Why do crystals need cleansing?
Cleansing crystals regularly is necessary as they will absorb negative energy. Therefore, it is a good idea to purify them on a regular basis. It is likely that your crystals may absorb vibrations not only from you but from anything in the environment where they are located. To create positive energy within your crystals, you need to cleanse them frequently. This is important as their effectiveness for healing may be affected by negative vibrations within them. The more often you use a stone, the more energy it collects. If an individual stone is feeling heavier than usual, go ahead and cleanse it. You do not have to wait a designated amount of time between clearings.
Smudging. Sage is a sacred plant with a multitude of healing properties. Smudging your stone is said to clear inharmonious vibrations and restore its natural energy. You will need a fire safe bowl, a lighter or matches, lose or bundled sage, if you are unable to smudge outdoors, make sure you’re near an open window.
This will allow the smoke and negative energy to disperse. When you are ready, ignite the tip of the sage with the flame. Transfer the sage to your non-dominant hand and firmly grasp your stone and move it through the smoke.
Allow the smoke to envelop the stone for about 30 seconds. If it has been a while since your last cleaning — or you feel the stone is holding onto a lot — consider smudging for an additional 30 seconds.
Full Moon/Moonlight. This is the easiest method of cleansing, and safe for all crystals. Also, the full moon can act as a reminder for you that your crystals need cleansing. Simply wait for the full moon and place your crystals outside so that they are surrounded by the moon’s gentle energy. If you do not have an outdoor area that is safe for your crystals to be placed, a windowsill will work, too. It does not matter if your window does not face the moon. The moon’s energy will still be present. Then bring them back inside in the morning.
Running water. Water is said to neutralize any negative energy stored inside the stone and return it back to the earth. Although natural running water like a stream is best, you can also rinse your stone under a faucet.
Whatever your water source, ensure that your stone is completely submerged. Pat dry when complete. You can use this for hard stones such as quartz. Please note use this for hard stones, such as quartz Do not use this for stones that are brittle or soft, such as selenite, kyanite, and halite as these stones will disintegrate.
Sound healing allows a single pitch or tone to wash over an area, bringing it into the same vibration as the tone. This can be accomplished using chanting, singing bowls, a tuning fork, or even a nice bell. It does not matter what key the sound is, so long as the sound emitted is loud enough for the vibration to fully encompass the stone. This method is ideal for collectors who have a large volume of crystals not easily inventoried or moved.
Visualisation / meditation. Although this is considered the safest way to clear stones, it can be intimidating for some. The more in tune you are with your sense of self, the easier it may be to redirect your energy to the stone you want to restore. Take a few minutes to ground and centre your energy, then pick up your stone and visualize your hands filling with white, radiant light. See this light surround the stone and feel it growing brighter in your hands. Envision the impurities flushing out of the stone, allowing the stone to shine brighter with renewed purpose. Continue this visualization until you feel a shift in the stone’s energy.
Brown Rice This method can also be used to draw out negativity in a safe and contained setting. It is especially beneficial for protective stones, such as black tourmaline. To do this, fill a bowl with dry brown rice and bury your stone beneath the grains. Dispose of the rice immediately after the cleansing, as the rice is said to have absorbed the energy you are trying to eradicate.
There are more ways to smudge your crystals and you need to do what is right for you these are just some examples.
When we care for our crystals, we are caring for ourselves. We are allowing energy that is inharmonious with our lives and intentions to leave in a peaceful and healing manner. Taking these small measures allows us to be more mindful in our interactions with the stones, with ourselves, and with others.
Please Note: Some recommend saltwater and cleaning your crystals with saltwater at Innovative Crystal Healing this is not a practice we recommend as if the salt is still left on your crystals it can ruin them. If you choose to use salt water please find out if your crystals are able to be used in saltwater or water before cleansing with saltwater.