Many people have asked me this questions and I would like to share the ways I cleanse my crystals here. You can use any of the methods outlined below together or separately to cleanse and charge your crystals. I use all of these methods myself at different times of the moon cycles. Most of all with all things in healing intention is the key.
I find that my crystals are more powerful and energizing when they are clean and charged. I don't mean they get "dirty" in a physical sense but rather dirty with other peoples or things energies. Crystals and gemstones are living vibrational things that come from mother earth. They are respected and revered by many in the healing arts. Anyone that has held a crystal in their hands will understand why I call them living. They vibrate to subtle but powerful energies and assist with healing, manifesting and many other things.
Below are the different ways to cleanse crystals, feel free to read through these ways, and even submit your way you cleanse crystals below so I can add that to the list of ways we cleanse our crystals.
Sea salt is one of the most common and effective ways to cleanse your crystals. You can either use sea salt with or without water to cleanse them. Some stones should not be placed in sea salt water so if you choose this method please be sure to check to make sure your crystal or gemstone can be put into water. A good rule of thumb about this, is the stones that are harder and more glass-like (IE quartz or fluorite) are often times tolerant of water and the softer stones (IE selenite, malachite or opals) that are more like rocks are not. Another good tip to know is generally speaking crystals that end in *ite are not good for cleansing with water. You can refer to a good gemstone book like "Love is in The Earth, a kaleidoscope of Crystals" by Melody for finding which stones are OK to use in water and which aren't.
You can either place a tablespoon of sea salt in a tablespoon of water, I like to use natural spring water for this and leave the crystals in the sea salt water for 24 hours. Or if you choose the dry sea salt method you can also simply place the crystals or gemstones in the sea salt for 24 hours, if they have points be sure to place the points down as to release the negative energies back to mother earth.
Both methods of cleansing with sea salt is very useful and works well, one last thing to mention though is be sure to use natural sea salt not regular table salt because regular table salt contains other minerals such as aluminum and other minerals. Also when using this method be sure to use a glass container not metal or plastic to hold the sea salt and your gemstones in.
I almost always use this method to clear and charge my crystals. The moon light from a full moon is especially powerful at cleansing your crystals and recharging them. I suggest putting them outside on the night of the full moon and taking them back into the house before noon at least because after the noon day sun it becomes draining to the crystals energies. You can also place them outside during a new moon and cleanse them that way. I like this method of cleansing my stones because every two weeks there is a full or new moon and I am always reminded at that time to cleanse and recharge my crystals.
The Sun can be a very strong energetic way to cleanse your stones, but it can also be draining to them if left out for too long. Some stones will fade in the sunlight so again refer to a good book like mentioned above to know which should only have limited sun rays. Stones like Rose Quartz, Agate, or Smokey Quartz and other brightly colored stones may fade so be careful when using sun light to clean these. I suggest not leaving the stones out in the sunlight for more then 8 hours at a time as well.
You can bury your crystals in the earth and leave them there for 24 hours. Crystals and gemstones come from the earth so when you use this method it is as if you are giving them a little vacation from home and they are rejuvenating and reviving themselves as they spend time back in the earth. Be sure to mark your crystals where you bury them as to not loose them and also remember that the earth contains moisture so for those stones that should not be put into water it could affect or scratch them. You can also get a container of earth and place that container of earth in your home while you bury your crystals and allow them to recharge, this method is good for those living in an apartment or somewhere they do not have a yard of their own.
This method is great for those crystals that can withstand the water and you are in a rush to clean them. Simply place the crystal under the running tap water and close your eyes imaging all the negative energies that the crystal picks up are being washed down the drain by the running waters. When you feel the change in the crystal, which might feel like a tingle or simply your mind clearing then the crystal is cleansed.
You can use sweet grass, sage, or even incense to smudge your crystals. Simply pass the crystals through your smudging stick or smoke from an incense and it will be cleared of negative energy. The Native Americans use smudging as a way to clear and cleanse many things including crystals.
Citrine is a stone that never needs cleansing of it's own in fact having citrine with other crystals and gemstones will help you to keep those gemstones cleansed. You can also place your other stones on a citrine geode or basket full of citrine tumbled stones for 24 hours and the citrine will cleanse the stones of unwanted energies.
You can also cleanse your crystals tossing them through a candle flame. Be sure that they land on a pillow of some sort on the other side as not to get broken or harmed and remember that some crystals may get damaged with this method but I included it here because it is generally a safe and effective way to quickly release all the negative energies your crystals have picked up.
All of these ways I have used to cleanse my crystals, there are other methods but these are the ones I am most familiar with at this time. Feel free to submit your method of cleansing your crystals below, I will include it in this article if you do!
Blessings and Enjoy your crystals!
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