When working with crystals and water, the essential thing to remember is that not all crystals and stones are water safe. Depending on the crystal, water can cause your crystals to dissolve, break, oxidize, and even become toxic. And it’s for this reason why it’s crucial to research your crystals before you submerge them in water.
So how do you know if a crystal is water safe? I’ve included my step-by-step process for choosing water safe crystals below.
Note: I am not a medical practitioner, check with your doctor before engaging in these suggestions to ensure it is right for you. Follow the suggestions here at your own risk.
How to Choose Water Safe Crystals
Here are a few steps to assist you to make an informed decision when choosing crystals to use in water:
(1) Identify your crystals.
What type of crystal do you have in front of you? Is that crystal mixed with other crystals? You need to be certain of the type of crystal or stone that you have in front of you.
If you are having a hard time identifying a crystal on your own, you can search for it on the internet, ask around at a crystal store, or even look at the crystal pictures found in a crystal reference book. You can find my favourite and highly recommended crystal reference books here. If you don’t know what type of crystal or stone you have, do not use them in water.
(2) What chemical elements are contained in your crystals?
It’s important to research the chemical elements of any crystal before using them in water. Certain crystals can contain chemical elements which are toxic to the human body.
For example, malachite is a commonly found crystal that is toxic. Malachite Cu2(CO3)(OH)2 (Mindat.org) contains copper. Copper is an essential nutrient; however, it is only needed in small quantities in our bodies. Excess copper in the body can disrupt healthy metabolic function by creating mineral imbalances (Nutritional Balancing: Oct 2016). Excess copper can cause symptoms such as fatigue and exhaustion, depression, and paranoia; the list of side effects from copper excess inside the body is a long one. Excess copper is very toxic. Therefore, do not use Malachite in baths nor gem elixirs. However, you can still use malachite in safe alternative ways such as meditating with it or using it in crystal grids.
Other examples of common toxic crystals include cinnabar (contains mercury), mohawkite (contains copper and arsenic), and chrysocolla (contains copper).
You also need to watch out for crystals that contain iron (Fe). Crystals containing iron can oxidize and rust when submerged in water. Examples of crystals containing iron are hematite, pyrite, magnetite, pyrrhotite, hypersthene, etc.
(3) What is the hardness of your crystals?
Water can damage certain crystals depending on their hardness. The Mohs hardness scale, created in 1812, can be used to determine the hardness of your crystals. The scale goes from a hardness of 1 (Talc) through 10 (diamond). All crystals will vary in their hardness depending on what type of crystal they are.
According to Hibiscus Moon, any crystals with a Mohs hardness of 5 or less should not be used in water. For example, selenite has a hardness of 2. If you were to soak selenite in water, it could eventually dissolve. Why? Well, it’s made up of salt. And we all know, salt dissolves in water. Certain crystals are also very soft and may degrade over time in the water.
(4) What is your intention and what are you hoping to heal?
It’s important to have a clear intention when working with crystals. Are you working on a specific chakra? Or perhaps you are working on self-love? Whatever it is, you need to make your intention and find a crystal that can assist you with that specific thing.
Every crystal has different properties, and not all crystals will be able to assist you with everything. Please note: Just because a crystal falls under a specific category in a book or on the web, does not mean it is the best stone for you. We are all made up differently, and what works for me, may not work for you. So provided a crystal fits with the criteria of a water safe crystal above, I would follow your intuition and see what crystal speaks to you.
And those are the four steps to choosing water safe crystals. Remember to always research your crystals before submerging them in water. If you follow these steps and you are still in doubt, do not use them in water.
If you’d like a way to work with any crystal and water, then you’ll want to check out the Elixir2Go crystal water bottle (in the crystals & the Home section) The bottle comes with several crystal blend options, but my favourite part is that you create your own crystal blends and switch them out!
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