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What Are The Side Effects Of Black Tourmaline? 

What Are The Side Effects Of Black Tourmaline? 

In this article: Discover what are the side effects of Black Tourmaline and how to deal with them!

Black Tourmaline is a powerful crystal, and often, a wonderful addition to any crystal’s collection. It’s a strong gemstone that activates and balances the lower chakras.

However, some people might have negative reactions to this crystal. How does it happen? There are several reasons.

First, it’s important to know that all stones emit vibrations, just like our body does. Sometimes these vibrations do not work together properly.

Another theory is that if the crystal and the person’s energy field are similar,  the two could push each other away.

Read on to discover the side effects of Black Tourmaline and what to do if you feel weird around this stone. 

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Negative side effects of Black Tourmaline

It doesn’t happen really often, but sometimes, Black Tourmaline can make you feel uncomfortable. Below, you’ll find some negative side effects of this crystal: 

Triggers anxiety

Black Tourmaline is very strong. If it seems to make you very anxious, it might be because you are very sensitive to its energy.

Sometimes crystals can be too strong for our energy bodies and we feel this energy in the physical body.

This is what causes the feeling of anxiousness. Some people also reported that they felt their heart racing when holding Black Tourmaline.

Sometimes you don’t even have to touch or hold the crystal to feel weird. Just being around it could make you feel agitated.

When the crystal’s energy is very powerful, you might also feel like you are going to pass out or throw up. 

Even reiki practitioners and healers can feel the negative side effects of Black Tourmaline during their work.

If Black Tourmaline makes you feel uncomfortable, you’ll just have to learn to use other stones in its place. 

If you can’t touch your crystal, you can still program it without holding it in your hands. instead, hold your hands above the gemstone.

This way it won’t make you feel uncomfortable.

Promotes grounding

One of the most common side effects of Black Tourmaline is that it connects to the root chakra to promote grounding.

In most cases, it’s actually a good thing. It’s even one of the main reasons why most people buy Black Tourmaline in the first place.

However, Black Tourmaline can make you feel too grounded. Yes, it’s possible! 

When you’re too grounded, you have a hard time focusing, you’re overly energetic and you’re no longer affected by what’s going on around you.

You’re connected to the earth, but to the point that nothing else affects you. 

On the opposite when you are ungrounded, you feel very vulnerable and off-balance. If you feel like that, you definitely need Black Tourmaline to center yourself. 

Keep in mind that everyone’s sensitivity to crystals is different. Some might have the symptoms I described above, others will feel totally different.

Related: 12 Powerful Crystals For The Root Chakra

Positive side effects of Black Tourmaline

If you love Black Tourmaline and already use it for healing, here are a few positive side effects you can expect with this crystal: 

Protects against EMF

One of the best side effects of Black Tourmaline is that it protects against electric and magnetic fields.

This type of radiation is associated with the use of electrical power and various forms of natural and man-made lighting.

Computers, phones, TVs, and other electronic devices we use every day emit these negative vibrations to which we are constantly exposed. 

Prolonged exposure to EMFs will give you negative side effects similar to the ones people feel when their energy doesn’t mesh with the one of Black Tourmaline.

This includes headaches, depression, fatigue, or difficulty focusing on your task.  

Black Tourmaline has a high concentration of iron, making it especially useful for absorbing EMFs.

You can place Black Tourmaline around your phone or computer so that it can block the electromagnetic fields they emit. 

Supports weight loss

Black Tourmaline has many wonderful properties. One of them is that it boosts the immune system and helps healthy digestion.

This makes it a wonderful crystal for supporting weight loss.

This jet black crystal will support your overall well-being while making sure you feel supported and grounded throughout the journey. 

Another great benefit of Black Tourmaline is that it can help you stay motivated while you are trying to lose weight.

Its grounding properties will also help you focus so that you make better food choices. Black Tourmaline is great for everyday use.

Some people also mention that it can help prevent water retention, another way it can help with weight loss. 

Blocks negative energies

If you’re looking for the best stone when dealing with negativity, Black Tourmaline is just the crystal you need.

Not only does it help get rid of negative energies, but it also attracts positive energy. Another great benefit of Black Tourmaline is that it banishes negative thoughts.

If you want to encourage positive thinking, this crystal will definitely help. 

It helps put an energetic boundary between yourself and others so that you are not affected by other people’s energy.

If you were to make other people’s energy your own, you’ll feel depressed, anxious, and exhausted.

Wearing a Black Tourmaline necklace can help you maintain that boundary. 

Additionally, you can use Black Tourmaline to protect your home. Many crystal lovers place Black Tourmaline at their front door and on windows.

This will help bring positive vibes to your house and protect your living space.

Related: 10 Healing Crystals To Ward Off Negativity

What to do if Black Tourmaline makes you feel weird?

If you find that Black Tourmaline makes you feel uncomfortable, there are a couple of things you can do.

The first and more obvious is to stop using and carrying Black Tourmaline and use another crystal with similar properties.

There are many great alternatives to Black Tourmaline.

Even though it’s a fantastic gemstone with strong properties, you can use Apache Tears, Black Obsidian, or Smoky Quartz instead. 

The other thing you can do is to try and train your body to work with the crystal.

You can handle Black Tourmaline in small doses each day, which will help you build up a tolerance. In theory, this should allow your body to get used to Black Tourmaline’s powerful vibrations.

It will probably be uncomfortable at first, but if it works, you’ll be able to set intentions and work with Black Tourmaline. 

You can find another crystal that balances out the energy of Black Tourmaline. If it makes you feel agitated, combine it with a stone that has relaxing properties.

Stones such as Rose Quartz, Amethyst, Lepidolite, and Blue Lace Agate are useful for reducing stress and balancing the chakras. 

Finally, if Black Tourmaline makes you feel weird, avoid using stones that amplify other crystals’ effects, such as Clear Quartz.

Otherwise, it will amplify the vibrations of your Tourmaline and make you feel even more uncomfortable! 

If none of these techniques work and you really want to get rid of your Black Tourmaline, you can either bury it in your garden, give it to a friend or sell it.

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Bottom line

Black Tourmaline is a strong crystal with many beautiful properties.

However, some people can have a bad reaction to it when their body’s energy doesn’t mix with the powerful vibrations of the crystal.

If this happens to you, try working with Black Tourmaline a little bit every day or replace it with another crystal in your healing rituals. 

This amazing crystal also has many positive side effects. In fact, it is one of the best crystals for protection against the electric and magnetic fields that our electronic devices emit.

Place it near your computer so that it can absorb the negative vibrations. 

Have you experienced the side effects of Black Tourmaline? Let me know in the comments below! 


Sunday 4th of February 2024

I was agitated when it wa spaired with copper and moonstone I am determined to wear the piece. I am cleaning it on a charging plate. I think it may be the energy of the designer.


Saturday 25th of November 2023

Hi.. I started wearing Black Tourmaline pointed pendant last year. For one month everything was fine..but later it gave me redness and burnt type itching. I discontinued. Again tried three days back with new pendant but result is same. I wear at day time only. Purpose of wearing is protection. Meditate with it…properly cleanse and charged it before using.. and put on selenite plate daily at night. Is there something else I can try to make it suitable. Thank You


Saturday 25th of November 2023

Hi Geet,

Thank you for your comment.

If Black Tourmaline doesn't work for you, I would simply try with another stone that has similar properties like Black Obsidian, Black Onyx or Smoky Quartz.


Monday 2nd of October 2023

can we place this stone at store? is it a good idea?


Monday 2nd of October 2023

Hi Sumeet, yes you can place them around your store for protection!


Monday 25th of September 2023

Great & very informative article! 👌🏽 I just recently started wearing a Black Tourmaline bracelet (on my left hand) and it feels like my arm is vibrating. Is that normal? I'm thinking of switching to Black Obsidian to prevent that. Thank you!


Tuesday 26th of September 2023

Hi Neel, Everybody reacts differently to crystals. If it makes you feel uncomfortable, switching to Black Obsidian is definitely a good idea!

Jonathan W.

Sunday 2nd of July 2023

I bought one earlier this morning, because there is some extremely negative things going on in my home. Without going into details, it’s not from people. I brought it home & placed it in front of my door; but now I have a sense of dread, and feel conflicted. So something is definitely happening with the stone, but can’t really explain it. I think I need to keep it right where it is for now.


Sunday 2nd of July 2023

Hi Jonathan,

If you bought Black Tourmaline for protection and don't feel comfortable around it, you can replace it with Smoky Quartz, Black Onyx, or Black Obsidian.