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.
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 suddenpain 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).