4 Hidden Risks Of Witchcraft That You Need To Know

In magical circles, it’s far more common to discuss the spiritual dangers of being a witch than the mundane dangers. Sure, spirits, spells, and astral mishaps seem like more pressing dangers than things in our physical reality, but there are some dangers involved in practicing the craft that are often overlooked. Many newer witches are misled by ill-informed sources and wind up practicing the craft without realizing the consequences of what they’re doing. 

Practicing magic improperly can result in very serious accidents and damage to your health. Don’t let this happen to you! Today I want to help educate you about some of the most common magical dangers I see modern witches walking into unknowingly.

If you see something on this list that surprises you because it directly contradicts another source that you’ve read, you should be VERY suspicious of this other source. It is incredibly common in spiritual communities for information to be spread without proper warnings attached. Your health should always come first, so take everything you read (even this!) with a grain of salt and always do your research!


I know what you’re thinking. How on earth can crystals be dangerous? They can be quite dangerous though, especially with many of the uses I see touted in modern circles. One of the greatest dangers in this realm is the use of crystal elixirs.

If you’re unfamiliar with the concept of crystal elixirs, they’re made by placing crystals in water to charge the water with the energy of the crystal for use in baths or drinking. Now, I won’t say that all crystal elixirs are dangerous. They’re not! Plenty of crystals are perfectly safe for this kind of use, but many are not and I rarely see warnings about dangerous crystals in this context. I’ve even seen some unfortunate sources recommending crystal elixirs made out of incredibly dangerous crystals! 

Many crystals are water soluble and will leach toxic minerals into the water that you definitely do NOT want to drink. Others are simply damaged by water and won’t stand up well to this use, eventually degrading the crystal and making it useless to you. I would highly encourage you to thoroughly research any crystal you wish to use for this application, but here are a few crystals you should definitely NOT use to make elixirs and why.

Amazonite – Contains copper

Black Tourmaline – Contains aluminum

Emerald – Contains aluminum

Fluorite – Contains fluorine, can cause extremely painful skeletal disease

Pyrite – Contains heavy metals

Selenite – Will dissolve

Labradorite – Will dissolve

Hematite – Rusts

Coral – Organic material that may contain pathogens

Garnet – Contains aluminum

Jade – Contains aluminum

Malachite – Extremely high copper content

Moonstone – Contains aluminum and potentially other toxic materials

Rose Quartz – Contains aluminum

Ruby – Contains aluminum

Sapphire – Contains aluminum

Serpentine – Contains asbestos

Tiger’s Eye – Contains asbestos

All Quartz – Some forms are water safe, but be careful with storage as all kinds of quartz dust cause silicosis

Essential Oils

We’re going to start this one out by saying that without a mountain of evidence and a medical professional to back you up, you should NEVER ingest essential oils. Anyone who recommends this as a health measure is likely unqualified to be giving such advice. Essential oils are extremely dangerous and decidedly not designed for internal use. These oils are extremely concentrated, and the body is not built to handle an influx of such a massive quantity of any botanical. The repercussions of misusing essential oils in this way can be severe. From immediate symptoms such as causing burning in the throat, abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting, to long-term effects like serious damage to the liver, gallbladder, and digestive organs. Some oils can even cause heart attacks!

This is not something you want to be gambling on. Essential oils can be incredibly useful in the craft, but they are undoubtedly dangerous. If you are intent on using them for medical purposes, you MUST work with a properly trained medical doctor. Notice I said medical doctor, NOT naturopath, herbalist, etc. Again, the risk of not using essential oils properly is organ damage and potential death. It is not worth playing with fire in this case.

Topical use of essential oils may be safe (you should research the particular essential oil you’re using) but you must dilute it properly in a carrier oil, not water. Heavy dilution of these oils will allow you to use them topically without as much danger of causing burns, but it should still be noted that long-term use or improper dilution of essential oils, when used topically, can still cause liver damage.

As a final warning, do not, under any circumstances, use essential oils on your pets. Pets are much smaller than humans and, as such, have smaller livers that are not capable of processing toxins in the same way a human liver can. Whether used topically or internally, essential oils can and will cause organ damage and death in your pets very quickly. Essential oil diffusers can even be harmful to pets. Small animals like birds, reptiles, and rodents are especially worrisome where diffused oils are concerned. It should also be noted that citrus oils are a neurotoxin to cats and you should not use them for any purpose in a household with cats.

Fire Hazards

Witchcraft often involves the use of candles, burned herbs, and other potentially hazardous practices. Make no mistake, while they may seem innocuous, these things can be VERY DANGEROUS if not handled properly. Minors should not attempt any magic involving fire without adult help and supervision. Proper care and handling are mandatory for ensuring your safety in this practice.

All fires, incense, smoke bundles, and candles MUST be used with heatproof containers. Materials that are unable to withstand the heat will pose a fire hazard and materials like glass and ceramic can shatter, causing injury.

Keep all burning items on stable, heatproof surfaces while they’re lit. If you have a stone or brick hearth, that is an ideal place to work with fire but otherwise heatproof pads or trivets must be used to protect countertops. Do not place hot items directly on any surface that is covered in cloth or made of wood. You should take care not to light fires near anything flammable like curtains, blankets, etc. Avoid wearing loose clothing and keep your hair tied back if it’s longer.

You should also take care to minimize the risk of the fire being knocked over by removing pets and children from the room and keeping the fire away from the edges of counters. Never leave lit fires or burning material unattended. This applies to any spell or ritual in which the instructions call for candles to be completely burned down. You MUST stay in the same room as the candle the entire time.

Always work in a well-ventilated area when using fire. Even though your fire may not be at risk of setting things on fire, the smoke can still prove dangerous to yourself, children, and pets.


Last but certainly not least, many common herbs can pose health threats if you’re not well acquainted with their proper use. Even some very common herbs, such as licorice or chamomile, can be dangerous in the right circumstances! Always research herbs before ingesting or burning them and make sure you research their safety for both purposes! Some herbs are toxic one way, but not the other. It’s also important to note that herbs DO have a marked effect on the body and they can interfere with medications. Always check for any interactions with conditions that you have or medications that you’re taking, particularly in the cases of blood thinners, birth control, antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, pregnancy, or breastfeeding. Here is a list of commonly used herbs and their particular dangers.

Aloe vera – Blood thinning

Cinnamon – Can cause skin burns if applied topically

Chamomile – Can thin the blood. Do not take with blood thinners, aspirin, antidepressants, and some Alzheimer’s medications. It can also cause allergic reactions for people with ragweed or daisy allergies.

Echinacea – Do not take with immunosuppressants, after organ transplant, or if you have an autoimmune disease

Feverfew – Blood thinning

Garlic – Blood thinning

Ginseng – Blood thinning

Gingko – Blood thinning

Goldenseal – Do not take with immunosuppressants, after organ transplant, or if you have an autoimmune disease

Licorice – Can cause high blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythm, and heart failure

Dong Quai – Blood thinning

Willow Bark – Blood thinning

St. Johns Wort – Do not take with contraception, immunosuppressants, or antibiotics. Also, avoid if taking any medication that causes sun sensitivity or if you’re naturally prone to sunburns!

Mugwort – Do not take if pregnant or breastfeeding, it can cause miscarriage. May cause allergic reactions in people who are allergic to ragweed and daisies.

Keep in mind, every list I have provided here is incomplete. The fact that I have not listed a crystal or herb does not mean that it’s safe. The information I have provided about the herbs and crystals here is also incomplete. There are more drugs and herbs that can interact with each other than I could possibly list in one article. What this means is that you must always do your own research! Just because an herb or crystal seems safe does not mean that it is.

Despite the doom and gloom of this subject, you don’t need to be terrified of your tools and ingredients. As witches, our knowledge is power. Taking the necessary precautions and educating yourself about these potential dangers will allow you to practice the craft safely for decades to come. Understanding potential dangers and defensive magic is absolutely paramount for new witches, witches looking to take their work to the next level, and even witches who are just looking for a little more peace and quiet in their spiritual lives. The craft doesn’t have to be dangerous, stressful, or traumatic!

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Updated on June 18, 2024 by Avery Hart


  1. Another dangerous crystal is Vanadinite. It has high lead concentrations. Never use in an elixir, and wash your hands after handling. I keep mine in a small plastic bag, so it doesn’t leave ‘dust’ around as well.

  2. While i am very happy to see you have included how dangerous essential oils can be, it is very difficult to find a medical dr who has any knowledge of essential oils and their uses, it would be more likely that they would steer you wrong. Drs are not required to have any knowledge of oils and many dont seek education elsewhere. A naturopath or herbalist would be your best bet in this case. However, as there is no current licensing or certification for herbalists, anyone can claim to be one which makes it difficult to know who to trust. The americal herbalist guild site has a list of registered herbalists in any area who are qualified to give this information, to become registered there is a lengthy list of qualifications you must meet in order to weed out the bad. The last people you should be trusting are those who sell essential oils such as young living, etc. there is NO education given prior to selling and time after time ive seen these sales people recommend dangerous blends and uses. It is so rare that anyone points out the dangers of using “natural” things like essential oils and herbs, I so sooooo appreciate posts like this! 🤗🤗🤗

    • You make very good points! But i think she was trying to say a medical doctor that’s also certified/has a degree in botany or something like that ect.. 😊🌿

    • Should be okay, but it might damage them if you do it often. Aluminum is not a problem generally if it is in bath water or touches your skin. (Unless you have an allergy.) It’s more an issue if you ingest it, especially in large quantities.

  3. I would also add — be careful when applying any oils to your feet. My coworker overdosed on essential oils that way, because there are no inhibitors to regulate absorption through the soles of your feet. It’s a funny story to tell now, but she was faint, shaking, and throwing up at the time. She had to be hospitalized overnight!

  4. Also make sure NOT to take St Johns Worth together with anti-depressants. This may cause serotonine syndrome!

  5. Do protection talismans or spells on the regular and you really don’t have to worry about ‘danger’ in doing witchcraft. Don’t fall for the fear factor.

    • Kimberly, you might want to try reading the post first next time. Protection spells won’t save you from poisoning yourself on accident or setting your house on fire.

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