Toxic Stones, from S to T

Find out if you have toxic stones, from S to T. If you aren’t sure how to handle some stones, this is a good reference for you to figure out which dangerous crystals to avoid.

Have you been working with toxic stones? Check the list below to help you learn which gems are potentially unsafe. 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, toxic stones (or crystals you’re not sure about) are placed inside of a small, sealed 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 toxic stones 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 toxic crystals when it comes to elixirs.

If you’re experimenting with elixirs, MAKE SURE you check this resource, and do your full research. Putting toxic stones in your water can lead to sickness or death if not done properly.



Toxic Stones: S

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.” (Hibiscus)
“Contains aluminum.” (Healing Crystals)

Please also see Corundum.

Sapphire, Water – Please see Iolite.

Scapolite – “Contains aluminum.” (Healing Crystals)

Schorl – Please see Tourmaline.

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

Scoopstone – Please see Amber.

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)
“Although not toxic, friable; tiny shards may break off in water.” (Hibiscus)
“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)
Please also see Gypsum.

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

Shaman Stone © – Please see Mochi Ball.

Siberite – Please see Tourmaline.

Silver, Ruby – Please see Proustite.

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)
“May contain copper.” (Hibiscus)
“Contains zinc and may contain copper (Green Smithsonite). Safe for handling but may be poisonous/toxic when used in elixirs.” (Healing Crystals)

Smokey Quartz – Please see Quartz, Smokey.

Smoky Quartz – Please see Quartz, Smokey.

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

Spectrolite – Please see Labradorite.

Spessartine – Please see Garnet.

Spessartite – Please see Garnet.

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

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

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

Stibinite – Please see Stibnite.

Stibnite – “Has lead and antimony.” (Jentoft)  This mineral should only be used in an elixir prepared via the alternative method of reparation.
“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.” (Hibiscus)
“Contains lead and antimony. Not recommended for elixirs.” (Healing Crystals)

Stilbite – “Contains aluminum.” (Hibiscus)
“Contains aluminum.” (Healing Crystals)

Succin – Please see Amber.

Succinite – Please see Amber.

Sugalite – Please see Sugilite.

Sugelite – Please see Sugilite.

Sugilite – “Contains aluminum.” (Hibiscus)
“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)
“Poisonous.” (Hibiscus)
“Don’t use…water-soluble.” (O’Donoghue 56)
“Contains poisonous sulfur.” (Healing Crystals)

Sunstone – “Contains aluminum.” (Hibiscus)
“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).

Sylvine – Please see Sylvite.

Sylvinite – “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)



Toxic Stones: T

Tanzanite-“ Contains aluminum.” (Hibiscus)
“Contains aluminum.” (Healing Crystals).
Please also see Zoisite.

Tarnovizit – Please see Tarnowitzite.

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

Tektite – Please see Meteorite.

Television Rock – Please see Ulexite.

Television Stone – Please see Ulexite.

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)

Thulite – Please see Zoisite.

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)
Please also see Fluorite and Opal.

Tiger Iron – Please see Tiger’s Eye and Hematite.

Tiger’s Eye – “Toxic or harmful stone.” (Harton)
“Chocolate colored…may have been irradiated.” (Jentoft)
“Fibrous form contains asbestos.” (Hibiscus)
“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.” (Hibiscus)
‘May be “artificially irradiated.” (Hibiscus)
“Contains aluminum.” (Healing Crystals)​

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

Torbenite – Please see Torbernite.

Torbernite – “Radioactive.” (Hibiscus)
“Radioactive.” (Healing Crystals)

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

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

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

Tsavorite – Please see Garnet.

Tsilasite – Please see Tourmaline.

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)
“Contains copper and aluminum.” (Hibiscus)
“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)

T.V. Rock – Please see Ulexite.

T.V. Stone – Please see Ulexite.

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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List compiled by Ashley Leavy, at Crystal Healer.

Disclaimer: Crystallography Gems are neither doctors, nor in the medical profession. We cannot give out medical advice. Crystals and energy healing should be used as a compliment to other therapies and not as a replacement for regular medical care. Always seek medical treatment if you are having health issues. We accept no liability for your actions.