Hanksite is a Sodium Potassium Sulphate Carbonate Chloride mineral that is formed as hexagonal dipyramids terminating in hexagonal prisms.
Hanksite is the secondary birthstone for Taurus. A metaphysical crystal for cleansing and purification for the chakra, some believe it assists in breathing in toxic places, aids in other physical ailments, and retrieves feminine power/intuition.
Hanksite is rare and unusual: formed in arid areas where the water in creeks dries out and deposits the minerals onto the river bed, the crystals combine and solidify, and then form the Hanksite crystals. Due to the high sodium content the crystal actually tastes salty; cleanse the stone by placing it in a bowl of uncooked brown rice overnight.