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This page contains geological data that cautions one 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 page 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.

It is not meant to perpetuate fear or anxiety, but instead to educate and share our deep respect for the crystal and mineral kingdom. Most on the list are geared toward 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 ourselves and our crystal/mineral family.

Pay particular attention to the list when you are working with raw/natural specimens. I do not think tumbled (coated) stones, for the most part, would be harmful, with a few exceptions, such as Realgar.

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 (or are new to crystals and their chemical composition), simply place the crystal/stone around and outside of the container. You will still get the same results.*

  • Crystal
  • Caution
  • Actinolite
  • Fibrous form is a type of asbestos. Not recommended for elixirs.
  • Adamite
  • Contains Arsenic (Arsenate) and trace amounts of copper which is toxic.
  • Ajoite
  • Contains Aluminum, Copper.
  • Alexandrite
  • Contains Aluminum.
  • Amazonite
  • Trace amounts of Copper which is toxic.
  • Amblygonite
  • Contains Aluminum.
  • Andaluscite
  • Contains Aluminum.
  • Atacamite
  • Contains poisonous/toxic copper.
  • Auricalcite
  • Contains Zinc and Copper which is toxic.
  • Aventurine
  • Contains Aluminum.
  • Axinite
  • Contains Aluminum, Iron.
  • Azurite
  • Contains Copper, Toxic.
  • Bastnaesite
  • The chemical makeup of Bastnaesite does contain toxic elements which can react when combined with water.
  • Beryl Group (Aquamarine, Goshenite, Heliodor, Morganite)
  • Contains Aluminum.
  • Brazilianite
  • Contains Aluminum not recommended to use in its raw form.
  • Bronchantite
  • Copper Hydrated Sulphate, Toxic.
  • Boji Stones (Kansas Pop Rocks, aka Concretin)
  • Contains Sulfur, Pyrite and/or Marcasite which is toxic (*also could be a fire hazard).
  • Chalcopyrite AKA Peacock Ore
  • Contains copper and sulfur which can be toxic.
  • Chrysoberyl
  • Contains Aluminum.
  • Chrysocolla
  • Contains poisonous/toxic copper. Safe for handling but not for use in elixirs.
  • Cinnabar
  • Contains mercury which can be poisonous/toxic Wash hands after holding. Do not touch hands to eyes or mouth while holding.
  • Conichalcite
  • Contains poisonous/toxic copper.
  • Copper
  • Contains poisonous/toxic copper.
  • 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.
  • Dalmatian Jasper
  • Contains Aluminum.
  • Dioptase
  • Contains poisonous/toxic copper. Safe for handling but not for use in elixirs.
  • Dumortierite
  • Contains Aluminum.
  • Emerald
  • Contains Aluminum.
  • Epidote
  • Contains Aluminum.
  • Feldspar Group (Labradorite, Moonstone, Orthoclase, etc)
  • Contains Aluminum.
  • Galena
  • Contains high amounts of lead which can be poisonous.
  • Garnet (Spessartine, Uvarovite, Rhodolite,Hessonite)
  • Contains Aluminum.
  • Gem Silica
  • Contains poisonous/toxic copper. Safe for handling but not for use in elixirs.
  • Halite
  • Unfit for elixir use will dissolve in water.
  • Hematite
  • Unfit for elixir use will rust with prolonged exposure in liquid.
  • 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, DO NOT use in elixirs or charging water.
  • Malachite
  • Contains poisonous/toxic copper.
  • Marcasite
  • 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.
  • Mica
  • Contains Aluminum.
  • Moonstone
  • Contains Aluminum.
  • Morganite
  • Contains Aluminum.
  • Muscovite
  • Contains Aluminum.
  • Orpiment
  • HIGHLY TOXIC levels of Arsenic. Wash hands after use, keep away from CHILDREN!! Do not put hands near eyes or mouth before washing hands.
  • Pargasite
  • contains Aluminum so it is not recommended for elixirs or immersing in water to charge it.
  • Pietersite
  • Similar to Tiger's 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.
  • Quantum stone/Quantum Quattro Silica
  • Contains poisonous/toxic copper.
  • Realgar 
  • HIGHLY TOXIC levels of Arsenic. Wash hands after use, 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
  • Contains Aluminum.
  • Selenite
  • Unfit for internal ingestion tiny shards may break off in water.
  • Serpentine
  • Fibrous forms are asbestos. Wash hands after use. Not recommended in elixir preparation.
  • Smithsonite
  • Contains zinc and may contain copper (green Smithsonite) Safe for handling but may be Poisonous/toxic when used in elixirs.
  • Sodalite
  • Contains Aluminum.
  • Spinel
  • Contains Aluminum.
  • Spodumene
  • Contains Aluminum.
  • Staurolite
  • Contains Aluminum and Iron.
  • Stibnite
  • Contains lead and antimony. Not recommended for elixirs.
  • Stilbite
  • Contains Aluminum.
  • Sugilite
  • Contains Aluminum.
  • Sulfur
  • Contains poisonous Sulfur.
  • Sunstone
  • Contains Aluminum.
  • Tanzanite (Gem variety of 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. Wash hands after use.
  • Turquoise
  • Contains poisonous/toxic copper and Aluminum. Safe for handling but not for use in elixirs.
  • Ulexite
  • Contains toxic Boron.
  • Unakite
  • Contains Aluminum and may also contain Zirconium (Radioactive).
  • 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
  • Contains Zirconium, Radioactive.
  • Zoisite
  • Contains Aluminum.

*Original List provided with permission by Liz Gunther and Peggy Jentoff .
*Additions/corrections have been made by Kristi Huggins, Author/Expert Contributor and Steve Garza.

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Posted on February 17, 2009
  Great information, builds ones knowledge and safe handling is important. Thank you  (Submitted by: DKZ on January 08, 2018)
  Great ! Helpful info! Thank you very much! A lot of important facts I've learned today about certain crystals!  (Submitted by: KathyR on October 12, 2016)
  Very useful and timely information. Thank you.  (Submitted by: Chavah on August 25, 2016)
  Absolutely informative! Thank you!  (Submitted by: Valerie on June 21, 2016)
  Thank You this information has been very helpful  (Submitted by: Brenda Charles on January 09, 2016)
  I'm writing to suggest an urgent addition to your excellent "Crystal Safeguards" list.

I've been an avid mineral collector and lapidary since the 1960's.
You mentioned, very correctly, that the mineral "Conichalcite" contains toxic levels of copper. It also contains something far more dangerous - Arsenic! Conichalcite is Calcium Copper Arsenate Hydroxide. The average composition of the natural form of this mineral includes more than 28% Arsenic by weight. It should be handled only with gloves. One must be very careful not to breathe or ingest the dust.
How dangerous is it? Accidental ingestion of 2 grams of this mineral could kill an adult. (Physical injury can occur from much lower exposure.)

One last word... Conichalcite is sometimes found in small quantities in both Malachite and Chrysocolla. If you see a bright, grass-green or yellowish green layer in your Malachite or Chrysocolla specimens, or if you see crystals or crusts of either color associated with -any- mineral, please err on the side of caution!

Thanks for listening!
-Peter  (Submitted by: Peter Steiner on June 04, 2015)
  Good information Iam glad I read this article because I was wondering where the smell was coming from after running water over my stones now I know to wash up after handling the stones .  (Submitted by: Patricia H on March 05, 2015)
  Excellent information on the cautions to observe when handling minerals and crystals.  (Submitted by: wolfendreams on November 05, 2014)
  Thank you for providing the list of toxic crystals as a Certified Crystal Healer, your list is very handy. Crystal Blessings, Susan Moore  (Submitted by: Susan M on February 23, 2015)
    (Submitted by: Janine on July 11, 2014)
    (Submitted by: amanda jean simmons on June 09, 2014)
  Thank you for this information, I work with stones and crystals on a daily basis.  (Submitted by: Nancey on May 29, 2014)
    (Submitted by: orgina on May 28, 2014)
    (Submitted by: Jill on April 10, 2014)
  Thank you so much for this information it was very helpful  (Submitted by: carin on March 29, 2014)
  So very happy to see this type of information being made accessible to new comers. I have been working with crystals, elixirs , and
therapies for a long time, and always in my classes warn people about using some crystals. Thanks for being so informative.  (Submitted by: Terry on March 14, 2014)
  Thank you very much. It is very informative..
Marilyn Maracle  (Submitted by: Marilyn M on February 21, 2014)
  Extremely informative, I have never made any elixir by fear of choosing the wrong toxic crystals, now thanks to that list, it gives me more confidence to try it with some stones one day :)  (Submitted by: Yamina on February 11, 2014)
  This is powerful information to have as the knowledge of gemstone therapy becomes more popular as a natural healing paradigm. Everyone needs to know how to safely use the gifts of Nature. Gemstones and crystals are considered as "ORIGINAL MEDICINE" because they were used in ancient times for physical, mental and emotional challenges along with other natural therapies.  (Submitted by: Dr. Schavi M. Ali, Ph.D. on February 08, 2014)
    (Submitted by: Jill on February 04, 2014)
  This is an informative ,excellent article .  (Submitted by: Claudette M on January 21, 2014)
  This article is very informative. Thank you for time and effort expended to share.  (Submitted by: Gwendolyn J on January 05, 2014)
  Thank you, Thank you, this is the first time I have seen this issue addressed. Very very informative. Your site is one of the finest I have had
the privilege to read.  (Submitted by: Barbara on December 11, 2013)
  very informative site  (Submitted by: jade on October 31, 2013)
  In all my years of dealing with stones, no one, other than vocally, has addressed this information. Bravo!!! Extremely well done!  (Submitted by: Cherri on October 11, 2013)
  I have never seen this addresed, before....thank you soo much!  (Submitted by: Mary S on September 29, 2013)
  Very good information, especially for a newbie! :-)  (Submitted by: Cyndee on September 10, 2013)
  Good to be responsible. Thank you for this information.  (Submitted by: Kat V on September 07, 2013)
    (Submitted by: shaz on August 01, 2013)
  new to the healing powers of crystals and fascinated by the power. This list is very helpful  (Submitted by: Tearesa D on March 17, 2013)
  thank you very much.. very helpful indeed:)  (Submitted by: Nokomis on April 11, 2013)
    (Submitted by: maggi greeley on January 25, 2013)
    (Submitted by: HedgeWife on January 20, 2013)
  I am very impressed with this list as I have often thought of making elixirs with my stones in the past. This is something to think about.
Thank you for the info.  (Submitted by: Nicole L on January 20, 2013)
    (Submitted by: Pamela Galvin on January 07, 2013)
  Super helpful list. Thank you!  (Submitted by: sweetbombeet on January 04, 2013)
  I really never thought about what these rocks contain thank you for this info. Better safe than sorry.
Helen  (Submitted by: Helen on November 30, 2012)
  Dope page! Thank you so much for the helpful information.  (Submitted by: JedLi on November 12, 2012)
  Fantastic informaton thanks sooo much hunni brillianty website best ever 5 stars if u had 5 xdx  (Submitted by: female39 on October 07, 2012)
  I totally enjoy your site. I am new to the use of the stone peoples. I want to learn how to use them properly, and what each one could help me. I have looked at so many sites and there was allways a feeling of something empty to me. I came across your site this evening and had a great feeling come over me. I have found everything I was interested in! And at a price I can afford!!! Due to my limited income I will be able to start ordering a couple at a time!! I'm so excited ! Thank You so much !! Also I have never ever seen a site that warned of toxcitity in the stones! Not even in books !! Again Thank You!!
Mrs Pat Garcia  (Submitted by: Pat Garcia on September 13, 2012)
  Awesome ... very helpful.

Thank you!!!  (Submitted by: Kat on August 30, 2012)
  This is excellent information. Thank you for sharing  (Submitted by: angelartist on August 28, 2012)
    (Submitted by: Jay on August 20, 2012)
  I agree, this has been very informative. Thank you so much for letting us know that there are dangers as well as benefits from crystals. I am just starting to get into the healing power of crystals and really appreciate this information :) Many Thanx :)  (Submitted by: CrazyBaby on August 08, 2012)
  infomative  (Submitted by: Suman Khound on July 29, 2012)
  Just wanted to say a big thanks for this information. I've seen very little info of this type, except to mention it perhaps, in relation to using a particular stone in water. This is a much more comprehensive listing, and I'm grateful that I came across it.

Kate  (Submitted by: kate on June 09, 2012)
  This is a very handy list- definitely helpful on many levels. Most places just state that many crystals make great elixirs & to base it on their healing properties. Thank you for breaking it down and being clear!  (Submitted by: The Art Teacher on January 01, 2012)
  sorry i left out which stone. it was cinnibar, this stonecut my hand yesterday. i didn't feel any pain. why? if these are all toxic why do i feel fine and didnt originally or later have pain from the laceration it left on me?  (Submitted by: rye on October 26, 2010)
  It is in complete fear that this article is quite misleading on several counts.
It is often of benefit to the physical body to use some of these elements in a extremely small amount, not physically detectable, to clear some of these metals and elements from the body.
For example., minerals with aluminum content can assist in the removal of aluminum in the body.
Radioactive elements are also quite useful for many healing purposes.
When proper filtration is employed, meaning no physical parts remain in the solution for elixirs, there is no problem in my experience, 30 + years.
This article is based on the somewhat flawed view of the biochemical reality of the human body which has proven so harmful to bringing a body back into harmony.
We can not fear the vibration of stones and minerals, just because eating a pound raw can be hazardous.
Animals also have not been harmed by eating earth, water, and other supposed dirty substances.
Let's get over this worry of the unseen and show me verified reports of elixir poisoning.
For highly toxic substances, one can always use a double bowl method, whereby the stone does not come in direct contact with the water..
This is all fear that originates in Geology classes of being careful when handling certain stones, similar to the false fear of germs and bacteria.  (Submitted by: fred on August 11, 2010)
  Loved this article!!! Have been reading about stones and crystals for 45+ yrs. and have Never seen this particular information...particularly not all in one place!
Thanks so much for the helpful information!!

With much *Light,*
*Paula*  (Submitted by: *Paula* on July 04, 2010)
  i just found your site and found it quite enteresting i bought some stones and crystals cause i was told that serpentine was god for cats i was trying to find out how to use the stones and was thinking of putting it in their drinking water found your list and am soooo thankful cause i could of made my cats sick. i have other stones on your list also thanks for the info and i will put it on my fridge so others who are interested will know much love lydia  (Submitted by: LYDIA on May 01, 2010)
  BION I'm impsresed! Cool post!  (Submitted by: Sharky on August 28, 2011)
  Full of sailnet points. Don't stop believing or writing!  (Submitted by: Youngy on August 29, 2011)
  Do you sell orgonite?  (Submitted by: CrystalFan on April 24, 2010)
  Hi Crystal Fan!
Currently, we do not sell orgonite or orgonite products. However, our next newsletter is on orgonite and may provide some information or links that may be helpful to you.

Thank you so much for your comment!
with love and crystal blessings,
Kristi  (Submitted by: Kristi on April 26, 2010)
  Absolutely! We would love that!

The list was originally shared with us by Kristi, a member of the Healing Crystals team. We would love for you to freely pass this information to your clients!

For acknowledgments, here is all of the pertinent information. Use as much or as little as you need and word as you see fit.

Original list by Liz Gunther and Peggy Jentoff

Additions/corrections by Kristi Huggins

List published and provided by Kristi Huggins

List published on Healing Crystals

with love and crystal blessings,
Kristi  (Submitted by: Kristi on April 06, 2010)
  Hi there,
was wondering if I could republish this on my website - I have a retail crystal shop and a web shop. I have been cautioning my customers in a "general" way about elixir making and have until now -not found a comprehensive list of what to be most cautious about when doing so. My personal position was that elixirs are just not necessary to working with crystal energy and the idea of taking them into the body was unnecessary and potentially harmful. I would like to also distribut this list to clients - let me know if this is ok and what acknowledements you would require.
I am already on your newsletter list - and always find your articles both interesting,original and honest
susan  (Submitted by: WonderWoman on April 06, 2010)
  Thanks - wasn't aware of how many are that dangerous. And so many people just add stones to their drinking water to get the energy without checking! Good reference list.  (Submitted by: Yvonne on December 24, 2009)
  I found the article on crystal cautions very informative. I did not know some of the toxic compounds some of these chrystals have. I am always trying to be informed so that my pets do not get exposed to anything hazardous to they're health so some of these crystals will not be exposed. I also learned that some crystals lose their color when exposed to sunlight. Thank-you for this article! Is it allowed to be printed? Donna  (Submitted by: donna on November 23, 2009)

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