Crystal Cautions

This list is an ongoing work in progress. It contains geological data that can help to protect you when using certain types of crystals/minerals. While most in the metaphysical/spiritual community only speak of the higher purpose properties, common sense must be taken into consideration when using these on a physical level. This following list is a cautionary measure on stones that may be harmful in certain situations or specific types of minerals (raw versus tumbled, Fibrous versus crystallized or mass), whether it be in Elixirs or prolonged holding, bathing, touching to skin, etc.

This list is not meant to perpetuate fear or anxiety, but to educate and share. Most on the list caution against internal use with a few being cautionary for external use. A good rule of thumb is to make sure you wash your hands after using any crystal/mineral. It keeps our mineral friends clean and is a great way to show respect to our crystal/mineral family and our selves.

NOTE: Before making any elixir or charging any water, it is a good idea to double check for any possible toxicity that may occur, if using several stones in combination, for elemental reactions between the stones. In fact, it would be best if each stone charges in its own container of water as opposed to putting four or five stones in the same container. If you have any doubt, simply place the crystal/stone around and outside of the container.

The short list of chemical elements harmful in humans. If you see ANY of these symbols in the chemical formula for a crystal, DO NOT INGEST under any circumstances. which include Be (Beryllium), Al (Aluminum), V (Vanadium), Cr (Chromium), As (Arsenic), Cd (Cadmium), Sb (Antimony), Ba (Barium), Os (Osmium), Hg (Mercury), Tl (Thallium), Pb (Lead), Po (Polonium), Ra (Radium), Ac (Actinium), Th (Thorium) and U (Uranium). Information provided by Bodyparticles.com

Actinolite–Fibrous form is a type of asbestos. Not recommended for elixirs.
Adamite–Contains Arsenic (Arsenate) and trace amounts of Copper both of which are toxic.
Ajoite–Contains Aluminum, Copper which are toxic.
Alexandrite–Contains Aluminum
Almandine — See Garnet
Amazonite–Contains trace amounts of Copper which is toxic
Amblygonite–Contains Aluminum
Analcime –Contains Aluminum
Anatase–Titanium is a metal and as such is cautioned against putting directly into a liquid or ingesting. While we use Titanium Dioxide in a variety of products, it has gone through a lengthy process to remove impurities. Better safe than sorry on this one. Wash hands before and after use. Do not ingest, do not breathe in dust.
Andalusite–Contains Aluminum
Andradite — See Garnet
Angelite (Var. Anhydrite) –Very soft material which may disintegrate in liquid. Place outside of container for elixirs and charging water.
Angelsite— Contains lead. Do not grind dry or inhale dust. Wash hands after handling.
Anhydrite (ALL) –Very soft material which may disintegrate in liquid. Place outside of container for elixirs and charging water.
Anorthite–Contains Aluminum
Antlerite–Contains poisonous/toxic Copper
Aquamarine — See Beryl Group
Arsenopyrite–Contains arsenic sulfide. Wash hands after use. Do not submerge/immerse directly into liquid when charging water or making elixirs. Use an indirect method instead.
Atacamite–Contains poisonous/toxic Copper
Auricalcite–Contains Zinc and Copper which is toxic
Axinite–Contains Aluminum, Iron
Azurite–Contains Copper, Toxic
Barite — Contains Barium. Do not immerse directly in liquid to charge water or make elixirs as it will contaminate. Placing on the outside of your charging container will work just fine.
Bastnaesite– Contains toxic Cerium and other chemicals
Beryl Group (Aquamarine, Emerald, Goshenite, Heliodor, Morganite)-ALL contain Aluminum
Bismuth— Metallic, Very Soft, Member of the Arsenic Group
Boji Stones® (Kansas Pop Rocks, aka Concretin)–Contains Sulfur, Pyrite and/or Marcasite
which is toxic (*also could be a fire hazard)
Bornite(NOT the same as Chalcopyrite) a Copper Iron Sulfide which is toxic when ingested
Brazilianite–Contains Aluminum
Brochantite–Copper Hydrated Sulphate, Toxic
Bumble Bee Jasper— Contains Sulfer
Cassiteriteaka Tin Stone. Most compounds of tin are toxic (poisonous). Tin compounds are most likely to present a hazard when they get into the air. Then, they may be inhaled, after which they can cause problems such as nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, and cramps. On a personal note, I do not think ingestion would be a good idea either 🙂
Cavansite— Contains poisonous Vanadium
Celestine —Contains Strontium. See https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxfaqs/TF.asp?id=655&tid=120 Also very soft. Would not recommend putting directly into any liquid.
Celestite— Contains Strontium. See https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/toxfaqs/TF.asp?id=655&tid=120 Also very soft. Would not recommend putting directly into any liquid.
Cerrusite
–Contains Lead. Wash hands after handling, avoid inhaling dust when breaking.
Cervanite
–Contains Antimony which is a toxic substance. Wash hands after use. Do not touch hands to face, eyes or mouth before washing your hands. Do not directly submerge into water for charging or making elixirs. Use an indirect method. Do not ingest.
Chalcanthite
–a water-soluble copper sulphate which is poisonous/toxic
Chalcopyrite
–AKA Peacock Ore contains Copper and Sulfur which are toxic when ingested
Chrysoberyl
–Contains Aluminum
Chrysocolla
–Contains poisonous/toxic Copper. Safe for handling but not for use in elixirs.
Chrysotile (Chrysotite)
–Contains asbestos. Caution should be taken when handling raw material. Wash hands after holding. Do not touch hands to eyes or mouth while holding. Tumbled stones have locked the asbestos into the quartz and are the safest option. DO NOT directly insert this stone into liquids for elixirs, baths, or drinking water.
Crysotile in Serpentine (Stone of Life)
–See Chrysotile entry above
Cinnabar
–Contains Mercury, which can be poisonous/toxic. Wash hands after holding. Do not touch hands to eyes or mouth while holding.
Columbite
–Since this is a metallic specimen, I do not recommend putting it into any type of liquid for elixirs, baths, or charging water.
Copper
–Pure Copper can be toxic when there is excess copper in drinking water or other environmental sources. Not recommended to use directly in elixirs or charging water.
Covellite
–Contains poisonous/toxic Copper Sulfides
Creedite
— Contains Aluminum. May grow in association with Wulfenite or Vanadinite. DO NOT immerse in water.
Crocoite
–Contains poisonous/toxic levels of Chromium. Do not touch hands to eyes or mouth while holding. Do not ingest.
Cuprite
–Contains poisonous/toxic Copper. Wash hands after holding. Do not touch hands to eyes or mouth while holding.
Dioptase
–Contains poisonous/toxic Copper. Safe for handling but not for use in elixirs.
Diaspore
–Contains Aluminum
Dumortierite
–Contains Aluminum
Emerald
— See Beryl Group
Epidote
–Contains Aluminum
Euclase
— Contains Aluminum
Fairy Cross Stone (Var. Staurolite)
— Contains Aluminum and Iron
Feldspar Group–(Labradorite, Moonstone, Sunstone )
Contains Aluminum.
Fiedlerite
–Contains lead which can be poisonous.
Fluorite
–Contains Fluoride which over the years was thought to be safe at low concentrations but now there are questions of its toxicity. Fluorite is also quite soft (a 4 on the Moh’s Hardness scale).I suggest using an indirect method, both for softness and safe ingestion.
Fuchsite
— Contains Aluminum. Not recommended for ingestion (elixir, waters, etc) as soft materials can break off into liquid. Use OUTSIDE of container instead.
Galena
–Contains high amounts of Lead which can be poisonous
Garnet Group (Almandine, Andradite, Grossular, Pyrope, Spessartine, Uvarovite)
ALL contain Aluminum
Gem Silica
–Contains poisonous/toxic Copper. Safe for handling but not for use in elixirs.
Gaspeite
— Due to its iron content and softness, I would personally not put this in an liquid for elixirs or water. I would put it on the outside of the container instead.
Gilalite (Medusa)
— Contains poisonous/toxic Copper. Safe for handling but not for use in elixirs
Goethite —
Goethite is a hydrated Iron oxide with a metallic luster and as such, is unfit for ingestion and/or direct application when making an elixir or charging water.
Goshenite
— See Beryl Group
Grossular
— See Garnet
Halite
–Unfit for elixir use–will dissolve in water.
Heliodor
— See Beryl Group
Hematite
–Unfit for elixir use–will rust (oxidize) with prolonged exposure in liquid.
Heulandite
— Heulendite does contain aluminum, but more so, it is a soft (3.5-4) mineral, so submerging in a liquid for elixirs or charging water is not appropriate.
Hiddenite (Spodumene)
–Contains Aluminum
Idocrase
–Contains Aluminum
Iolite
–Contains Aluminum
Jadeite
–Contains Aluminum and Iron
Kyanite
–Contains Aluminum
Labradorite
–Contains Aluminum
Lapis Lazuli
–Contains Sulfur and possible Pyrite inclusions which are poisonous
Lazulite
–Contains Aluminum
Lazurite
–Contains Aluminum, Sulfur
Lepidolite
–Contains Aluminum
Magnetite
–Iron will rust (oxidize), DO NOT use in elixirs or charging water
Malachite
–Contains poisonous/toxic CopperMarcasite –Marcasite with time and exposure to oxygen, may form a white powdery substance/residue which is poisonous/toxic (Sulfuric Acid). If this occurs you should not wear next to the skin or touch. Not recommended for Elixirs.
Mimetite
— A secondary mineral found in the oxidized zones of lead mineral deposits and in other settings where lead and arsenic occur together. Also commonly associated with Wulfenite, Vanadinite, Smithsonite and Malachite, All of which are members of this list 🙂 DO NOT immerse in water. Wash hands immediately after handling.
Moonstone
–Contains Aluminum
Morganite
— See Beryl Group
Muscovite
— Contains Aluminum. Not recommended for ingestion (elixir, waters, etc) as soft materials can break off into liquid. Use OUTSIDE of container instead.
Orpiment
–HIGHLY TOXIC levels of Arsenic. Wash hands after use and keep away from CHILDREN!! Do not put hands near eyes or mouth before washing hands.
Pargasite
–contains Aluminum
Pietersite
–similar to Tiger Eye. Fibrous form contains Asbestos. Not recommended to use raw forms for elixirs.
Prehnite
— Contains Aluminum
Psilomelane
–Contains poisonous/toxic Barium
Pyrite
–Pyrite may contain intermixed Marcasite. The Marcasite with time and exposure to oxygen may form a white powdery substance/residue, which is poisonous/toxic (Sulfuric Acid). If this occurs you should not wear next to the skin or touch. Not recommended for Elixirs.
Pyrope
— See Garnet
Quantum stone/Quantum Quattro Silica
–Contains poisonous/toxic copper
Realgar
–HIGHLY TOXIC levels of Arsenic. Wash hands after use and keep away from CHILDREN!! Do not put hands near eyes or mouth before washing hands.
Ruby
–Contains Aluminum
Sapphire
–Contains Aluminum
Scapolite
–Contains Aluminum
Schorl (Black Tourmaline)
–Contains Aluminum
Selenite
–Unfit for internal ingestion–tiny shards may break off in water
Seraphinite (Serafinite or Serafina)
–Contains Aluminum
Serpentine
–Fibrous forms are asbestos. Please wash hands after use. Not recommended in elixir preparation.
Sodalite
–Contains Aluminum
Spessartine
— See Garnet
Spinel
–Contains Aluminum
Stibnite
–Contains Lead and Antimony. Not recommended for elixirs.
Smithsonite
–Contains Zinc and may contain Copper (green Smithsonite). Safe for handling but may be Poisonous/toxic when used in elixirs.
Spodumene
–Contains Aluminum
Staurolite
–Contains Aluminum and Iron
Stilbite
–Contains Aluminum
Sugilite
–Contains Aluminum
Sulfur
–poisonous
Sunstone
–Contains Aluminum
Tanzanite
–Gem variety of Zoisite. Zoisite contains Aluminum.
Tiger Eye
–Fibrous form contains asbestos. Not recommended to use raw forms for elixirs.
Topaz
–Contains Aluminum
Torbenite
–Radioactive
Tourmaline
–Contains Aluminum
Tremolite
–Fibrous forms are asbestos. Not recommended for Elixirs. Please wash hands after use.
Turquoise
–Contains poisonous/toxic Copper and Aluminum. Safe for handling, but not for use in elixirs.
Ulexite
–Contains toxic Boron
Uvarovite
— See Garnet
Vanadinite
–Contains poisonous Vanadium
Variscite
–Contains Aluminum
Vesuvianite
–Contains Aluminum
Wavellite
–Contains Aluminum
Wulfenite
–Contains poisonous Lead & Molybdenum. Safe for handling but not for use in elixirs.
Zircon
–Contain Zirconium, Radioactive
Zoisite
–Contains Aluminum

*Original List provided freely with permission by Liz Gunther and Peggy Jentoff. I have made additions and corrections after extensive research and with the help of a variety of online folk just like you. I have kept this to the more common crystals/minerals that are known/used in the metaphysical community for charging water, making elixirs, adding to the bath,etc. If you have a mineral not on this list and you want to check it for toxicity, ask!

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