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Five Methods to Use in Cleansing Crystals

Updated on March 17, 2015
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 can be used in all sorts of healing and beneficial ways either by using them directly on a person or as part of a meditation or healing exercise or by placing them in the home, office or other immediate environment. Crystals are very effective healers but when being used in this way they pick up energy from the person or environment. This energy can have a negative effect on the crystal and how well it is able to heal. This is especially true when they are used to help remove or stop strong emotions in a person or space.

To help keep the 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 may 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.

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

Cleansing Crystals in Water

This is a very simple method that can be carried out easily at home or when you are away on holiday for example. To cleanse the crystal simply hold in underneath running water from a tap in your kitchen. As the water rushes over the stone visualise it washing away any negativity from the stone and carrying it away down the plug hole. If you feel that your crystal needs a deeper cleansing or to cleanse newly bought crystals, they can be placed in a bowl of spring water for 24 hours. All crystals should be dried carefully after cleaning using water. If you have access to a natural source of unpolluted, running water this can also be used to cleanse your crystals. Simply hold or place the crystals into the water for a short time. Alternatively a small net bag could be used, but take care that the holes are not so big a crystal could slip through and be lost.

Selenite, lapis lazuli, malachite and turquoise should not be cleansed using this method as the water can damage them over time.

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

How to Cleanse Crystals using a Smudging Stick

Smudging is an ancient American tradition that uses smoke to clear any negative or unpleasant energy from an area or item. Bundles of herbs are rolled together and lit and then the cleansing smoke can be placed over items or carried around a room, house or other space. Smudge sticks can be made using dried herbs or can be bought.

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.

Light the smudging stick and then blow out the flame. To cleanse the crystal, hold the smudging stick and waft the smoke over the crystal. Repeat this several times in order to cover the entire crystal and remove all negativity. Once you have finished hold the end of the smudging stick briefly to fully extinguish it. Incense sticks can also be used it this way but produce less smoke so can be harder to use with larger crystals. 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

Cleaning Crystals using Saltwater

Salt is a useful natural purifier that has been used for thousands of years. It is often used in sacred cleansing rituals and ceremonies and can also be dissolved in water and used to cleanse your crystals. Sea salt is ideal for this purpose but table salt can also be used. Mix 35g of your chosen salt in each litre of water that you are using and pour the water into a non-metallic bowl. Immerse the crystals in the saltwater and they can be left there for between one and twenty-four hours. If you feel the crystal needs a deep cleanse they can be left in the water for longer. The saltwater should be thoroughly rinsed from the crystals before using them and should not be reused as it will have absorbed all of the negative energy from the crystals as they cleansed. If you live close to the sea you can also places your crystals directly into the sea or collect a little unpolluted water to use at home.

This method of cleansing is not suitable for all crystals as it can change their appearance and properties. Saltwater should not be used with any porous crystals or those that contain metal. This includes opal, hematite, calcite, carnelian and pyrite.

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

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 put 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. Many people feel it is best not to leave crystals out in sunlight as this can bleach their colours and possibly damage more delicate crystals but if you feel that they will be ok then it is ok to do so. For example: a shaded spot under a tree would be more suitable that a windowsill that receives a lot of direct sunlight. Care should 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

Cleansing Crystals by Burying Them

The Earth contains energies that can be used to ground, balance and cleanse crystals. Stone 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 3-5 days should be enough in the majority of 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.

© 2015 Claire


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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 2 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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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 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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      Amanda 2 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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      Claire 2 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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      Marthrach 14 months 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

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      Claire 14 months 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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