Sorry, cucumbers and mint. When it comes to additives for the water pitcher, the latest thing is crystals. And no, I do not mean Crystal Light, the low-cal powdered beverage mix. I mean crystals like minerals in a repeating crystalline molecular pattern. They are a popular energy healing tool, and now they are plunking their way into our water bottles. For this week’s Healthy Habit, I took a look at this modish mystical hydration.
The why. Crystals are said to infuse water with positive energy. As with all crystal healing, different crystals are associated with different properties, so, one might sip from chalcedony water to support expression or smoky quartz for stress relief. Commercially, accessories are made by companies such as Glacce, which makes a glass bottle with a giant amethyst crystal sticking up into it. Vita Juwel does a version where the stones are contained under a dome.
Or, you can also make your own crystal infused water. But…
Choose wisely. Examples of safe crystals include quartz (clear, rose and smoky), amethyst and citrine. Many crystals have toxins or metals, like aluminum or copper (just a few include Alexandrite, azurite, chrysocolla, pyrite, and ruby). Still others, like hematite, react badly in water, rusting, breaking, or dissolving. The point is, this calls for research before simply plopping any old crystal into your goblet. If in doubt, use an indirect method. You can keep your crystal next to the water, on the outside of a glass vessel. Whichever crystal you do choose, single crystals work best, as opposed to clusters and geodes, which are hard to keep clean and may hide impurities in the crevices.
Prepare the crystals. Wash the crystals well with water, then put them into a glass container and cover them with fresh water. Cover it and set the glass into the sunlight or moonlight to harness the energy, say the believers. Now, the experts say, you have your crystal-charged water, ready for drinking.
Bonus use. In addition to drinking crystal water, the water can also be used to bathe in, to give to your cat or dog, in your cooking water—even the water you use to sprinkle on your plants.
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- How to Choose Stones for Your Crystal Elixirs
- The Crystal Elixir Bottle We Love
- The Takeaway
Charging Water with Crystals and Intentions By Lourdes Lebron
By Lourdes Lebron
Drinking water charged with crystals is one of the easiest ways to integrate the energy of crystals into your body on a cellular and vibrational level. Many of us would love to spend more time receiving the benefits of stones, but how often do we find the time to meditate with them every day? With charged water you can drink in the benefits easily and fill your body with crystal energy daily.
Water can be charged with crystals very easily. All that is needed is a crystal, intention, a glass, water, and some sunlight. Before you begin, you need to know what your goal is and what crystals can help you achieve energetic results. For example, if you want more abundance a garnet or citrine could be used. To increase the effectiveness of your immune system, a carnelian would be helpful. For communication, a blue calcite could offer assistance. For a complete list of crystals and what they can help with, please check out our Crystals for Common Conditions Guide.
When choosing the amount of crystals, the general rule of thumb I follow is one medium tumbled stone per pint of water. You can use more if you would like, but it is not necessary. You can also use rough crystals instead of tumbled stones, but they must remain on the outside of the pitcher. For the sake of safety, the water being charged in this article will have the tumbled crystals on the outside of the container as well. For your information, here is a caution guide to crystals.
Once you have your crystal(s) you can clean and charge it with moonlight and/or sunlight so that it has the best energy possible to assist you. When charging the crystal(s) with energy, leave it in moonlight at least for one night and a couple of hours of sunlight. Please be aware that some crystals fade in sunlight (Rose Quartz, Amethyst, Citrine, etc.). If you are using one of these crystals, just leave it in the sun for ten to fifteen minutes. Some may not want to use the sunlight at all and that is fine. For more methods to clean crystals please watch this video. For a Reiki video that cleanses crystals, use this video. If you don’t have time to put the crystals in moonlight and sunlight, this video will charge your crystals.
The crystal(s) that have been charged can be infused with your intention. Hold the crystal(s) in your hand and imagine white light coming from your hands into the crystal (s) and imbuing it with your goal. If you are uncomfortable visualizing white light, just feel what your end goal is. Placing it on the Heart chakra or Third Eye chakra also works. The key is to send out the vibrations of what you wish to receive into the crystal. Imagine already having it and what it means to you.
The next step is to get a glass pitcher. If one isn’t handy, a tall glass or clean glass jar will do. Fill the container with the purest water you can find. Tap water is fine if filtered water is not available. Find a spot on a heatproof/fireproof surface where the water can receive some sunlight. An hour or two is great, but if you only have 20 minutes that will do. Place the pitcher to receive sunlight and then put the crystal(s) right next to it touching the glass. The water will be instilled with the energy of the crystal(s) as the sunlight touches it. Check on the water periodically. The sun moves around and if you wish to receive more than 20 minutes worth of sunlight, the pitcher may need to be repositioned.
After charging the water you can move the pitcher to a different spot. Leaving the crystal next to the pitcher is fine. You can drink the water throughout the day or if you are travelling you can take it with you in another container. The water can also be used for cooking (another great way to integrate the energy), feeding pets, watering plants, washing your face, or even to rinse your clothes. Be creative. The more you use it, the more crystal energy you will bring to your life.
Hall, Judy. The Crystal Bible: A Definitive Guide to Crystals. Old Alresford: Godsfield, 2003. Print.
Sharon Leslie and Julia Schoen founded Glacce in June 2015, with Leslie making the water bottles by hand in her apartment. Now the company makes thousands of bottles a year, and sells them through outlets like Free People and, yes, Goop. Their main competitor, VitaJuwel, keep the crystals safely inside a glass dome in the bottle; some of the most popular crystals of the current boom, like jasper, aventurine, and aquamarine are toxic to actually consume.
Despite the price tag and proximity to poison, the Instagram-friendly water bottles have taken off with everyone from the average yogi to Miranda Kerr. “I got these really cool bottles for my birthday that you can just refill with water, but at the bottom is a rose quartz,” Kerr told PopSugar in March. “I actually have a rose quartz one and an amethyst, and I use them all the time. You feel like you’re getting that little extra bit of love when you have your water.”
“I’m a believer in the power of crystals,” Kerr said over e-mail in April, extolling the virtues of rose quartz in particular. “I feel like we can all use a little more self-love in our lives, which is why I’ve chosen to incorporate Rose Quartz crystals into KORA .” She’s a particular fan of VitaJuwel: “You can choose which crystals and energy you want to channel that day. Plus, they are gorgeous!”
So is it the healing power of these crystals in proximity to water that’s powering their rise, or their sheer visual appeal? Psychology professor Christopher French suggested the placebo effect to Time in October 2017, calling some treatments “therapeutically worthless,” but also acknowledged, “If people believe that a treatment will make them feel better, many of them do feel better after they have had the treatment.” Scientists have attempted to prove that crystals can “purify” water, with plenty of skepticism around their findings. (Pratt, for one, firmly maintains that “the science is definitely behind the spirituality.”)
But for the average consumer, without a product line to promote, the good vibes are tough to quantify, and that’s O.K. “I felt calm,” said 29-year-old __Rebeca Lopez, a blogger from Miami, over Instagram. “Nothing you will notice as a WOW event. But you feel good and also I can say better taste. If you are a very negative, or impulsive, aggressive person, you will need more than water.”
Sarah Briley, a 29-year-old resident of Nashville, said she firmly believes that crystals are “earth’s secret gems, and that they hold energy.” Her water bottle “hasn’t left my hand since I got it, basically, and I can tell that I am more fearless with it. Maybe it’s all in my head . . . it’s only real if you believe.”
“Every day we receive waves of positive responses from our customers regarding how these bottles affect their lives,” Glacce’s Julia Schoen said. “They feel healthy because they are drinking more water and they feel special for being gifted or rewarding themselves with a luxurious and beautiful drinking experience.”
Makeup artist Misha Nesselrod, who lives in Newport Beach, C.A., admitted that she bought the bottle solely because “it was pretty.”
“I don’t know that I’ve noticed a difference in how I feel energy-wise, however, I do feel really fancy,” she said over Instagram. “I love how they look and buy them as gifts for people, too. My only wish was that the bottle was bigger.”
The high-status bubble that surrounds crystal water bottles shows no sign of popping—at least not until summer is over and everyone gets their perfect Instagram shot—whether or not it actually enhances psychic ability. And compared to the wellness experiences that have captivated people in recent years, from sage to the yoni egg, $80 for a pretty water bottle that makes you feel both centered and cool doesn’t seem so bad. Or, as Spencer Pratt told me, “Any water that has not been energized by crystals is basic, imo.”
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The instructions for the bottle suggested I might want to charge my crystal by meditating with it. To do that, Leslie explains, I could pick an intention for my crystal, and then really focus on that intention while holding it. That way, my focused, intentional energy could be “transferred” into the crystal, and the crystal, in turn, would transfer it into the water. Like, right now, she’s on a business trip, so she’s been drinking from the rose quartz, because it reminds her of self-love and self-discovery. “Every time I see this pink beautiful little quartz, I think, ‘Okay, my intention is to focus on being good to myself. My intention is to work on communicating more clearly and to be more present.’”
In my apartment, I set a timer for five minutes and fondle my rose quartz with my eyes closed while trying to imbue it with soothing thoughts. “I will probably be okay!” I think. “I am reasonably competent!” Then I think sappy thoughts about people I love. Then I wait for 51 more seconds until the timer beeps.
Over the next several days, I walk around Brooklyn sipping from my Glacce. Unlike most water bottles, it is neither light nor durable. It is 1.16 pounds empty. It is made of glass. Using the standard metrics of water bottle success, it fails. For the first week, I am terrified I am going to trip and break it. Also I am terrified I am going to run into someone I know. I don’t want people to think I’m the kind of person who drinks from $80 crystal water bottles!, I think, drinking from my $80 crystal water bottle.
By week two, though, the water bottle is the only thing I can talk about. I love it, and I don’t know why. Leslie and Schoen grew up using crystals; for them, the idea that the stones have power is “kind of like second nature to us.” I don’t think my water is spiritually different, and, still, I’m really into this bottle. It does give me a sense of control and well-being. I do feel feminine, or, at least, like an Instagram influencer, which is kind of the same thing. I like how pretty the bottle is. I am both thrifty and practical, but the bottle is neither. It is not just nice, but stupid-nice. For the first time, I understand why someone might spend several thousand dollars on a tote bag.
As the Glacce founders see it, the aesthetics of the bottle is part of its power. “Beauty plays a role in the healing process,” Leslie says. “It’s part of why we go out in nature.” Beauty brings joy, and joy inspires presence, and, according to the website, “the more present we can be, the more gracefully we allow our bodies to heal, the more bliss we experience, and the deeper we can feel this form of gratitude, the more magic we welcome into our everyday lives.” Maybe I care about that on a subconscious level. On a conscious level, I think: Nice things are really nice.
I’d been nervous, talking to Leslie, to broach the whole lack-of-science thing, but she brings it up first. “My cousin sent me this article today that was really cool, about the placebo effect in relation to crystals,” she says. Published in Time last fall, the article looks at a small study—one of the few on healing crystals—that showed that people who meditated with crystals reported feeling similar crystal-induced sensations, regardless of whether the crystal in question was real or a fake. What mattered, the study suggested, wasn’t the crystals themselves; it was whether the subjects believed in the crystals.
Photo Courtesy of Caitlin Maloney
MEGAN TRIES IT
Megan O’Neill is new to goop—and the initiation process involves a pretty fantastic learning curve. Here, her adventures in onboarding, goop-style:
After a particularly contortionist, early morning yoga class, my friend Alaina and I are ambling toward our respective offices, chatting about her recent Raya dates.
“It’s like my app is broken and it only cues up the duds,” she says.
“Ugh, really?” I empathize. “Do you have any crushes in real life, though?”
“Not even a little. So boring.”
I think for a minute if I know anyone awesome, informed, slightly metro, single, confident-yet-self-deprecating, hot… Then something occurs to me.
“Maybe this is weird, but what about a love crystal?”
She frowns. “You seriously think that’s real?”
“You feel energy when you’re talking to people, when you walk into a room, no? I think certain crystals can really help tap into good energy—they’ve worked for me.”
Like kohl liner, the practice of crystal healing dates to the ancient Egyptians (among others), who incorporated crystals into daily life, stringing clear quartz around their necks for good luck, and carving amulets from aquamarine to repel evil.
A few weeks before, it wasn’t evil I’d needed to rid myself of, but a pervasive, droopy mood. Perhaps it was that the wind was suddenly more bitingly cold than autumnal, or that the sunlight diminished by 4:30 p.m., but I’d been feeling passionless. Then, high on a shelf at goop GIFT (our NYC pop up shop at 25 Bond Street), Glacce crystal-ensconced water bottles gleamed out at me: I needed one. There were four options, each with a different stone to tap into a certain energy. I lunged for the smoky quartz.
- Glacce Smoky Quartz Bottle goop, $80
- Glacce Smoky Quartz Bottle goop, $80
This gorgeous glass water bottle is designed with an obelisk-like smoky quartz crystal, which is believed to infuse water with positive energy.
Just glancing at the crystal-infused water bottle as you type at your desk or downward-dog in yoga may instantly boost spirits. Though it looks mystical and fragile, the bottle goes safely in the dishwasher, and it comes with a protective casing so you can tote it around in your bag without obsessing. Most impressive, though, is the metaphysical energy shift—how else to explain what happened a few days after I started crystal-water-chugging?
“In crystal healing, there’s an equally powerful force at play, and that’s your own mind and perspective,” says Glacce cofounder Julia Schoen, who created the bottles so people could (portably) reap the purported benefits of crystals. “If you believe the crystal can help you, you open up so many doors and become more receptive to its power.”
With this in mind, I booked a session at the Nolita office of holistic doctor/fertility consultant/acupuncturist Julie Von, who owns one of the few crystal healing beds in the entire world. (Picture a human-size, chandelier-like device: Instead of smoldering candles, each of its seven arms holds an energy-emitting quartz crystal designed to stimulate, balance, and cleanse the seven chakras, as you lie under it.) Stretched out on the bed with the crystals suspended over me—each quartz has a different colored light shining through it to further enhance vibrations—I closed my eyes and opened my mind to possibility. “Many people report feeling inspired and more connected to their core self” said Von as she left the room. Something in me did loosen as the crystals bathed me in their ethereal glow. My breath slowed; I drifted off.
I’m still swilling from my Glacce (presently in an amethyst moody). As for Alaina, she took my advice, got a rose quartz Glacce bottle and got engaged a week later! Just kidding. But she does have a promising date lined up with a guy whose profile was giving us confident-yet-self-deprecating vibes.
What’s Up with Crystal-Infused Water?
Since the era of folk medicine, crystals and gemstones have been used to protect against illness and facilitate healing in the body. The thought is that these crystals possess various properties that allow positive energy to flow into the body while warding off negative energy. Now, these ‘high-vibrational crystals’ are part of the latest water fad.
High-vibration water infused with crystals has recently made its way onto healthy menus and store shelves, according to Well + Good, and is being pushed by holistic nutritionists and yogis as “the best possible way to replenish nutrients after meditation and yoga.” (Up next: The Benefits of Alkaline Water, Unfiltered)
While these waters come in various forms, and you can even make your own using the crystal of your choosing-the basic idea is that the water becomes infused with the unique vibrations of the crystal, which are then transferred over to the drinker. While some of the supposed benefits mentioned in the article are mental-it can apparently ‘amplify consciousness’, ‘promote self-awareness and the acceptance of knowledge’, and facilitate ‘harmony, joy, peace, prosperity, and power’, other promises are physical. For example, certain waters claim to have ‘a positive influence over the organs in the body’, or that they can help ‘ease in digestion’, Well + Good reports. One holistic nutritionist quoted in the article recommends one brand to her clients, Divine H2O, that claims to hydrate faster, offer super detoxifying benefits, boost your immune system, enhance circulation and metabolism, and give you increased energy.
This all sounds fantastic, but begs the question: Is it really possible, scientifically speaking?
“I can’t find any evidence to support the claims that this kind of water promotes. It supposedly has these spiritual, mystical, healing powers, but as an R.D. who uses science as my guide for recommendations to my patients, I could not claim that water with crystals has any special benefits. The science simply doesn’t support it,” says Keri Gans, R.D., author of The Small Change Diet.
Sure, some might claim to feel better drinking this water post-yoga, but it’s likely the yoga and hydration doing the trick-not the crystals, she says. “Perhaps there’s a mental effect; but there’s nothing physical going on here,” she says. “I’m a huge yogi, but if they were promoting this in my yoga studio I would laugh.” (Psst: Here are 5 signs you’re dehydrated.)
“On the flip side, I can’t find any harm associated with crystal-infused water,” she says. “And anything that gets a person to drink more water I’m a fan of!” (She’s also a fan of adding fresh fruit to your water if you’re looking to add some flavor. These 8 infused water recipes are a good place to start!)
So if this trendy new water helps you to get in your recommended two liters per day, then go for it! Just know that you’d likely experience those same benefits from drinking regular ol’ (not to mention, totally free) H2O.
- By Kylie Gilbert @KylieMGilbert
It’s a stone to help bring you back down to earth.
While elixirs sound like mystical potions (and some believe they are!), crystal elixirs are simply drinking water infused with crystals.
Calling them a “miracle substance,” Julia Schoen, one of the founders of Glacce, which makes crystal elixir reusable water bottles, says, “The healing properties of crystals are most potent when infused in your drinking water.”
And whether you want to add a little magic in your life or delve into the world of crystal healing, elixirs are the place to start.
“Creating your own crystal elixirs allows for experimenting with different types of crystals to see which types of stones resonate with you the most,” Schoen says. “Set the intention to find your ideal crystals that can serve as tools to help with areas of your life.”
Making Your Own Crystal Elixirs
You may picture yourself grinding ingredients with a mortar and pestle or stirring steaming concoctions but, in reality, making a crystal elixir is much less complicated. Simply place crystals in drinking water and you’ve created a crystal elixir.
Crystal elixirs go by many names but they refer to the same practice of infusing your water with all the good crystal feels.
You might also see crystal elixirs called:
- Crystal essences
- Crystal tonics
- Crystal water
- Elixir water
- Gem elixirs
- Gem essences
- Gem tonics
- Gem water
- Healing elixirs
Playing It Safe
When creating crystal elixirs, you can either place the stones directly in the water or indirectly infuse the water by keeping them separate.
But be careful. Some crystals aren’t safe when added to drinking water. Many stones can corrode, rust, or dissolve in water. And, some contain minerals or radiation that make them unfit for human consumption.
“Please do your research when creating your own elixirs,” Schoen says.
“As a rule of thumb, with perhaps some exceptions, stones that end in -ite tend to dissolve in water and are not safe for drinking water,” she says.
To create a crystal elixir without directly touching the crystals to the water, place the crystals in a glass container or cup. Then, set the container in a bowl of water. Let it infuse. This is a safe way to charge the water with crystal energy.
How to Choose Stones for Your Crystal Elixirs
“You can benefit from creating your own elixirs by learning more about yourself.”
When making an elixir, Schoen says not to overthink which crystal you ‘need’. And to instead choose the stones that enchant you.
Ask yourself these questions when choosing crystals for elixirs:
- What stones are you most drawn to?
- Which crystals make you feel good?
- What colors pull you in?
- What textures and weights appeal to you?
“When you hold a certain crystal, pay attention to the way you physically or emotionally feel when in the presence of, or holding, this particular stone,” Schoen says. “You can benefit from creating your own elixirs by learning more about yourself.”
And to get the most benefits out of your crystal elixir, infuse it with meaning and intention. “Meditating with the crystals you’re creating elixirs with will create a more powerful elixir,” she says. “You can also create crystal elixirs during full moons for added benefits.”
Because Glacce uses the direct method to create elixirs, where the stone comes in direct contact with the water, the company only offers a small variety of quartz crystals. All of which are completely safe crystals for elixirs.
“It serves as a reminder to stay focused, to create quality in all I manifest.”
Known as an overall healer, using clear quartz in your crystal elixir promotes energy, clarity, cleansing, and positivity. Drinking this elixir can help you stay focused and in the present. Use it to transform negative energy into positive, productive energy. Sharon Leslie, the other founder of Glacce, says she loves clear quartz for elixirs. “It serves as a reminder to stay focused, to create quality in all I manifest.”
This soft pink quartz is all about emotion. Drinking a rose quartz elixir can help promote forgiveness and communication. And it can invite love and compassion into your life. “The presence of rose quartz has the ability to make its surrounding environment feel like a completely open and safe space,” the Glacce founders say. Use a rose quartz elixir to let go, forgive yourself and others, and open yourself to healthy love.
Known as a soothing stone, amethyst can promote calmness, intuition, and creativity. It’s good for mental health. “We recommend drinking this crystal elixir before sleep as a way to easily see your dreams as clear answers to questions or issues in your waking life,” the Glacce founders say.
It’s a stone to help bring you back down to earth.
Known for its centering properties, smoky quartz can promote grounding, relaxation, protection, and power. It’s a stone to help bring you back down to earth. “We can get caught up in the race,” Schoen says. “This stone reminds me that, like nature, everything will fall into place, gracefully, if we can have the strength to allow it to.”
This dark crystal doesn’t have dark properties. Instead, black obsidian promotes strength to help you achieve the possibilities out there. This potent stone also encourages the release of negative energy. “I am extremely drawn to black obsidian because this stone reminds me that anything is possible,” Leslie says. It’s full of pure potential just waiting for you to tap into. So, you can draw out the truths needed to create what you want in your life, she says.
The Crystal Elixir Bottle We Love
Image via Glacce
Besides being perhaps the most gorgeous water bottle you’ll ever sip from, Glacce Crystal Elixir Water Bottles also promote hydration and a plastic-free planet. And, the dishwasher-safe glass and non-toxic crystals make infusing your water with healing crystal energy as easy as it gets.
“We believe, above all, your Glacce bottle serves as a beautiful talisman to remind you of your pure intentions to better your life,” Schoen says.
Not just a water bottle, it’s meant to use as a meditative tool, too. “Because the bottles are fragile (glass and custom cut stone), we have found that you automatically have a heightened sense of mindfulness when handling one,” Schoen says.
“If you want to take it a little further, you can set an intention or program your crystal before using the bottle. When you do this, every sip of water reminds you of your intention and brings it to the forefront of your mind. Seeing the stone magnified by the water and imagining the power of your intention infused in the water helps bring you into the moment every time.”
Whether or not you believe in the healing power of crystals, you can’t deny their ability to bring beauty and intention into your life.
“If it is difficult to grasp the concept of crystal energy, use your crystals as a physical, visual reminder of this personal power we all possess to bring about more positivity in your life and share this positivity with the world around you,” Schoen says.
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