The natural resonant frequency of water (and therefore of all organic organisms) is within the far infrared (FIR) frequency band.
Water is both a receiver and an emitter of far infrared (FIR) energy. It easily absorbs FIR radiation from the Sun and from the Earth. The FIR wavelengths between 4 and 16 microns have been referred to as “biogenetic rays” or the frequencies of life. They reduce inflammation, improve circulation and increase metabolism.
In holistic healing, tourmaline is known for a variety of healing properties depending on the color of the gem. Because the FIR rays emitted by tourmaline create the same resonance in the body as water, tourmaline has a very soothing effect on nerves. Tourmaline is also well known for its ability to aid in the detoxification process, and for balancing metabolic functions.
Benjamin Franklin is credited with discovering the unique piezoelectric and infrared properties of tourmaline, although its pyroelectric effects were first written about in 314 BC by Theophrastus who noted that tourmaline attracted bits of straw and ash when it was heated. In 1880, Pierre Curie and his brother Jacques, discovered that tourmaline carried a weak electric charge when it was heated (pyroelectricity) and when pressure was applied to its surface (piezoelectricity). Later, research in Japan confirmed that tourmaline carried a faint but constant electric charge of 0.06mA. Japanese researchers also found that no matter how small tourmaline was ground or crushed, it was still capable of conveying an electric current (Niwa Institute for Immunology, Japan. Int. J. Biometeorol 1993 Sep; 37(3) 133-8).
The electric current that flows through tourmaline is actually the movement of electrons originating in the sun. The sun bathes the Earth in a continuous stream of negatively-charged electrons which enter the positively-charged side of tourmaline and exit from the negatively-charged side. With this current flowing through it, tourmaline is like a battery with unlimited life. When placed in water, slight pressure contributes to a piezoelectric effect that supports water’s crystalline structure. (For more on the importance of piezoelectricity, see Chapter 9 of the second edition of , Dancing with Water.)
Ceramic Tourmaline Balls sold by Dancing with Water are made of clay and crushed tourmaline. They are fired to provide a homogenous unit (ball) with the properties of both clay and all the colors of tourmaline. Clay carries the frequencies of numerous minerals. It is also a highly organized, layered matrix that supports water’s crystalline structure. Tourmaline contributes FIR wavelengths (particularly the wavelengths between 4 and 16 microns that resonate with water), and the piezoelectric effect. These wavelengths activate water molecules which convey FIR frequencies deep into the body, improving circulation and metabolic functions. Drinking water treated with ceramic tourmaline balls prepares the body to receive nourishment. It also supports the body’s ability to release toxins and wastes.
Tourmaline balls are approximately 3 mm in diameter, exposing a large surface area to the water. They are the same ceramic tourmaline balls used in the mineral basket of the Duet Water Revitalizer
Placing a bag of ceramic tourmaline balls in a gallon of water (pitcher, large water bottle, gravity water filter, etc.) will treat the water in several hours or overnight.