Gem elixirs, also called crystal essences or crystal waters, have been used by many throughout the ages. They are a convenient way to use the vibrational energies of the crystals for crystal healing, magick, and more. They are easy to make and can be stored for later use.

You can use one crystal, several, or even several different types to make a gem elixir. Using multiple types creates a synergy blend, which is useful for bringing together the vibrations of several stones as more than the sum of the parts, so to speak.

I recommend creating gem elixirs using what is called the indirect method, and I outline it below. This method is the safest for all crystal types because the elixir waters do not come in direct contact with the stones used. The direct method -- where the stones are placed directly in the water -- can be potentially dangerous if the stones used have components that may be toxic. Personally, I prefer to avoid creating potential health issues by using only the indirect method, as it seems contrary to the point of bringing in beneficial energies.

To prepare, you will need:

  • The crystal(s) whose energies you want to imbue the elixir with
  • Optionally, additional crystals of the same type(s( or quartz crystals to assist with charging the elixir
  • Two clean glass or food-safe glazed ceramic containers that fit one inside the other with some room between the smaller container and the larger one (A glass bowl and a smaller sealable glass bottle or jar that will hold the crystals work well.)
  • Two clean, dark colored glass bottles, dark blue or brown work well. one larger and one smaller for the finished crystal essence
  • A clean glass dropper - Either to fit the smaller bottle, or it can be separate.)
  • Spring water or distilled water. Some prefer rain water they have collected.
  • Vodka (80 proof or higher) or vinegar (any variety) as a preservative and to “fix” the crystal vibrations
  • A calm, centered state of mind
  • Sunlight, moonlight or a dedicated sacred space - This may be outdoors or in a window that gets sun or moon light, or it may be on your personal altar or other sacred space.

To make the elixir:

  • Clear the crystals you will be using. You may also charge them if you wish.
  • Take your prepared crystals and other items to the place you will make the elixir.
  • Center yourself and clear your mind of concerns as much as possible. Prayer, breath techniques or meditation can help with this.
  • State your intent for the elixir out loud. Ask the Divine and the crystals themselves for assistance with making this elixir for the highest good of all concerned.
  • Place the larger container you will be using to charge the water with the crystal energy where you will be creating the gem elixir. 
  • Place the crystal(s) in the smaller glass container. Seal it if possible. (Alternately, the larger container can hold the crystals and the smaller container the elixir -- just reverse the instructions about the containers below if you wish to do it that way.)
  • Place the smaller container in the larger container. Be sure the smaller container is stable and will not fall over.
  • Carefully pour as much water into the larger container s you can without allowing any of the water to get into the smaller container.
  • Optional: Arrange the additional crystals or quartz crystals around the outside of the container, pointing in toward the container.
  • State your intent and ask for divine guidance and crystal assistance again, for the highest good of all concerned.
  • Leave the containers in the sunlight, moonlight or sacred space for four or more hours.
  • Afterward, remove the inner container and carefully pour the charged water from the larger container, called stock or mother essence of the gem elixir, into the larger of your bottles, filling it halfway.
  • Fill the bottle the rest of the way with the vodka or vinegar for preservative and seal it.
  • Add a small portion of the preserved mother essence gem elixir to the smaller bottle for immediate use. You can use using  spring or distilled water if desired to dilute it or you may use it straight.
  • Thank the Divine and the crystal(s) for helping create this elixir.
  • Clean everything used and store safely for future use. You may dispose of the water the crystals were in using any safe method.

Crystal waters can be made the same way for immediate use only, with only one bottle for storage and do not add the preservative. These crystal essences can be stored for a few days in the refrigerator in a sealed container, but should be used quickly.  You may also charge the waters with Reiki or Seichim energy for healing, if you wish.

Soft stones should not be placed in water as they may dissolve or "melt". Anything with a mohs hardness of 4 is likely to  dissolve. You can check regarding the hardness of the stones you wish to use by looking them up at or For softer stones, rather than using water to hold them, you may tape them to the container where the stock or mother water is being made, or you may put them inside a bowl or container the mother water container is put in.

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


"I recommend avoiding and not making conventional gem elixirs, gem waters, massage oils, or other consumables with these stones. The guidelines below can help you and those you know stay safe.

"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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