Alternate Names & Spellings for Howlite:  Howelite, Khaulite, Silicoborocalcite, Winkworthite, White Turquoise, Turquoise Howlite (turquoise dyed), Sacred Buffalo, Lapis Howlite (blue dyed), White Buffalo

Hardness (Mohs): 3.5 (nodular masses, to separate the grains in massive/nodule forms), 6.5 (crystal) (See Mindat discussion.)
Color(s): White, Colorless
Transparency: Opaque
Lustre: Vitreous, Dull (sub-vitreous)
Habit: Massive, nodules, rarely tabular crystals
Common / Notable Locations: Canada, USA

Rock Lore & Tidbits

Howlite is almost always found in masses or boitroydal nodules. Only rarely is it found as crystals, and they are small.  The stone was discovered in 1868 by J.D. Dana and named for Canadian chemist H. How who discovered it. Howlite is naturally white or colorless, but is often dyed in a rainbow of colors, especially for beads.

Crystal Meanings, Metaphysical & Healing Properties  Lore of  Howlite

Keyword: Calming

Spiritual and Psychic Properties

Spiritually, howlite is a stone of awareness. It can prepare the user or wearer to receive wisdom and attunement from the Higher Self and the Divine. It is also used for dimensional travel and healthy meditation.

Howlite can also be used to release attachments, or cords, linking old emotional pain, from this life or a past life, to the present. Once these atachments are severed, it allows for processing those emotions and bringing peace in those areas.

Mental and Emotional Properties

Howlite is a wonder stone for calming upset states of mind and emotion. Howlite decreases an overly critical state of mind, selfishness, stress, and anxiety, bringing calm and relaxation. Howlite also can decrease anger originating from within or externally. The wake of such calming can help one be truly comfortable as oneself without the need to pretend to be anything but what you are.

Subtlety and tact are also energies that howlite brings. This can calm difficult communications and ease confrontations., particularly by decreasing rudeness and facetiousness.

Howlite is also used to heighten creativity and expand self-expression.

Physical Conditions Properties

Howlite is used in crystal healing for pain, insomnia (especially as a gem elixir before bed), bones, osteoporosis, teeth, calcium levels, leg cramps, anxiety disorders and stress-related illnesses. Less well known uses in crystal healing are for the circulatory system and endocrine system. Please note that healing crystal meanings are spiritual supports to healing and are not prescriptions or healthcare information. 

Related Chakras

Howlite is primarily associated with the crown chakra, but can also be used to stimulate and balance all the chakras. 

Other Information

Howlite takes permanent color enhancement well, so it is often colored to resemble other stones or to have bright, intriguing colors. Turquonite  is an example of this, though there are many other colors. Colored dyed or enhanced howlite, however, has the synergistic properties of howlite and of the color energies. Some unscrupulous dealers sell artificially colored howlite as turquoise, lapis lazuli, sodalite, aventurine, or sugilite.

More on Howlite From My Personal Perspective

Howlite is another stone that in its native white is often under-appreciated. As a calming stone, it is top notch, but it is not always one I think of first. 

Sometimes howlite feels very grounding and even heavy to me, in spite of the fact it has a strong association with the Crown chakra. I think this stems from my tendency to want to "live in the clouds" and lose my earth connection. In truth, though, this is a most useful energy for me or others with this tendency, because we are spiritually bereft if we do not have an anchor in the Earth plane where we are currently sent to live by the Divine.  

Hattip to for mineral information on Howlite. View howlite information at Some other reference sources are Love Is In The Earth by Melody, The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall.

This original article is Copyright @2013 Robyn A Harton dba Robyn A Harton Creative All rights Reserved. It is based on my previous original article on howlite. To request required permission to post or use my text or photos learn about quoting articles and ask for licensing information here.

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