The beauty about crystal healing is that there are so many ways we can benefit from these precious gifts from the Earth. One of my favourite way is to create gem waters and crystal elixirs (yes they are different, but that's for a different post!) which is the method of allowing the vibrational essence to become imprinted into water which you then typically drink (but can also be used topically).
When creating crystal elixirs or vibrational sprays you should always check that the stones you're using are non-toxic. Many, many, many stones contain traces of elements such as copper, aluminium, lead and so forth which is not ideal to consume. I understand a lot people may not know where to find this kind of information so I have created a simple toxic stones list here, including a free download to print (scroll to the bottom). And in the crystal world there's a saying... "if in doubt leave it out!"
Note: You should only create crystal water and elixirs if you have been properly trained in gem elixir preparation and understand the safety required during the process and of the stones used. I have studied with numerous teachers on this topic and am always concerned when I see people using toxic stones for elixirs or gem water. I'll let you in on a little secret... I am writing content for a Crystal Elixir course, so stayed tuned.
This is not an exhaustive list of toxic stones but certainly covers the most popular ones used.
- Abalone - may be harmful and contain bacteria or pollutants from the water it formed in
- Actinolite - Healing Crystals says this mineral in fibrous form is a type of asbestos
- Ajoite - copper and aluminium
- Alexandrite - aluminium
- Amazonite - the colour of this beautiful stone is a result of traces of copper
- Azurite - copper
- Angelite - contains lead and sulphur and is a soft stone that be dissolve in an elixir
- Aquamarine - aluminium
- Beryl - contains aluminium
- Bismuth - is a heavy metal
- Black Tourmaline - trace amounts of aluminium. I have used this frequently in essential oils but do not feel comfortable taking internally.
- Cavansite - copper
- Celestite - too soft and fragile and may contain copper
- Chalcopyrite (aka peacock stone) - copper and sulfur
- Chrysocolla - copper, but safe to handle
- Cinnabar - mercury
- Copper - obviously contains copper
- Desert Rose - dissolves in water (trust me on this one!)
- Dioptase - copper
- Dumortierite - aluminium
- Emerald - aluminium
- Epidote - aluminium
- Fluorite - conflicting evidence, best to play safe and use indirect method
- Fuchsite - too flakey for elixirs
- Galena - toxic and contains lead
- Garnet - aluminium
- Halite - “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)
- Hematite - will rust
- Iolite - aluminium
- Kunzite - nickel
- Kyanite - aluminium, and too fragile for water
- Labradorite - aluminium
- Lapis Lazuli - contains pyrite, aluminium
- Lepidolite - pyrite
- Malachite - some say to only use tumbled stones, some say not at all. Use your own guidance and research. Contains copper
- Moldavite - aluminium
- Moonstone - aluminium
- Morganite - aluminium
- Prehnite - aluminium
- Pyrite - sulfur, barium
- Ruby - sulphur and arsenic
- Sapphire - aluminium
- Selenite - not toxic, but fragile
- Sodalite - aluminium
- Staurolite - aluminium and iron
- Stibnite - aluminium and lead and wash hands after handling
- Stilbite - laluminium
- Sugilite - aluminium
- Sunstone - poisonous, aluminium
- Tanzanite - aluminium
- Tiger’s Eye - polished only and only if sure it has not been irradiated (best to avoid!)
- Topaz - aluminium
- Tourmaline - radioactive, aluminium
- Turquoise - may contain asbestos. Use your own intuition and research, tumbled only
- Zircon - lead
Radioactive stones are a serious concern if you are using artificially irradiated crystals in your elixirs such as:
- Smokey quartz that is almost black. Natural Smokey is almost always transparent and usually it is the opaque look that gives it away as artificially treated, although some smokey's such as Morion are naturally very black. If in doubt just do without!
- Deep coloured Kunzite and Topaz
- Coloured diamonds
These stones shouldn’t even be used in the alternative method. Avoid them all-together!
Free Toxic Stones List
Click the image below to download your free toxic stones list. Pin it on the wall in the areas you make your gem water or elixirs for easy reference. I've laminated mine!