt and debris. Pat dry.

Approximate duration: 10 to 12 hours

Use this for most tumbled stones.

CAUTION:  vibrant stones, such as amethyst, in sunlight, soft rocks, such as celestite, halite, and selenite, can be damaged by inclement weather.


Sage is a sacred plant with a multitude of healing properties. Smudging your stone is said to clear inharmonious vibrations and restore its natural energy.

You’ll need:

  • a fire-safe bowl
  • a lighter or matches
  • loose or bundled sage

If you’re unable to sage outdoors, make sure you’re near an open window. This will allow the smoke and negative energy to disperse.

When you’re ready, ignite the tip of the sage with the flame. Transfer the sage to your non-dominant hand, firmly grasp your stone, and move it through the smoke.

Allow the smoke to envelop the stone for about 30 seconds. If it’s been a while since your last cleaning — or you feel the stone is holding onto a lot — consider smudging for an additional 30 seconds.

Approximate duration: about 30 to 60 seconds per stone

Use this for any stone.