Crystal Meanings

Green Onyx 101: Meaning, Properties & Benefits

Green Onyx is a stone with an interesting look and strong properties. It’s not quite as popular as other forms of Onyx in the crystal healing community, but it has a lot to offer!

In the guide below we’ll cover the meaning, properties, and potential benefits of Green Onyx. There’s a lot to learn, so let’s get started!

History & Overview

Green Onyx has been part of healing lore since ancient times. Even though Green Onyx was used by prehistoric people for spiritual rites and rituals, it really came into its own during the time of the ancient Greeks. 

The word, onyx, comes from the Greek word for fingernail. It was thought that Eros, the Greek god of love and sexuality, clipped his fingernails. When these nails fell to Earth, they turned into Onyx. Some attribute the nails to Venus, but the idea is the same. This helped to make Green Onyx especially valuable to the Greeks.

A close up view of Green Onyx

It’s also mentioned in the Bible, and archeologists have discovered swords, amulets, shields, and even armor made from this stone. Granted, these artifacts were generally made from the black form of Onyx, but Green Onyx has been found at burial sites and in archeological evidence of ancient magical practices where its meaning was valued.

Some cultures even believed that these stones contained imprisoned demons!

Looking at this stone from a purely scientific point of view, Green Onyx is part of the chalcedony Quartz family and has a triangular crystal structure. This stone is often confused with other stones such as Emerald and Jade, but the internal structures of these crystals are quite different. Green Onyx ranks a seven on the Mohs hardness scale, so it’s a fairly sturdy stone.

Green Onyx is found in places such as Brazil, California, Uruguay, Peru, Mexico, Madagascar, and India. 

Green Onyx Meaning

The core Green Onyx meaning is all about peace, purity, and mental support. Even the lovely, emerald-like green color of this stone brings to mind the peace of green meadows and sunlight shining through leaves.

Despite the peaceful aura and meaning of this stone, Green Onyx has very powerful vibrations. It is known to give the user strong support in times of mental stress and anxiety, and it works hard to combat negative thoughts and energies.

We recommend trying Green Onyx as a love crystal if you find yourself needing a little extra help with love, relationships, sexuality, or internal courage. We know that once you bring the properties of Green Onyx into your life, you will begin to discover new meanings and a better path forward.

Healing Properties & Benefits

The healing properties and benefits of Green Onyx are legendary and tested through time. Over the centuries, healers and spiritual practitioners have believed that Green Onyx can provide a myriad of emotional, spiritual, metaphysical, and physical benefits. 

Green Onyx is one of our favorite stones due to the many ways that its meaning and properties can be incorporated into your daily life. Whether you wear it in a piece of jewelry, use it as a mediation focus or use it to create a healing elixir, Green Onyx is a stone that we know will become an important and helpful part of your daily healing journey.


Green Onyx is a stone that is thought to bring a tremendous amount of deep emotional support. It provides such loving vibrations that it will likely become a healing crystal that you’ll want to use every day.

This stone is also great if you’re in the process of trying to learn about and expand your emotional wellbeing. One of the potential benefits of Green Onyx is that it can help eliminate any distracting thoughts or brain fog that may be getting between you and better learning and retention.

Some people love to speak in public, while others may experience severe anxiety. The healing properties of Green Onyx have the ability to help both kinds of public speakers. It can enhance the confidence of seasoned speakers, and it can bring support and courage to those of us who may not enjoy speaking in public. Use it to really give your self confidence a boost.

If stress, anxiety, and fear are keeping you back from doing the things in life that you want to do, let Green Onyx give you the loving support that you need. Green Onyx works gently on the heart to bring you a renewed sense of self-love, helping you feel supported enough to face difficult times with clarity and courage.

Finally, the meaning of Green Onyx is thought to be incredibly beneficial for anyone who is suffering from matters of the heart. Whether you are dealing with romantic issues, difficult people, a lack of self confidence, or even sexual issues, using Green Onyx as part of your daily practice can bring so many positive benefits.


If you are trying to expand your understanding of healing crystals, then you are most likely interested in learning how Green Onyx can help your spiritual growth. We really love this stone and highly recommend it for any stage of your spiritual quest.

Many people have successfully used past life exploration as a way to bring about the healing of old traumas and psychological wounds. The properties of Green Onyx make it a stone that can help a person see the connection between past life experiences and negative thoughts and traumas.

Green Onyx is also used by spiritual seekers to gain guidance from higher powers, and it is also thought to help balance yin and yang energies.

Some people believe that they possess an ability known as psychometry. This is a type of divination that is used to find out facts about someone using an object that belongs to that person. Green Onyx is thought to have the ability to assist with psychometric divinations.

Lastly, many practitioners say that Green Onyx holds the memories of the person that’s using it. This is good for when you want to use memory work as part of your healing practice.


Green Onyx is thought to have healing properties that can bring a number of benefits to your physical body. Using crystals for physical healing is not something that we recommend doing without experience or guidance. Even if you are not new to the world of crystals, it’s still best if you consult with an experienced healer before attempting any type of physical healing. 

This stone is often a healer’s choice for dealing with issues such as high blood pressure, ulcers, and select abdominal disorders.

The healing properties of Green Onyx have made it a favorite remedy throughout the ages for the improvement of the skin, hair, eyes, and teeth. It’s also thought that this stone might bring a feeling of youth, vitality, and fertility.

Metaphysical Properties

Green Onyx is an excellent stone when you want deep healing during meditation. Of course, all of your chakras will benefit from consistent meditation, but the heart chakra has a special connection with Green Onyx.

This is not surprising when we think about the metaphysical properties and meaning of Green Onyx. As mentioned above, this stone, when used with the proper intention, is known to have a dramatic influence on many heart related issues. This can mean romantic issues of the heart, but it can also mean having the heart and courage to face your fears or to begin on a new project or path.

By using Green Onyx to heal and balance your heart chakra, you will also be creating an amazing connection between the upper and lower chakras. Your more grounding chakras will balance out your higher, more spiritual ones. This can help you to understand matters of the heart in a more intuitive and balanced way.

If you’re not sure how to use a healing crystal for more focused meditation, we suggest hooking up with an experienced natural healer. They will be able to give you the direction and advice you need to make the best of your relationship with your Green Onyx.

How To Use It

If you are new to the world of healing crystals, you are probably confused about how to use them. Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to incorporate the meaning and properties of stones like Green Onyx into your daily life. In fact, there are plenty of options for using these crystals. Remember that there is not a right or wrong way to use Green Onyx, and you can choose the way that feels right. In time, you will get a sense of what your stone wants. Just relax and go with it.

One very simple way to ease into using a healing crystal is to wear it as a nice piece of jewelry. Not only does Green Onyx look beautiful in a piece of jewelry, but having it close to your body basically ensures that you will be benefiting from its healing properties all day long.

Some common ways to wear Green Onyx is in a bracelet, necklace, pendant, or even an anklet. We suggest going one step further to match the piece of jewelry with the issue you would like to work on.

For example, wearing Green Onyx in a necklace is a great way to use it as a crystal for focus while also helping you get rid of any negative energy that is trying to bring you down. It is also known to help with sexual issues.

Another rather unique way to use Green Onyx is to use it in a crystal water elixir. You can drink the elixir, place it on your body or use it in the bath. Remember that creating and using elixirs should be done by someone who has experience with this type of healing. It’s best not to try this method on your own.

Many people find that massaging various parts of the body with Green Onyx can be very beneficial. Massage your feet for chakra healing, rub it on areas affected by nerve pain or simply use it to massage any part of the body that is having a physical problem.

Looking to add a little pizzazz to your love life? It’s thought that sitting on Green Onyx can be able to get your Kundalini fire going.

Other ways to utilize Green Onyx include placing it under a pillow, taking a walk with it in your hand or simply placing it in your home, office, or car. This allows you to be reminded of its meaning throughout the day.

Stone Combinations

You may not know this, but it’s possible and often beneficial to combine more than one crystal while doing your spiritual work. Green Onyx pairs quite well with many other healing stones, but it’s best to not make arbitrary combinations. Talk to an experienced crystal healer to discuss your questions and concerns. We’d also like to note that when we talk about combinations, we are talking about two stones together. Trying to use lots of stones at the same time will often lead to underwhelming results.

How you combine your Green Onyx with other stones kind of depends on which type of healing you are looking for. For example, if you feel like you are having trouble communicating with others, try pairing your Green Onyx with other crystals such as Labradorite, Yellow Turquoise, Blue Topaz, or Amazonite. These all have meanings and properties that compliment each other.

If anxiety and stress are getting the better of you, many healers will suggest pairing Green Onyx with stones like Tiger’s Eye, Turquoise, Malachite, Carnelian, and Red Jasper.

If you’re looking for a creativity crystal combination, try pairing your stone with Citrine, Garnet, Moonstone, or Sodalite. Need some grounding? Calcite and Hematite can do the trick.

Enhance your spiritual growth with Rose Quartz and Moonstone, or you can pair Green Onyx with Lemon Jade, Amethyst, or Moonstone to overcome negative thoughts and entrenched bad habits.

The pairing stones mentioned above are only a tiny sampling of the healing crystals that can be successfully paired with Green Onyx. Your healer will be able to recommend the best combination for your particular healing requirements.

Zodiac Connection

Green Onyx is a stone that has the potential to bring healing to everyone. However, like many healing crystals, its meaning does seem to have a special resonance with certain zodiac signs.

Capricorns and Leos are two signs that may be able to reap additional benefits from Green Onyx. 

Capricorns can tend to be a bit over ambitious at times, and they are known to appear touchy and pessimistic. However, they are quiet, hard working, and will stick rather persistently to just about any task. Green Onyx is thought to help Capricorns take things a little less seriously, so they can experience more joy, laughter, and fun.

Leos, on the other hand, are known to live life with less reserve than Capricorns. They are joyful by nature and are outgoing as well. Green Onyx is a good stone for Leos because it helps them tone down some of their exuberance while continuing to nurture the better sides of their personalities.

Closing Thoughts

Finding someone who can’t benefit from the compelling meaning of Green Onyx is a challenge. This stone has properties that can touch many people, and we highly recommend giving it a try.

If you have any questions that weren’t answered in the guide you’re more than welcome to send us a message directly! We’re always eager to help and connect with our readers.

About Author

Heather was first introduced to the power of crystals on a trip overseas to study meditation and manifestation practices. After experiencing the positive impact of these stones first hand, she founded Crystal Viden to share her knowledge with others.