Mala Beads or Buddhist Prayer beads are traditionally used to count the number of mantra's during meditation. They often comprise of 108 beads, and can be made with precious stones or wood. Lapis Lazuli is a "stone of total awareness". It can help to bring conscious attunement to the intuitive and psychic aspects of ones nature. It can also help to expand awareness and intellectual capacity. Some of the other properties of Lapis Lazuli are the bringing of truthfulness, openness, inner power, intuition, creativity, virility and manifestation. It can strengthen the mind and body as well as increasing awareness and spiritual connection. Physically, Lapis can be known to be helpful in disorders of the throat, bone marrow, thymus and immune system. It may help to relieve insomnia, as well as reducing the pain of headaches.