Harmful Crystals, from D to F
Find out if you have harmful crystals, from D to F. If you aren’t sure how to handle some stones, this is a good reference for you to figure out what crystals are toxic.
Have you been working with harmful crystals? Check the list below to help you learn which gems are potentially dangerous. This is by no means a comprehensive list, but has many of the most common crystals, as well as some of the rare minerals.
Always check to be sure that the stones used in your essence or elixir are non-toxic. If you are unsure, for most stones, essences and elixirs can be prepared using the Indirect Method.
Using the Indirect Gem Elixir method, harmful crystals (or stones you’re not sure about) are placed inside of a small glass container that has no water. The sealed jar is then placed in the water. You can also omit the container completely, and put crystals around the outside of the water container, instead. Using the Indirect Method, the stones never make contact with the water, but their energetic vibration is allowed to be transmitted through the conductive glass container into the water. This allows more harmful crystals and dangerous minerals to be used for a safe gem essence or crystal elixir. However, there is a huge exception to this rule…
Radioactive stones and crystals should NEVER be used in the preparation of elixirs or essences. Indirect method does not prevent the danger of radioactive minerals. DO NOT use radioactive stones for this, ever! It’s safest to consider that all radioactive stones are harmful crystals when it comes to gem elixirs.
If you’re experimenting with elixirs, MAKE SURE you check this resource, and do your full research. Putting a hazardous crystal in your water can lead to sickness or death if not done properly.
Harmful Crystals: D
Dechenite – Please see Dicinite.
Demantoid – Please see Garnet.
Desert Glass, Libyan – Please see Tektite.
Desert Rose – Do not “immerse it in water as its mysterious desert nature is regarded as being weakened by immersion.” (Taylor 87)
Please also see Barite and/or Selenite.
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)
Diamond – May be “artificially irradiated.” (Hibiscus)
Diaphanite – Please see Alexandrite.
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 copper.” (Hibiscus)
“Contains poisonous/toxic copper. Safe for handling but not for use in elixirs.” (Healing Crystals)
Disthene – Please see Kyanite.
Dragon’s Eye – Please see Tiger’s Eye.
Dravide – Please see Tourmaline.
Dravite – Please see Tourmaline.
Dumontite – “Do not prepare an elixir of this mineral via the normal method.” (Love is in the Earth – Updated 250)
Dumortierite – “Contains aluminum.” (Hibiscus)
“Contains aluminum.” (Healing Crystals)
Harmful Crystals: E
Ear Shell – Please see Abalone.
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)
Elbaite – Please see Tourmaline.
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)
Please also see Beryl.
Emerald, Mother of – Please see Amazonite.
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.
Harmful Crystals: F
Fairy Cross – Please see Staurolite.
Fairy Stone – Please see Staurolite.
Fairy Tear – Please see Staurolite.
Falcon’s Eye – Please see Tiger’s Eye.
Falcondoite – Please see Garnierite.
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)
Fluor Spar – Please see Fluorite.
Fool’s Gold – Please see Pyrite.
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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List compiled by Ashley Leavy, at Crystal Healer.
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