How to Prepare Crystal Elixirs SafelyPeople often ask me about crystal elixirs and how to create their own, but it’s important to know how to do this safely when working with your stones in this way.

Many people don’t realize that most stones are unsafe for using in the traditional way of preparing crystal elixirs (where crystals are plunked into some water and charged in sun or moonlight).

Before creating any crystal elixirs, you should ALWAYS check that the stones used in your essence are non-toxic.

Crystal essences and crystal elixirs should be prepared using the alternative method of preparation, which I show you below.

Please note that radioactive stones should NEVER be used in the preparation of crystal elixirs or essences, not even by the alternative method! I’ve included a list of unsafe stones at the bottom of this post, so if you’re unsure whether a stone is safe to use for crystal elixirs, check to see if it’s on this list of no-nos.

How to Safely Create Crystal Elixirs:

  1. Set a purpose or intention for your crystal elixirs
  2. Choose stones related to your purpose
  3. Check to be sure that your chosen stones are not radioactive
  4. Place your chosen stones inside of a small glass container (containing no water)
  5. Place this small glass container into a larger glass container that does contain water (the stones NEVER make direct contact with the water, but their energetic vibration is allowed to be transmitted through the glass container into the water)
  6. Cover the larger container with a lid or some plastic wrap
  7. Allow your stones to sit in the water for the proper amount of time to create a gem water, crystal elixir, or mother elixir.
  8. Bottle your crystal elixirs, add a preservative (like brandy or vodka), and label your elixir.

 

Safely Create Crystal Elixirs

Learning all of the steps to safely create your own crystal elixirs takes quite a bit of training (more than can be summarized in this post), but these are the basic steps so you can understand the general process.

MinDat is a great resource for checking the chemical composition of your crystals to help you determine whether or not they may contain toxic elements or if they may be radioactive.

Below I’ve included a list of cited references to stones that are unfit for elixir preparation (along with the explanation of why these stones shouldn’t be used with the traditional method). This list also includes radioactive stones that should be avoided in both the traditional and alternative methods of creating crystal elixirs.

This is by NO MEANS an exhaustive list of all toxic stones. You should ONLY create crystal elixirs if you have been properly trained in gem elixir preparation and if you are absolutely certain as to the safety of your stones.

I can’t stress this enough…if you aren’t 100% certain as to the safety of a crystal for elixir preparation, then don’t use it!

Again, this is not a complete list, but it can help you rule out some of the most common stones that should be avoided. If the stone you’re using is known by more than one name, be sure to check the list under all known names for the stone.

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Abalone – Harmful or toxic stone. Organic, may contain bacteria as well as pollutants from toxic materials from the water it forms in.

Acanthite – “This mineral’s softness precludes its use in the normal method of preparation of an elixir” (Love is in the Earth – Updated 79).

Actinolite – “Fibrous form is a type of asbestos. Not recommended for elixirs” (Healing Crystals).

Adamite – “Toxic or harmful stone. Contains zinc and copper” (Harton). “Contains Arsenic (Arsenate) and trace amounts of copper which is toxic” (Healing Crystals).

Ajoite – “Contains aluminum, copper” (Healing Crystals).

Alexandrite – “Contains aluminum” (Healing Crystals).

Algodonite – “The slight arsenide content of this mineral precludes its use in the normal method of preparation of an elixir” (Supplement A 37).

Altaite – “This lead base of this mineral precludes its use in the normal method of preparation of an elixir” (Love is in the Earth – Updated 104). “Due to the lead content of this mineral, an elixir preparation via the normal method is not recommended. However, an elixir (non-normal method) is recommended, due to the ability of the energy to stimulate the physical form” (Supplement A 310).

Alum – “This material is extremely soft and fragile, and it melts in water” (Stein 13). “Should never be washed or held under water” (Gienger 13).

Alurgite – “The softness and fragility of this mineral precludes its use in the normal method of preparation of an elixir” (Love is in the Earth – Updated 106).

Amazonite – “Use with caution, the color is a result of traces of copper, which is toxic” (Jentoft). This mineral should only be used in an elixir prepared via the alternative method of preparation. “Toxic or harmful stone. Contains copper” (Harton). “Do not use…for internal use. Contains copper” (Sullivan). “Its intense color is caused by the presence of lead” (Kennedy 198). “Trace amounts of copper which is toxic” (Healing Crystals).

Amber – “…Acts to purify ones body, mind, and spirit when…used as an elixir” (Love is in the Earth – Updated 109) “Toxic or harmful stone. Toxic dust, fumes, possible ingestive toxicity” (Harton). I have found much information that contradicts this statement and claims that Amber is completely non-toxic. This is the only source that I have read claiming that Amber should be used with caution. My suggestion would be to use in an elixir prepared with the alternative method just to be safe until more research can be done on this claim.

Amblygonite – “Contains aluminum” (Healing Crystals).

Andalusite – “Contains aluminum” (Healing Crystals).

Andersonite – “The delicacy of this mineral precludes its use in the normal method of preparation of an elixir” (Supplement A 45).

Angelite – This stone is too soft and may dissolve if used in the normal method of preparation of an elixir. “Do not use in a gemstone essence as it is very soft and may melt in the water” (Stein xv). “Toxic or harmful stone. Contains lead and sulphur” (Harton).

Anhydrite, Blue Druzy – “Avoid soaking this stone in water, as it will deteriorate and dissolve” (Stein 25).

Anhydrite, Purple – “Avoid soaking it in water, as the stone is soft and will deteriorate and dissolve” (Stein 26).

Antigorite – “The softness and lamellar structure of this mineral precludes its use in the normal method of preparation of an elixir” (Love is in the Earth – Updated 123).

Antimonite – “Do not use…for internal use. Contains lead” (Sullivan).

Apollo Stone – “The content of Uranium in this mineral precludes its use in the normal method of preparation of an elixir” (Supplement A 253).

Aquamarine – Toxic or harmful stone. Contains aluminum.

Aragonite – “Toxic or harmful stone” (Harton).

Argentite – The softness of this mineral precludes its use in the normal method of preparation of an elixir” (Love is in the Earth – Updated 131).

Ash, Volcanic – “The normal method of preparation of an elixir of the volcanic ash is only recommended if adequate filtering equipment is available” (Love is in the Earth – Updated 132). This mineral should only be used in an elixir prepared via the alternative method of preparation.

Atacamite – “Poisonous (copper)” (Jentoft). This mineral should only be used in an elixir prepared via the alternative method of preparation. “Toxic or harmful stone. Contains copper” (Harton). “Contains poisonous/toxic copper” (Healing Crystals).

Aurichalcite – “Poisonous (zinc and copper)” (Jentoft). This mineral should only be used in an elixir prepared via the alternative method of preparation. “Toxic or harmful stone. Contains copper” (Harton). “Do not use…for internal use. Contains zinc and copper” (Sullivan). “Contains zinc and copper which are toxic” (Healing Crystals).

Autunite – “Do not use this mineral in the preparation of an elixir via the normal method. It is recommended that the use of Autunite be confined to an established location in ones environment, from which the powers would emanate” (Love is in the Earth – Updated 135).

Axinite – “Contains aluminum, iron” (Healing Crystals).

Azurite – “Never attempt to prepare an essence from this stone since it gives off sulfur when mixed with water” (Bourgault 55). This mineral should only be used in an elixir prepared via the alternative method of preparation. “Poisonous (copper)” (Jentoft). This mineral should only be used in an elixir prepared via the alternative method of preparation. “Do not clean nodules in water” (Lilly 188). This mineral should only be used in an elixir prepared via the alternative method of preparation. “Toxic or harmful stone. Contains copper” (Harton). “Do not use…for internal use. Contains copper” (Sullivan) “Contains copper, toxic” (Healing Crystals).

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Barite – “Do not use…for internal use. Contains lead, zinc, and barium” (Sullivan).

Bastnaesite – “The chemical makeup of Bastnaesite does contain toxic elements which can react when combined with water” (Healing Crystals).

Beaverite – “Since the mineral is rather crumbly, preparation of an elixir via the normal method is not recommended” (Love is in the Earth – Updated 149).

Beryl – Toxic or harmful stone. Contains aluminum. “Contains aluminum” (Healing Crystals).

Beudantite – “Do not prepare an elixir of this mineral via the normal method” (Love is in the Earth – Updated 155).

Bindheimite – “The slight lead content of this mineral precludes its use in the normal method of preparation of an elixir” (Supplement A 59).

Bismuth – “Heavy metal” (Healing Crystals).

Boji Stone ® – “The stones…may disintegrate after discharging their energy to enhance the well-being and stability of the environment in which they were placed…beware that they may disappear” (Love is in the Earth – Updated 162). This mineral should only be used in an elixir prepared via the alternative method of preparation. “Unfit (contains some sulfur). There is some secrecy regarding its contents-which means you really should not drink it” (Jentoft). This mineral should only be used in an elixir prepared via the alternative method of preparation. “Toxic or harmful stone. May contain sulphur” (Harton). “Do not use…for internal use. Contains sulfur” (Sullivan). “Contains sulfur, Pyrite and/or Marcasite which are toxic; also could be a fire hazard” (Healing Crystals).

Borax – “Due to the solubility/fragility of Borax, do not prepare an elixir of this mineral via the normal method” (Supplement Z 51).

Boulangerite – “Preparation of an elixir via the normal method is not recommended” (Love is in the Earth – Updated 167).

Brazilianite – “Contains aluminum – not recommended to use in its raw form” (Healing Crystals).

Brewsterite – “Do not prepare an elixir of this mineral via the normal method” (Supplement Z 55).

Bronchantite – “Unfit and poisonous (copper)” (Jentoft). This mineral should only be used in an elixir prepared via the alternative method of preparation. “Do not use…for internal use. Contains copper” (Sullivan). “Toxic or harmful stone. Contains copper” (Harton). “Copper hydrated sulfate, toxic” (Healing Crystals).

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Calaverite – “Do not use this mineral as an elixir” (Love is in the Earth – Updated 178).

Carbon-C60 – “Do not prepare an elixir of this mineral via the normal method” (Supplement Z 73).

Carnotite – “Preparation of an elixir via the normal method is not recommended” (Love is in the Earth – Updated 184).

Cavansite – “Do not prepare an elixir of this mineral via the normal method” (Supplement A 316).

Celestite – This stone is soft and may dissolve if used in the normal method of preparation of an elixir.

Cerussite – “No elixir. Wash hands after contact with lead ore” (The Crystal Healer 81). “As an elixir it is an excellent energizer and protector of house plants; it can also be used in the garden or field situation to help relieve infestations. It has been used in the home environment to protect against pests” (Love is in the Earth – Updated 191). “Toxic or harmful stone. Contains sulphur and molybdenum” (Harton).

Chalcanthite – “Do not prepare an elixir of this mineral via the normal method” (Love is in the Earth – Updated 192). “Poisonous (copper)” (Jentoft). This mineral should only be used in an elixir prepared via the alternative method of preparation. “This stone is very fragile; do not put it in water or place in direct sunlight” (Stein 51). “Toxic or harmful stone. Contains copper” (Harton). “Do not use…for internal use. Contains copper” (Sullivan). “Should never be washed or held under water” (Gienger 13).

Chalcopyrite – “Poisonous (copper and sulfur)” (Jentoft). This mineral should only be used in an elixir prepared via the alternative method of preparation. “Toxic or harmful stone. Contains copper and sulphur” (Harton). “Do not use…for internal use. Contains copper and sulfur” (Sullivan). “A toxic stone and should be…used only in tumbled form, especially in elixirs” (New Crystals 92). “Contains copper and sulfur which can be toxic” (Healing Crystals).

Chrysoberyl – “Contains aluminum” (Healing Crystals)

Chrysocolla – “Poisonous (copper)” (Jentoft). This mineral should only be used in an elixir prepared via the alternative method of preparation. “Do not consume as a gemstone essence as it is poisonous to ingest” (Stein xv). “Toxic or harmful stone. Contains copper” (Harton). “Do not use…for internal use. Contains copper” (Sullivan). “Contains poisonous/toxic copper. Safe for handling but not for use in elixirs” (Healing Crystals).

Chrysotile – “Due to the asbestos content of this mineral, do not prepare an elixir of this mineral via the normal method” (Love is in the Earth – Updated 207). “Chrysotile (asbestos) is the fibrous form of Serpentine. It should not be used because its dust can cause serious lung disease such as emphysema. However, its massive form (Serpentine) is completely safe to use” (Lilly 150).

Cinnabar – “No elixir” (The Crystal Healer 36). “Poisonous (mercury and quicksilver)” (Jentoft). “Poisonous and should not be used in crystal healing (Mercury Sulfide) (Lilly 97). “Do not consume as a gemstone essence as it is poisonous to ingest” (Stein xv). “Toxic or harmful stone. Contains mercury” (Harton). “Do not use…for internal use. Contains mercury and quicksilver” (Sullivan). “Cinnabar must on no account be taken internally as a tea or elixir!” (Peschek-Böhmer 123). “Poisonous” (Taylor 31). “Never use…toxic stone…contains mercury” (O’Donoghue 56). “Contains mercury which can be poisonous/toxic. Wash hands after holding. Do not touch hands to eyes or mouth while holding” (Healing Crystals).

Cobaltocalcite – “Toxic or harmful stone. Contains cobalt” (Harton).

Colusite – “The slight arsenide content of this mineral precludes its use in the normal method of preparation of an elixir” (Supplement A 73)

Concretion – Some concretions may be too soft to prepare an elixir via the normal method.

Conichalcite – “Poisonous (copper)” (Jentoft). This mineral should only be used in an elixir prepared via the alternative method of preparation. “Toxic or harmful stone. Contains copper” (Harton). “Do not use…for internal use. Contains copper” (Sullivan). “Contains poisonous/toxic copper” (Healing Crystals)

Copper – Poisonous (Jentoft). This mineral should only be used in an elixir prepared via the alternative method of preparation. “Toxic or harmful stone. Contains copper” (Harton). “Do not use…for internal use. Poisonous” (Sullivan). “’Pure’ copper found in nature sometimes contains small amounts of iron silver, bismuth, tin, lead, or antimony” (Cayce 16). “It must not come into contact with water, which is why one should never drink copper water” (Peschek-Böhmer 127). “Poisonous” (Healing Crystals).

Coral – “Toxic or harmful stone. Organic, may contain bacteria as well as pollutants from toxic materials in the water it forms in” (Harton).

Corundum – Toxic or harmful stones. Contains aluminum.

Covellite – “An elixir should be made only from the polished mineral” (Love is in the Earth – Updated 225). This mineral should only be used in an elixir prepared via the alternative method of preparation. “Contains poisonous/toxic copper” (Healing Crystals).

Creaseyite – “Do not prepare an elixir of this mineral via the normal method” (Supplement Z 83).

Crocoite – “Do not prepare an elixir of this mineral via the normal method” (Love is in the Earth – Updated 227). “Caution: No elixir” (Complete Guide to Crystal Chakra Healing 68). “Contains poisonous/toxic levels of chromium. Do not touch hands to eyes or mouth while holding. Do not ingest” (Healing Crystals).

Cumengéite – “The slight lead content of this mineral precludes its use in the normal method of preparation of an elixir” (Supplement A 77).

Cuprite – “Poisonous (copper)” (Jentoft). This mineral should only be used in an elixir prepared via the alternative method of preparation. “Toxic or harmful stone. Contains copper” (Harton). “Do not use…for internal use. Contains copper” (Sullivan). “Contains poisonous/toxic copper. Wash hands after holding. Do not touch hands to eyes or mouth while holding” (Healing Crystals).

Cyanotrichite – “Preparation of an elixir via the normal method is not recommended” (Love is in the Earth – Updated 231).

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Desert Rose – Do not “immerse it in water as its mysterious desert nature is regarded as being weakened by immersion” (Taylor 87).

Devilline – “Due to the softness of this mineral, do not prepare an elixir of this mineral via the normal method” (Supplement Z 95).

Diaboleite – “The slight lead content of this mineral precludes its use in the normal method of preparation of an elixir” (Supplement A 83).

Dicinite – “Do not prepare an elixir via the normal method” (Love is in the Earth – Updated 242).

Diopside – “Toxic or harmful stone. Contains copper” (Harton).

Dioptase – “Poisonous (copper)” (Jentoft). This mineral should only be used in an elixir prepared via the alternative method of preparation. “Toxic or harmful stone. Contains copper” (Harton). “Do not use…for internal use. Contains copper” (Sullivan). “Contains poisonous/toxic copper. Safe for handling but not for use in elixirs” (Healing Crystals).

Dumontite – “Do not prepare an elixir of this mineral via the normal method” (Love is in the Earth – Updated 250).

Dumortierite – “Contains aluminum” (Healing Crystals).

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Eglestonite – “Preparation of an elixir via the normal method is not recommended” (Love is in the Earth – Updated 256).

Eilat Stone – “Toxic or harmful stone. Contains copper” (Harton).

Elöllingite – “The arsenide content of this mineral precludes its use in the normal method of preparation of an elixir” (Supplement A 155).

Emerald – “Toxic or harmful stone. Contains aluminum” (Harton). “Contains aluminum” (Healing Crystals).

Enargite – “Do not prepare an elixir via the normal method” (Love is in the Earth – Updated 259).

Endlichite – “Do not prepare an elixir via the normal method” (Love is in the Earth – Updated 259).

Epidote – “Contains aluminum” (Healing Crystals).

Erythrite – “Do not use as an elixir” (Love is in the Earth – Updated 264).

Euchroite – “It is poisonous, so wash your hands thoroughly after handling” (Lilly 141). This mineral should only be used in an elixir prepared via the alternative method of preparation.

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Feldspar – “Contains aluminum” (Healing Crystals).

Ferrimolybdite – “Due to the softness of this mineral, do not prepare an elixir of this mineral via the normal method” (Supplement Z 105).

Fluorite – “Fluorite does occasionally have some toxic ingredients” (Kennedy 237).

Fossil – Some fossils may be too soft to use in the normal method of preparation of an elixir.

Freibergite – “Do not prepare an elixir via the normal method” (Love is in the Earth – Updated 285).

Fuchsite – “Due to the flakiness of this mineral, it is recommended that an elixir is not prepared by the normal method” (Love is in the Earth – Updated 286).

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Galena – “Internal consumption of an elixir of this mineral is not recommended” (Love is in the Earth – Updated 289). “Poisonous (almost 90 percent lead)” (Jentoft). “Never Use” (Lilly 34). “Is toxic” (Lilly 199). “Toxic or harmful stone. Contains lead” (Harton). “Do not use…for internal use. Contains lead (almost 90%)” (Sullivan). “Sensitive to water or washing solutions” (Gienger 13). “Poisonous if taken internally” (Taylor 73). “Toxic, handle with care” (Taylor 138). “Contains high amounts of lead which can be poisonous”(Healing Crystals).

Garnet – “Toxic or harmful stone. Contains aluminum” (Harton). “Contains aluminum” (Healing Crystals).

Garnierite – “Contains nickel” (Jentoft). This mineral should only be used in an elixir prepared via the alternative method of preparation. “Toxic or harmful stone. Contains Nickel” (Harton).

Geyserite – “Due to the solubility of this mineral, do not prepare an elixir via the normal method” (Supplement Z 131).

Goshenite – Toxic or harmful stone. Contains aluminum.

Graphite – “Do not prepare an elixir of this mineral via the normal method” (Love is in the Earth – Updated 302).

Guerinite – “Due to the softness of this mineral, do not prepare an elixir via the normal method” (Love is in the Earth – Updated 304).

Gypsum – Due to the soft nature of this mineral, it is recommended that only the alternative method of preparation be used to create an elixir.

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Halite – “No elixir” (The Crystal Healer 39). “Due to the solubility of this Halite, do not prepare an elixir of this mineral via the normal method…One can use small amounts of this mineral as an elixir and as a mineral additive in cooking [small amounts being one to four drops]” (Love is in the Earth – Updated 310). This mineral should only be used in an elixir prepared via the alternative method of preparation. “Do not use in a gemstone essence as it is very soft and may melt in the water” (Stein xv). “…in the bath or under shower…it dissolves” (The Crystal Bible 2 149). “Will dissolve in water (Halite is salt)” (Jentoft). This mineral should only be used in an elixir prepared via the alternative method of preparation. “Do not use…for internal use. Not suitable, as it will dissolve in water” (Sullivan). “Caution: No elixir” (Complete Guide to Crystal Chakra Healing 69). “The stone will dissolve [in water]” (New Crystals 130). “Should never be washed or held under water” (Gienger 13). “Will start to dissolve…in water” (Taylor 19). “Will react with water on a chemical level” (Taylor 73). “Water soluble. Avoid contact with water” (Simpson 55). “Unfit for elixir use – will dissolve in water (Healing Crystals).

Halite, Translucent Massive – “Due to the solubility and electrification of this Halite configuration, do not prepare an elixir of this mineral via the normal method” (Supplement A 321).

Hancockite – “The slight possible lead content of this mineral precludes its use in the normal method of preparation of an elixir” (Supplement A 123).

Hanksite – “Dissolves when wet. Keep dry” (The Crystal Bible 2 151).

Heliodor – Toxic or harmful stone. Contains aluminum.

Hematite – “Will rust” (Jentoft). This mineral should only be used in an elixir prepared via the alternative method of preparation. “Do not use…for internal use. Not suitable, as it will rust in water” (Sullivan). “Never discharge in water” (Peschek-Böhmer 163). “Unfit for elixir use – will rust with prolonged exposure in liquid” (Healing Crystals).

Hiddenite – “Toxic or harmful stone. Contains aluminum” (Harton).“Contains aluminum” (Healing Crystals). May be artificially irradiated and could be radioactive.

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Iolite – “Toxic or harmful stone. Contains Aluminum” (Harton). “Contains aluminum” (Healing Crystals).

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Jadeite – “Contains aluminum and iron” (Healing Crystals).

Jamesonite – “The lead content of this mineral precludes its use in the normal method of preparation of an elixir” (Supplement A 135).

Jet – “Neither water nor sun should be used in its cleaning and charging” (Peschek-Böhmer 177).

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Kasolite – “This mineral is radioactive. Do not prepare an elixir of this mineral via the normal method. It is best to store this mineral in glass and to utilize the energies which permeate the glass” (Love is in the Earth – Updated 357). Do not use this mineral in any elixir.

Kernite – “Due to the solubility of Kernite, do not prepare an elixir of this mineral via the normal method” (Love is in the Earth – Updated 358).

Kunzite – “Toxic or harmful stone. Contains aluminum” (Harton).

Kyanite – “Friable stones such as Kyanite should never be placed in water” (Crystal User’s Handbook 77). “Toxic or harmful stone. Contains aluminum” (Harton). “Contains aluminum” (Healing Crystals).

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Labradorite – “Toxic or harmful stone. Contains aluminum” (Harton). “Contains aluminum” (Healing Crystals).

Lapis Lazuli – “Poisonous (the pyrite inclusions, that is)” (Jentoft). This mineral should only be used in an elixir prepared via the alternative method of preparation. Lapis Lazuli is a crystal “not to cleanse in water or saltwater.” This stone is “either water-soluble or the physical properties are affected by the water” (Lambert 149 & 150). “Toxic or harmful stone. May contain copper or sulphur” (Harton). “Porous, do not soak, dry after cleansing. Avoid contact with water” (Simpson 55). “Contains sulfur and possible Pyrite inclusions which are poisonous” (Healing Crystals).

Lazulite – “Contains aluminum” (Healing Crystals).

Lazurite – “Contains aluminum, sulfur” (Healing Crystals).

Lead – “Do not prepare an elixir via the normal method” (Love is in the Earth – Updated 376). “Never Use” (Lilly 34). This mineral should only be used in an elixir prepared via the alternative method of preparation.

Lepidolite – “Contains aluminum” (Healing Crystals).

Litharge – “Do not prepare an elixir via the normal method” (Supplement Z165).

Löllingite – “The arsenide content of this mineral precludes its use in the normal method of preparation of an elixir” (Supplement A 155).

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Magnetite – “Unfit (iron, will rust)” (Jentoft). This mineral should only be used in an elixir prepared via the alternative method of preparation. “Toxic or harmful stone. Contains iron in large quantities” (Harton). “Do not use…for internal use. Not suitable, as it will rust in water” (Sullivan). “Because the stone contains iron it must not come into contact with water” (Peschek-Böhmer 193). “Iron will rust, DO NOT use in elixirs or charging water” (Healing Crystals).

Malachite – “It is recommended that only the polished form of malachite be used for the preparation of an elixir via the normal method” (Love is in the Earth – Updated 396). This mineral should only be used in an elixir prepared via the alternative method of preparation. “It is toxic and should be used only in its polished form. Avoid breathing its dust. If used as a gem elixir, apply externally only or make by the indirect method of placing the stone in a glass container and standing this within spring water so that the stone does not touch the water” (The Crystal Bible 182- 183). “Malachite is very soft and absorbent, so should be kept separate from harder stones and corrosive materials such as salt and oils” (Lilly 153). This mineral should only be used in an elixir prepared via the alternative method of preparation. “Do not consume as a gemstone essence as it is poisonous to ingest” (Stein xv). “If the gem essence is made from a toxic crystal such as Malachite…put some on your hands and pass them around your body about a foot away” (Crystal User’s Handbook 50). “Never use a toxic stone such as Malachite unpolished. Polished stone elixirs from toxic crystals should be used only for external application” (Crystal User’s Handbook 51). “Use tumbled stone only” (Crystal User’s Handbook 99). “Use polished Malachite for elixir preparation” (Crystal User’s Handbook 122). “Best to use polished malachite as dust from rough crystal can adversely affect some people” (Lambert 51). “Only use in polished form as the dust can be toxic” (Lambert 73). “Use polished stone” (Lambert 95). Malachite is a crystal “not to cleanse in water or saltwater.” This stone is “either water-soluble or the physical properties are affected by the water” (Lambert 149 & 150). “Toxic or harmful stone. Contains copper” (Harton). “Do not use…for internal use. Poisonous” (Sullivan). “…Because the dust of Malachite can be poisonous, great care should always be taken…with this stone” (Silver 62). “Cool water only. Avoid contact with water” (Simpson 55). “Contains poisonous/toxic copper” (Healing Crystals).

Marcasite – “Poisonous (sulfur, Marcasite has the same chemical makeup as Pyrite)” (Jentoft). This mineral should only be used in an elixir prepared via the alternative method of preparation. “Toxic or harmful stone. Contains sulphur” (Harton). “Do not use…for internal use. Contains sulfur” (Sullivan). “With time and exposure to oxygen, may form a white powdery substance/residue which is poisonous/toxic sulfuric acid. If this occurs you should not wear next to the skin or touch. Not recommended for elixirs” (Healing Crystals).

Mendozavilite – “Do not prepare an elixir via the normal method” (Supplement Z 169).

Meteorite – “No elixir with chondrites and achondrites” (The Crystal Healer 101). Only Tektites are safe to use in the normal method of preparation of an elixir. “Toxic or harmful stone. May contain many toxic substances” (Harton).

Mica – Due to the flakiness of this mineral, it is recommended that an elixir is not prepared by the normal method.

Minium – “The lead content of this mineral precludes its use in the normal method of preparation of an elixir” (Supplement A 171).

Mixite – “Do not prepare an elixir of this mineral via the normal method” (Love is in the Earth – Updated 410).

Mochi Ball © – These stones are too soft to use in the normal method of preparation of an elixir.

Mohawkite – “Poisonous (copper, arsenic, etc. Keep away from children!)” (Jentoft). This mineral should only be used in an elixir prepared via the alternative method of preparation. “Toxic or harmful stone. Contains copper and arsenic” (Harton). “Do not use…for internal use. Contains copper and arsenic” (Sullivan).

Moldavite – “Toxic or harmful stone. Contains aluminum” (Harton).

Molybdenum – “Toxic or harmful stone. Contains molybdenum” (Harton).

Moonstone – “Toxic or harmful stone. May contain aluminum or other harmful substances” (Harton). “Contains aluminum” (Healing Crystals).

Morganite – Toxic or harmful stone. Contains aluminum. “Contains aluminum” (Healing Crystals).

Mother of Pearl – “Harmful or toxic stone. Organic, may contain bacteria as well as pollutants from toxic materials from the water it forms in” (Harton).
Muscovite – Due to the flakiness of this mineral, it is recommended that an elixir is not prepared by the normal method.

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Nadorite – Do not prepare an elixir of this mineral via the normal method” (Love is in the Earth – Updated 427).

Natrojarosite – “Do not prepare an elixir via the normal method” (Supplement Z 183).

Newberyite – “The solubility of this mineral precludes its use in the normal method of preparation of an elixir” (Supplement A 179).

Niccolite – “Do not prepare an elixir of this mineral via the normal method” (Love is in the Earth – Updated 433).

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Olivenite – “The arsenide content of this precludes its use in the normal method of preparation of an elixir” (Supplement A 323).

Opal – “Toxic or harmful stone. Toxic dust for inhalation…so if you must use opal for an elixir, etc., be sure to carefully clean off any opal dust” (Harton).

Opal, Fire – “Can absorb water and crack” (Taylor 34).

Orpiment – Due to the softness of orpiment, the preparation of an elixir via the normal method is not recommended” (Love is in the Earth – Updated 464). Do not use this mineral in any elixir. “An arsenic” (Jentoft). Do not use this mineral in any elixir. “Never Use” (Lilly 34). Do not use this mineral in any elixir. “Orpiment is poisonous to touch and gives off arsenic vapors, so should never be used” (Lilly 122). “It is vitally important to make sure that the stone is not ingested. Orpiment contains the poison arsenic and must never be taken internally!” (Peschek-Böhmer 218). “All Orpiment in the various shades of yellow contain poisonous arsenic and is therefore very dangerous. Used externally, it is completely safe” (Peschek-Böhmer 219). There are contradictory statements given by different authors as to whether or not Orpiment is safe to use externally. To be safe, always wash hands thoroughly after handling and NEVER use internally. “Never use…toxic stone…[contains] arsenic” (O’Donoghue 56). “HIGHLY TOXIC levels of Arsenic. Wash hands after use, keep away from children! Do not put hands near eyes or mouth before washing hands” (Healing Crystals). Orpiment contains Arsenic, so please wash hands thoroughly after handling.

Orthoclase – “Contains aluminum” (Healing Crystals).

Osarizawaite – “Do not prepare an elixir via the normal method” (Supplement Z 209).

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Pargasite – “Contains aluminum so it is not recommended for elixirs or immersing in water to charge it” (Healing Crystals).

Pearl – “Toxic or harmful stone. Organic, may contain bacteria as well as pollutants from toxic materials in the water it forms in” (Harton).

Petalite – Toxic or harmful stone. Contains aluminum.

Pietersite – “Do not use…for internal use. Contains aluminum” (Sullivan). “Similar to Tiger’s Eye. Fibrous form contains asbestos. Not recommended to use raw forms for elixirs” (Healing Crystals).

Pilsenite – “Do not prepare an elixir of this mineral via the normal method” (Supplement Z 223).

Plattnerite – “Do not prepare an elixir of this mineral via the normal method” (Supplement Z 225).

Pollucite – “The slight content of Cesium in this mineral precludes its use in the normal method of preparation of an elixir” (Supplement A 195).

Polysphaerite – “Do not prepare an elixir of this mineral via the normal method” (Supplement Z 227).

Prehnite – “Contains aluminum” (Healing Crystals).

Proustite – “Do not prepare an elixir of this mineral via the normal method” (Love is in the Earth – Updated 494).

Psilomelane – “Poisonous (barium)” (Jentoft). This mineral should only be used in an elixir prepared via the alternative method of preparation. “Toxic or harmful stone. Contains barium” (Harton). “Do not use for internal use. Contains barium” (Sullivan). “Contains poisonous/toxic barium” (Healing Crystals).

Pumice – Due to the soft nature of this stone, an elixir should only be prepared using the indirect method.

Purpurite – “Sensitive to water or washing solutions” (Gienger 13).

Pyrite – “Poisonous (sulfur)” (Jentoft). This mineral should only be used in an elixir prepared via the alternative method of preparation. “Toxic or harmful stone. Contains sulphur” (Harton). “Do not use…for internal use. Contains sulfur” (Sullivan). “Never let it come into contact with water!” (Peschek-Böhmer 231). “Sensitive to water or washing solutions” (Gienger 13). “May contain intermixed Marcasite. The Marcasite with time and exposure to oxygen, may form a white powdery substance/residue which is poisonous/toxic sulfuric acid. If this occurs you should not wear next to the skin or touch. Not recommended for elixirs” (Healing Crystals).

Pyromorphite – “Do not prepare an elixir of this mineral via the normal method” (Love is in the Earth – Updated 499).

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Quantum Quattro Silica – “Contains poisonous/toxic copper” (Healing Crystals).

Quartz – “Toxic or harmful stone. Toxic dust for inhalation…so if you must use Quartz for an elixir etc., be sure to clean off any quartz dust” (Harton). I have never heard this mentioned anywhere else so I do not know if there is any truth to it. However, it is always a good idea to rinse your stones before using them to prepare an elixir.

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Realgar – “Poisonous (sulfur and arsenic. Keep away from children!)” (Jentoft). This mineral should not be used in any elixir. “Never use” (Lilly 34). “Poisonous and should not be used in crystal healing (Arsenic Sulfide) (Lilly 97). “Toxic or harmful stone. Contains sulfur and arsenic” (Harton). “Do not use…for internal use. Contains sulfur and arsenic” (Sullivan). “HIGHLY TOXIC levels of arsenic. Wash hands after use, keep away from children! Do not put hands near eyes or mouth before washing hands” (Healing Crystals).

Record Stone – “Due to the possible solubility of the attendant minerals, do not prepare an elixir via the normal method” (Supplement Z 287).

Rhodizite – “The slight possible content of Cesium in this mineral precludes its use in the normal method of preparation of an elixir” (Supplement A 245).

Rhodochrosite – “Toxic or harmful stone. Contains lead” (Harton).

Ruby – “Toxic or harmful stone. Contains aluminum” (Harton). “Contains aluminum” (Healing Crystals).

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Sal Ammoniac – “Do not prepare an elixir via the normal method” (Supplement Z 271).

Saléeite – “The content of Uranium in this mineral precludes its use in the normal method of preparation of an elixir” (Supplement A 253).

Sandstone – Due to the soft nature of this stone, an elixir should only be prepared using the indirect method.

Sapphire – “Toxic or harmful stones. Contains aluminum” (Harton). “Contains aluminum” (Healing Crystals).

Scapolite – “Contains aluminum” (Healing Crystals).

Schröeckingerite – “Do not prepare an elixir via the normal method” (Supplement Z 275).

Seamanite – “Do not prepare an elixir of this mineral via the normal method” (Love is in the Earth – Updated 594).

Selenite – “Selenite dissolves when wet” (The Crystal Bible 260). This stone should only be made into an elixir via the alternative method. “It is extremely sensitive to water and humidity – it will bend even in the hand and may slide apart into many thin sheaves if it is put into water” (Lilly 228). This mineral should only be used in an elixir prepared via the alternative method of preparation. Selenite is a crystal “not to cleanse in water or saltwater.” This stone is “either water-soluble or the physical properties are affected by the water” (Lambert 149 & 150). “Don’t use…water-soluble” (O’Donoghue 56). “Water soluble. Avoid contact with water” (Simpson 55). “Unfit for internal ingestion – tiny shards may break off in water” (Healing Crystals).

Serpentine – “Fibrous forms are asbestos. Wash hands after use. Not recommended in elixir preparation” (Healing Crystals).

Slaty Shale – “Due to the possible solubility of the attendant minerals, do not prepare an elixir via the normal method” (Supplement Z 287).

Smithsonite – “Poisonous (zinc, may also contain copper)” (Jentoft). This mineral should only be used in an elixir prepared via the alternative method of preparation. “Toxic or harmful stone. Contains Zinc. May contain copper” (Harton). “Do not use…for internal use. Contains zinc and copper” (Sullivan). “Contains zinc and may contain copper (green smithsonite). Safe for handling but may be poisonous/toxic when used in elixirs” (Healing Crystals).

Sodalite – “Toxic or harmful stone. Contains aluminum” (Harton). “Contains aluminum” (Healing Crystals).

Spinel – “Toxic or harmful stone. May contain aluminum and zinc” (Harton). “Contains aluminum” (Healing Crystals).

Spodumene – Toxic or harmful stone. Contains aluminum. “Contains aluminum” (Healing Crystals).

Staurolite – “Contains aluminum and iron” (Healing Crystals).

Stibnite – “Has lead and antimony” (Jentoft). This mineral should only be used in an elixir prepared via the alternative method of preparation. “Never Use” (Lilly 34). “It is potentially poisonous (Antimony Sulfide)” (Lilly 65). This mineral should only be used in an elixir prepared via the alternative method of preparation. “Toxic or harmful stone. Contains lead and antimony” (Harton). “Do not use…for internal use. Contains lead” (Sullivan). “Wash your hands thoroughly after handling Stibnite as it is toxic” (The Crystal Bible 2 208). “As Stibnite is toxic, wash hands thoroughly after use and make the gem essence by the indirect method” (The Crystal Bible 2 330). “Contains lead and antimony. Not recommended for elixirs” (Healing Crystals).

Stilbite – “Contains aluminum” (Healing Crystals).

Sugilite – “Contains aluminum” (Healing Crystals).

Sulfur – “Do not soak this stone in water, as the mineral will dissolve” (Stein 211). Toxic or harmful stone. Contains sulfur” (Harton). “Caution: No elixir” (Complete Guide to Crystal Chakra Healing 79). “Don’t use…water-soluble” (O’Donoghue 56). “Contains poisonous sulfur” (Healing Crystals).

Sunstone – “Contains aluminum” (Healing Crystals).

Svabite – “Do not prepare an elixir of this mineral via the normal method” (Love is in the Earth – Updated 629).

Sylvanite – “Do not prepare an elixir via the normal method” (Supplement Z 297). “Due to the solubility of this mineral, do not prepare an elixir via the normal method” (Supplement Z 299).

Sylvite – “The solubility of this mineral precludes its use in the normal method of preparation of an elixir” (Supplement A 279).

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Tanzanite – “Contains aluminum” (Healing Crystals).

Tarnowitzite – “Do not prepare an elixir via the normal method” (Supplement Z 303).

Tellurium – “Do not prepare an elixir of this mineral via the normal method” (Love is in the Earth – Updated 638).

Tennanite – “Do not prepare an elixir of this mineral via the normal method” (Love is in the Earth – Updated 639).

Tetrahedrite – “Do not prepare an elixir via the normal method” (Supplement Z 305).

Thenardite – “Do not prepare an elixir of this mineral via the normal method” (Love is in the Earth – Updated 643).

Tiffany Stone – “Beryllium is toxic; use the stone in polished form and prepare the gem essence by the indirect method” (The Crystal Bible 2 338).

Tiger’s Eye – “Toxic or harmful stone” (Harton). “Chocolate colored…may have been irradiated” (Jentoft). “Fibrous form contains asbestos. Not recommended to use raw form for elixirs” (Healing Crystals).

Tirolit – “The arsenide content of this mineral precludes its use in the normal method of preparation of an elixir” (Supplement A 285).

Topaz – “Toxic or harmful stone” (Harton). “Contains aluminum” (Healing Crystals).

Topaz, Mystic – “Make the essence by the indirect method” (The Crystal Bible 2 193).

Torbernite – “Radioactive” (Healing Crystals).

Tourmaline – Toxic or harmful stone. Contains aluminum. “Contains aluminum” (Healing Crystals).

Tourmaline, Watermelon – “Toxic or harmful stone. Contains aluminum” (Harton).

Tremolite – “Fibrous forms are asbestos. Not recommended for elixirs. Wash hands after use” (Healing Crystals).

Turquoise – “Turquoise is a crystal “not to cleanse in water or saltwater.” This stone is “either water-soluble or the physical properties are affected by the water” (Lambert 149 & 150). “Toxic or harmful stone. Contains copper” (Harton). “Do not soak. Avoid contact with water” (Simpson 55). “Porous and prone to cracking and fading – may be waxed to prevent this” (Simpson 61). “Contains poisonous/toxic copper and aluminum. Safe for handling but not for use in elixirs” (Healing Crystals).

Tyrolite – “The arsenide content of this mineral precludes its use in the normal method of preparation of an elixir” (Supplement A 285).

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Ulexite – “The rock will lose its luster when in contact with water” (Jentoft). This mineral should only be used in an elixir prepared via the alternative method of preparation. “Ulexite is a soft mineral, sensitive to water and humidity” (Lilly 240). This mineral should only be used in an elixir prepared via the alternative method of preparation. “Do not use…for internal use. Stone loses its luster in water. Contains asbestos” (Sullivan). “Should never be washed or held under water” (Gienger 13).| “Contains toxic boron” (Healing Crystals).

Ullmannite – Do not prepare an elixir of this mineral via the normal method” (Love is in the Earth – Updated 674).

Uraninite – “Preparation of an elixir via the normal method is not recommended” (Supplement A 330).

Uranium – “Toxic or harmful stone. Radioactive mineral” (Harton). “Avoid because of radioactivity” (Jentoft).

Uranophane – “Radioactive” (The Crystal Bible 2 344). “A radioactive crystal” (New Crystals 129).

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Vanadinite – “Do not prepare an elixir of this mineral via the normal method” (Love is in the Earth – Updated 681). This mineral should only be used in an elixir prepared via the alternative method of preparation. “Poisonous (lead)” (Jentoft). “Toxic or harmful stone. Contains lead” (Harton). “Do not use for internal use. Contains lead” (Sullivan). “Caution: No Elixir” (Complete Guide to Crystal Chakra Healing 67). “Contains poisonous vanadium” (Healing Crystals).

Variscite – “Toxic or harmful stone. Contains aluminum” (Harton). “Contains aluminum” (Healing Crystals).

Vesuvianite – “Contains aluminum” (Healing Crystals).

Violarite – “Do not prepare an elixir via the normal method” (Supplement Z 321)

Vivianite – “Do not prepare an elixir of this mineral via the normal method” (Love is in the Earth – Updated 684).

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Wad – “This mineral exhibits a softness, do not prepare an elixir of same via the normal method” (Love is in the Earth – Updated 687).

Wavellite – “Contains aluminum” (Healing Crystals).

Weeksite – “Do not prepare an elixir of this mineral via the normal method” (Love is in the Earth – Updated 691).

Williamsite – “Do not prepare an elixir of this mineral via the normal method” (Love is in the Earth – Updated 694).

Wulfenite – “Poisonous (lead and molybdenum)” (Jentoft). This mineral should only be used in an elixir prepared via the alternative method of preparation. “Toxic or harmful stone. Contains lead and molybdenum” (Harton). “Do not use…for internal use. Contains lead and molybdenum” (Sullivan). “Contains poisonous lead and molybdenum. Safe for handling but not for use in elixirs” (Healing Crystals).

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Zincite – “Poisonous (zinc, may also contain copper)” (Jentoft). This mineral should only be used in an elixir prepared via the alternative method of preparation. Toxic or harmful stone. Contains Zinc. May contain copper” (Harton).

Zircon – “Contains traces of Uranium and Thorium [which emit] alpha particles” (Taylor 122). “Contains ziroconium, radioactive” (Healing Crystals)

Zoisite – “Contains aluminum” (Healing Crystals). “Flaky or powdery stones, or those that have cavities which could harbour micro-organisms, are not suitable for making essences” (Taylor 70).

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*Crystal Healing is not meant to replace conventional medicine, but rather to complement and enhance it. The information within this post is purely metaphysical in nature and is by no means medical. Crystal Healing should only be used with the understanding that it is not an independent therapy, but one that is a part of a holistic healing approach.

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How to Create Crystal Elixirs Safely
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How to Create Crystal Elixirs Safely
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Many people don’t realize that most stones are unsafe for using in the traditional way of elixir preparation (where crystals are plunked into some water and charged in sun or moonlight).
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2 responses to “How to Create Crystal Elixirs Safely

  1. Jackie on April 13, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    this is a great reference of safe and toxic stones for elixirs. Thank you! What about if one was to use these in essential oils? Would the carrier oil take the toxicity into the skin and be harmful? Such as black tourmaline or sodalite? Interested to hear your thoughts.

    1. Lauren Love & Light Support on April 18, 2017 at 12:28 pm

      Hi Jackie! It absolutely could absorb the toxicity depending on the included elements. Ashley recommends making gem infused oil using the same method she’s outlined here, or by simply placing the crystals next to the bottle of oil (touching the glass, but not in the oil itself). 🙂 <3

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