Howlite is an opaque white or light grey porous stone, marked with black, grey or dark brown veining. White (or undyed) howlite has been sold under the trade names "white turquoise," "white buffalo turquoise" and "white buffalo stone."
This versatile stone is named for Henry How, a 19th century mineralogist, who found it first in Nova Scotia. While howlite can be enjoyed for its own beauty, it's most famous for the other stone it's usually tapped to stand in for: turquoise. Because howlite is soft and takes on rich hues of color when it's dyed, it becomes an inexpensive alternative to luscious lapis lazuli, cherry red coral or tantalizing turquoise.
Howlite is often dyed to look like turquoise.
Dyed blue howlite has all the generic properties of Howlite but additional properties associated with its color. Turquoise / Blue Howlite can aid the throat chakra, dream recall and enables the understanding of dreams.
Undyed howlite is often believed to be an excellent stone for meditation, and has been used by practitioners to focus the mind. The grey spidery veins are thought to be like intrusive thoughts, to be acknowledged and then passed by. For this mental calming effect, some believers advocate placing howlite under an insomniac's pillow, to promote serenity of mind and to empty it of distracting thought.
Howlite is an aid to insomnia, especially when caused by an overactive mind.
Formulates ambitions and aids in achieving them. Howlite strengthens memory and stimulates desire for knowledge. It teaches patience and helps to eliminate rage, pain and stress.
A calming stone, Howlite calms communication, facilitates awareness and encourages emotional expression.
Howlite will calm and soothe the emotions, slow the overactive mind and help to achieve a deep and restful sleep.