Alternative Names: Mandarin Garnet
Origin: Worldwide, notably China
Mineral Species: Spessartine
Mineral Group: Silicates
Chemical Formula: Mn3Al2(SiO4)3 (Manganese aluminium silicate)
Crystal System: Cubic (Isometric)
Colour: Red, reddish orange, yellowish brown, reddish brown, or brown
Typical Appearance: Usually dodecahedral or trapezoidal crystals, or a combination of the two.
Chakra Alignment: Heart, Sacral and Earth Chakras, connection with Throat
Origin of Name & Mythology: Named after its type locality in the Spessart Mts, Germany.
In addition to the general properties of garnet, spessartine confers a sense of being fully present in the body at this moment in time, and releases and burns off anything that is not needed, including any emotional baggage. It sustains, opens and strengthens the heart, both emotionally and physically, and supports the parathyroid as well as the lymphatic and immune systems, being especially helpful in treating upper respiratory infections and issues, such as hay fever, asthma and colds.
Spessartine also influences the ventricles of the brain, improving flow of cerebrospinal fluid. It can be useful in balancing male/female energy, and aids development of psychic gifts, including clairaudience and mediumship. It Influences pericardium (heart constrictor) and large intenstine meridians in Chinese medicine.