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.
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. When you buy a new crystal, it is very important that you cleanse it when you get it home. This clears away any negative energy that the crystal has absorbed and any emotional residue it may be holding.
Remember your crystal has been handled and touched by many people before it reached you! Cleansing the crystal also recharges and re-energises it.
HOW OFTEN DO YOU NEED TO CLEANSE YOUR CRYSTALS?
How often you should cleanse your crystals is a completely personal choice.
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.
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:
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 rain drops splashing over your crystal.
See in your mind’s eye, all the negative energy wash out of the crystal. Feel the crystal become re-energised and purified.
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.
Not all crystals are suitable for this method. Some examples of crystals that can be damaged by water include:
– Lapis Lazuli
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 quartz), citrine and carnelian are all great for this. Just programme the crystal to this purpose. You can learn how to programme a crystal HERE.
Place the crystal to be cleansed on or next to the crystal you have programmed. Leave it there for about a day.
An amethyst drusy cluster (a cluster of points on a flat rock base) can cleanse several crystals placed on it at the same time.
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, and when you place the crystals to be cleansed, see in your mind’s eye the cleansing crystal at work.
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.
Obviously, delicate stones are not suitable for this method. You may have trouble cleaning them afterwards without damaging them!
You can also fill a bowl with earth and lay your crystals on top of the soil for a gentler option.
Similar to the method above, fill a bowl with sea salt 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.
This method is safe for all crystals.
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.
This method is safe for all crystals.
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, impepho, rosemary or palo santo) further boosts the power of this cleansing method.
This method is safe for all crystals. It has the added benefit of clearing the energy of the room too! I like to play soothing music while I do this cleansing ritual.
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.
Place your crystal with intention, seeing in your mind the crystal absorbing the rays to become cleansed and energized.
You can also place your crystal on a windowsill to soak up the rays.
Sunlight can damage certain crystals (rose quartz for example will fade with prolonged sun exposure) so check beforehand.
There a few crystals that absolutely relish a day in the sun, like a Golden Healer.
As a Cancerian, I’ve always been attracted to the magical allure of a full moon. This method is safe for all crystals.
8. OILS & SPRAYS
Oils and sprays tap into the power of botanicals to cleanse. You can buy or make an essential oil blend with plant extracts which have cleansing properties.
Mist the spray over the crystals, being careful not to overdo it. Or if using an oil blend, put a small amount on your finger and anoint each crystal. As always picture in your mind the crystals being cleansed and recharged.
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 be fine.