Howlite was named after Henry How, who discovered it in 1868 in Nova Scotia. Henry How was a Canadian chemist, geologist and mineralogist whom was alerted to a previously unknown mineral by gypsum quarry miners who found it hampered their mining.
Howlite has the appearance of white marble or porcelain with white or grey, then with grey, black or dark brown veins running through it. Although, extremely rare there are transparent howlite crystals are extremely rare. Howlite forms as irregular nodules which can be like a cauliflower head.
Howlite is best known for imitating other gemstones. Being porous, howlite can absorb dye well, which means it can be dyed to look like turquoise, red coral and lapis lazuli.
The calming nature of Howlite can ease overthinking and the consequential stress that can often lead to physical illness. Naturally, the calmer you are the better your sleep. If you are suffering from ADHD or learning disabilities, keeping this stone close may help.
Howlite is strongly associated with the Crown Chakra taking you onto a journey towards spirituality and enhancing your memory. Additionally, keeping howlite close to the third eye helps to heighten awareness and consciousness.