Amethyst is a calming and healing crystal known as the "all purpose stone" for its properties of peace, harmony, and intuition. It is a great decision-making aid and can help us get rid of unhealthy attachments. It is known for its purple color and raw edges.
Amethyst is associated with the crown chakra, and thus is great for soothing emotions and calming the mind. It purifies thoughts and allows for your intuition to connect to a higher place. It can be useful when placed on a nightstand or while traveling as a sleep aid.
The name of this crystal derives from the Greek amethustos, which means "not drunk." According to Greek mythology, the fair maiden Amethyst resisted the advances of the god of wine, Bacchus, and prayed to the goddess Diana to fortify her chastity. To protect her, Diana turned Amethyst into a shimmering white crystal quartz. In his frustration, Bacchus spilled his wine over Amethyst, forever turning her into the purple stone we see today. This is a great crystal for those looking to release addictions.
It is the birthstone of February.