Note: Crystals cannot be an alternative for medical attention nor can they be a substitute.
Garnet is actually not a single mineral. It is a broad group of minerals which possess common chemical formula: X3Y2(SiO4)3 , where X and Y denote different chemical elements. The hardness of the garnet family is in the range of 6.5-7.5.
In metaphysical sense, one of the most important characteristics of the garnets is their purification ability. They have a strong healing capacity and are able to help in purifying the bodily energies, in removing toxins, and in restoring, revitalizing and cleansing the body, the mind, and the spirit.
Garnets are recognized as spiritual minerals able to heal and intensify relationships. But they can do more than that; they are able to bring certain relationships to a higher, more spiritual level. Garnets relax and secure comfort in transitional times, such as for example, bringing an experimental love relationship to a more permanent level of devotion. Depending on their composition, garnets can be colored differently, but the most common color of garnets is red. The name comes from the Latin word for grain or seed - "granatus - due to its resemblance to small round seeds within the cluster groups.
The most common color is dark red to brownish red. Many of the garnets possess glassy glow. The most important occurences are in India, South Africa, Brazil, Canada, Hungary, and Austria. There can be distinguished 6 types of garnets: pyrope, almandine, spessartine, grossular, uvarovite, and andradite. The X spot in the above formula can be occupied by Ca -calcium, Mg-magnesium, or Fe-iron, whereas the Y spot by Al-aluminum, Fe-iron, or in lesser degree by Cr-chromium. The crystal network is otherwise tetrahedral made out of Si-silicon and O-oxygen.
The red color of the garnets suggests a connection with love and permanence, but also with passion and desires. Not only is this passion linked with sexual lust, it is also linked with all the different desires that an individual can possess. In this sense, red garnet can be used to restore lost passion. Garnets can also be related to the will to execute some decision. Crystal therapy with garnets can increase the will to accept one's life and make progress in it.
Garnets have been used since bronze age for making precious gems as well as for abrasive purposes. Crystals, minerals, rocks, semi-precious stones and metals have always been used to help people in crystal therapy, astral travel, aura cleansing, achieving cosmic consciousness, meditation, and connecting with Angels. This last property is also important when we consider the garnet family, since they enable making easier contact with our spiritual guides and higher spiritual energies.
Since the times of the Noah's ark, garnets have been used to light the way into the inner part of the ark. Because of its guiding quality, garnet is used to direct travelers and keep them save on a journey. The luminescent nature of the garnets are a reflection of the spiritual forces that help in meditation and act as ally in love related issues. It is also considered to be talisman for protection.
On the physical level, the healing properties of garnet are considered to be helpful for cardiovascular problems, it regulates internal rhythms, normalizes blood pressure.
Several hundreds years ago, garnets and rubies were thought to belong to the same class of minerals. But, they are very much different. On the other hand, in terms of their properties, some parallels can be made. For instance, garnets ensoul the qualities of creativity and sexuality. Those are partly the features of the rubies too, but garnets execute them more gently, and less intense than the former minerals. In this sense, garnets will rather promote friendship than passion.
If you are feeling down and emotionally suppressed, the vibrant energy of the garnets can help to awaken the heart center - Anahata. They help in increasing personal strength, endurance, and bodily power. They should be discharged by holding them for 3 minutes under flowing water. Garnets should be charged placed on a cluster of rock crystals.