Tourmaline, the alternate birthstone for the month of October, is not one mineral, but a fairly complex group of minerals with different chemical compositions and physical properties. Pink tourmaline has great value to people that have difficulty dealing with fear, who have panic attacks or who are in need of something to help them heal their inner chaos and dread. It’s a heart protector as well as an aphrodisiac. It teaches that it is safe to love and therefore instills confidence. It introduces the qualities of compassion and wisdom into your dealings with others. It also promotes flexibility of thought.