Why should you cleanse your crystals? When should you cleanse your crystals? What are some of the methods used to return crystals and stones back to their natural vibration rates?
I always recommend cleansing all of your crystals as soon as you receive them. If you purchase one from a store/internet or received it from someone, you certainly need to cleanse your crystals before you begin to use them! I recommend this because cleansing crystals removes any negative energy absorbed from others who have handled them. All crystals should be cleansed, unless you actually find them in the ground.
It is also important to cleanse your crystals and stones after conducting a crystal healing.
Cleansing your crystals can be a very simple and meditative process. You may use either of the methods below, depending on your intuition. You should instinctively know the best method for each crystal/stone you plan to work with.
For the initial cleanse, I always use a combination of methods. First, I return them to the Earth, then I rinse them and sage them. Cleansing afterwards usually consists of passing through sage smoke. I encourage you to test out different methods and feel what works best for you.
In my personal experience, returning your crystals and stones to the Earth is the best way to cleanse them of their negative energy. This is especially true if it is for the initial cleanse. To return them to the Earth, place them into a cloth bag to ensure they do not get dirty (This may sound silly, but getting dirt in tiny crevasses can be very difficult and time consuming to remove). Bury the bag in your yard, or even a potted plant, and leave them for at least 24 hours. If they do get dirty, you can brush/rinse them off, and they will be ready for charging with your intentions.
Sage/Sacred Wood Smoke
Certain herbs and sacred woods like Sage and Palo Santo effectively remove and transmute negative energy from any space. Saging or “smoke cleansing” is different from smudging and has been used for thousands of years by different cultures to remove negative energy. Smoke Cleansing is associated with the elements of both fire and air. There are many methods of smoke cleansing, such as burning sage bundles, cone/stick/powdered incense, sticks or bundles of wood, and burning dried bowls, plates or bundles of herbs.
You may also the smoke to cleanse your crystals! To do this with sage specifically, you would light a sage bundle, blow it out, and pass your crystals and stones through the smoke. Visualize any negative or stagnant energy being whisked away with the smoke.
This method is easy and safer than using water, but is not as thorough as burying. This method can also be used after burying for extra cleansing.
The Native Americans used a 7-day cleanse for their crystals and stones, using distilled water and sea salt. To use the water method – combine distilled water and sea salt in a bowl. Let it sit for seven days and seven nights. You may also gather water from the sea, or even collect rainwater to cleanse your crystals.
It is very important to be sure your stone can handle being immersed in water. Some may dissolve, like Selenite. Some may become toxic, like Malachite (and other copper-based crystals). Others may rust, such as stones with iron in them.
Quartz crystals are the best to use for this method, as they have a Mohs hardness of 7 and are unlikely to be harmed by water. If your crystal/stone has a Mohs hardness of less than 5 (such as Calcite & Fluorite, among others), it is best not to use this method.
Some may disagree that crystals and stones can be cleansed with sound, and instead must be cleansed by the elements – earth, air, fire, or water. However, loud sound waves may also transmute negative energy, returning your crystals’ energy to their normal vibrational states.
To use sound, place your crystals near something loud – it may be a Tibetan singing bowl, quartz singing bowl, Tibetan chime, or even a loud amp/speaker. To use a Tibetan singing bowl or a quartz singing bowl (made of crystal quartz), place your stone/crystals near the outside of the bowl. Tap the outside of the bowl with the striker, and press it against the bowl as you move it around the rim. This will produce a very loud sound, depending on the speed you move the striker.
Many have found this method to be the least time-consuming, yet still effective. To cleanse your crystals using your own energy, focus on white light emanating from your Soul Star Chakra through your body, down your arm and through the crystal/stone. Visualize the positive energy engulfing the crystal/stone, returning it back to its ideal frequency. Hold this for at least 15 seconds. This method is most effective when your own vibration is high – if it is low, you may transmit negative energy.
Blessed cleansing, dear friends!