Cleansing your Crystals
Before you start to use your crystals you
should cleanse them.
They have picked up other
peoples energy in their travels, from the
supplier, (and me), and the post office,
etc. You want them to hold only your
own energy. Therefore, here are
several ways to remove any negative energy
or vibrations from others who may have
handled them. After you have cleansed your
stones, don't let other people handle them,
unless you are willing to cleanse them again
This is not a one time activity. Since
crystals hold your energies, and help in
removing or changing energy, achieving
balance, etc, you want to cleanse them
routinely. You don't want the stored
negative energy they removed from you to
remain in the crystals.
Let me say this
first. I don't do anything to my
crystals that I would not like you to do to
me. If you think that
crystals are just lumps of minerals, and
what you do to them doesn't matter, you are
probably in the wrong place, lol.
Would you want to lie in the nice warm sun
for a while? Of course you would.
Would you like to lay in the
full sunlight at the height of the day for 9
hours, or 2 days straight? Would you
like to be buried in salt? How about a
nice salted warm water bath to sooth your
muscles? Sounds better, right?
Do you love the smell of burning incense?
Do you just love passing thru the scent on
you way to do other tings? I do.
I have incense burning several times a day.
Do you like the woodsy smell of Hickory
smoke? Would you want to sit in a nice
cool running stream? Yes. Would
you like to stay there for 3 days?
Would you like to be left alone, buried in
dirt for days on end? Or would you
prefer a nice, cleansing mud bath, and then
rinsed with cool fresh water?
Use these guidelines, and you will do just
fine in cleaning your crystals.
The first two are my personal preferences.
Smudging: Hold your gemstone or
crystal over the smoke of
incense for a few minutes to smudge
the gem or crystal and clear the
energy inside. Some people will only
use White Sage Smudge, but I feel
several are very good for cleaning,
including, Sandalwood, Cedar wood,
and Sage and Sweet grass. We
use Hand-crafted incense, usually
with sage from a pagan shop near us.
It is particularly smoky, which is
why we like it for cleansing.
This method is very quick,
especially if you burn a lot of
candles and incense as part of your
daily routine, as we do. I
light incense on our little hall
"alter" every night to cleanse and
scent the air before bedtime.
Its a lovely routine, if you have
not tried it. While I am
there, I can run several crystals
thru the smoke, as it only takes
about 20 or 30 seconds of smoke to
cleanse. On a side note, I
keep all our incense and candles in
a little hallway book shelf, and you
can smell all the different
fragrances upon entering our house.
Who needs spray?
Soaking: Soak your gemstone or
crystal in sea salt dissolved in
warm purified or spring water.
Don't use a metal bowl.
I leave mine in about 3 or 4 hours,
and I do not do them all at once. (
I would miss them too much).
Rinse them in cool water when you
are finished to remove any salt.
Do not re-use this salt water.
Those negative energies you wanted
to rid from your crystals are now in
the water. Don't soak porous
stones, like opal, lapis, coral.
It will harm the stone. For
those stones I would use a Sage
Running water: Place your
stones in a mesh bag, and immerse in
a outdoors stream or river for a few
hours. This both cleanses AND
re-energizes your stones.
Sunlight: Place your gemstone or
crystal in warm sunlight for 4
Moonlight: Place your gemstone or
crystal in direct moonlight
overnight. A nice size bedroom
window sill is perfect. Don't
choose one that gets the morning
Burying: Wrap your gem or crystal in
clean cloth and bury it in moist
ground in a special place.
I have a small garden right by my
front door, and that is great for
me, as I like it close to me.
I think the crystals like this
method, its a lot like going back
into the "womb" where they were
born. Leave up to 24 hours.
Place the crystal you want cleansed
on a larger crystal cluster for
several hours. They like to
visit with their friends.
In each case, after cleansing, just rinse
the gemstones in running water for a few
minutes, and you are all set. Only you
can judge how often you need to cleanse your
crystals, upon how often you use them, and
what type of use. If you use
them for healing, cleanse them before and
after. If you use them for balance and
guidance, you can do it once a week, or once