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Basic Crystal Cleansing Techniques September 13, 2009

Keeping your crystals energetically healthy is always important.  We use crystals because their high energy frequencies help add to and focus our own power.  But since crystals are so sensitive, it is necessary to clear out all the lower energies that can accumulate.  This is especially important if you use crystals for healing work or spell work. 

There are many ways to clear your crystals, so I’m just going to list a few different options.  

Salt Water:  Mix salt and warm water in a bowl (preferably a clear bowl) and bless the water.  You don’t need a lot of salt.  It’s a very strong purifier, so a little bit is fine.  Adding too much can be harsh on the stones.  Place the crystals in the bowl and let them sit for 24 hours.  It’s even better if you let them sit in sunlight or moonlight!  I like this method because you can cleanse all your crystals at once!  I’ve found that my crystals always feel the cleanest when I give them a salt water bath.

However, this is not suitable for all crystals.  The stone selenite for instance, has such a soft composition that it’s not a good idea to put it in water.  Often times most tumbled stones are fine in salt water since they have an extra polish.  Take the time to tune into your stones and listen to how they would most like to be cleansed.

After the salt water soak, rinse your crystals off in running water, dry them, and place them back in their container (or wherever you keep them).

Intention:  This is a great method to use on stones that you have recently acquired, because it helps get the stone attuned to your energy.  You can do this in a number of ways, but I like to hold the crystal cupped between both hands.  Focus and feel the energy coming from the crystal.  Thank the crystal for helping you in your work, and affirm that it is now clear “of all negative vibrations, all lower vibrations, and everyone else’s vibrations” (since other people have touched the stone before you).  Also affirm that the crystal is now “filled with Love and Light” or whatever blessing you would like to impart.  

This is a great method to use when you have to do a quick cleansing.  For example, I use this method when I’m teaching about crystals and they are being passed around to a lot of different people.  That way everyone gets to use healthy, “clear” crystals while they are learning.  

Sunlight/Moonlight/Starlight:  The light from celestial bodies is very cleansing.  As I mentioned in the Salt Water Cleansing Method, sunlight and moonlight (and starlight!) can be used to enhance the water.  But they are also extremely effective at cleansing crystals on their own.  

Some stones should be used specifically with one or the other.  For instance, moonstone should be cleansed in moonlight.  I also try to clear other stones such as Apache Tears with moonlight instead of sunlight just because it’s gentler and doesn’t fade the color.  However, I have actually placed moonstone in the sun all day an it didn’t harm the stone energetically or anything, so there is no absolute rule.  I just prefer to cleanse the stones in either sunlight or moonlight according to their properties.  

Also, take into consideration what you are going to be using the stone for.  Lets say you are working with a piece of Lapis Lazuli.  I’ve found that this stone takes to being cleansed in both sunlight and moonlight equally well.  But if I wanted to use the lapis to help increase my psychic energy and intuition, then I would make sure to cleanse it in moonlight.  If on the other hand I wanted to use the lapis to help me speak up and stand my ground, then a cleansing in sunlight might be more beneficial.  

Sage:  I love the smell of sage!  One of my favorite herbs!  It has very strong protective and cleansing energy.  It’s a total miracle worker in my book!  A nice way to cleanse your crystals is to pass them through the smoke of burning sage.  Very simple and effective.   

 

What is your favorite crystal cleansing technique?  Share in the comment section below!