Remember when drinking a $2 plastic bottle of Evian was considered bougie? Now that toting around $60 glass or stainless steel bottles is the norm, we wondered: how can we make our daily water consumption feel just a little bit… extra? Enter: gem water.
“Gem waters are created when you place crystals in or around water to change the vibration of the water,” explains Happy Soul’s Joey Wargachuk. “Crystals are in high vibration and that affects and changes the molecular structures of water. Humans are 60%-70% water, so the effects of crystal vibration go deeper into the body when drinking gem waters.”
Much like our renewed obsession with crystals in general, the notion of placing crystals into water to internalize their energy far predates us. What is new, however, is the option to buy ultra-fancy pre-made gem-infused bottles (take Glacce’s $80 or Vitajuwel’s $98+ varieties).
To bring the practice into a slightly more affordable bracket, we asked Wargachuk to walk us through the process of creating our own gem waters.
“Wearing crystals as pendants and jewelry is the great way to affect our auras,” he tells us. “Changing the vibration of the water we are putting into our body and keeping up hydration, however, is key to deep chakra balancing and health.”
How to Make Your Own Gem Water
You could go out and buy one of those aforementioned bottles that comes with one of a selection of crystals attached to the inside of the bottle… or you could just make your own.
Step 1: Choosing the Right Stones
Make sure the crystals you are using are not toxic (more on that below) and that they won’t dissolve in water (yes, that’s possible). You’ll also want to select tumbled stones over raw crystals and confirm the stones are free of any cracks before using them.
Step 2: Sterilize Your Stones
Use boiling water to sterilize your crystals. Let them sit in the water for about 10 minutes. Wargachuk also adds that he keeps his sterilized gem water stones in glass jars on his kitchen shelf for easy access.
Step 3: Choose a Container
There are a few options here. Wargachuk is careful to note that “it’s best to always use glass water bottles or containers, as it is better for the vibration of the water to form a positive energy matrix.”
You can make gem water in bulk by using a big glass pitcher, but note that your crystals don’t have to be in the water for long to work their magic. Wargachuk suggests leaving them in the water for a minimum of 10 minutes and notes that you should keep a pitcher of gem water in the fridge for no longer than 48 hours.
Want to make things even simpler (and avoid the worry over which crystals are safe to put in water)? Try a crystal grid. “My favorite way to give vibes to the water is by doing a crystal grid around my water bottle before I leave the house, or a bigger grid around the water jug,” Wargachuk suggests. “It’s super easy and there’s no need to worry about sterilizing and selecting safe crystals.”
What NOT To Do
Before you test the gem waters, there are a few things to keep in mind. Wargachuk’s number one warning? Make sure the crystals you are putting in water are not toxic.
The top five worst offenders (and the ones he most commonly sees people using on YouTube):
- Malachite (contains copper)
- Moldavite (contains aluminum)
- Pyrite (contains sulphur)
- Sodalite (contains aluminum)
- Tiger Eye (fibrous form contains asbestos)
Wargachuk suggests that if you really want to use a particular crystal and are unsure if you can place it directly in water, you can sterilize small mason jars, place the stones in the jars, and place the jars inside your pitcher. You’ll get the vibes from the crystals without any risk of toxicity.
Three Easy Blends
While you should absolutely experiment with your own combinations, Wargachuk gave us a few of his favourites:
- Clear Quartz (raises vibration)
- Amethyst (expands consciousness)
- Rose Quartz (self-loving vibes)
- Black Obsidian (dispels negativity and releases anger)
- Clear Quartz (raises vibration of chakras and balances aura)
- Carnelian (balances sacral chakra)
- Clear Quartz (amps up energy)