Virtues in lithotherapy, characteristics and history


Malachite , also called green chrysocolla, is a very recognizable stone thanks to its particular appearance: it is light to dark green, with convolutions in shades of light green to green-black.

Malachite acts mainly at the heart chakra, Anahata in Sanskrit. It is a stone of protection and release of emotions.

It is a fine stone (formerly semi-precious stone but this name is now prohibited).

Characteristics of malachite

Main deposits
Australia, Chile, Zimbabwe, United States, Congo
Swirls in shades ranging from light green to green-black
Hardness (Mohs scale)
3.5-4: difficult to scratch with a copper coin, easily scratched with a knife
Chemical composition
Basic copper carbonate: Cu 2 CO 3 (OH) 2

crystal system



Heart chakra (fourth chakra, "Anahata")

Trace elements


Astrological signs

Taurus, Libra, Capricorn

Purification and Recharging

Purify Malachite

Refill malachite

Malachite does not support water or salt . It must therefore be purified with the indirect method using pure salt :

Put your stone in a small glass container, then place your small container in a larger container (material of your choice). Pour coarse cooking salt. Be careful not to put coarse salt in the malachite container.

Let your malachite purify itself for about 1h30 then recharge it.

Malachite recharges in sunlight.

To recharge it, you can leave your stone for 2 to 3 hours in a bright room .

Be careful not to leave your stone exposed to direct sunlight.

You can also recharge your malachite on a pile of rock crystal .

Recharging on rock crystal takes about 1 hour and can be done day or night.



On an emotional level

In lithotherapy, malachite is used to absorb negative energies that cause psychological and physical discomfort.

It is a stone that helps remove emotional blockages by releasing buried emotions .

It allows us to develop our compassion , recognize our imbalances and know what bothers us in others in order to end up accepting differences .

Malachite also works by developing our ability to produce structured , confident and clear speech, making it a stone of persuasion .

Malachite tumbled stone
Malachite tumbled stone

On a physical level

Malachite absorbs negative energies and therefore helps to reduce the pain they cause. In particular, efficacy has been observed on pain associated with hematomas , sprains and internal pain such as that associated with the stomach or appendix .

Malachite is particularly effective for joint problems and rheumatism : the action of copper on these problems has been widely observed in spa medicine. It would also be a good diuretic .

Be careful never to consume malachite elixir or malachite powder because there is a high risk of migration of toxic heavy metals.

On a spiritual level

Malachite has protective qualities that make it essential for anyone who practices magnetism .

COLOR Properties


Green is linked to hope , compassion and healing .

It is a color that opens to others in calm and serenity.

It acts on the heart chakra by helping to take an emotional step back . Thus it helps to soothe feelings of sadness , suffering and anger . The self-control offered by this color will also awaken your sense of justice .

Green is the color of nature , plants and their healing ability .

History & traditions

It was Pliny the Elder who described malachite first, around 77 AD.

The name of the mineral comes from the Latin malachites , derived from the deformation of the Greek term malachē which means mauve, in reference to its color which is similar to the leaves of the flower.

Malachite has been used for a very long time: in jewelry and amulets for the Egyptians (from 3000 BC) because they considered that it protected children against evil spirits. It was carved into vases, statues, and other decorative objects by the Greeks and Romans.

Since the Bronze Age it has also been used as a pigment for paints or cosmetics. Malachite powder cosmetics have been found among the Assyrians and Egyptians, but also frescoes in Egyptian tombs.

Malachite powder pigment is also found in Chinese paintings, scrolls and Japanese screens from the 9th century AD.

In Europe, malachite is used as pigments for the illumination of manuscripts and painting from the 8th to the 16th century.

In the residences of the Russian tsars, this stone covers the walls in large slabs, it composes the furniture in the form of small inlays. Malachite also composes, with lapis lazuli , the imposing columns of Saint Isaac's Cathedral in Saint Petersburg.

Many malachite objects (vases, coffee tables) have also been found all over the world.

Lithotherapy is an alternative energy therapy, the indications given do not in any way constitute medical advice, they are taken from cultures and reference works in the field. For any medical problem we invite you to consult your doctor. Never stop treatment without medical advice.

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  • Feldmann

    Bonsoir. Très bien écrit sur le thème de la malachite. Félicitations !!!👍👌💯💯

  • Maggy

    Bonjour, je viens d’avoir un bracelet en malachite et j’ai un dilemme concernant son nettoyage, car il y a plusieurs avis. Merci à vous de m’éclairer.

  • Johnson Kokouvi assiba

    Bonjour j aimerai avoir la pierre de malachite et je veux savoir comment je peux m en procurer merci

  • Wauthy

    Vous écriviez de ne pas lettre la malachite dans l’eau, par contre j’ai lu d’autres articles ou ont dit de la mettre mais pas trop longtemps ?
    Qui dois-je écouter ?
    Merci de m’éclairer la dessus
    En attendant de vous lire
    Recevez mes salutations distinguées

  • Mimi

    Quel association avec la malachite et bienfaits avec d autres pierres.merci

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