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How To Cleanse Your Crystals: 8 WAYS

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Read on to discover how to cleanse your crystals in 8 different ways! We’ll also cover why or whether you should, and how often you need to cleanse your crystals.

This is lesson 5 in our FREE beginners crystal course, CRYSTAL BASICS.

The Mystic Cat's Crystal Basics - Free Beginners Course

1. WHY SHOULD YOU CLEANSE YOUR CRYSTALS?

Before we discuss how to cleanse your crystals – let’s look at why we need to?

Crystals work very hard. They are constantly transmitting, absorbing and diffusing energy. Negative or old energy can build up as ‘residue’ in a crystal. 

Physically, you need to clean your crystals occasionally to dust off or wipe away any dust or hand marks. In the same way, we energetically clean our crystals of any negative or stale energy residues. 

2. HOW OFTEN DO YOU NEED TO CLEANSE YOUR CRYSTALS?

2.1. WHEN NEW CRYSTALS FIRST ARRIVE

If you purchase from us at The Mystic Cat:

We have already cleansed and charged your new crystal allies for you, prior to shipping them to you.

First we use our own special crystal infused botanical mist to cleanse, called “AURA & SPACE CLEANSE”.

Then we charge the crystals with our “MEDITATION & SPIRIT GUIDES” crystal infused botanical mist. 

If you buy crystals from elsewhere:

Cleansing your new crystals when they first arrive home with you is highly recommended.

Remember that your crystals have been handled and touched by many people before they reached you!

Cleansing the crystals also helps recharge and re-energize them.

Crystals changing hands

2.2. MAINTENANCE

How often you should cleanse your crystals is a completely personal choice, just like how often you dust your home is!

Take into consideration how much they’ve been working, and trust your intuition to tell you if they need a cleanse and recharge.

The more you spend time with and work with your crystals, the more in tune you become with them. The more frequently you cleanse and recharge your crystals, the more they can assist you.

Cleansing is a wonderful way to reconnect with your crystal allies and deepen your understanding and awareness of them.

3. DIFFERENT WAYS TO CLEANSE YOUR CRYSTALS:

There are many different methods to cleanse crystals. It is up to you to find the one that you and your crystal are most comfortable with.

Be sure to check whether your crystal is sensitive to a method before you use it. Some crystals can be damaged by water, like Selenite. Some can be damaged by too much direct sunlight, and so on.

I like to mix and match methods depending on what is available to me at the time. Don’t be shy to experiment! Just make sure that whichever method you try is safe for your particular crystal.

Here are 8 different methods you can try in learning how to cleanse your crystals:

1. WATER

Cleanse your crystals with running water or rain.

Hold your crystal under running water for a few minutes. As you do so, imagine a beautiful waterfall cascading, waves of a tropical beach lapping, or raindrops splashing over your crystal.

See in your mind’s eye, all the negative energy wash out of the crystal. Feel the crystal become re-energized and purified. This visualization helps to communicate your will energetically, and activate the cleansing process.

I often take my crystals out during a rainstorm, amidst much laughter and wetness. I leave them on the ground while the rain pours down on them. This method combines water and earth.

SAFETY

Not all crystals are suitable for this method. Some examples of crystals that can be damaged by water include:

  • Halite
  • Selenite
  • Lapis Lazuli
  • Malachite
  • Turquoise 

2. OTHER CRYSTALS

You can use other crystals to cleanse your crystals!

Some crystals are able to clear negative energy from other crystals. Clear quartz (also known as “rock crystal”), Citrine and Carnelian are all examples. Just programme the crystal to this purpose. You can LEARN HOW TO PROGRAMME A CRYSTAL HERE.

Place the crystal/s to be cleansed on or next to the crystal you have programmed. For example, put them all together in a bowl. Leave it there for about a day.

A Citrine drusy cluster (a cluster of points on a flat rock base) works nicely to place several smaller crystals on it. You can programme any flat cluster to this purpose, or use a geode (crystal cave).

Another excellent option is Selenite, which cleanses and recharges crystals beautifully. We have some lovely SELENITE CHARGING PLATES for this purpose. 

If you have a collection of tumbled stones, try keeping a tumbled citrine with them.

To use this method, be sure to programme the cleansing crystal first. It is also important to remember to visualise the crystal working to cleanse the other crystals as you place them. 

SAFETY

This method is safe and suitable for all crystals.

3. EARTH

The earth’s natural magnetic charge and grounding qualities can draw off negativity from crystals. This method returns the crystal to where it came from – the earth, its natural home. It works especially well for earthy crystals like Jasper.

As you bury the crystal, see in your mind’s eye the crystal being rejuvenated by the earth. Leave the crystal buried for about a day and a night.

Another option is to fill a bowl with sand and lay your crystals on top of the soil. This is a safer option for crystals that could be dirtied or damaged by soil.

SAFETY

Delicate stones are not suitable for burying. You may have trouble cleaning them afterwards without damaging them!

Cleanse crystals with earth bowl of sand

4. SALT

Similar to the method above, fill a bowl with desert or Himalayan salt and place your crystals on top of the salt.

The salt will draw off any residual negative energy and cleanse your crystals.

Salt can be reused several times. Keep the salt in a container where it is free from moisture. 

We offer CRYSTAL CLEANSING SALTS in a tin for this purpose. It combines pink Himalayan salt with botanicals and crystals, charged and ready to cleanse your crystals. Due to the combination of elements we’ve used, this blend can be reused indefinitely.

SAFETY

This method is safe and suitable for all crystals. 

5. SOUND

The vibrations of pure sound can cleanse crystals. You can use a bell, timsha or SINGING BOWL

See in your mind’s eye the pure, resonating vibrations passing through the crystal and cleansing it.

You can use this method to cleanse several crystals at once, paying attention to each crystal for a moment in turn.

SAFETY

This method is safe and suitable for all crystals. 

Cleanse crystals with sound

6. SMOKE

Light a SMUDGE STICK or INCENSE. Gently wave the smoke over and around your crystal. You can use your hand or a feather to wave the smoke. 

As you do this, picture any negative energies being swept away and dissipating with the smoke.

Choosing a botantical that has cleansing properties (like SAGE, PALO SANTO, SWEETGRASS or LAVENDER) further boosts the power of this cleansing method.

It has the added benefit of clearing the energy of the room too! Open the window/s and door/s to let the smoke exit, if you are indoors. I like to play soothing music while I do this cleansing ritual. If you are new to smudging, you might want to also read HOW TO SMUDGE for additional tips.

SAFETY

This method is safe and suitable for all crystals. 

7. SUNLIGHT & MOONLIGHT

Put your crystal outside on the grass on a bright sunshine-filled day, or leave it out at night on a full moon. You can do this indoors too, by placing the crystal/s on a windowsill to soak up the rays.

Place your crystal with intention, seeing in your mind the crystal absorbing the rays to become cleansed and energized.

There are many crystals that absolutely relish a day in the sun, especially solar plexus related stones such as Golden Healer, Aventurine, Carnelian, and Citrine. 

Personally as a Cancerian, I’ve always been attracted to the magical allure of a full moon. Full moon energy is excellent at cleansing and recharging crystals.

SAFETY

Some crystals can be damaged by sunlight, causing their colour to fade. Examples are Rose Quartz and Azurite. However moonlight is safe for all crystals. For either method, if you are leaving your crystals outside, check that it is not going to rain (for water sensitive crystals).

8. OILS & SPRAYS

Oils and sprays tap into the power of botanicals to cleanse. You can make your own essential oil blend with plant extracts which have cleansing properties. Or you can buy a spritzer or oil blend crafted for this purpose. We have our AURA & SPACE CLEANSE spritzer, which we follow with our MEDITATION & SPIRIT GUIDE spritzer.

Mist a light spray over the crystals, being careful not to overdo it. If using an oil blend, put a small amount on your finger and lightly touch each crystal. 

As always picture in your mind the crystals being cleansed and recharged.

SAFETY

Not all crystals are suitable for this method. Some delicate mineral specimens may be damaged by water or oil. Crystals on the higher end of the hardness scale will generally be fine, as would all tumbled stones.

4. IN SUMMARY

Cleansing your crystals is the energetic equivalent of physically giving them a clean or dust. It’s also a great way to connect with your crystal allies and learn to work with them better. There are many different methods to try, which you can experiment with. You can also mix and match, combining methods to make your own personal cleansing ritual, or do different methods at different times. There are two very important points to remember:

  1. Always check the safety and suitability of a method for your selected crystal/s.
  2. The act of visualizing the method working to remove old energy from your crystal/s is crucial. This visualization helps to communicate your will energetically, and activate the cleansing process.

…UP NEXT

Well done for completing lesson 5! In our next lesson, we’re going to learn about programming a crystal – what that means, if/when it’s necessary, and how to do it.

CRYSTAL COURSE FOR BEGINNERS LESSON 6:

HOW TO PROGRAMME A CRYSTAL

Crystal Basics 6 How To Programme A Crystal

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