What exactly are gemstone elixirs? In short, they are liquids (typically water or oils) that have been imprinted with a particular stones vibrational energy. This, when absorbed by the skin during skin treatments, massages, or baths, lets your body respond to that crystalline energy.
Gem elixirs can be easily made at home - but why make an elixir at home? When you make yourself an elixir you create something that is a custom concoction that resonates with you, whether you need calming energy, elevating energy, or anything in between. You can also mix several crystal- or gem-enhanced elixirs simultaneously to have on hand for massage, skincare, and bath treatments.
There are several methods to creating a gem elixir: direct, indirect, and boiling. We'll be focusing on the most common method - the direct method.
Ready to start mixing? Here are the supplies you'll need:
+ Large, clear glass bowl
+ Crystal or gemstone (tumbled are best so edges do not break off)
+ Glass jar or container with lid (for storing)
+ 8-16 ounces distilled water or 8-16 ounces carrier oil
+ Cheesecloth (large enough to cover the glass jar or container to help protect particles from contaminating the elixir while it charges)
+ Elastic band
+ Vegetable glycerin
+ Wooden spoon
Alright, you've gathered your supplies. Now, before you begin crafting your elixir you need to take these four important steps:
1. Cleanse your stone: After you choose the gemstone or crystal that you would like to charge (it's recommended you charge just one stone at a time), rub sea salt over and around your stone.
2. Set your intention: Take a moment to center yourself and think purposefully about why you're mixing the elixir, the qualities of the stone or stones you are using, and how you hope the elixir will benefit you.
3. Get in the mood: When mixing elixirs, it's best to be in a calm state of mind and allow yourself to enjoy the experience. If you've had a rough day, try this breathing exercise before you start mixing: inhale to the count of five, hold your breath for five counts, and exhale for five counts. Repeat five times.
4. Sterilize your tools: Use rubbing alcohol to wipe down any bowls, jars, and drinking glasses you'll be using, then allow them to dry.
Now, let's get to mixing! For the direct method, submerge the stones in water or a carrier oil until the liquid is imprinted with the stones energy (do not use azurite, galena, and cinnabar with the direct method, these stones contain known toxins and should not be directly infused with the liquid***).
1. Fill a sterilized glass vessel of your choosing with distilled water.
2. Using a wooden spoon, gently place one cleansed stone in the liquid.
3. Secure a piece of cheesecloth over the opening of the vessel with an elastic band.
4. Place the glass vessel outside in the sun (or on a windowsill in direct sunlight), and charge between 3 and 12 hours. If you charge your elixir in indirect sunlight, a full-spectrum lightbulb will help further enhance the charge.
5. Once the elixir is charged, use a clean, sterile wooden spoon to remove the stone, and add 4 to 6 drops of vegetable glycerin per 2 cups water to help stabilize the stone's vibration.
6. Label the elixir, cover, and refrigerate; it can last up to two weeks.
7. You can use 4 natural quartz apexes pointing toward the jar in the refrigerator to help it stabilize and charge.
Besides the direct method, there's a less-common, but quicker way to achieve similar results. This is called the boiling method. With the boiling method, bring the water with stones submerged in it to a slow and gentle boil. This method is both effective and fast, and does not require sunlight.
1. Fill a pot with approx. 8-16 oz. of distilled water. Using a wooden spoon, gently place one or more cleansed stones into the water.
2. Set the pot over medium to medium-low heat. As soon as the pot reaches a slow, gentle boil, remove the pot from the heat source.
3. Let both the water and stones cool to room temperature. Gently pour the water, along with the stones, into a glass vessel.
4. Secure a piece of cheesecloth over the opening of the vessel with an elastic band.
5. Once the elixir is charged, remove the stones with a clean wooden spoon and add 4 to 6 drops vegetable glycerin to help stabilize the vibration.
6. Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.
Add your new elixir to a bath, or use for massage and enhancement of general well-being. Taking the time to mix your own elixir is a good opportunity to slow down and think about what what you're feeling at the moment and which crystals and gemstones might serve to counterbalance those emotions. It will also help you value the elixir even more once you use it.
+ Research your desired stones to see if they are safe to use for the direct and the boiling method.
+ Stones such as halite, selenite, lapis lazuli, and turquoise are soluble, and should not be used with the direct or boiling methods.
+ Quartz stones such as amethyst, rose quartz, citrine, and clear quartz are versatile, convenient, and always easy to use with the direct and boiling methods.
Discover more in Elemental Energy: Crystals and Gemstones for a Beautiful Life by Kristin Petrovich, available at sjalskincare.com
Photo: Alice Gao
***Please check sources before using any stones for gem elixirs