Barite was found in the early 19th century and named after the Greek word barys meaning "very heavy" because it is a relatively heavy stone. In the 20th century, scientists discovered that Barite could protect against dangerous x-rays, ultraviolet radiation and radioactivity through protective screens and clothing. Barite is an excellent crystal to use for earth healing. Use this healing crystal to balance the energies in your atmosphere, home and land, protecting against radiation. It is also used to calm the nerves and soothe the physical body. Barite is helpful in cases of skin irritation like sunburns. Use Barite at the Root Chakra.