Water is the perfect transmitter of energy. When we make a tea, we are imparting the essence of the herbs into the water and then taking it into our body (which is made up of 60% pure water!). The essence of the magical properties of these blessed herbs then becomes part of us! 

We are able to do the same with gemstones! Crystal energy can be added to water to make Gem Elixirs. Gem elixirs, which are also sometimes called called crystal essences or crystal waters, have been been a part of medicine and magic throughout the ages. They are very simple to make and can be stored for later use.

There are two methods of making Gem Elixirs - the direct method and the indirect method. In the direct method, you place the stone directly in the water to be charged with the crystal energy. In the indirect method, you place the stone in a container and that container in the water to impart that crystals energy. Neither method is better or more effective than the other. Gemstones charge whatever they are near, so whether the gem is in the water or in a jar makes no difference. The only caution you should have is that some stones can dissolve in water and others can leech toxic chemicals when placed in water, so if you choose to use the direct method, make sure your stone is safe to put in water (see below for a list of stones that are too toxic to be made via the direct method). 

Any gemstone can charge water through the indirect method, and there are no safety concerns making a Gem Elixir in this way. To make a Gem Elixir through the indirect method - you can follow these instructions:

You will need:

  • One or more crystals
  • A small clean glass jar or bowl to hold your crystals
  • A large glass or ceramic bowl to hold the water and the jar of crystals
  • A large clean glass bottle to hold your Gem Elixir once you have made it.
  • Water - The water you use can be spring water (bottled spring water can be purchased, though if possible, from a glass bottle), distilled water, rain water, or morning dew. Try to avoid tap water, as it has been treated with chemicals.
  • 80 proof (or higher) Vodka or vinegar of any kind - to use as a preservative and to “fix” the crystal vibrations
  • Sunlight, moonlight or a sacred space such as a personal altar or a public temple, or a natural energetic space such as standing stones, a mountain top, a crossroads.

To make a Gem Elixir (indirect method):

  • Before starting, clear your crystals by placing them in a bowl of dry sea salt or in bowl with a tablespoon of sea salt dissolved in water. 
  • Program your crystal with your intention by holding it between the palms of your hands and speaking out loud what it is that you would like the crystal to help you with. 
  • Put your crystals in the small jar (or small bowl), fill with water, close the jar and place the jar in the large bowl.
  • Pour water into the large bowl without allowing any of the water to get into the jar or small bowl containing your crystals.
  • State your intention out loud - that is, what you would like your Gem Elixir to do.
  • Leave the containers in the sunlight, moonlight or sacred space for four or more hours.
  • Remove the jar or small bowl and pour the charged water from the large bowl into the large bottle - filling it to about 90%.
  • Fill the bottle the rest of the way with the vodka or vinegar as a preservative.
  • Empty the water in the small jar onto the earth to give back to the earth that produced the gems.
  • Use your Gem Elixir in magic spells, cleansing baths or add to your potions. 

Crystal waters are similar to Gem Elixirs but are made without a preservative and are for immediate use.

To make a Crystal Water (indirect method):

  • Before starting, clear your crystals by placing them in a bowl of dry sea salt or in bowl with a tablespoon of sea salt dissolved in water. 
  • Program your crystal with your intention by holding it between the palms of your hands and speaking out loud what it is that you would like the crystal to help you with. 
  • Put your crystals in the small jar (or small bowl), fill with water, close the jar and place the jar in the large bowl.
  • Pour water into the large bowl without allowing any of the water to get into the jar or small bowl containing your crystals.
  • State your intention out loud - that is, what you would like your Crystal Water to do.
  • Leave the containers in the sunlight, moonlight or sacred space for four or more hours.
  • Remove the jar or small bowl and pour the charged water from the large bowl into the large bottle.
  • Crystal Waters can be stored for a few days in the refrigerator in a sealed container, but should be used quickly
  • Empty the water in the small jar onto the earth to give back to the earth that produced the gems.
  • Use your Crystal Waters in magic spells, cleansing baths or add to your potions. 

 

The following stones are toxic and gem elixirs should only be made with the indirect method with them:

Actinolite - asbestos

Adamite - zinc, copper 

Amazonite - copper

Amber - toxic dust, fumes, possible trapped bacteria or virii, possible ingestive toxicity

Angelite - lead, sulphur

Anthophyllite - asbestos

Aragonite - sometimes contains lead

Atacamite - copper

Atlantisite - contains Serpentine (see below)

Auricalcite - zinc and copper

Azurite - copper

Boji-stones/Kansas Pop Rocks - may contain sulphur

Bronchantite - copper

Celestite aka Celestine - aluminum

Cerrusite - sulphur, molybdenum 

Chalcantite (aka "blue shit") - copper

Chalcopyrite (Peacock Stone, Peacock Ore) - copper and sulphur

Charoite - barium, strontium 

Chrysacolla (Chrysocolla) - copper 

Chrysotile - asbestos

Cinnabar - mercury, VERY TOXIC

Cobaltocalcite (Pink Cobalt Calcite) - cobalt 

Conicalcite - copper

Copper - copper

Coral - organic, may contain bacteria as well as pollutants from toxic materials in the water it forms in 

Chrysoprase - nickel

Crocidolite - asbestos

Cuprite - copper

Diopside - copper

Dioptase - copper

Eliat Stone - copper

Emerald - aluminum

Feldspar - aluminum 

Fluorite - source of dangerous gas hydrofluoride

Garnet - aluminum 

Gem Silica - copper

Galena/ Galenite - lead 

Garnierite (Genthite, Falcondoite) - nickel 

Hematite - iron

Hiddenite - aluminum

Howlite - boron, boron oxide, borate

Iolite - aluminum 

Jade (Jadeite) - aluminum, iron

Jade (Nephrite) - aluminum, iron, titanium

Kambaba Jasper - cyanobacteria and possible cyanotoxins

Kansas Pop Rocks - may contain sulphur 

Kunzite - aluminum

Kyanite - aluminum

Labradorite - aluminum 

Lapis Lazuli - may contain copper, sulphur

Leopard (Skin) Jasper - iron

Marcasite (Markasite) - sulphur 

Magnetite (Lodestone) - iron in large quantities

Malachite - copper

Merlinite - barite, iron

Meteorite - may contain many toxic substances 

Mohawkite - copper, arsenic

Moldavite - aluminum 

Molybdenum - molybdenum 

Moonstone - may contain aluminum or other toxic substances

Mother of Pearl - organic, may contain bacteria as well as pollutants from toxic materials in the water it forms in 

Ocean Jasper - iron

Opal - toxic dust for inhalation at least

Paraiba Blue Quartz - aluminum in the tourmaline component

Pearl - organic, may contain bacteria as well as pollutants from toxic materials in the water it forms in 

Psiomelane - barium 

Pyrite (Fool's Gold, Inca Gold) - sulphur

Quartz (all types) - toxic dust for inhalation

Realgar - sulfur, arsenic

Rhodocrosite (Rhodochrosite) - lead 

Rose Quartz - iron / titanium

Ruby - aluminum 

Sapphire - aluminum 

Sepentine (fibrous type) - asbestos

Sodalite - aluminum 

Spinel - may contain aluminum, zinc 

Stibnite - lead, antimony 

Smithsonite (Galmei, Zinc spar)- zinc, may contain copper 

Spinel - aluminum

Spodumene (incl Kunzite, Hiddenite) - aluminum

Strawberry Quartz (natural) - hematite/iron inclusions

Stromatolite - cyanobacteria and possible cyanotoxins

Sulphur - sulphur

Sunstone - Aluminum 

Tiger's Eye - asbestos

Topaz - aluminum

Tourmaline - aluminum

Tremolite - asbestos

Turquoise - copper 

Unakite - aliminum/iron

Uranium - radioactive mineral 

Vanadanite - lead 

Variscite - aluminum 

Wulfenite - lead, molybdenum

Soft stones (anything with a mohs hardness of 4 or lower) should not be placed in water as they will dissolve. You can check regarding the hardness of the stones you wish to use by looking them up at mindat.org or gemdat.org.

  • Do not make conventional, direct gemstone elixirs, gem waters, massage oils of any stone containing metal (lead, copper, etc.) Use an indirect method instead.    FYI: Polished stones are less likely to allow elixirs, etc. to leach any potentially hazardous materials. Rough stones are most likely.
  • In general, almost all blue and green stones, especially brightly colored ones, contain copper and/or arsenic and are potentially unsafe to use for conventional gem elixirs, etc.  Shiny, metallic stones should be avoided.  Don't handle stones containing arsenic, such as realgar, or mercury, such as cinnabar without protective gloves. Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water after handling them. These stones are extremely toxic.
  • Do not eat, drink, or smoke while handling potentially toxic stones.  Keep all potentially harmful stones (including small, bite-sized stones that aren't necessarily toxic but can cause choking hazards!) out of reach of children for safety.
  • You may find contradictory information elsewhere as to the potential hazards of crystals. I recommend being cautious, though, and using indirect methods for making elixirs and other consumables unless you're absolutely certain of what you're doing. To be on the safe side, consider these stones, and any stones you don't know for sure about, to be toxic to eat, drink, or otherwise consume."

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