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We have Miranda Kerr to thank for introducing us to crystal-infused water. The Australian supermodel is a big proponent of the healing powers of crystals, and her line of beauty products, Kora Organics, relies on H2O that's filtered through rose quartz—a stone believed to promote positive energy vibrations and emotional healing (it's also Kerr's favorite crystal, she revealed to a fan on Twitter).
The crystal water trend goes way beyond topical applications: These days, people are adding gemstones to water bottles, pitchers, and dispensers with the intent of instilling good vibes, wellness, and self-love. To wit: When we visited Mane Addicts' art director, Desirae Cherie, we found her at her office swigging from a bottle of shungite water.
This rare metallic stone found in Russia, India, and the U.S. are said to help detoxify and cleanse the body. According to a 2013 study, it is one of nature's finest water filters and effectively removes free radicals—the UV ray–inflicted molecules that wreak havoc on your body and skin. Filtering removes up to 95% of contaminants, including "organic and chlorinated organic substances such as oil, pesticides, phenols, surfactants, dioxins, and more." A 2017 study found positive effects as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.
Encouraged by its potential wellness benefits (and curious about its DIY-ability), we spoke with the team at VitaJuwel. The company sells a stylish range of crystal water bottles and wands that make guzzling gemstone water a fashion statement.
What Makes Crystal-Infused Water Different?
"Most people experience a slight change in the texture of the water, compared to regular drinking water," according to VitaJuwel USA CEO Jan Eisen. "It's often described as clearer and smoother. There's also an amazing difference in the taste between the various gemstone blends we offer."
Institute Hagalis, an international research laboratory for the quality analyses of water, examined the difference between the tap water from Ueberlingen at Lake Constance, Germany, and a sample of the same water after being treated with VitaJuwel. They found a distinct improvement in water quality, neutralization of harmful substances, improvement of the pH-value, and oxygen content. The study also noted an increase in the bioavailability of minerals and an increase in energy balance.
In addition to drinking, you can use crystal-infused water to make tea or revitalize your bathwater.
What Does The Science Say?
There are claims that crystal-infused water not only detoxifies the body, but that it can boost the immune system, stimulate better circulation and metabolism, and increase energy. However, the science-backed evidence to support these claims is largely lacking. "I can't find any evidence to support the claims that this kind of water promotes, says Keri Gans, R.D., author of "The Small Change Diet," to Shape magazine. "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,"
On the other hand, Gans adds that if a beautiful, crystal-infused water bottle is what it takes to get you to drink more water (a must for proper health), then she is all for it. Writes Rachel Sugar in an essay on Bon Appetit about trying the Glacce crystal water bottle, "But, still, every time I sip from the bottle, I see the crystal, which reminds me that I’m trying to be calm and generous and less generally freaked out because I decided it would."
The Best Crystals to Make Crystal Water (or Crystal Elixirs)
A word of caution: Some gemstones can release toxic substances into the water while other crystals can be impregnated with artificial resins. So, when making crystal water (also known as crystal elixirs in wellness circles) at home, be careful with the type of crystals you use.
There are some gemstones to avoid when preparing your water. However, Eisen notes that with VitaJuwel products, "The gems, though already carefully selected, don‘t come in contact with the water. Despite being sealed inside the glass, the gems still vitalize the water. The gem pod acts like a natural prism for the crystal‘s subtle vibrations."
All of this to say that if you prefer to create your own crystal water, try your best to source quality gemstones. Clean them first before adding to your water. If you want to learn how to make crystal water for yourself, we recommend Hello Glow's rose quartz and aquamarine beauty water or shop some of our favorite crystal products below.