White jade and green jade are characteristic of wisdom. Greater wisdom promotes longevity and quietude, because it helps you see what matters most.
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The rich history of jade in China
Leslie Franks, author of Stone Medicine, captures the deep love of jade in China in the following description.
“The Chinese name for jade is yu precious stone. [Its] Chinese character implies a symbiotic relationship between the Earth and humanity and includes the radical for king.
The king has responsibility to treat the realm and its people respectfully. As the head of state, the king is expected to be a highly cultivated human being, demonstrating to his and his people the virtues espoused by Confucian philosophy, such as loyalty, righteousness, integrity, compassion, and wisdom.
If the king behaves in such a way, it is expected that his subjects will interact similarly to their own smaller ‘kingdoms’ of family, community, and land.
Also, if all of humanity behaves as a benevolent king to his realm, respecting not only one another but also the Earth, the Earth will reward humans with jade.”
The five virtues associated with jade
Jade has five virtues, according to ancient texts:
- Benevolence because it is lustrous and warm
- Righteousness because it is the same inside and out
- Wisdom because its sound is lovely and resonates into the distance
- Bravery because it does not bend, even if it has to be broken
- Purity because it is a clean and clear stone
When you wear jade, you purify and promote the understanding of virtues that relate to the specific color of jade you are wearing.
The virtues associated with the different colors of jade include:
- Black for clarity and wisdom
- Green for righteousness
- Lavender for integrity
- Yellow for loyalty
- White for devotion and purity
Cautions and contraindications for the use of jade
- Jade must be cleansed very thoroughly because it easily absorbs pathogens and toxins.
- Do not use jade with substances that stimulate kidney yang, for example do not use with steroids.
- Furthermore, do not combine jade with anything that contains cinnabar.
You can also listen to our video about the healing properties of jade.
White jade and green jade background
Jade comes in colors ranging from black/gray, green, lavender, yellow, and white. When polished, jade can appear translucent when held to the light. When worn as jewelry, it quickly interacts with qi in the body.
You may notice jade changing color as it absorbs disharmony in the body.
When the color darkens, it is absorbing toxins from the blood. When it grows paler, it is absorbing toxins from the qi.
Jade has a sodium aluminum silicate composition. It may also contain iron, calcium potassium, magnesium, titanium, manganese, and other minerals.
The sodium, potassium, and manganese regulate fluids in the body. This ability treats:
- Turbidity in urine or feces
- Coughing up white mucus (a symptoms that means you might be phlegm-damp)
- Sticky, clammy sweating
Jade healing properties
For such an important stone, jade has relatively few functions and uses.
But this trait makes sense because jade helps you attain a higher state. Mundane worries no longer affect you and your health is robust.
Combinations of stones to use with white jade and green jade
When jade is combined with precious stones of similar color, the extra hardness of the precious stone will enhance the effect of the jade. For example:
- Lavender jade with ruby
- White jade with diamond
- Green jade with emerald
Topical application of jade
As a nightly ritual, lie down on your back and place the jade color of your choice on the following points:
- Mid-line of the abdomen at REN-12
- Center of the sternum at REN-17
- Central notch at the base of the throat REN-22
- Focus your awareness on your breath and move the breath to the points. Be open to whatever the stone can teach you about the virtue you are cultivating.
White jade supports the lungs. In China, people say that white jade has the color of pig lard.
The chemical composition of white jade is sodium aluminum silicate. White jade can contain impurities of iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, titanium, manganese, and others.
White jade represents the virtue of benevolence. The Confucian concept of benevolence mean basing family and societal relationships on respect. Each individual has a proper role and should not abuse that role.
Therefore, white jade supports healthy relationships with others, especially family members. It also strengthens devotion and purity.
Furthermore, scholars highly regarded and collected white jade because of its ability to support benevolence. They would often carve white jade and turn it into ornaments to wear at the waist.
Functions and uses of white jade
Nourishes and moistens yin energy and jing essence. Helpful when addressing:
- Low sperm count
- Premature aging
- Thirst even if you are hydrated. Holding a piece of white jade in the mouth moistens the mouth.
Place in your home to draw in healing and protective energy.
- When traveling, place in the west corner of the home to protect your home against negative qi.
- Put white jade in the south corner of a newlyweds' home to ensure that both maintain their individuality and equality.
Green jade supports the liver and heart. Jade is rarely uniform in color, often having pale green or white streaks. You can find green jade in varied shades of green from pale olive green to bright emerald green.
Emerald green jade is the most highly sought after jade.
Its chemical composition consists of mostly sodium aluminum silicate. The color is usually cause by chromium. Jade can also contain impurities of iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, titanium, manganese, and other minerals.
Many stones are treated to appear to be green jade. Some examples include aventurine, amazonite, and serpentine. Good jade is very expensive, especially the imperial green variety.
Green jade gua sha stones from Radiant Shenti are made from real jade. It has the same powerful healing properties but does not meet the ideal of beauty to wear as adornment.
The deeper meaning
Green jade stands for righteousness, yi.
Yi means living with integrity and consistency. It also means living without pretense. It fills you with benevolence and compassion.
Physical healing is one of the main properties of green jade.
The most prized green jade is called imperial jade and has an emerald green color. This rich, uniform color demonstrates “rightness.”
Emotionally and developmentally, green jade supports the wood element and growth. It helps you move through the life cycle changes with greater ease: adolescence, adulthood, marriage, divorce, parenthood.
Functions and uses of green jade
Nourishes blood and regenerates the sinews. Effective in treating:
- Neurological conditions: multiple sclerosis, polio, spinal injuries
- Menstrual stagnation
- Premenstrual syndrome
Cleansing and charging your jade stones
Soak overnight in ocean water or in mineral water with sea salt. Let it dry for a short time in the sun. Jade requires very thorough cleansing when you first buy it, especially if you are buying antique jade. Cleanse your stones thoroughly at least once a month.
White jade and green jade healing properties reference
Franks, L.J. (2016). Stone Medicine: A Chinese Medical Guide to Healing with Gems and Minderals
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