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Seven Ways to Cleanse Crystals

Updated on April 11, 2017
Ocean Jasper is ideal for dispelling negative feelings and stimulating the solar plexus, heart and throat chakras,
Ocean Jasper is ideal for dispelling negative feelings and stimulating the solar plexus, heart and throat chakras, | Source

Crystals take in energy from the environment surrounding them and the people that they come in contact with. When you buy a crystal it's likely that will have travelled through various places and many people. As a result of this the stone may contain energy that can affect how it works and the energy that you experience from it. Crystals that are used in healing also accumulate unwanted and negative energies that will impact on how well they are able to work.

To help keep a crystal’s energy pure and working at its best, crystals will need to be cleansed to remove this build-up of stale and ineffective energy. Crystals should also be cleansed when they are first bought to remove the energy they will have collected beforehand in the shop, warehouse etc. and also from other people that have handled them. There are many methods that can be used to cleanse crystals, although in some cases one particular method may be more suitable than others due to the type of crystal being cleansed. Each method is relatively simple and most can be performed without the need for any specialised items.

Once it has been cleansed, the crystal can be used as you wish. Crystals that are used daily, such as those placed around the house or worn in jewellery will need to be cleansed regularly to prevent build up of negative and stale energy. You do not have to use the same method at every cleanse or always use the same method with a certain crystal. Choose whichever method you feel most comfortable using or that suits your circumstances best.

Natural sources of running water are excellent for cleansing crystals.
Natural sources of running water are excellent for cleansing crystals. | Source

1. Cleansing Crystals in Water

One of the simplest methods to cleansing crystals if using water. In the case of newly bought or heavily used crystals this can be done by soaking the crystals in a glass bowl of still spring water for 24 hours. For the regular cleansing of crystals that have received light use you can hold them under the running water of a tap for a few minutes. Crystals can also be held under naturally running water such as Springs or brooks of clear water. While cleansing your crystals join temp removing negativity and bringing the Crystal back to its natural neutral state and ensure to dry the stone thoroughly afterwards. Some people like to use water that has been left in the moonlight overnight to cleanse their crystals.

This method can be carried out quickly and easily in most circumstances however it is unsuitable for some types of stone. Selenite, lapis lazui, malachite and turquoise are examples of crystals that should not be cleansed using water.

Sage smudge sticks can be used to cleanse crystals of negative energies.
Sage smudge sticks can be used to cleanse crystals of negative energies. | Source

2. Cleansing Crystals by Smudging

Smudging is an ancient Native American tradition that is used to clear unwanted and unpleasant energies from a place, person or item. It is carried out using smudge sticks, which are made by rolling dried herbs into a long bundle. These are then lit to produce a cleansing smoke that can be carried around a space or have an item placed within it. Sage is commonly used in smudging sticks and considered to be and powerful cleansing and healing herb. It can be used to clear crystals of all negative energies and vibration whether they are raw or tumbled stones or part of jewellery and other items.

Smudging a crystal to cleanse it is a simple process but care should be taken, as with any activity involving naked flames and high temperatures. Be sure that there are no flammable items or materials in the area and watch for items such as curtains or heat sensitive surfaces such as plastics.

In order to use a smudge stick, it must first be lit and then the flame blown out. The stick will smoke and this is then wafted all over the crystal several times. Any negative energies that are present will be carried away on the smoke. You may also wish to visualise this happening as you smudge the crystal. Once you have finished the smudge stick must be fully extinguished using water. This can be done simply by running it under a tap. The herb material will then dry out and be ready for use in future. Incense can also be used in this way but is considered to be less powerful than a smudging stick. If using incense only work on one crystal at a time. Once finished you can put out the incense or allow it to burn out in a suitable holder.

Whether you chose to use a smudging stick or incense sage and frankincense are both good choices of scent to use in cleansing crystals.

Some crystals, such as these hematite stones can be damaged by salt water.
Some crystals, such as these hematite stones can be damaged by salt water. | Source

3. Cleansing Crystals using Saltwater

The method for cleansing crystals in salt water is a little different than when using fresh water. These are many crystal users who prefer not to use and do not recommend this technique for use with any type of stone. This is due to the fact that these fields that is too harsh for the crystals and can cause physical damage. Salt has been used for thousands of years as a natural purifier. Salt and salt water can be used in physical healing and also used cleansing sacred spaces and in ceremonies. Within Feng shui, sea salt is used to remove negative energy from the surrounding environment. It is also used in cleaning such as mopping floors and for bathing.

If you decide you would like to use this method of cleansing there are some stones to avoid, due to their more delicate nature. These include calcite, carnelian, labradorite and opa,l as well as any Stones that should not be cleansed using water. To make salt water a teaspoon of sea salt in a glass of spring water. Once completely dissolved immerse the crystals in the salt water. As with using this method at all, opinions differ on how long is safe to leave crystals in salt water. Many people suggest only allowing the crystals to search for an hour or two, whereas others say it is okay to leave them overnight.

Moonlight is a powerful and effective method of cleansing crystals and is very easy to perform.
Moonlight is a powerful and effective method of cleansing crystals and is very easy to perform. | Source

4. Using Moonlight to Cleanse your Crystals

This is a very simple and powerful method that can be used to cleanse crystals wherever you maybe. The full moon or during the waning moon are considered as an ideal time to place your crystals to be cleansed by the moon but any time of the month is fine.

To use this form of cleansing, simply place your crystals in a safe place where the moonlight will fall onto them. They can be placed on the ground, in a flowerbed or on a pathway for example or if you prefer place the crystals into a bowl or on to a garden table, windowsill or other outside surface. Leave the stones for as long as you feel is necessary and if needed they can be returned outside the following night.

If you are leaving your crystals out overnight, a shaded spot under a tree would be more suitable that a windowsill that receives a lot of direct sunlight as some crystals can be faded if they are placed in the sun. Care should also be taken when placing water sensitive crystals such as selenite outside in case of rain or snow.

Fresh, healthy soil can be used to cleanse crystals.
Fresh, healthy soil can be used to cleanse crystals. | Source

5. Cleansing Crystals by Burying Them

The Earth contains energies that can be used to ground, balance and cleanse crystals. Stones can be buried in any spot of earth, just be certain that you know where they are or mark the spot in some way so that they are easy to find and dig up. There is no set time to leave the crystals and some may need more than others but as a guide a day or two should be fine in most cases.

If you do not have a garden or access to another outdoor space where your crystals will be safe, then a pot or other tub of soil can be used. Ideally the container should be made of a natural material and the soil as natural as possible. If you can collect some from outside that is great but if not avoid buying those that have lots of fertilisers and other chemical additives.

6. Using a Singing Bowl to Cleanse Crystals

Metal singing bowls have long been used as meditation aids and as a way to raise energy. They can also be used to cleanse healing crystals as the sound vibrations produced can dispel negativity. A singing bowl should not be used with any more delicate crystals or those that scratch easily such as fluorite, malachite and turquoise. It is also best not used with any terminated (pointed) crystals or any that small pieces could break off from.

To use this method place the crystal or crystals into the singing bowl. Stroke the mallet around the bowls inner or outer edge, slowly building up in speed. As you do this any negative energy from the crystals will be drawn out and carried away with the sound waves, allowing positivity to fill the stone. As with using a smudge stick you can visualise this happening if you wish.

A singing bowl can be used to cleanse crystals. The sounds carry away any negativity and stale energy.
A singing bowl can be used to cleanse crystals. The sounds carry away any negativity and stale energy. | Source

7. Cleansing Crystals using Breath

If you are unable to perform any of the other methods of cleansing or need to use a crystal quickly, it can be cleansed using your breath and intention. This is not as powerful as other methods but it will be okay until you can perform a more through cleansing. Cleansing using breath can be used with any crystal type. Take a few deep breaths and focus on removing negative and stale energy from the crystal. Pick up the stone, breathe in deeply and breathe out over it in one quick breath. Visualise the bad energies being absorbed by Mother Earth and becoming vibrant again.

Your breath can be used to cleanse crystals until you have access to better methods.
Your breath can be used to cleanse crystals until you have access to better methods. | Source

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    • Elderberry Arts profile imageAUTHOR


      5 months ago from Surrey, Uk

      Thank you. It sounds like you have everything covered with your crystals. As with all aspects of crystal healing, following your intution is unlikley to to guide you wrong.

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      5 months ago

      greetings, when i Cleanse & Consecrate my Crystals, i light a White Candle, burn Sandlewood Incense, Spring water (from a Bayou Spring) & Salt...when on a Full Moon, i set them out while Drawing Down the Moon to "Recharge" that O.K.!?!...ur info is "Lit"!...Blessed Be!

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      Maurice Glaude 

      5 months ago from Mobile, AL

      This is the first time I've heard of the breathing method. Interesting.

    • Elderberry Arts profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from Surrey, Uk

      Using a container of soil is fine, especially if it has been collected from nature rather than bought. Forest soil sounds ideal. I am not sure about the runes but I don't see any reason why burying (or any other of these methods) wouldn't work to cleanse those as well.

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      2 years ago

      Love this article. Ihave few stones and always used the moon to cleanse tem. Your advice about puting them into a soil made my day. I live close by a forest so I will collect a soil there and put in a big container where I burry my stones. Would that work please? Do you think the burrying can be applied to runes as well? Thank you dearly for reply

    • Elderberry Arts profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from Surrey, Uk

      Thank you all for your kind comments. Sorry to hear about your crystals Amanda, that is a shame. WiccanSage, I have not heard of cornmeal being used before, good to know :) I normally put mine in the moonlight in my veggie garden.

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      3 years ago from Michigan

      What a great article! I learned the hard way that any gemstones containing iron shouldn't be cleansed in water. It damaged some of the stones and created rust. Thanks for sharing!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very useful and informative hub! I am always fascinated by the beauty and benefits of crystals. Thanks for sharing more information about them

      Voted up as useful!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      3 years ago

      Excellent advice, it's good to know different ways to do this. The water method is so common but people don't realize it can be damaging to some as you said. I like to bury it myself... if not in soil, then in a bowl of cornmeal.


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