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Petalite
Mineral: lithium sodium aluminium silicate
Formula: LiAlSi4O10   
Mohs: 6-6.5   
Colour: clear-white-pink   
Source: Brazil

Also known as Castorite, it is an important source of lithium.  The colourless varieties are used as gemstones. Petalite derives its name from the Greek ‘petalon’ for leaf as it gives the allusion to the perfect basal (leaf) cleavage.  Found in Afghanistan, England, Namibia, Sweden, USA.

 It ‘s main constituent of lithium is used in the field of  Psychiatriy as a medication to stabilise mood swings for psychotic, schizophrenia & bi-polar disorders.

Up until the early 1950’s hundreds of soft drinks once included lithium salts or Lithia water (naturally occurring mineral waters with higher lithium amounts). In the USA, an early version of Coca Cola available in pharmacies' soda fountains was called Lithia Coke and was a mixture of Coca Cola syrup and Lithia water; it also used to contain cocaine (coke!) The soft drink ‘7 Up’, originally named "Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Soda", was specifically marketed as a hangover cure, contained the mood stabiliser lithium citrate and was one of a number of patent medicine products popular in the late-19th and early-20th centuries until it was reformulated.


Metaphysical
Petalite know as the ‘Stone of the Angels’.  
Astrological Sign: Leo  
Keywords: expansion of awareness, opening to higher worlds, calming, tranquillity
Element: Wind  
Chakra: Brow (6th) Crown transpersonal (8th-14th)
Use: activates the higher mind leading to expansion of awareness during meditation. Calms scattered or over-anxious thoughts. Helps to calm & balance traumatised emotional & physical energies after metal or physical abuse.   Extremely useful during tie-cutting as it is said to bring the higher selves of each person into the process and neutralizes manipulation at any level.   
Healing: for the eyes, lungs, blood pressure, muscular spasms & the intestines.  ADD & ADHA syndrome.  
DO NOT use as an elixir.
The information on the crystals & minerals has been researched from numerous sources.
If you would like to expand your knowledge further, there are several web sites and books we recommend:
Web Sites
Books
www.mindat.org
HEALING CRYSTALS
Michael Gienger Earthdancer Findhorn Press  ISBN 978-1-84409-067-9
www.wikipedia.org
LOVE IS IN THE EARTH  
Melody  Earth-Love publishing House  ISBN 0-9628190-3-4
www.dkwcrystals.co.uk
THE BOOK OF STONES
Robert Simmons & Naisha Ahsian  Heaven & Earth Publishing LLC   
ISBN 0-9621910-3-5
QUARTZ CRYSTALS
Isable Silveira Earthdancer Findhorn Press  ISBN 978-1-84409-148-5