Lapis Lazuli, as a semi-precious stone has been known since the early history of eastern countries. It is a complex rock mixture and a mineralized limestone containing grains of a blue cubic metal known as lazurite.
This beautiful stone was valued in Mesopotamia and the Mediterranean region as a high status decorative and symbolic stone and pigment, Lapis lazuli was an important biopharmaceutical. It is known that the Ancient Egyptian Ebers Papyrus (1534 BC) recommends real lapis lazuli (but not the Egyptian Blue synthetic glass equivalent) to be mixed with green and black eye paints or kohls (based on malachite and galena), crocodile dung and two herbs in a milk base.
The mixture was applied to eyes not only to eliminate stasis of water – probably cataracts but also eliminate blood vessels in both eyes known as conjunctivitis. A famous recipe recommends applying a ductile dough comprising equal parts of green and black kohls, lapis lazuli, ochre and honey to the eye. One limestone ostracon contains a prescription for hysteria comprising lapis lazuli, green stone (malachite), a fumigant, one herb and raisins, all should be mixed together in a jug of wine; This illness was supposedly caused by internal movement of the uterus.
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Medical texts on cuneiform tablets from the Assyrian Ashurbanipal’s library at Nineveh commended Lapis lazuli in eye ointments for complaints caused by the Hand of Ghost and, with accompanying incantations, to anoint the ears or be bound to the site of the pain for “emplacement of the intense pain of hand of ghost”.
The 13th century Rasaratna Samuccaya and other Ayurvedic texts state that Lapis has rejuvenating, nourishing, appetising, digestive and aphrodisiac qualities, and should be employed for urinary disorders, tuberculosis, haemorrhoids, anaemia, hiccough, vomiting and even alcoholism! The Medicine Buddha (Healing Master of Lapis Lazuli Radiance), father of Traditional Tibetan Medicine, is represented holding a lapis bowl; the rock is esteemed for curing cases of poisoning, disorders of the lymph, and leprosy and is even believed to cure grey hair!
In the Western tradition, Lapis was regarded as being toxic and it often was subjected to heating and numerous washes in order to render it useful; even so, it was still a powerful purge and emetic.
Dioscorides (c. 40-90 AD) was a Greek physician, pharmacologist, botanist, and author of De Materia Medica a 5-volume Greek encyclopedia about herbal medicine and related medicinal substances. He stated that lapis lazuli is good for scorpion stings, internal ulcers and growths on the eye, while the first natural history enceclopedia Hortus Sanitatis (1491) suggests that it cures tumours in children, epilepsy, headache, vertigo and melancholy. Popular throughout the 16th to early 18th century, it was also used in eyewashes, anti-venereal pills, against madness and leprosy, among many other conditions. The Lapidario of Alfonso X (c. 1250) proposes its use in vaginal pessaries in order to provoke menstruation and, mixed with water and applied to the scalp, which supposedly makes the hair curl!
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Lapis lazuli in folk medicine is used against melancholia, epilepsy, febrile and convulsive state. For this, it is necessary to grind it to a powdery state. Lapis lazuli or lapis lazuli is able to help a person in getting rid of crazy thoughts, fainting, bad dreams and obsessions. And in order for it to act, it is necessary to put it on the bridge of the nose between the eyebrows. This stone gives its master a wonderful freshness and health sleep, and also he can strengthen the vision. For these purposes, it is necessary to lapurite for a short period of time to immerse in boiled water, and then simply to drink it.
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Lapis lazuli can help a person with asthma and bladder disease. It can strengthen the heart and improve blood. For this, beads of lapis lazuli are worn around the neck, and inwardly it is taken the crushed lazuli, mixed with raw egg yolk. Also, lapis lazuli is able to treat swollen limbs and all sorts of neuralgic pains. Lapis lazuli serves as a protective barrier against fractures of bones and all kinds of limb injuries. Lazurite is attributed to many mystical powers and abilities.
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It is capable of increasing the strength of magnetic radiation and facilitating the escape of the astral body. This stone favorably promotes friendship and love in general. Lapis Lazuli can help to achieve happiness and prosperity in love and gambling, and also gives his owner joy and peace. It is able to reward a person with constancy and sympathy, faithfulness of thoughts and to get rid of shyness.