Garnet Healing Properties (Best Kept Secrets of the January Birthstone)

Garnet captivates your attention and makes you wonder about all the healing powers lurking beneath its deep red tone. Thanks to my January-born Dad, I’ve been smitten by garnets for nearly two decades. And to be honest, they’re more than just beautiful red gems found in all colors of the rainbow.

What are garnet healing properties? What makes them so powerful? How to use garnets for healing?🤔

Garnet is a silicate mineral with healing properties ranging from protection to luck, power, passion, and physical healing. It’s such a powerful healing crystal that awakens root, sacral, solar plexus, heart, and crown chakras. The best way to use garnet is for love and relationships by setting a grid in your bedroom.

Read on to find out how to use it for therapy and its several healing effects. I’ll also reveal the stark comparisons between garnet and ruby today.

These are the topics we’ll explore to learn more about garnet healing crystals:

  • Where did garnet healing powers start?
  • What are the eight famous varieties of garnet and their meanings?
  • What’s the chakra, ruling planet, element, zodiac, and astrological importance of garnet?
  • How does garnet heal the mind, body, and spirit?
  • 7 Best ways to use garnet jewelry and stones
  • How do you cleanse garnet?
  • Which is the best crystal to pair with garnet?
  • How does garnet compare to ruby?
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History of garnet healing: An Overview

Do you know pomegranates are also called garnets? That’s because the scientific name of pomegranate is Punica granatum, which coincides with the etymology of this gem too.

The word "garnet" originates from the Latin word "granatus" which translates to "seed" or "grain."

But that’s not the only other name for this gorgeous gemstone. It’s sometimes called Arizona ruby, grape crystal, cinnamon stone, and even carbuncle. The meaning of garnet is "passion" because it awakens your life force energy.✊🏻

We’ll talk about the healing powers of garnet in the coming sections, but let’s get its history cleared out first.

From the High Priest in the Old Testament to Christian missionaries who fought Islamic expansion a few hundred years back, garnet has served as an amulet and warrior’s stone in the past. Garnet has been traced back to 3,100 B.C Egypt where pharaohs wore the crystal on their necks for metaphysical powers.

Another quirk about this healing crystal used in ancient times is protection from poisoning.

Stories from the east say that Noah used garnet to diffuse light in the Ark during the Great Flood. Asiatic tribes also used the seed crystal to improve blood clotting on wounds.

Further down west, Greek stories say when granatus is worn around the neck, it can make the wearer see in the dark. Grecian mythologies also narrate several stories where this gemstone rekindles the fire among lovers and couples.

Another proof of garnet’s metaphysical properties is how it fires up reproductive problems. Apparently, Philippe I, brother of Louis XVI, used garnet directly on genitals for sexual disorders that he suffered from.

The different varieties of garnet and their healing properties

As there are more than 20 varieties of garnet, describing each of them in detail isn’t quite possible here. But if you want to learn about the healing powers of all the varieties of garnet, comment below, and we’ll start it for you!

Let’s talk about the top eight varieties famous around the world first.

Uvarovite Garnet

This type of garnet shocks almost everyone because it’s a green druzy stone that’s quite unlike the red garnets. Uvarovite is mainly suitable for wealth, abundance, and prosperity rituals. It works by empowering your heart chakra.

Almandine Garnet

A base chakra type of garnet, almandine is rare yet good for grounding and stability. It’s a good crystal known for balancing the mind, spirit, and body. Almandine color is a mix of red and brown, and it can also enhance your strength, stamina, and endurance.

Leuco Garnet

The higher chakra stone in the mix is Leuco garnet, empowering the crown chakra. This healing crystal is often associated with cosmic consciousness and paves the way for spiritual destiny. Also called leucocarbro, the colorless garnet changes your perspective and fills you with hope.😇

Hessonite Garnet

If you’re looking for a system-wide cleansing process for your mind, body, and spirit, hessonite garnet is a fine choice. The hessonite crystal powers the crown chakra and is seen in honey-yellow and red-brown tones. It can improve reproductive health besides working on your vitamin deficiencies.

Spessartite Garnet

One of the most radiant orange garnets, this is the best stone for powering up your creativity and imagination.👺 It’s a solar plexus chakra gemstone that also alleviates diseases. Psychics advise placing this healing crystal in your office, study room, workstation, or anywhere where high energies are necessary.

Rhodolite Garnet

The rose-toned garnet is called rhodolite garnet. It’s a fusion of pyrope and almandine seed crystals. This heart chakra stone can dispel shame besides improving blood circulation. Rhodolite is best for those born under the sign of Aquarius.

Pyrope Garnet

This is the expensive variety of garnet that shows up with a deep red-pink-purple mix under polarized lights. More vivid than its cousins, the pyrope variety of granatus stone empowers both root and crown chakras. That’s why it can relieve anxiety, enhance courage, and heal your body.

Andradite Garnet

A rare variety of the seed crystal, andradite garnets, is a protection and luck stone. It can strengthen your immunity and attract success towards you. There are three types of andradite:

  • Melanite: Glossy black for root chakra
  • Topazolite: Yellow for sacral chakra
  • Demantoid: Green for heart chakra

The metaphysical powers of garnet: How does it work?

The healing properties of garnet come from its characteristics, from physical things like crystal structure to metaphysical traits like chakras.

Recently I talked about why crystals have healing vibrations. So, if you’re wondering how healing crystals work, go and have a look at it!

The elemental powers of granatus stone come from its chakras. Moreover, garnet isn’t powered by any one chakra. Root, sacral, solar plexus, heart, and crown chakras are found in different varieties of granatus.

The root chakra grounds you and connects with the earth, and the heart chakra brings love while the sacral chakra fills you with creativity and passion. Solar plexus is the center of garnet’s physical healing, and crown chakra connects you to the spiritual effects.

🔥The classic element of garnet is fire, and that’s why it empowers the crystal and brings inspiration to wearers.

Marquise Shaped Garnet Gemstones for Healing

Astrology of garnet healing crystal

Two planets—Saturn and Mars, rule the January birthstone garnet.

Saturn is the Lord of Justice, and hence this crystal will help you find what you deserve in your career and love life. It’s also known to attract luck. On the other hand, Mars is the planet of creativity, and it brings passion, courage, and energy.🎸

Who should wear garnet crystal? Garnet is an excellent option for Capricorn or those born in January. If you’re a Capricorn like my dad, Arizona ruby (a variety of garnet) will help you find luck, stability, and pink of health.

👉🏻But if your zodiac sign is Aries or Aquarius, you’ll still find garnet beneficial. People born under the Aries constellation find empathy and passion with this gemstone, while Aquarius finds emotional intelligence.

Ruled by the Egyptian Goddess of War—Sekhmet, garnet brings power and authority to your life. The love and passion of garnet are believed to come from Greek Goddess Aphrodite.

Who shouldn’t wear the garnet crystal? Leos aren’t recommended to wear garnet stone because it can make them selfish and arrogant.

What is garnet crystal good for? Benefits explained

The metaphysical and astrological traits are why healing crystal garnet works on emotional, physical, and spiritual issues. Some say garnet is excellent for protection, while others claim it works best for eliminating toxins. Let’s find out what it can do!📝

How does garnet affect the mind?

When you bond with a garnet stone, the first thing that happens is a heightened sense of the self and connection with the universe. That’s why this healing crystal can affect your mood and change your perspective. Astrologers say it can change your sad feelings into confidence and trust too.

One of the best things about garnet that I love is how it makes you feel hopeful when you’re battling hurdles from the world and your own negative emotions. It can give you the courage to let go of inhibitions and insecurities. This is how this healing crystal removes self-doubt about your career, love life, and even finances.

Spending more time with granatus stone or keeping it closer helps stimulate your creativity and inner desires. I feel it’s excellent for calming stress and overcoming sadness and depressive phases.🧜🏻‍♀️

How does garnet affect your body?

This is a healing crystal that provides widespread healing for physical healing. It detoxes the body by eliminating toxins and purifying blood to all the vital organs in the body.

How does garnet heal the body? It can help you absorb vitamins and minerals like calcium, magnesium, iodine, and several vitamins responsible for your thyroid to eyes and bones.

You might also love that garnet is a healing crystal that stands with you when it comes to beauty. That’s why it can remove acne, scars, and blemishes from your skin. On top of it, this crystal can regenerate your body by improving your metabolism.👏🏻

Most garnet users say it improves libido and related sexual disorders by enhancing circulation and cardiac rhythm. Rheumatoid arthritis and its pain and cellular diseases can be healed quickly by using garnet to support your medications.

Capable of cleaning the harmful effects of smoking from lungs, garnet is an all-rounder stone that can heal you inside out.

What does garnet do spiritually?

If you’re wondering how garnet affects your spirit and soul, there’s a whole lot to share. It can build a cosmic connection that reveals your spiritual purpose in the initial days of connecting itself. Perhaps that’s the reason this crystal is also recommended for astral travelers.

What’s the spiritual meaning of garnet? The spiritual purpose of garnet is protection. But that’s not all it can do!

The January birthstone can calm you down by cleansing out blocked chakras. You’ll end up feeling system-wide benefits that end up improving your perception, creativity, and even luck. Truth be told, this stone is often used by psychics for heightened awareness and amplifying psychic gifts.

On its own, garnet can do karmic therapy using past-life recall.

The courage stone is excellent for luck in love and money too. Hence, garnets can bring sudden success and wins in business matters.

7 most popular healing therapies with garnet: How do you activate garnet?

From the warrior stone to passion crystal, garnet has many famous healing properties that most of us already know. So, I’ll tell you the exact ways to use this healing crystal instead of describing more about what they can do!

Let’s jump in!

Healing from garnet jewelry

You can find garnet rings, earrings, pendants, necklaces, chokers, stackable chains, bracelets, and every kind of jewelry available in the market today. Wearing any of these garnet jewelry pieces is good enough to get the healing benefits.

✅Nevertheless, if you ask astrologists about where to wear garnet, they’ll tell you to wear a garnet ring on the index finger of your dominant hand for best results. But wearing a garnet locket on top of your heart is also an excellent way to tap into its healing properties.

When to wear garnet? The best time to wear garnet jewelry for healing is an hour before sunrise on Saturdays, the day of Shani or Saturn.

January Birthstone Garnet Ring in Silver Metal

Garnet for love and relationships

When couples wear this healing crystal, they fall deeper in love. Partners will also find it best to increase passion and intimacy in relationships when a garnet stone is kept in the bedroom, close to the bed.

As garnets contain the powers of both sacral and heart chakras, they can awaken passionate desires too. It’s an excellent stone for finding your true love, discovering answers about your love life, and even spreading harmony in long-term bonds like marriage and friendships.

I like to attach a garnet under the bed cot that I cleanse every week to keep the love life charged. You can also keep it at the bedside table for bringing more passion if your love life is lacking in that area.

For those suffering from intimacy and sexual disorders, using a garnet in the sacral chakra region will awaken the kundalini energy during reiki.

How to use garnet for wealth?

As this healing crystal is ruled by the planet of luck and success Saturn, success and luck follow those who embrace the energies of this stone. The crystal grid is the best option to attract prosperity and luck with the red healing crystal.

I suggest you use the universal lucky number 7 or any other digit you prefer to set up a garnet grid in the southeast corner. After setting it, remember to activate the grid with a high vibration stone such as quartz or selenite to manifest prosperity.

The feng shui ritual for wealth using granatus stone is also an excellent way to eliminate financial debts. The best stones for a crystal grid are raw stones or garnet pyramids when trying this method.

How to use garnet for artists?

If you’re trying to enhance your creative juices, take a garnet and place it next to a Tibetan bowl. Now start playing the bowl and meditate. When you meditate in tune with the acoustic healing frequencies, garnet emanates strong vibrations that awaken your life force energy.

Meditation with garnet works like any other meditative technique. You pivot on the breathing so that it grounds you to the present and take it from there.

Whenever I meditate with garnet, I get lost in some sort of trance and come back to reality after an hour or more.

The best thing is that garnet helps clear the mind chatter and find your creative purpose quickly when you meditate.🎨

How do you detox with garnet?

Do you know garnet is capable of eliminating toxic substances from your body? The truth is, it can even help to eliminate toxic thoughts.

I’ve found three excellent and straightforward ways to purify your mind and body.

  • You can smudge sacred herbs or oils like sage, lemon, lavender, bergamot, and cinnamon around this healing crystal to set the vibrations for detox.
  • Another way to detox using the pomegranate crystal is via yoga. I recommend fire element poses like Tiger Pose and Plank Pose for beginners and Sun Salutation before sunrise for experts.✅
  • Last but far from least, you can detox by making garnet elixir with garnets. However, don’t soak it in the water to do so. Instead, keep it undisturbed near a glass of water for a whole day.

Fire rituals with garnet

As this gemstone is a powerful activator of the element fire, it can rekindle creativity, passion, and cosmic consciousness in users. My favorite way to awaken the fire within garnet is by doing fire rituals.

The easiest way to do so is by lighting a candle or bonfire and chanting affirmations. I’ll list a few affirmations you can use for this purpose.

  • I am protected.
  • I am filled with passion.
  • I am courageous.
  • I attract luck.
  • I am grounded.
  • I am surrounded by love and positivity.
  • I accept abundance in my heart.
  • I am strong.
  • I am full of energy and motivation.
  • I have a divine purpose in life.

What’s the right way to use garnet for protection?

Since time immemorial, amulets made of gemstones like garnets have been used for protection. Apart from wearing garnet jewelry for protection, ancient tales also suggest getting this crystal engraved with the silhouette of a lion for creating a protective aura around you.

If you ask me, the best way to use this healing crystal for repelling negativity, evil eyes, and curses is by charging it under the fiery energy of sunlight or candlelight. 

Many scholars also suggest running the garnet you want under tap water for a few seconds before charging it with sunlight if you want protection.

You can also bury this crystal in soil apart from charging it with a wand or a bowl of saltwater for protecting yourself. Read more on 20 ways to charge healing crystals.

How to cleanse garnet crystals?

Before we get into cleansing, remember that garnet isn’t safe in the water for prolonged hours. So, avoid soaking this stone when cleaning with water.

While there are several ways to cleanse a healing crystal, my favorite to do so with garnet is with a clear quartz wand.

This is because most of my garnets are in the jewelry form.

So, circling thrice clockwise over a healing crystal is easier for me when pressed for time.

Smudging with sage is also equally easy and effective for cleansing garnet.

Which crystals go well with garnet?

As we have learned in recent articles, you can combine crystals that share one or more metaphysical properties without any adverse effects. But because garnet is a popular crystal, there are combinations with other crystals you can do for specific results.🎯

  • Based on chakras: As this crystal awakens the root, sacral, solar plexus, heart, and crown chakras, you can combine it with a large number of crystals like red jasper, carnelian, citrine, rose quartz, amethyst, and more.
  • Based on elements: Crystals ruled by the fire element such as carnelian, sunstone, red aventurine, and red diamond goes well with granatus gemstone.
  • Based on zodiac: Any healing stone that empowers zodiac signs like Capricorn, Aquarius, and Aries such as carnelian, emerald, amethyst, citrine, and red jasper complements garnet.
  • Based on color: While garnet is primarily red, the shade may be unique. So, make sure to pick crystals that are most close to the garnet you have. Cinnabar, hematite, and maroon quartz are a few good examples.
  • Based on ruling planets: Crystals ruled by Saturn and Mars such as blue sapphire, lava stone, black obsidian, bloodstone, red jasper, and hematite work well.
  • Based on benefits
    • For passion: Red aventurine, emerald, and carnelian are great for combining with red garnet when aiming for love and intimacy.💋
    • For protection: Red jasper, red aventurine, and carnelian are considered best with garnet for psychic protection.
    • For creativity: Citrine, red jasper, and black onyx can drive your inventiveness up when mixed with garnet.
    • For prosperity: For monetary success and abundance, pair up the red crystal with hematite, red jasper, or citrine right away!📈

Garnet vs. ruby: An overview of the difference in healing powers

Do you know rubies for a long time were called garnets? FYI, rubies are costlier than garnets too.

Truth be told, both rubies and garnets have many unique powers. Here’s a bite-sized chart to differentiate both red crystals quickly.

TraitGarnetRuby
ColorsRed, orange, pink, green, yellow, gold, black, brown, purple, and color-changingBlood red and red mixed with shades such as orange, purple, brown, and pink
ChakrasRoot, sacral, solar plexus, heart, and crownRoot and heart
ElementFireFire
Ruling Planet(s)Saturn and MarsSun
ZodiacsCapricorn, Aquarius, and AriesCancer and Capricorn
DeitiesSekhmet and AphroditeSekhmet and Bafana
Wedding Anniversary2nd and 6th52nd
Birthstone MonthJanuaryJuly
Healing BenefitsCourage, detox, passion, luck, and protectionLove, passion, iInspiration, prosperity, and protection
Mohs Hardness6.5-79

Tap into the powers of garnet this January

Do you know garnet was once used as bullets? Conversely, it was made in gold and used as amulets for immortality back in the day too. A precious gemstone with several varieties in yellow, green, brown, and even colorless colors apart from red can also amplify the energy of other crystals.

Garnets are also found in the color blue, and it’s a fusion of spessartine and pyrope garnets.

Whether you use garnets to bring the love back in your marriage, protect your house, or attract luck into your business, you can trust it to work without fail. But the best things I like about garnet are courage, passion, luck, and cosmic consciousness.

The stone of commitment and health, some say if you give a garnet to your ex-lover, it can bring them back to you. It’s also a great stone to wear every day but with a lower Mohs, but keep in mind garnet isn’t as durable as diamonds, topazes, or rubies.

Read more about January birthstones next.

Why are you drawn to garnets? Tell us all about it below!

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