Garnet was worn as a protective talisman long ago. Used with other crystals Garnet activates and amplifies their effects, placed under a pillow it can help alleviate bad dreams. Garnet fortifies, activates and strengthens the survival instinct bringing courage. It opens up the heart, bestows self-confidence, and brings serenity and passion. It has a powerful energizing and regenerating effect used to balance the chakras.