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Therapeutic Properties of Garnet

Introduction:

Garnet has a rich history. Native American Indians used red garnets as bullets, believing that they would seek blood and inflict a deadlier wound. Christians believe that garnet symbolized Christ's sacrifice; Islam followers believe that garnet illuminated the fourth heaven. In the Middle Ages, Garnet was used to ward off harm and increase chivalry, loyalty and honesty.

Garnet has always been considered insurance for travelers against misfortune. It was worn by the crusaders as an aid to safely find their way home. In the 18th and 19th centuries, perfectly transparent garnet became the height of jewelry fashion.

Garnet is the traditional gift for the 18th Wedding Anniversary. It is the traditional birthstone for those born in the month of January.

Traditional Metaphysical Properties for Garnet:

Health, removing negativity, awareness, commitment, regeneration, order, insight.

Healing Applications of Garnet:

It is considered a good luck to receive a Garnet as a gift. Some believe that it is useful in warding off bad dreams and as protection from theft. The red varieties of garnet are believed to increase passion in all areas of life. Garnet is thought to attract love and soul mates and to enhance creativity.

Garnets were thought to stop bleeding, cure inflammatory diseases, and smooth discord. Garnet has been associated with the root, or red chakra; imbalances of which are said to be responsible for anxiety, irritable bowel and lack of energy. Garnets were thought to stop bleeding, cure inflammatory diseases, and smooth discord.

The red varieties of garnet are believed to increase passion in all areas of life. Garnet attracts love and soul mates. It enhances creativity. Garnets are thought to help heal oneself/friends but bring harm onto enemies.

Garnets come in many colors and varieties which are associated with different healing abilities. Some of the individual gemstones that come under the garnet family and their color are:

Name Color
Pyrope Blood red
Almandine Orangey-red to Brown
Andradite Brown, Black and sometimes Yellowish-green to Yellowish orange
Tsavorites Green to Yellowish Green
Grossular Clear, Orange, Pink, Yellow, Green, Brown
Hessonite Yellow orange to red
Rhodolite Purplish red to red
Spessartine Yellowish Orange
Uvarovites Deep Emerald Green

Pyrope Garnets (The blood-red varieties of garnet) are often associated with blood diseases.

The brown varieties of garnet are used by healers to draw out stress.

The Demantoid variety has been used to alleviate chronic pain.

The pink Grossular varieties sooth a stressed nervous system and are used by healers for stress-related diseases, such as anorexia, mistrust, and people needing comfort.

Therapeutic Properties of Hessonite

Hessonite is a rare orange or cinnamon colored Garnet. It is an important gemstone in Eastern Astrology.

Hessonite improves the intellect, lessen aggressive tendencies and increase self-esteem and respect. It also increases spirituality.

Hessonite is associated with the 5th Chakra.

Hessonite has strong spiritual value for people regarded as wise. Besides making them mellow, it keeps them from becoming gossipy or talking too much about what they know. Instead, they will listen more to what other people have to say. Well, that definitely is being wise!

Natural healers often recommend hessonite to help the mind and body release toxins and to improve relaxation.

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