About Halite

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Keep reading to discover more about halite

  • Mineralogy and geology*
  • Metaphysical, Spiritual and Healing** Properties***
  • Common Associations 

Mineralogy and Geology of Halite

Mineral formula: NaCl

Grouping: member of the Halite Group

Crystal system: isometric

Crystal habit: Normally cubic, rarely octahedral. Crystal faces often cavernous and stepped (hopper crystals). Massive. Also occurs as coarsely granular to compact.

Cleavage: perfect on {001}

Fracture: conchoidal

Color: clear, white, pink, blue and other shades

Streak: white

Luster: vitreous

Diaphaneity: transparent to translucent

Moh’s scale hardness: 2 ½

Specific gravity: 2.168

Named after: the Greek άλς, sea, for halites, later modified by J.D. Dana to halite.

Geological occurrence: most common in sedimentary evaporite deposits. Also found in fluid inclusions. As a fumarole product.


Spiritual, Metaphysical and Healing Properties

Halite can have major energetic impacts, partly because the human body contains lots of salt already, in blood, lymph and some tissues. Electrolyte such as salt are important for keeping bodies in balance so that all systems can functions. Crystalline halite can elevate and stabilize moods, freeing one to independently initiate new thoughts or projects.

Keeping a specimen of pink halite in a room can facilitate feelings of love and well-being.

Blue halite is said to stimulate psychic power, intuition, and to encourage adaptability.

Common Associations

  • Chakra – depends on color and type. Clear/white halite works with all chakras. Pink tonwes work with the heart chakra. Blue tones relate to the third eye chakra and the astrological sign of Pisces.
  • Numerology - vibrates to the number 1
  • Zodiac – Cancer, Pisces
  • Birthstone – no traditional associations
  • Wedding Anniversary – traditionally gifts of salt are given for the 8th


* Mineralogical information is from mindat.org

** Always consult with your medical professional for any physical or long-term healing issues.

*** Metaphysical properties come from: 

Love Is in the Earth (1995) Melody, Earth-Love Publishing House, 726 pp.

The Crystal Bible, A Definitive Guide to Crystals (2003) Judy Hall, Walking Stick Press, 399 pp.

Crystal Muse (2017) Heather Askinosie and Timmi Jandro, Hay House, 285 pp.

Crystal Gridwork (2018) Kiera Fogg, Weiser Books, 128 pp.