Q&A: what is the legend of the apache indian tear drops?

Question by Charlotte Rivers: what is the legend of the apache indian tear drops?
my mom has a stone from alaska called an apache tear, what is the legend about them, and also do they have any metaphysical significance?

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Answer by Tim M
An Apache Tear is a small fragment of Obsidian which is usually opaque and either black, grey or brown. It got its name from a tribe of Apaches that were in a battle with the U.S. cavalry and as they were faced with defeat, instead of being killed or taken alive they road their horses off the side of a cliff and died. Their families were said to of cried and as their tears hit the ground they turned to stone.

“Obsidian was revered by ancient cultures. It was one of the major barter materials, and prized for its ability to be worked to razor-sharp edges for arrows and spears. It has been used since prehistoric times for making tools, masks, weapons, mirrors and jewelry.

Healing properties of Obsidian
Obsidian helps to protect the very sensitive against depression. It is the stone of the soft hearted and gentle people of the world. Use obsidian to help block negativity of any kind. As a black gemstone, it symbolizes self control and resilience. Black stones have protective energies in the sense that black is the absence of light, and therefore, can be used to create invisibility. “

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Catching the Winter Rays – How Staying Out of the Sun Actually Puts You at Risk of Vitamin D Deficiency, Cancer and Infertility

Sydney, Australia (PRWEB) March 15, 2013

Staying out of the sun and the lathering on sunscreen is contributing to various forms of cancers and making millions of Australians infertile.

Fertility specialist, Gabriela Rosa, says the slip, slop, slap message has been taken too far.

The Cancer Council Australia campaigns have certainly been proven very effective in making people afraid of the sun and its affecting our health and fertility, said Ms Rosa.

The truth of the matter is we need exposure to the sun in order to stay healthy, and this is more important in winter when we spend less time outdoors she said.

Of course we need to be careful with how long we stay in the sun and at what time of day, but to completely avoid the sun is a mistake.

According to The Medical Journal of Australia as many as 80 per cent of Australian women are vitamin D (cholecalciferol) deficient.

U.S. Researchers at the University of California estimate 600,000 cases of breast and colorectal cancer can be prevented worldwide by addressing vitamin D deficiency in adults.

Good vitamin D levels in women mean more progesterone and oestrogen is produced within the body, which regulates the menstrual cycle and improves the likelihood of successful conception.

Adequate amounts of vitamin D in a womans blood have been shown to significantly increase the chance of conception.

This means women undergoing IVF also have a greater chance of success.

And it can reduce the severity of symptoms for women suffering with common issues such as endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome..

In men, vitamin D is essential for the healthy development of the nucleus of the sperm cell.

It has also been shown to increase testosterone levels which help to improve semen quality and count.

Ms Rosa said people could get enough sun exposure safely by doing the following:

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