Unsafe Crystals, from G to J
Find out if you have unsafe crystals, from G to J. If you aren’t sure how to handle some stones, this is a good reference for you to figure out which harmful minerals to avoid.
Have you been working with unsafe 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, unsafe crystals (or stones 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 unsafe crystals and toxic 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 unsafe crystals in your water can lead to sickness or death if not done properly.
Unsafe Crystals: G
Gaia Stone – Please see Chrysocolla.
Galena – “Internal consumption of an elixir of this mineral is not recommended.” (Love is in the Earth – Updated 289)
“Poisonous (almost 90 percent lead.)” (Jentoft)
“Never Use.” (Lilly 34)
“Is toxic.” (Lilly 199)
“Toxic or harmful stone. Contains lead.” (Harton)
“Do not use…for internal use. Contains lead (almost 90%).” (Sullivan)
“Contains lead.” (Hibiscus)
“Sensitive to water or washing solutions.” (Gienger 13)
“Poisonous if taken internally.” (Taylor 73)
“Toxic, handle with care.” (Taylor 138)
“Contains high amounts of lead which can be poisonous.” (Healing Crystals)
Galenite – Please see Galena.
Galmei – Please see Smithsonite.
Garnet – “Toxic or harmful stone. Contains aluminum.” (Harton)
“Contains aluminum.” (Healing Crystals)
Garnierite – “Contains nickel.” (Jentoft) This mineral should only be used in an elixir prepared via the alternative method of preparation.
“Toxic or harmful stone. Contains Nickel.” (Harton)
“Contains nickel.” (Hibiscus)
Gem Silica – “Contains copper.” (Hibiscus)
Please see Chrysocolla.
Genthite – Please see Garnierite.
Geyserite – “Due to the solubility of this mineral, do not prepare an elixir via the normal method.” (Supplement Z 131)
Glass, Libyan Desert – Please see Tektite.
Glessum – Please see Amber.
Glesum – Please see Amber.
Goshenite – Toxic or harmful stone. Contains aluminum.
Please also see Beryl.
Granite – “Some granites emit radon from the decay of Uranium.” (Hibiscus)
Graphite – “Do not prepare an elixir of this mineral via the normal method.” (Love is in the Earth – Updated 302)
Grossularite – Please see Garnet.
Guerinite – “Due to the softness of this mineral, do not prepare an elixir via the normal method.” (Love is in the Earth – Updated 304)
Gum Stone – Please see Amber.
Gumstone – Please see Amber.
Gypsum – Due to the soft nature of this mineral, it is recommended that only the alternative method of preparation be used to create an elixir.
Unsafe Crystals: H
Halite – “No elixir.” (The Crystal Healer 39)
“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 – Updated 310) This mineral should only be used in an elixir prepared via the alternative method of preparation.
“Do not use in a gemstone essence as it is very soft and may melt in the water.” (Stein xv)
“…in the bath or under shower…it dissolves.” (The Crystal Bible 2 149)
“Will dissolve in water (Halite is salt).” (Jentoft) This mineral should only be used in an elixir prepared via the alternative method of preparation.
“Do not use…for internal use. Not suitable, as it will dissolve in water.” (Sullivan)
“Caution: No elixir.” (Complete Guide to Crystal Chakra Healing 69)
“The stone will dissolve [in water].” (New Crystals 130)
“Should never be washed or held under water.” (Gienger 13)
“Will start to dissolve…in water.” (Taylor 19)
“Will react with water on a chemical level.” (Taylor 73)
“Water soluble. Avoid contact with water.” (Simpson 55)
“Unfit for elixir use – will dissolve in water.” (Healing Crystals)
Halite, Translucent Massive – “Due to the solubility and electrification of this Halite configuration, do not prepare an elixir of this mineral via the normal method.” (Supplement A 321) Please also see Halite.
Hancockite – “The slight possible lead content of this mineral precludes its use in the normal method of preparation of an elixir.” (Supplement A 123)
Hanksite – “Dissolves when wet. Keep dry.” (The Crystal Bible 2 151)
Hawk’s Eye – Please see Tiger’s Eye.
Heliodor – Toxic or harmful stone. Contains aluminum.
Please also see Beryl.
Hematite – “Will rust.” (Jentoft) This mineral should only be used in an elixir prepared via the alternative method of preparation.
“Do not use…for internal use. Not suitable, as it will rust in water.” (Sullivan)
“Never discharge in water.” (Peschek-Böhmer 163)
“Will rust, but not toxic.” (Hibiscus)
“Unfit for elixir use – will rust with prolonged exposure in liquid.” (Healing Crystals)
Hessonite – Please see Garnet.
Hiddenite – “Toxic or harmful stone. Contains aluminum.” (Harton)
“Contains aluminum.” (Healing Crystals)
May be artificially irradiated and could be radioactive.
Please also see Spodumene.
Hyacinth – Please see Zircon.
Hyaline – Please see Opal.
Hyalite – Please see Opal.
Unsafe Crystals: I
Idocrase – Please see Vesuvianite.
Inca Gold – Please see Pyrite.
Inca Mirror – Please see Pyrite.
Inca Rose – Please see Rhodochrosite.
Indicolite – Please see Tourmaline.
Indigolite – Please see Tourmaline.
Iolite – “Toxic or harmful stone. Contains Aluminum.” (Harton)
“Contains aluminum.” (Hibiscus)
“Contains aluminum.” (Healing Crystals)
Iron Bloom – Please see Aragonite.
Unsafe Crystals: J
Jacinth – Please see Zircon.
Jade, Amazon – Please see Amazonite.
Jade, Colorado – Please see Amazonite.
Jade, New – Please see Serpentine.
Jadeite – “Contains aluminum and iron.” (Healing Crystals)
Jamesonite – “The lead content of this mineral precludes its use in the normal method of preparation of an elixir.” (Supplement A 135)
Jet – “Neither water nor sun should be used in its cleaning and charging.” (Peschek-Böhmer 177)
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List compiled by Ashley Leavy, at Crystal Healer.
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