Combining ancient philosophies with gemstone healing, we look at the power of soaking in crystals with Kristin Petrovich, author of Elemental Energy…
Every day, we find ourselves using our crystals for a variety of purposes. From chakra healing, to spellwork, to manifestations − our gemstones sure have a lot of uses! But have you ever tried bathing with them? We here on Soul & Spirit think it’s time for you to swap your bubble bath and oils for something a little more powerful, as we show you the way of the elixir…
What are elixirs?
Crystal elixirs are simply where a gemstone has been submerged in water and left to infuse for a period of time, creating a powerful solution that is harnessed in spiritual work. Just as crystals themselves have a vast array of uses, the elixirs that have been created from these stones can be harnessed for different purposes.
Create your own crystal concoction
Here’s our tried-and-tested method to brew and bottle your own vial of gemstone magic…
YOU WILL NEED:
• A crystal of your choice. We suggest you pick one crystal type per bottle, although mixing multiple crystal varieties is fine, too
• Two clear, clean glass bottles with lids
• Your preferred crystal cleansing method (i.e, sage sticks, sound bowls, etc)
• A glass bowl
• Cheesecloth or filter paper
• A funnel
• Essential oils (optional)
1 Firstly, choose the crystal you wish to create an elixir from. For example, use a Rose Quartz if you wish to make one for love, or an Amethyst to help create a great protection elixir.
2 Before beginning any elixir work, you should make sure your gemstone is cleansed, as any previous energies it may harbour could potentially carry on over into your crystal water. Once you have performed your cleansing ritual, hold your crystal and visualise it ‘wiped clean’, free of any negativity.
3 With your cleansed crystal, place it in one of your glass bottles, and fill nearly to the top with water before securing the lid on. We recommend spring water, but tap water will do. Then take this bottle and place it in the glass bowl filled with water.
4 Place your submerged bottle and bowl either in the path of direct sunlight for 24 hours, or if you prefer, in the path of moonlight overnight. Many people prefer to leave theirs for longer – such as seven days, or the duration of a full lunar cycle. Do whichever feels best for you.
5 When your crystal has sat for your chosen time, remove it from the bowl of water.
6 Place your funnel and cheesecloth or filter paper into the other clear bottle and slowly decant your crystal elixir in. This is to remove any possible residue that may be in your gem water. If you wish, add in a couple of drops of your chosen essential oil, to complement the crystal. Rose oil makes a great accompaniment for Rose Quartz, for example.
7 Place the lid tightly on your bottle. You now have an elixir that you can use as and when you need to.
NO WATER, PLEASE!
Remember, the following stones are porous or water-soluble, and should not be submerged in water for long periods of time, or at all:
• Amber • Halite • Lapis Lazuli • Malachite • Selenite • Turquoise
If you are unsure about your stone of choice, be sure to check with your local healing crystal expert or online.
Now you’ve made your own elixirs, it’s time to try one of our crystal bath time rituals from Elemental Energy…
The Spiritual Awakener
“This meditative bath incorporates the ancient ingredients frankincense, gold and myrrh, which are referenced throughout the Bible and were used by the Greeks, Romans, Egyptians and Chinese as medicine, incense and perfume,” explains Kristin Petrovich, author of Elemental Energy.
“Himalayan salt is known as white gold, and contains the same 84 natural minerals and elements found in the human body. This peaceful, inspiring bath is designed to help you connect to the divine. Focus on your connection with your higher power, embracing and becoming one with the universe.”
YOU WILL NEED:
• Half a cup of your gem elixir, or a selection of the suggested crystals: Blue Lace Agate; Aquamarine; Blue Chalcedony; Amethyst; Herkimer Diamond; Sapphire or Onyx
• 6 – 8 drops of myrrh, frankincense, geranium, rose and/or sandalwood essential oil
• 1 – 2 cups of Himalayan salt. If you do not have any, sea salt will do
• 2 tablespoons of gold colloidal
1 Begin by filling the tub with lukewarm water and adding in your stone(s). Once the stone is fully submerged, you can increase the water temperature to moderately hot if you’d like. If you’re using an elixir, add it once the tub is a quarter full.
2 When the tub is quarter full, add the essential oils. Next, add in the salt, followed by the gold colloidal, and mix them into the water using your hand.
3 Once the tube is three-quarters full, stop the running water and carefully get into the tub.
4 Soak for up to 20 minutes, or to your desired comfort level.
5 Drain the tub and wipe it clean. Remove the stone and dry it with a soft cloth.
Beyond bath time…
Besides soaking in their energy, here’s how else you can use your crystal elixirs…
• To give your plants and flowers a spiritual boost, next time you water your garden, use a few drops of one of your gem mixtures to encourage a truly magical garden – you may even be lucky enough to entice the fae folk!
• Various spells that call for water can be enhanced with the use of crystal elixirs. A splash of crystal water can go a long way with your witchcraft and amp up the potency!
• Pour some of your elixir into a spray bottle, and spray it throughout any areas you feel could do with a crystal cleanse. For example, a spritz of Citrine water could help promote abundance and prosperity throughout your home.
The above ritual has been extracted from Elemental Energy: Crystals and Gemstones for a Beautiful Life by Kristin Petrovich. It is available now from waterstones.com. Kristin Petrovich is the author of Elemental Energy. She is also the co-founder and creator of själ skincare, a gemstone and precious mineral-infused cosmetics line. Find out more at sjalskincare.com