Clearing and cleansing your crystals is vital if you’re going to get the best out of these fascinating healing stones. Since a crystal’s job is to soak up negative energy, if a crystal isn’t cleaned effectively, it can become less effective over time. Imagine your crystal as a sponge you use to clean your surroundings and create a more harmonious environment. If you don’t clean the sponge regularly, it will become clogged up with dirt and won’t do as good a job.
So how do you actually cleanse your crystals? Here are just a few things you could try:
When teamed with water, sea salt can be really effective in ridding your stone of detrimental energies. Simply mix the sea salt with water and leave the stone to soak overnight. Consider adding sage, basil or lavender to the water to boost the cleansing process.
If your stone is brittle or likely to crumble, avoid using sea salt altogether. See the suggestions below for more suitable methods.
Delicate stones might be better suited to running water alone. Unless the crystal in question is strong and sturdy, avoid blasting it. You could hold the stone carefully and securely in your hand, allowing some water to trickle through your fingers and wash away the impurities. Alternatively, wrap the crystal in a thin tea towel or new dish cloth before running it under the tap.
Some crystals have an ability to clean other stones themselves, saving you the hassle. Carnelian and Clear Quartz are two of the most effective stones for cleaning other crystals, so simply place these alongside the stone you wish to cleanse.
If you’ve never heard of smudging before, it’s an ancient art that involves burning herbs to purify and cleanse an environment. It’s often associated with Native American rituals but has also been used by ancient Romans, Greeks, and Egyptians.
Some people use smudging as a way to cleanse their crystals and remove stagnant energy. Sage and lavender can be particularly effective.
Some people swear by specialist crystal cleansers to clean and replenish their stones but others prefer the natural methods outlined above.
It’s completely up to you which method you choose to cleanse your crystals and it’s all about finding the easiest option for you.