Even if you haven’t heard the term “gem” or “crystal elixir”, you’ve most definitely come across them whether you know if or not. Other popular terms are crystal essence, gem essence, crystal water, and gem water. All of these make it seem rather mystical, exotic and complicated, but really all an elixir is is a fluid (often water or oil) that has had the vibrational frequency of a crystal(s) “entrained” or added to it. Using the programmability of water and the various dominant energetic frequencies of different crystals and stones, we are able to turn the water (or other fluid) into a sort of liquid healing crystal.
By using a crystal elixir compared to a physical solid crystal or stone, we are able to:
Quickly coat ourselves from head to toe in a crystal frequency.
Change the energetic frequency of a room or area relatively quickly without having to burn an herb or resin. True story: I went to a spiritual fair at a hotel once where someone used sage to cleanse the space and someone called the police. Do you know what sage smells like while it’s burning? Not only did the police show up, the Fire Marshall showed up as well, at which point they called the Comptroller in to check sales tax IDs, all while several people suffered from headaches, and someone had an asthma attack.
Use crystals and stones more safely and often more effectively. This is particularly true for children and animals, as well as for toxic stones and crystals.
Custom layer a variety of healing frequencies at one time and easily change as needed. Have you ever left the house with a specific crystal or two only to realize later in the day that your needs have changed? Rather than taking an entire bag of crystals, a few go-to elixirs kept on hand are worth their weight in gold. You thought those people with the essential oils were a little off their rocker while busting them out in public…wait until you see what crystal elixirs can do for you.
Easily transport and use healing crystal energies at any time and in any place. Sure you can tote that chunk of Rose Quartz in your bag and hold it over your heart when you are needing calm and soothing energy, but you will garner a look or two in public, your arm will grow tired holding it, and it’s easier and more effective to quickly coat yourself in a Rose Quartz Elixir Armor if you ask me.
Work with more expensive and rare crystals and stones that tend to be smaller; a little frequency goes a long way when entrained and amplified in water.
Making a Crystal Elixir
There are two ways to make a crystal elixir, the Direct Method and the Indirect Method. Using the Direct Method, the crystal or stone will be in direct contact with the water, and in the Indirect Method, the crystal or stone will be in close proximity to, but not in direct contact with the water. The Indirect Method is considered the safest method because it removes the concern for toxicity and contaminants in the water. Let’s do this!
Non Toxic soap
Natural spring or distilled water
Vodka/Brandy/Gin/Vegetable glycerin (optional)
Crystal(s) & stone(s) of your choice
Clear glass jar - I prefer mason jars Smaller glass/shot glass (indirect method)
Wooden spoon and/or wooden tongs
Natural unbleached coffee filter/cheesecloth
Dark colored glass bottles (I use Vivaplex, but beware that their spray tops are hit or miss)
Wash your hands well and Disinfect/Sterilize your supplies (jars, spoon, and tongs)
Use a nontoxic soap to gently cleanse your crystal or stone and rinse well under running water, preferably natural spring or distilled water free from chemicals like fluoride.
Use your wooden spoon to place your cleaned crystal or stone(s) into the bottom of the glass jar; try to avoid touching the crystal or inside of the jar with your hands to avoid contamination.
Pour the natural spring or distilled water into the jar over the crystal(s) carefully.
Cover with a cheesecloth or natural coffee filter and place in the direct sunlight/moonlight if possible.
Use your wooden tongs/spoon to remove the crystals and stones. Do not stick your hand in the water.
Strain the water using a natural coffee filter while using your funnel to pour into your dark colored bottle. For larger batches, strain into another sterilized jar.
Add antimicrobial (optional): Vodka, Brandy, Gin, Rum, or vegetable glycerin (topical only) and tightly seal.
Keep stored in the refrigerator for up to one week.
Wash your hands well and Disinfect/Sterilize your supplies (jars, spoon, and tongs) by submerging in boiling water for 10 minutes and cooling on a clean, dry cloth.
Fill your glass jar with water no taller than the smaller glass jar
Place your crystal or stone(s) in the smaller glass. You may prefer to use wooden tongs to avoid touching the stone, particularly if it has a toxic element.
Place the smaller glass jar/shot glass into the center of the larger glass jar. You can do this before adding water to the larger glass jar, though be cautious of accidentally getting water in the smaller jar.
Repeat steps 5 thru 8 in the Direct Method making sure to remove the small glass jar with stones before filtering.
Kick it up a Notch!
Set the stage - The energy you bring to the table and the energy of the space in which you are creating these elixirs matters, check out Dr. Emoto’s work if you don’t know what I’m referring to. Why waste time walking through all of the steps if it’s only going to be overridden by a foul mood or atmosphere.
Set your elixir out in the Sun at high noon when the Sun’s energy, prana, is strongest.
Harness the energy of the Moon, craft your elixir in accordance with and under the sign and phase of the moon that corresponds to your purpose in creating the elixir like making your Rose Armor during a Cancer or Libra Full Moon.
Some recommend leaving your elixir out under the Sun or Moon for a few hours, while others recommend 24 hours or until sunrise/sunset. Go with what feels right for you.
Amplify the energy of your elixir by crystal gridding the glass jar with other crystals, particularly Clear Quartz crystal points.
Write a word, affirmation or prayer on the glass jar.
Alcohol (optional) - in order to truly provide microbial growth protection and shelf life stability, you’d need a minimum of 50% alcohol to water. This option is great if you plan to do a flower essence or herbal tincture that will be physically consumed and kept for a longer period of time.
When it comes to refrigeration/shelf-life, some will advise longer than others, upwards of months even. However, there are a lot of factors that go into how long an elixir is safe to use or consume; bacteria, viruses and fungi are a real concern. Use your common sense, your five senses, and good hygiene practices when creating, consuming, using, and storing elixirs. If in doubt, throw it out.
3 Things to consider: Crystal, Toxicity & Mohs hardness
Before you set out to make an elixir, there are three things you need to ask yourself:
What crystal or stones are best for what I am trying to accomplish?
Does the crystal or stone that I have chosen have a toxic element in its chemical composition?
What is the MOHS hardness of the crystal or stone that I have chosen?
The answer to 2 and 3 will determine if you need to use the Direct Method, Indirect Method, or pick a different crystal or stone.
When it comes to selecting a crystal or stone, I tend to recommend that you don’t combine more than 3 into the same elixir or you end up with a lot of competing frequencies. There is a ton of information available online as far as what crystal works for what, but in my experience, we don’t always know what we need most and should follow our intuition if we are drawn to something. Size matters when working with crystals, the rule of thumb is the size of a quarter or larger on the body; however, when working with water, small size pieces are more than enough.
Crystals and stones are beautiful….but they can also be toxic and deadly. Far too often I see people and businesses using toxic crystals and stones in ways that they shouldn’t, like crystal elixirs in roll-on bottles. Yes crystals and stones have healing properties, but they are also part of nature and have chemical compositions that may include dangerous elements like asbestos, arsenic, aluminum, and copper to name a few. It is important to know the chemical composition of a crystal or stone before you work with it, especially if you will be handling it or creating elixirs with it. For instance, I see a ton of crystal elixirs being sold with Fluorite chips in a roll on bottle. Fluorite with a chemical composition of CaF2 contains Fluorine(F), a highly toxic element. I have seen people argue that Fluorine is only toxic when in a gas form which is why it can be used in toothpaste, and unfortunately that is not true, Fluorine is highly toxic. Another crystal elixir roll-on I encounter regularly is Tiger Eye, which contains asbestos. Yes, the same asbestos you have been seeing personal injury commercials on for causing lung damage and death. The chemical makeup of a crystal or stone matters, especially if you are going to be handling it with your bare hands and/or using the direct method in making a crystal elixir. I highly recommend using credible sources like Mindat and Geology Science to check and even double check each and every crystal and stone you intend to work with. The same crystal or stone can come from different sources and have different inclusions so it is extremely important to know what you are working with and any possible exposures.
When in doubt, use the Indirect Method. With the exception of nontoxic tumbled pure Quartz and Agate varieties, I am a firm believer in using the Indirect Method for any elixir that will be physically consumed, or applied to the skin.
Not only can your crystal or stone contain something toxic, it might simply be too soft to be exposed to water. Not only do you take a chance of it dissolving or deteriorating in water using the Direct Method, you also now have the deteriorated bits floating around in the water which can be rather dangerous even with filtration. The hardness of a crystal or stone is calculated from 1 - 10 on the Mohs Mineral Hardness Scale with 10 being as tough as a diamond. In my opinion, crystals and stones with a Mohs hardness of below 7 should always be used with the Indirect Method to avoid damage to the stone as well as risk to your health. Quartz has a Mohs hardness of 7 for reference.
Ways to use your Crystal Elixir
Sublingual. Place a drop under the tongue, start with a drop or two and build your way up as needed. Some prefer to add a small amount of alcohol (up to 20% of the volume) to their crystal elixirs if they plan to use them sublingually because alcohol enters and travels through the bloodstream rather quickly, thus the crystal vibrational frequency travels through the body rather rapidly.
Drinking Water. What you may not know is that most, if not all, natural well water is a crystal elixir because of the minerals, particularly quartz, found in the bedrock. You can also use a Simplified Direct Method by placing your crystal or stone directly into your drinking water if you have a nontoxic stone with a MOHS hardness of 7 or more. Neither of those work for you? Either drink the water from the Indirect Method or take a drop from the mother batch and add it to your drinking water to change the frequency before consuming.
Animals Drinking Water and Fish Tanks. Since animals can’t communicate with us verbally if something is wrong, I recommend adding Indirect Method Elixir water to their water source. Small tumbled Clear Quartz, Rose Quartz, Citrine, Amethyst, Smoky Quartz and Prasiolite make for awesome fish tank pebbles. Certain varieties of nontoxic Jasper are another popular stones used in fish tanks, speak with a specialist before adding Jasper as there are very toxic varieties. Adding a drop or two from an Indirect Method to birdbaths is another great way to help our feathered friends.
Water Filtration Systems & Pools. If you have a home water filtration system or pool, you can add crystals and stones directly to the source! Speak with your service provider to avoid damaging your system. Same safety rules apply.
Bath Water. Just like with the drinking water, you can add crystals and stones directly to your bath water or by adding a small amount from your crystal elixir mother batch; same safety rules apply.
Sprays & Florida Waters. Take your crystal elixirs with you anywhere you go, spray yourself, spray a room, hell spray the Debbie downer in the cubicle next to you! Ok, well maybe don’t spray Debbie without consent, but you get the point. I used to craft, carry and sell a crystal elixir for quickly cleaning and clearing called “Negativity Neutralizer”, and I’m sharing my recipe below! See Pets & Safety below.
Roll-ons. If sprays don’t work for you, aren’t an interesting option, or perhaps are just too big bottle wise, add your crystal elixirs to a small roll-on bottle. There are a ton of roll-on bottle sizes available, some are so small that they can fit in your pocket making this a great option for those that would rather not carry a bag. If you are someone that uses essential oils, you can even recycle an empty and cleaned essential oil bottle with a roll top.
Body Lotion & Oils. Now this is one of my favorite ways to use crystal elixirs! You can use the Simplified Direct Method by placing crystals and stones directly into your body lotions and oils (same safety rules apply), or by adding a drop or two of your crystal elixir water to the lotion/oil and then gently shaking it to incorporate. Technically, you can do this with just about any personal hygiene product. Then simply apply topically and you have created a crystal armor in essence! Check out my Rose Quartz Armor recipe below. Make sure to avoid artificial fragrances and ingredients as these have their own vibrational frequency. Aim for non toxic and gentle ingredients; no salicylic acids, benzoyl peroxides, retinoids, essential oils, etc if you are using the Direct Method as they can damage your crystal or stone.
Take Cleaning to a Whole New Level. Add a little crystal elixir to your mop bucket, window wash, dish soap, you name it!
Two Must Have Crystal Elixirs
Negativity Neutralizer works in the same way that sacred smoke cleansing works, it clears out low vibrational frequencies and recalibrates to a higher frequency. Essentially it wipes the slate clean. Not only is it something to have on hand to cleanse your personal aura as needed, but it’s also great to use in spaces and places like work or perhaps even family functions. This particular recipe doubles as a Grounding Crystal Elixir. Grounding is incredibly important for our mental, emotional, spiritual and physical wellbeing.
Method: Indirect and Direct Method
Crystals: Black Tourmaline, Clear Quartz, Smoky Quartz
Make sure to check out 13 Best Crystals and Stones for Grounding & How To Use Them for alternative stones you can use.
How to make it: Use the Indirect Method to create a Black Tourmaline Elixir (contains aluminum), and then the Direct Method for Clear Quartz and Smoky Quartz by adding them directly to the BT Elixir Water.
How to Use: Spray for the self, people, places and pets. For use on the self or others (with consent), mist over the top of the head a few times and allow it to fall over your shoulders. I also like to mist the back of my neck and the bottoms of my feet. There are no hard and fast rules, go with what feels right to you. When it comes to cleansing a space or place, start with the space furthest from the door and mist through the air in a sweeping motion towards the door like you would a conventional air spray. Use as needed. When it comes to pets, see below.
Extra Energy Layers: Bay leaf, Palo Santo, Rosemary, Sage, Sweetgrass, or any protection or grounding herb or wood; I recommend using the tincture rather than the direct plant material to avoid clogging your sprayer. Not all are appropriate for children or all adults, do your research.
Rose Quartz Armor
Rose Quartz armor is exactly what it sounds like, a coating of the loving, calming and protective frequency of Rose and Clear Quartz over your physical and energetic body like a coat of armor a Knight would wear. This is a great elixir to use daily before taking on the world, selfcare and when your emotional body needs some extra TLC.
Method: Direct Method
Crystals: Rose Quartz & Clear Quartz
How to Make: Place Rose Quartz and Clear Quartz directly into your body lotion, oil or elixir water.
How to Use: Spray, body lotion and body oil. For lotions and oils, apply topically as you normally would for these products, except now you have Rose Quartz armor! If you’re interested in a spray version, use the same instructions as above for the Negativity Neutralizer. Use as needed.
Extra Energy Layers: Flower Essences, especially Rose.
Not interested in making your own crystal elixir, or looking for an AMAZING Florida Water full of healing energy that’s crafted by someone who’s heart, intentions and energy I completely trust? Check out Eye Love Love’s Florida Waters. Add a clean small tumbled piece of Clear Quartz, Rose Quartz, Citrine, Amethyst, Smoky Quartz or Prasiolite to the glass jar and you have a Florida Water that smells amazing and has crystal healing energy!
Children, Pets & Safety
When it comes to animals, domestic and wild, we have to be super careful. Unless you are working with a pure variety of quartz (Clear, Rose, Smoky, Citrine, Amethyst, Prasiolite), always use the Indirect Method. With animals being susceptible to scents, natural and otherwise, I do not recommend using scents, essential oils or herbs unless under the direct supervision of a professional. You can spray an elixir, but be mindful that animals can be skittish, unapproachable, in pain or just have reactive trauma, especially if you startle them by spraying something on or at them. A better option may be to spray their bedding or somewhere they often lounge. I do not recommend using sprays on, around or in the same room as birds, they are very susceptible to serious injury and death. If the animal will allow you to pet them, you can apply a small amount of elixir water or oil to your hands before petting.
As with pets, we have to be super careful with children. Always use the Indirect Method when creating elixirs, and avoid scents, essential oils or herbs unless under the direct supervision of a professional. If using an elixir spray on children, spray it in the air once or twice and have the child walk or pass through the mist; do not spray it in or directly over their face.
Keep elixirs out of children's reach.
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