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Bad Reaction To A Crystal? What to do

Bad Reaction To A Crystal? What to do

Bad Reaction To A Crystal? What to do

Can you have a bad reaction to a crystal? What does it mean if you have a bad or negative reaction to a stone? Should you continue using it or is it not right for you?

I occasionally get asked are about these types of experiences. I don’t think they are common experiences in the world of crystal healing, which is why people can be surprised when this happens.
There seems to be little info in books about it or what to do when this happens. Hopefully, this blog post will throw some light on this for you.

bad reaction to a crystal (tumblestones)
You can have a bad reaction to a crystal

Signs of A Bad Reaction To A Crystal

What constitutes a bad reaction to a crystal will vary depending on each person. this is a guide to the most common symptoms I hear reported by someone after either holding or wearing a new crystal.
Please note, there are many other reasons you could experience the following symptoms, which may not be related to the crystal at all. If they persist for some time after the stone is removed it is very unlikely to be the crystal and you may even need to see a doctor.

1. Suddenly feeling nausea

3. Feeling compelled to remove the crystal

4. Discomfort in one of your chakras

5. Sudden headache around the Third Eye

6. Feeling ‘terrible’ for no reason

7. A burning sensation where it touches your skin

8. Feeling very dizzy or ungrounded

9. Nightmares when sleeping with the crystal

10. Feeling sudden negative emotions

11. Feeling a sudden pain in the body

So, What Do You Do If You Have A Bad Reaction To A Crystal?

Always listen to your body. I do not recommend you expose yourself to a crystal if it makes you feel bad, unwell or you experience any form of discomfort. Discontinue use immediately until you feel better and know more.

Bad reaction to a crystal?
Bad reaction to a crystal?

3 Reasons Why You Might Have A Bad Reaction To A Crystal:

1. The Crystal Contained Some Negative Energy

It is easy to forget that when you handle a crystal in a shop or one that you bought online, it’s very unlikely that it has been cleansed recently if ever. Crystals are sensitive tools and pick things up along the trade route, postal system or in shops from customers.
There may be nothing wrong with the type of crystal, it might just need cleansing. Always cleanse anything you buy before use.

TIP: When handling crystals in a crystal shop, try to avoid placing the crystal into one of your Major Chakras.

Chakra chart

I am still hearing from people when I ask about their bad reaction to a crystal, that tell me they haven’t cleansed their crystals. Sometimes they say that someone on the internet said they don’t have to…
Please use discernment online. There are people on the internet that will tell you that you don’t ever need to take a shower or eat any food. Despite what Caitlyn on Youtube tells you after using crystals for 2 weeks, always cleanse your crystals, especially when they are new.
Energetic cleansing is a fundamental part of working with crystals and helps avoid absorbing other peoples negativity. Please see my Guide to Cleansing Crystals if you’re new to this.

Palo Santo and incense sticks
You can cleanse crystals with sustainably sourced Palo Santo, Sandalwood, Sage or other methods

2. The Crystal Did Some Deep Healing Work

Spiritual healing, just like physical healing is not always comfortable. Occasionally a crystal will trigger a detoxification process which brings up negative energies or emotions so that they can be released. You can experience these types of reactions to all kinds of alternative therapies, though this is not normal.
If this is the reason for the bad reaction to a crystal, it could be a blessing in disguise. Saying this, I still do not recommend spending too much time with a crystal that is so strong for you. Discontinue use for now.
You may not want to experience deep healing right now or bring up an emotional wound from your past (and that’s okay). You might prefer to work with something more gentle over a longer period of time.

Amethyst crystal point
Amethyst may cause sharp pains or a headache when placed on the Third Eye Chakra. Stop and limit healing times if you’re uncomfortable.

3. The Crystal Is Not Compatible With Your Energy

I left this one until last as this is the most common conclusion people assume is the reason they have had a bad reaction to a crystal. Normally when a crystal is not right for you, (at this time in your life) you won’t feel drawn to it. Or, you try it for a while and it does not seem to help you.
In very unusual cases, you might get a strong negative reaction from a crystal that is not right for you. It is like your body is repelling you from working with that crystal. It could simply be that the crystal is too strong for you or clashes with your energy.
Everyone is different, regardless of what I or other sources recommend, you must consider your experience with a crystal. There may be better options available to you, try other stones with similar properties and see how you feel with them.

Moldavite is well known for being a very powerful stone and one that some people have bad reactions to. Always go slowly when trying new stones and don’t force things.

How Do You Know What The Reason Is?

Only you will know if the crystal was cleansed before use if it was your own. If this is the case, give the crystal a good cleanse and then try it again the following day and see if you feel any different. If you still have a bad reaction then consider the other two possibilities.
For the other two reasons explored above, think about the properties of the crystal. Does it have cleansing, healing or detoxifying properties? Is the stone known to help heal or release emotional pain, karma or trauma from the past? Does this make sense to your life?
If you’re a very intuitive or psychic person you should tap into this and see what your spirit tells you about this experience. You may want to meditate on it for answers, but only when you are feeling more relaxed and not in any fear.

bad reaction to a crystal - Different crystals in a chest
Green, blue-green and pink crystals often heal the emotions

Testing Your Crystals

With incompatible stones, technically you would get a similar reaction every time you held or wore the crystal or any stone of the same mineral. You should cleanse your crystal straight after you have had any bad reaction. Give the crystal a break and try it again at a later date (when you feel ready) and see if you feel the same.

Adjusting To The Energy of Your New Crystals

I think it is better to take your time to adjust to the energy of any new crystals. Especially if you know they have a reputation for being quite strong (Like Moldavite) or they are considered to be a ‘high vibration’ stone.
You can spend short periods of time daily with a new crystal and build up to carrying or wearing it all day if needed. As always, if you feel unwell or discomfort, just stop. For more about this topic please see my guide to What To Do With New Crystals.
Have you ever had a bad reaction to a crystal? Please share your experience with us in the comments below (PLEASE keep any questions you have concise and stick to this blog post topic if you want a response).
With gratitude,

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91 thoughts on “Bad Reaction To A Crystal? What to do

  1. Tamara Rizea

    I have at least two “simptoms” when I wear shungite. I will give it a deeper cleans, or start wearing it for a short period of time. Especially that the crystal is so useful. Thank you Ethan for the post.

    1. Nicola

      I am aware that I’m having negative energy projected to me, so last night, I worked with the HEMATITE. It was cleansed. I Meditated and it showed two people I know talking negatively about me.
      Today I feel sick. My tummy is making loud noises, now feel so cold I have goose bumps!
      I did a longer meditation after to gain some guidance , a life changing choice I’m making. It was beautiful, so I’m not sure why I feel so ill. I also have a headache. What did I do wrong?

      1. Ethan Lazzerini Post author

        It’s hard to say as that can also be a symptom of psychic attack which started before you tried your crystal. You could also try other crystals, everyone is different and some will always work better for one person than for another.

  2. Iren

    The only time I’ve had a strong reaction to a crystal, it was when I placed big Amethyst cluster bed near my bed. I was having a nightmare, it was before I’ve read Ethan’s commendation not to use Amethyst this way… When I was buying this crystal, I so drawn to it, I couln’t leave without it. I’m still sure, this is a right crystal for me. I have to say, Ethan’s books and posts are priceless.

          1. Monica Maia

            I meditated with an amethyst on my third eye for the first time yesterday and that area really started to hurt. Shouldn’t I use it anymore?

          2. Sam Hartridge

            Hi Monica

            Meditating with crystals can make an area “hurt” or feel strange, that can happen when the chakra is opening up / balancing / activating / healing the area. In my opinion, meditating with your Amethyst is absolutely fine, but you may need to limit your time with it initially and build up. But please remember, not everyone gets on with every crystal – I don’t like Black Obsidian, so go with your gut instinct. Try again and if you keep having the same reaction put it aside for a while and try again in a few months time.

            I have learnt that there is a time when a crystal will work with me – which means I need their direct energy and healing attributes and a time when they won’t – when I don’t need their direct energy and I leave them to do their “thing” gently in the background – your amethyst could be telling you that now is not the time.

            Love, light and blessings to you

  3. Angelina Lotus

    I have a one room apt.So I have all my crystals in the same room and I have many. Most are at my dresser at the end of my bed.There is 2 meters or so between the end of my bed and the dresser.I also have bedside tables with crystals and stones on on each side of the bed. One side, next to my head.I have large crystal points,ametyst and all kinds of crystals.

    I do not have nightmares .The only things that is to much for me is if I have a group of clear quartz standing on the beside table next to my head.

    Blessings and crystal love to you all.

  4. Debbie T

    I’ve had a few bad reactions to certain stones (after cleansing). The first, K2 stone – made me feel extremely ungrounded and out-of-it. A similar experience, I had with Preseli Bluestone – can’t bear to touch it! The biggest reaction was to Moldavite. When I first held it, my ears buzzed very loudly. I slept with it under my pillow, and woke up to seeing a bright flash of light and a loud noise. In fact, I believe that Moldavite set up a few negative experiences in my life, over a few months. I ended up burying it at the end of the garden!!

  5. Shannon

    I work with a lot of high vibration crystals and have had bad reactions to a few. Celestite, Nuumite, Tiger Iron, Creedite and cactus/spirit quartz are the crystals that I had to work up to using, because the physical reactions were so strong. For Celestite, Nuumite and Tiger Iron, the reaction manifested as a tightness in my chest. Creedite (which to be fair, was spiky all over like a cactus/spirit quartz) gave me severe headaches for a few days after I bought it, even from another room. I only got relief after closing the door to the room that it was in. And cactus quartz had such an overwhelming energy I couldn’t be in the same room with it for about three days. I have found that if I sit the crystals on selenite to clear them, their energy is less aggressive after a few days. And now that I have adjusted to their vibrations, I can work with any of them daily, if I want to.

    I have heard that a bad reaction from any crystal corresponds to a chakra issue to be worked on, and that by placing the crystal on that chakra you can help alleviate the bad reaction. I am still experimenting with that.

    Funnily enough, I don’t remember Moldavite being one of the crystals that set me off, even though I was prepared for that to happen.

  6. Julia Flint

    The worst experiences I’ve had are with amethyst. I’ve sensed every single one of the symptoms, Ethan described above. I have tried numerous times with different specimens – tumbled and jewelry.
    Black obsidian is another stone I’ve had difficult times with, as well as with the so called rainbow moonstone (labradorite in white matrix) – having nightmares, experiencing anger outbursts.
    Ethan, this post saved my life and faith 😀 You gave me a good piece of advise how to give them another try.
    Thank you!
    P.S. If you can add any piece of advice on using the rainbow moonstone, it would be of immense help.

    1. Ethan Lazzerini Post author

      I have had a very bad nightmare with Rainbow Moonstone so I don’t sleep with it but can use it throughout the day. Traditional or common Moonstone is gentler, you could stick to that or combine with Black Tourmaline or other grounding stone.

    2. gels1

      Thank you for sharing your experience with Rainbow Moonstone – I’ve been researching my bad reaction to it, and all I’ve come across is how wonderful and peaceful and healing it’s supposed to be! I was feeling crazy because even after cleansing several different ways (full moon, running stream, white sage smoke), I was still getting these weird ringing aches below my ears that wrapped around the back of my neck and under my chin. I even put the stone away for a whole year while working with other crystals, figured I’d give it another try, and still had the same reaction. This one is just NOT for me!

  7. Julia

    One time some men give me a very little piece of moldavita, I felt like very nervous with it so i put in the dumpster then a week later i went to buy one because I felt like she was calling me and I felt the same.
    Then I said you call me so I am wearing you and now I feel nothing,Ethan is this good or bad

  8. Andrew

    I bought a Hematite polished tumblestone online back in March with a few others as I was just starting out. It looked nice, quite heavy. However from the moment I held it I wasn’t sure about it. So I smudged it along with the others and left it out in the full moon. I spent time with it but always got a negative vibe and if I took it outside I would have a bad day. So much so that I put it in one of my indoor plant pots and haven’t been able to bring myself to look at it or hold it since. I’ve since had a bit of an emotional meltdown. Not sure if it’s that. But certainly since it entered my home my negative outlook has worsened. It may simply be a concidence. Along with the fact that the plant in the plant pot I put it in is pretty much dead now. I want to remove it, but for some reason I am worried by doing that, more negativity will come my way. Any ideas on what I should do with it? I know it’s not the one for me but not sure whether I should pass it on, pop to the shop and leave it there, throw it out with the plant pot? I don’t have a garden to bury it in and even then I wouldn’t want to be near it or pass it. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    1. Ethan Lazzerini Post author

      I think you must be careful you don’t get fearful over the stone. If the plant has died then you might want to put it into a bin bag and throw it out. I wouldn’t normally suggest this but as it is buried and you don’t want to touch it this is all I can think of. Afterwards do a good house clearing and try to get on with your life.

    2. Sonal

      I have had a very bad experience with azurite malachite. I cldnt connect with it and slowly all of my three pets started to fall sick. My beagle had strange scratch marks on her face tht never happened before, my tibby developed severe fungal infection and my neww pup cocker Spaniel remained very thin with stomach infection.

      1. Iren

        Sometimes pets and even plants protect us, so they take what suppose to affect us on themselves, maybe that was a case. And maybe it was something wrong with the stone itself, not because this is the azurite malachite, but something just happened to this stone….? Have you cleansed it before using it?

  9. Sheila

    It’s only happened to me once. I had a bad reaction to a black jet pendant with a dragon on it. I cleansed it in the sunlight before wearing it. When I put it on I felt an overwhelming heaviness. I’m not sure if it was caused by the stone or the dragon energy. Maybe the sunlight cleanse added additional fire energy to the dragon energy. Also, my sun sign is Cancer (a water sign), so you know, fire and water etc. Lol!

  10. Victoria Davis

    I saw a ring with five amethyst set in it. When I was looking at it in the display case something grabbed my arm and made it burn. I heard the words “that is mine” very clearly. When I picked up a amethyst candle holder I felt a chocking sensation. I put it down and found out that they would go search abandoned houses and loot them for stuff. Pleas be careful of where you get your items, as they might have an angry spirit attached to them.

  11. Trish

    I’ve had very interesting experiences with the crystal Elders. When I first started on this journey, I was introduced to a woman that owned a crystal shop. She had one room with about 10 flats of all clear quartz crystals in various sizes and types. I couldn’t be in the room with the crystals because every time I did….I got a severe migraine that would end a few minutes after I left the shop. Too much “high voltage” energy for me at the time. Now, I have a few dozen pieces of quartz and their energy is awesome.
    The worst “reaction” I ever had was with a large smokey/clear quartz combo that had an enhydro. It is a beautiful Elder that I purchased from a collector I had purchased from many times before. He always packed his boxes with white sage leaves. When I held it after it had arrived….just pulled it out of the shipping box to look at it….I felt a very strong “pain”, like a deep hurt from the Elder. I put it outside in the sun for a few days. I know, sunlight is “bad” for crystals (fading, etc), but it was at the full moon, and I was not going to resist the calling of where I was to put it and for how long. It also didn’t get full sun all day. After a couple of days outside, I brought it back in the house and sat with it. I still felt a deep hurt coming from it when I held it. I sat with it for a few minutes a day sending it messages of love and peace, that it was safe, honored and wanted. It took a few months, and when the Elder was ready, it gave me a flash of images. It had been taken without honor or respect or given an offering, and it was not asked if it could be taken from its home. It was unceremoniously stripped from it’s home and family very rudely and painfully. The Elder and I have been able to work together peacefully since then.

  12. Sam

    I remember purchasing a Black Obsidian, along with others, from an online shop that is actually one of Ethan’s preferred suppliers, which was calling to me, but the moment that I held it I took an instant dislike to it, but I also knew that I was to keep it. I left it sitting in my pot of daily crystals to do it’s thing for over 2 years. Occasionally I would pick it up to see if it was time to use it, but always had the same feeling.

    One day I was getting ready to meet a friend of mine that has an affinity with Black Obsidian and whilst choosing which crystals I was to use that day, it literally jumped out of the bowl onto the carpet and I knew that I was to give it to my friend that day. I cleansed and programmed the crystal to work with him and he connected with it immediately and now has it with him daily.

    Crystals come into our lives that are not always for us, but are for us to give to others that we know or meet (I have had this happen to me so many times) and they also come into our lives as they are the right crystal for us, but it may not be the time for us to use them. Just leave them in the background to do what they need to do. You will know when it is the right time to work with it.

    Crystal blessings to all.

  13. pg

    When I was quite a bit younger (late teenager, maybe early 20s), stones sometimes could seem too intense for me to want to handle. This was before I had learned anything about crystals, and I wonder if it was more of a psychometric response than a response to the crystals’ energies.

    One of my friends gave me a big cluster of clear quartz when I was maybe 18. My instinctive response was to bury it under a tree. I remember also handling earrings with a stone that I think could have been chrysocolla and feeling uncomfortable. Lapis, or lapis in jewelry, has been somehow uncomfortable at times. I feel like with lapis (when this has happened) and the stone that might have been chrysocolla (was a deep / dark blue-green), there was sort of a harsh feel. It may only be because I now know that lapis is associated with the third eye, but i feel like it was a sense of discomfort ‘in my head’ somehow. Not a headache, but just a bit of a harsh feel that is hard to explain, didn’t feel so good. Again, the psychometric side of things could make sense, especially for stones that are in jewelry perhaps?

    1. Ethan Lazzerini Post author

      Yes, quite possible, which is why I recommend cleansing new crystals of old vibrations. Also if you use my method for consecration of crystals it will be even more effective and stops your crystal from being reconnected to anyone who feels attached to your stone.

  14. Jack Whelan

    Thank you for your excellent blog! This is an interesting topic. Personally, I don’t think of crystals as ever being negative. To me it’s simply that the crystal and I are not yet energetically/vibrational aligned. I have found myself very attracted to celestite, moldavite, labradorite, and obsidian, but have had to put them away due to them causing me to become dizzy or lightheaded, and unable to focus. This only happens if I am acquiring a new stone. I put them away when this happens, but I also ask myself some questions about why I may have had such a strong reaction. Have I done what I can to align and balance my chakras? Am I properly grounded? Have I cleared and programmed the crystals I am using? I then go to some of my favorites that have helped with my chakras and grounding. After clearing and balancing myself and the stone I can usually try again in a few days or a week or so. In all cases, I have been able to eventually align my energy with the crystal, and they have become some of my favorites.

  15. Monicakrista Andersen

    I Bought an Iolite also known as a water safire.
    I gave me a strong headache right beside my 3. eye
    I was taken by surprise but it balanced and clenced
    out so quickly and I felt realy big discomfort . so I jus put it away
    and used for shorter periods of time and the problem disapired .

  16. Tracy J Redhead

    I repeatedly had a bad reaction to a Malachite pendant which belonged to my mother. I wanted to wear it, but every time I considered this while holding the pendant I felt nausea, repulsion, and what I can only describe as a feeling of “extreme dislike” towards the stone. It always puzzled me, but the feeling towards this particular stone never changed, so I eventually gave it away. Reading this blogpost reminded me of this experience, and as I thought about it, I had a revelation. I own another piece of malachite (not a jewelry piece), which I keep in a set of chakra stones, and don’t have the same reaction to that. My feeling is very neutral towards it. Without checking, I now seem to recall that Malachite is good for absorbing negative emotions/energies/illnesses? I’m now thinking this particular piece (the pendant) had perhaps absorbed some bad “stuff” which I was very sensitive to, so it was the individual piece and not malachite in general. My poor mother died a very painful death from colon cancer, so I think this piece of Malachite held some very negative physical and emotional associations for me. Thank you Ethan, for triggering this understanding for me!

  17. Shonda Schoepke

    I have had several exposures to Himalayan salt rocks/crystals. I can walk into a store, come within 15feet of this type crystal/rock and get a burning feeling in my right hand. If I put the rock in my hand, I will get a visible 1st degree thermal burn. It will shoot pain up my arm causing me to drop the crystal. This is the only crystal, so far, that I have this sort of reaction to. I have stayed away from this type of crystal for this reason. I have tried halite & selenite without any problems. Suggestions appreciated.
    Thank you in advance.

  18. Patty

    Hi Ethan, I agree with what you have written about Negative Energy with Crystals. I have a granddaughter than can see people that have past since she was 3 yrs old. However she started to become afraid on then. I had my some get 4 crystal, cleanse them and place them around the apartment. They worked great. From time to time they would stop working and she would get visited. So I have thought her how to cleanse, energize them and pace them back around the house. Anytime she starts to fell off, she takes can of her stones. Why I tell you this story is that when the stones where bought, my son did not follow my instruction and things went from bad to worse for her. I have to remind them all the time to CLEANSE any stone they bring into the house to remove anyone else’s energy on the stones. Thank you for making that the first thing on your it’s of thing you should do. Good luck everyone with your current and future stone purchase.

  19. Cal Turton

    I was in the midst of a very dark emotional time but tried to just shove through it. It involved people I was very close to. Visited a crystal healing show in matlock and chatted to one of the stall holders. Took me to a seat and saged a crystal then handed it me in a silk cloth. I felt a tremendous gushing sensation in my sacral chaka and had a weird bout of crying. She then showed me I was holding stilbite which is often found with appopholite. She assured me it was very gud at chucking ’emotional sludge’ out which marryied with the way Id been feeling. After a couple of hours I felt like a clear spring stream. I avoided stilbite for quite a while but then began to be drawn to it again.I now have quite a few pieces and really feel its my go to stone to clear dark or unhealthy emotions. Works like a charm! I also adore labradorite and wear it in jewellry,carry crystals.thumb stones and chunks all over my space but my daughter since being quite young has struggled with it saying it makes her feel emotionally heavy. Shes older and wiser now but still treats lab with great respect. Lol. Have you had any experience of stilbite Ethan? In any form?
    Love your writings and have all your books. Your advice is always honest and I feel trustworthy.
    Crystal Carma to you. Cal.

  20. Jacque Cann

    I haven’t had any negative reactions myself. However, I have a very good friend who cannot stand quartz crystal. Every time he picks up or holds a piece of regular clear quartz, he says that it feels like it is burning his skin (heat, not chemical). He had recently been to a metaphysical fair or store and was looking at crystals there and told me about it. Even a pendant that I had been wearing that day (and recently cleansed) gave him this same reaction. We tried aqua aura & smokey quartz, and both provided the same reaction – just not as severe. We tried other crystals in my collection, and he had negative reactions to most of them. However, I can’t remember which ones or his reactions off-hand. (It has been several years since we tried this.) I think that we concluded that crystal energy just isn’t meant to be in his “wheel-house”. 🙂

  21. crystal

    hi ethan,
    when i got my moldavite after cleansing it the first i picked it up to wire wrap it & had an odd sensation, not what i would call bad so much as intense ugh. later when i picked it up again to wrap it i got the same thing, so i blew off the idea of wearing it & we get along fine now. i guess it just doesn’t want to be worn or wrapped. lol

    i have a off topic question for you. in the pic of your new book advertised in the email is that dragon made of fire quartz? if so who did you buy it from if an online source. sure is pretty whatever it is

      1. crystal

        oh my lucky u! i love that stuff, been collecting it like a wild woman. lol well i think i finally got enough of it cuz i’m actually looking at other stones again. 😀

  22. Jane Stanton

    Hi, great article, I was in a store and picked up a tecktite. I started to fall with a force that felt like I was jolted backwards and I went dizzy, it was very powerful. I put it back and tried a couple of times more. But had the same reaction each time. I really feel I would have fallen down having lost my balance if I had held it longer…. Also one time I made a large grid out of lots of different crystals, I didn’t know what I was doing really, just that it looked pretty. I closed the door and came back later. The energy in the room changed to an uncomfortable feeling giving me a headake instantly and my friend almost passed out and felt like she was leaving her body. It was alarming to say the least.

  23. Stephanie

    I just recently sat with two quartz and a rough chunk of selenite, intending to cleanse my aura and lift my vibrations to attempt to connect with spirit guides. Both quartzes I’ve had for years and have regularly cleansed with tingsha bells and white light. On this occasion though I had a sudden feeling of being unbalanced after finishing the visualisation, emotionally ‘wobbly’ (tearful, depressed, not like me at all) and a strong desire to remove one of the quartz far away from me (it’s on a necklace).
    The feelings lifted after an hour and I felt back to normal. I also felt I should run the quartzes under the tap and bless with white light. After reading here I’ve decided to let them both have a break from me. They are now on a selenite slab for a ‘rest.’ Not sure what happened there. Did I have a healing crisis of suppressed emotion? I felt exhausted afterwards, nothing like the calm and peace I usually feel after a meditation session with quartz, especially as these are ‘old friends’ I’ve had ages. Puzzling.

  24. Kuro

    My black onyx and mahogany obsidian both have heavy negative energy coming off them and yes I cleared them to make sure…I bought both online…I wanted to have simple protection for my health…what I received was the opposite and I dont’ understand this experience…they even clash with my other crystals, I felt my own as if it was in great pain crying out when I placed it near them…I’m in shock and dont know what to think about this or what to do. Such heavy energy is very confusing..most heavy is the protective black onyx which surprises me greatly. Why would this happen?

  25. Amy

    My 10 year old brother is seems to react funny to rose quartz, he does not have these symptoms, but becomes hyperactive. Its happen two days in a row and exactly when he starts fiddling with it and it scares my older sister, who is new to the wicca practice, do you have any advice? I’m not sure if this is a funny reaction caused by the rose quartz, but it makes him uncomfortable as he is constantly apologizing for his actions.

    1. Ethan Lazzerini Post author

      People can react differently to different crystals. If you or someone else does not like how they feel or behave with a certain crystal they can stop using it and try other crystals. It’s always your choice.

  26. Rosemary Naylor

    I’ve recently bought a fan shaped black kyanite pendant and have been wearing it a an hr or so on some days. I decided to sleep with it on lastnt. I woke just after dawn with left sided chest pain, a strong ache and noted the pendant was touching the area of pain. I took it off and the pain gradually receded. The strong pain ebbed as soon as I took it off. I put it at a distance from my bed and went back to sleep for another hour or so. Has anyone any ideas of why this happened. I thought this stone was good for the chakras

    1. Rosemary Naylor

      Hi Iren no I didn’t, but I have now, have cleared and cleansed all my stones and crystals, but I won’t be wearing any pendant to sleep now. Was very scary

  27. Debbie T

    Same as above. Also, I would say you had it on you for too long. I only use mine to ‘comb ‘ my aura, so holding it for a short amount of time. I don’t think I would choose to carry or wear it for longer than an hour at a time; it feels a little too intense. Might be different for you, though.

  28. Rosemary Naylor

    Hi Debbie I certainly agree now, I didn’t realise how powerful crystals can be because of their vibration. I’ve been researching more on the subject

  29. Sally Stapley

    I can’t seem to use lepidolite. It seems to make me anxious for some reason which I think is the opposite of what it’s supposed to do. (And an opal ring I used to wear all the time finally burnt me!)

  30. Pacodad

    White calcite–was very excited to find it. I didn’t know it came in that color and form. I like other colors of calcite, esp a sea foam green, blue, and orange. I kept trying to carry it with me during the day but each time I felt distanced, a bit nauseous, certainly didn’t find comfort in holding it. Only other stone I keep looking at, thinking I want to have as part of my collection is lepidolite. Just does not connect in real life with me. I benefit from amethyst though. Dravite, almost any ocean jasper, diopside, all kyanites, opal. Chrysoprase is really, really a draw. I’ve been carrying a clear quartz small tower with several phantoms….powerful. Just makes sense to me that if some connect, draw in ways that are good, not all have the same almost lock and key relationship.

  31. ML

    Hi, thanks for sharing such a good article. I am new to crystal and just started with some common small tumbled like amethyst, red jasper, green aventurine, sodalite, florite, onyx, rose, clear quarts and others. I feel good and love them when I bought these in my local shop. I did cleansed and charged them under moonlight before I start using them. All are well but I find that I could not bear with some of the crystal for long exposure like more than 4-5 hours. I normally place 2-3 crystals on my working desk in the morning and I feel the good energy – calm and focus. But after few hours I start to feel tired and a bit nausea, when I look at the crystal, I could feel the ‘tire’ energy from them. Once I keep them away and the ‘tire’ feeling’ is gone. This is specially obvious with red jasper. I cleanse them every time I’ve used . My questions are, will the crystals feel ‘tire’ if they’ve worked too long, hence they are also giving out the tire energy? is size affecting how long the crystal could work?

  32. Sandy

    I am highly sensitive to energies and highly positive myself. I recently had an amazing response to a rose quartz and amethyst (bracelets) almost immediately. I wanted to give tha black obsidian a chance the next day, but hours after wearing it I literally couldn’t keep my balance to the point where I alnost had some one pick me up to avoid driving. I didn’t cleanse it but the interesting part was that I had a very weary feeling before I put it on (necklace). I took it off the same day and took a little extra to reground that night. I still hold respect for it despite the incompatibility.

  33. Alegria

    Yes I had a strong negative reaction today. I was wearing purple flourite on a leather string around my neck – ie close to heart and throat chakras – and experienced a lump in my throat, feeling of depression and draining energy and sudden urge to remove it. I had felt the need to remove this necklace once before but the contrast was not as pronounced as this time. After removing it I started to feel better even after only 5 mins, then progressively lighter and more energized after each while until about 30 mins later feeling as good as I did on rising in the morning before I put it on. I wore it for a few hours in the morning. I’ve had it for a while and wore it through some very dark and blocked times before stopping wearing it. I have not cleansed it since wearing it last time and never properly did so even though sometimes I wore it continuously day and night. Will read up on that now and begin a practice of cleansing from now on.

  34. Melody

    I used amethyst for the first time. Skeptically, wondering if there was any real healing powers.
    I’ve never used any stone before. I wore a 1.5″ heart against my skin, circulating it in different areas. I wore it for 2.5 days. I think it helped me feel happy at first, I was really stressed out when I got it out, and was able to have a good evening. Day 2 I cried a few times (unusual but going through a hard time so didnt think much of it. ) But woke up later at night, felling hung over, room was spinning, very thirsty. Immediately felt need to remove the stone, put it on the night stand. Felling very sick this morning. Room is rocking, dizzy, vomited, and light headed. I think it was the stone! No one else is sick. Confused. (Didn’t know about cleansing or short trials) Reluctant to continue to use or try others.

  35. Iren

    Amethyst is a beautiful, highly beneficial and powerful crystal, surprisingly, pretty much every author of books about crystals recommends Amethyst as a bedtime crystal, and I’ve had bad experience with having a fairly big size Amethyst cluster next to my bed. It was before I’ve read Ethan’s book. I have all 3 of them! What a treat! I’d always rely on Ethan’s knowledge and recommendations working with crystals… At the day time I enjoy wonderful sensation wearing my Amethyst jewelry:)

  36. Rachel Hutchinson

    I wore a recently purchased Moonstone necklace.
    I must add that I have been mentally and emotionally abused by my now ex boyfriend and other people I have no choice but to interact with.
    I slept with the Moonstone on last night and had intense and disturbing dreaming. Dreams within dreams in which I was trapped.
    I am wondering if the Moonstone is bad for me or is releasing negativity.
    I am extremely intuitive. Might the Moonstone not be the right stone for me?

    1. Ethan Lazzerini Post author

      Sorry to hear that. Moonstone stimulates dreams and the subconscious mind, it is not something I would recommend for a peaceful sleep… You can use it occasionally if you want to have more dreams and do dream work. As for if it is right for you or healing, that is something you yourself will have to decide. You got the message I believe.

  37. Kim masden

    I recently started wearing labradorite earrings and have been feeling extremely drained. I’m not sure if it’s the labradorite or if I am absorbing emotions around me? I thought labradorite helps prevent energy leakage.

  38. Laura

    Hello, I’m still relatively new to crystals.
    About a month ago I bought a piece of aquamarine with a large, prominent rainbow inclusion in it, and I wore it for the first time all last week, and the rainbow has completely disappeared? Any thoughts?

    1. Ethan Lazzerini Post author

      People report similar things to me, though it is not a common thing. My view on this is that the crystal has actually helped you cleanse or heal something on a deep level which will help you change and grow as a person. This usually happens when we are going through big life changes.

  39. pilot ray

    Years ago … i took my parapilegic wife, in wheel chair, to the Monroe Institute in Virgina for a mind focus class (1 week Gateway Voyage class). One focus session had us go in to the field at dusk at the top of Roberts Mountain to walk around and meditate. In the center of the open field was one of the largest quartz crystals that was mined in brazil and donated to the institute. I pushed my wife around in wheelchair for 15 mins – she kept asking me to push her over to the crystal – so I finally did and she asked to life th wheelchair with her ont the base around the crystal so she could touch it. I did and she leaned forwad in the wheelchair and placed both hands on the face of the crystal and tilted her head back and began screaming at the top of her lungs and would not stop. everyone in the field were snapping pictures with their cameras. I pulled my wife off the crystal and pushed her away and asked her why she screamed – she did not lnow or remember doing it. Before we returned inside the building she asked to touch it again – we did and she began screaming again. We were the last to go inside to discuss out ‘meditation’ and the staff and about 25 students were clapping – they pointed to the pictures from many cameras. They said do we see the red dots in thepictures over ourt heads. I said yesa -bad film – they said not on a dozen cameras. They said they were orbs (spirits) flying over us. I asked why was she screaming ? were they evil spirits from people that died or doing OBE’s ?

    1. Ethan Lazzerini Post author

      That is very interesting, thanks for sharing it here. I have not heard anything quite like that before. I would say that if these were negative entities I would have expected your wife to be quite scared after and want to avoid the crystal. It is hard to know what it was, maybe she was releasing something?

  40. Iren

    I think you are right Ethan. That’s what I thought maybe she was releasing something, overwise, why would she ask to take her to the crystal second time?

  41. Lexy

    I have a selenite tower and I didn’t realize I had to cleanse it. I was feeling negative whenever I tried working with it, which is the opposite of its purpose, and once I cleansed it everything was fine

  42. Molly Brunsvold

    I had a very violent and unpleasant reaction to blue kyanite. I cant even look at it without feeling uneasy. I haven’t touched it in about 2 years and I’m not sure if I should spellfuly and physically destroy it or cleanse it and take my chances. Anyone have any advice?

  43. Kimberly Baker

    I make jewelry and I made an obsidian necklace for myself. After having it on for a few minutes, I got a lump in my throat (similar to when you’re about to cry). A pressure at the base of my throat. I took it off and the sensation eventually went away. I cleansed the necklace and tried the next day but got the same response. That was a month ago. Today I made a necklace to sell on my site using obsidian and while making the necklace, began to have the same lump in my throat. I’ve never had this reaction to obsidian before as far as carrying a stone. What could this be?

  44. Tiffany

    Black obsidian makes me feel terrified and uneasy. I can’t hold it or even go near it. It is too intense and seems to amplify my PTSD tenfold. I prefer the soft gentle energy from rose quartz.

    Black tourmaline also makes me feel uneasy but in a different way. It gives me an intense feeling of grief/sorrow.

    Opalite is beautiful but every time I try to hold it the stone causes a burning vibration with sharp aches in my hand.

  45. Mozella Bell

    I recently purchased a moldevite heart shaped pendant surrounded by garnets. I love crystals. I have a rose quartz, a monestone, and other stones. No problems using them or just enjoying the meditation with them. I got this moldevite pendant. Put it on, I felt a sensation in my arm. Didn’t think anything of it. Sometimes i have arm problems where my arm would go out from anywhere from a sec to around a min and then be alright. Hadn’t happened in years. However, it happened with the moldevite. I wore the moldevite day and night for about a week and my arm pain progressively got worse. Like my arm was literally breaking in half. I don’t have a single broken bone but this pain was RAW. I went to the emergency room cause I couldn’t take the pain anymore. While waiting on the doctor (sat for an hour and he never came). My mind said take off the moldevite. I did and almost immediately the pain went away. I left, came home, and went to work. The next day my arm felt amazing. I feel great. However, from all the reading I’ve done I thought it was just supposed to be a slight burning or spacyness or something. IDK what i did but this was toxic to me….

  46. Julie Ann Seminara

    Everytime I touch obsidian I feel like it’s sucking me in, draining me. It burns where ever i touch it and I just feel crummy. I know I have been exposed to a lot of of bad things and wonder if its helping me but dang I hate those rocks!!!

  47. Helen

    I have a certain problem with smoke obsidian, I can’t put it on my forehead without getting a very strong tinnitus within 5 minutes.
    I tried it 3-4 times in intervals of a few days with the same result. the first time I thought it would go away right away, it didn’t go away after a few minutes and then I was too annoyed and put the crystal down. Carrying and holding in my hand is not a problem.

    Is freezing also one of the negative ones?
    I have some crystals that feel like when very cold air moves around them and I can’t hold them in my hand for long because it gets so cold. Mainly these are my black tourmaline and an ice blue aragonite. A few days ago I meditated with my Dumortierite and then I got very cold because the surrounding energy was very cold, otherwise I can hold it quite well in my hand and it doesn’t feel cold either.

  48. Dottie

    I have a favorite Rose Quartz that I often feel drawn to wear. I recently had that feeling again and wore it only for it to feel really heavy. This has not happened before. I am still feeling drawn to it but I am concerned about the heaviness, as it caused pain.

  49. Robyn

    I have a black tourmaline necklace that has really worked well so I decided to get a lepidolite necklace to help with my anxiety, ADHD and stress issues. I left it out under the full moon to cleanse it and I started wearing it with the tourmaline necklace but my neck was feeling heavy and I started feeling nauseous. I took off the lepidolite and started feeling better. I put back on the lepidolite today and again feeling nauseous among several other symptoms, just took off the lepidolite and immediately felt better. I am really sad it doesn’t seem to be working for me, Im worried I just have to much stress right now and the lepidolite can’t handle it.

  50. Rachel

    Moonstone does not work with me. I had terrible nightmares wearing it. I finally returned it.

    I either have powerful positive reaction to a stone or nothing at all. I am also strangely repelled by rose quartz.
    I love, peridot and many others.
    I must cleanse my gems. Thank you for suggestions on cleansing.

  51. Logan

    I think that blue kyanite is for things to come is large waves (think of the white mixed in the blue and how it looks like the middle of the ocean where there are big waves) So it might be because it is bringing in emotional energy waves from how you felt in the past to now.

  52. Sara

    I cleanse my crystals daily, and have desert selenite near my crystals to cleanse them. Yet, I’ve noticed lately amethyst and black tourmaline have started to be painful and uncomfortable. I’m not sure if it’s because I just got home from spending time with stressful family members whom I’ve had disfunction and past traumas with. This is pretty new for me. I also sage my crystals as well. They were fine, quite soothing….I don’t understand what changed.

  53. Misty

    Ive been wearing a hematite and tigers eye bracelet for a while now and yesterday i felt a little off but thought no big deal just allergies but today i had to actually take it off because it was making me feel physically ill and now that ive taken it off i feel better than i did and i know itll take a while for me to completely feel back to normal but it was crazy how it just came out of no where and had me feeling so bad all of a sudden.

  54. Renee Fedrick

    I was compelled to buy an ametrine pendant a few days ago – it was screaming at me while none of the other ametrine pieces even hummed but the moment I touched it I thought of my grandmother. I put it around my neck so as to not loose it and got a splitting headache near my left eye – took it off and out it in my purse and ten minutes later the pain was gone. I have worn ametrine chips before but never a larger piece – I suspect this one just wanted me as transport to where it wanted to go as my grandmother immediately went oh yes and hung it on her cupboard door handle.

  55. Valerie

    I almost fainted using a black obsidian, this was about 4 years ago and I was new to the crystal community and decided to work with obsidian for a cleansing and it made me feel as if I was about to pass out. Luckily nothing happened and it broke two days after.

  56. Isabel

    I have been wearing K2 and (I do not think) it is supposed to change color.. however, after 2 days of wearing, it has turned almost entirely dark blue/black. The blue spots are still somewhat visible, but it is mostly very dark now. Have you heard of this? Is this a bad reaction? What does this mean?

  57. Yogita

    I wore an amythest pendant as its was told highly beneficial for remaining stable and great for mood swings. But as I wore it I started feeling dizzy and at times I felt I couldn’t even stand up on my feet. My head became so heavy. What should I wear in this regard.?

  58. Sudha

    I’m new to crystals & every time I buy rough raw stones, I get this HUGE nausea and end up getting sick. Last time I bough 5 pieces of raw black tourmaline, I ended up getting extremely sick for a day. I kept the stones away in sunlight and then I got used to them. Yesterday, i received my rough rose quartz pendant and cleansed it using the white light visualization meditation and left it overnight in a cup of sea salt. Again after wearing it today for 30 mins, I ended up getting extreme nausea and dizziness. I kept the pendant in sunlight away. I do not really know what could possibly happening. Could you please let me know? Thanks.

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