Cleansing Crystals

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Many people ask us how they can cleanse their crystals after they take them home. It’s very important to do this, since natural objects like stones may pick up all kinds of unknown energies in their lifetime. Releasing these energies is good for everyone: you, the new crystal friend, and anyone else you hope may benefit from the healing properties of your stone.

There are a variety of ways you can clear a crystal. One way to cleanse a crystal is by soaking it in a solution of sea salt and distilled water. Lavender oil is also often added to the solution due to its purification properties. Another method involves holding the stone under running water or in a stream to be purified. Some stones should not be soaked for long periods of time, however. Selenite, for example, will grow dull and eventually dissolve in water. Here is a link to Ashley’s Crystal Cautions List, which includes information about crystals that are sensitive to water:

Yet another method to cleanse a stone is by smudging it. To smudge a stone, you must pass the stone through the smoke of an herb or incense. White sage, juniper, palo santo, sweetgrass, cedar, and sandalwood are all commonly used smudging herbs. Also, you may choose to bury a stone in the earth for a length of time in order to cleanse it. If you like, it’s fine to wrap a stone in a small piece of cloth before burying it, to keep it clean. These methods are safe for all stones.

The clearing process should be carried out until you intuitively feel that the stone has been cleansed, or by feeling the stone’s energy. You should then charge the crystal in sunlight or moonlight, preferably during the full or new moon, for at least one full day or night. If you’re using sunlight, don’t place the stone on anything flammable; there’s a small chance that stones like clear quartz could act as a magnifying glass and burn something. Some stones also fade in sunlight. This is true of rose quartz, amethyst, fluorite, celestite and smoky quartz. Moonlight is safe for all stones.

For more information on this subject, please visit Love and Light Healing School’s website. The following article contains more details and links to two videos:


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