Why should I cleanse my healing crystals?
Healing crystals and stones can absorb negative energy from their environments. This is excellent for you, because certain crystals and stones can remove negative energy from your body and from your environment. Therefore, these crystals need to be cleansed from time to time. The negative energies absorbed by your healing crystals will build up in the crystals and stay there until you cleanse them. Not cleaning your crystals will make them less effective and unable to continue absorbing negative energies.
How to clean crystals and stones
There are many different methods you can use to cleanse your crystals, and it is best to do whichever feels right for you. Some methods may work for you, but not work for someone else. By trial and error, you will find which methods work best for you. Many people suggest using salt or salt water to cleanse your crystals. This is one method I recommend NOT to use. Salt water can be harsh and abrasive to your precious crystals, and I personally do not use this method at all.
This method is not only great for physically cleaning dirt off your crystals, it is an excellent way to cleanse negative energy from them. Never use tap water as it is usually full of chemicals. If you have a high quality filter or clean well water, you can run your crystals under lukewarm water from your tap. Soaking them in chemical-free water is also great for cleansing. An ideal way to use water for cleansing is in a stream free from pollution. You can place your crystals and stones in a mesh bag and place them in a nearby stream. Let water run over your crystals for at least 3 minutes for optimal results. A very important thing to remember is that some crystals are soluble in water and should never be cleansed by this method. Some stones NOT to place in water are Selenite, Halite, Lapis Lazuli, Malachite, Rhodizite, Turquoise, Calcite, Celestite, Azurite, Angelite, and Phenakite.
The Sun and Moon
Most crystals love being placed in sunlight or moonlight. I would suggest not placing your crystals in direct, hot sunlight. Placing them on a windowsill is best when using sunlight to cleanse your crystals. Using moonlight to cleanse stones is a very effective method, and will not destroy or fade your crystals. There are some crystals that should never be placed in sunlight, because the sun can destroy or fade them. Crystals you should NOT use sunlight to cleanse include Aquamarine, Amethyst, Fluorite, Rose Quartz, Turquoise, Malachite, Tourmaline, dyed Lapis Lazuli, Smoky Quartz, Enhydros, Sulfur, Realgar and Orpiment.
Burying crystals in the ground for about 24 hours is an excellent way to cleanse and re-energize them. When using this method, be sure to bury your crystals in chemical free soil. You can place them directly in the ground or use a cloth pouch, whichever you prefer. Also, I would recommend checking a geological book before using this method. Check the chemical makeup of your stones and the reaction it could have to your local soil. Some stones can even turn poisonous after being buried in the ground! When there is iron present in the composition of a stone or crystal, like Hematite, it should not be buried in the earth for cleansing.
Smudging with white sage
Smudging with white sage essentially means burning white sage and holding the crystal in the smoke, preferably for at least 3 minutes. Smudging is an excellent non-invasive way to cleanse your stones and crystals of negative energy.Other smudging herbs, like sweet grass, can also be used, but I prefer white sage. Certain types of incense, like juniper or frankincense, can also be used to smudge your crystals. If you are looking for sage, you can get it here for $7.19!
Using another crystal
A great way to cleanse your smaller stones and crystals is to place them one at a time on top of a large quartz crystal cluster. The large quartz crystal cluster will draw out the negative energies and re-energize your stones. Because the quartz will be absorbing negative energies, it will also have to be cleansed regularly. You can also use a large Carnelian stone to cleanse other stones. This is a great method for cleansing your jewelry!
Do all crystals need cleansing?
There are some crystals that do not require cleansing, because they either take care of themselves or do not absorb any energies. Some stones and crystals that you will not need to cleanse are Kyanite, Azulite, Diamond, Herkimer Diamond, Phenakite and Apophilite. If you are unsure if a crystal needs cleansing, just follow your heart and do what feels right. Cleansing or not cleansing a certain crystal will not harm you. (Just remember: some methods cannot be used for some crystals.)
How often should crystals be cleansed?
I recommend cleansing any new crystal or stone you obtain. They can carry negative energies from the previous owners and environments, and should be cleansed before you use them. I recommend cleansing your crystals and stones about once a month. You can cleanse them more or less frequently, depending on your preference and how you use your crystals. If using your stones for healing by placing them on your body, I suggest cleansing them after each use. For crystals you carry around daily, I would recommend cleansing them about once a week.
When it comes to cleansing your crystals, remember to do what feels best for you. You may prefer some methods over others, and may find some methods much more effective for certain crystals. Remember to treat your crystals with loving kindness and they will continue to be strong healers and protectors in your life. If you have any questions or have anything to share about cleansing crystals, please leave a comment below!