Why do we need to cleanse our crystals?
In our day to day lives, we need to keep ourselves and the things around us clean…we wash our clothes and our dishes, we clean our house and our cars…
and we clean ourselves. After a long hard stressful day there is nothing better than a wonderful hot soak in the tub, or a refreshing power shower in the morning to clean our bodies, minds and spirits and to get us going for the day.
Your crystals need the same treatment!!! The whole point of having them is to surround yourself in good, pure and peaceful healing energy so that they can work really hard, and if they are bogged down with old energy levels they definitely won’t be any good to you! Remember that healing crystals, or gemstones, are categorized as “vibrational healing stones”: They absorb AND give off energy, with a very distinct vibratory rate due to their precise molecular structure. At some point their frequencies will probably need to be readjusted or re-tuned, especially if they have been used frequently, so it’s very important to clear away any built-up negativity or clutter. But don’t worry, it’s easy! And there are lots and lots of different options for your situation, mood or stone.
The most complicated part of crystal cleansing is knowing what your stone can and can’t be exposed to: so before you start cleansing your crystals, do a little bit of research just to catch up on the individual properties of each stone. Some are softer like Selenite or salt based like Halite, and so shouldn’t be immersed in water for long periods of time as they will degrade or dissolve. Some softer crystals and minerals are also sensitive to hot water or intense light and can fracture if cleaned incorrectly. But in general, most stones can be cleaned using most methods, so just choose one that appeals to your inner self and get cleaning!!!
So…When Should You Cleanse Your Stones?
It’s usually a good idea to cleanse your stones as soon as you have taken possession of them, especially if you have bought them from a shop or have been given them as a gift. This helps to clear out any negative or lingering energy from their previous owner or environment. If you have collected them yourself literally by digging them out of the ground or have found them along the way in their natural environments then (unless you really want to) cleansing is not necessary, as you will be getting the benefit of their beautiful raw power and energy, straight from the earth…complete with dirt and all!!!!
People have so many different opinions when it comes to how often you should clean your stones and it really does just boil down to what works for you. I tend to believe in the power of the stone itself, with its God given earth energy, so I don’t cleanse my stones very often, if ever. I am lucky to have a Rockhound husband who loves to go on as many digs as possible so most of my crystals are straight from the earth and full of pure vibrant energy anyway.
Some will cleanse their stones each week, or each month with the patterns of the sun and moon. Some cleanse their stones after each use, so as to refresh and recharge them often, or when they start to look and feel “faded”. If worn as jewellery and kept against the body for long periods of time, energy build up, as well as the oils and scents of your skin, might cause you to want to clean them at the end of the day or weekly.
Crystals that are used to cleanse our environment, especially those used in offices for electromagnetic energy should be cleansed as often as possible too.
The general rule is that the more you work with your stones, the more you make use of their vibrational energy, and the more “stuff” that is going on in your life, the more you might want to clean, clean, clean so as to keep your precious gemstones energetically fresh, pure, and ready to be charged up with all you need to move forward!!!
So, let’s get straight into it and explore the different ways you can start cleansing your precious stones today!
One of the most popular ways to cleanse and re-charge your stones is……
with other stones!!!
Part of our earth for millions of years, they have soaked up the immense God given energy from deep within, so it is no wonder then that due to this amazingly high energy and their powerful vibrations some crystals have the ability to absorb, draw out, refresh, re-generate and purify other stones.
The most common cleansing crystals are: Clear Quartz, Citrine, Amethyst, Apophyllite, Selenite, Carnelian, Ruby and Kyanite to name a few, but it really doesn’t matter which one you choose… if you are drawn to it and it speaks to you….then that’s the one to use.
Place your crystal to be cleaned on top of a larger crystal cluster, (also known as a generator), Clear Quartz or Citrine are a good choice here, and allow the cluster to support and surround your stone releasing healing, purifying and cleansing energy into its core. Keep the stone in this position for as long as possible (overnight is good) to amplify the energy of the healing crystal.
You can also use smaller tumbled stones, especially Carnelian, placing them in a container or bag with the stones to be cleansed for all round energy work. They will soak up all the healing pure power from the stones that surround it.
A crystal wand (Quartz or Selenite are good options here) is a wonderful tool that can be held and moved around your stones to energise and regenerate your gems.
You can also place your smaller stones inside a geode which acts as a deep, womb like, cleanser allowing your stones to absorb its embracing, encapsulating energy.
If you don’t have a lot of time on your hands, stones like Citrine and Kyanite do not absorb negative energies and are automatically self-cleansing so they never need to be cleaned by you. Using these stones gives you a wonderfully quick and easy way to cleanse other crystals.
You can use fire or smoke to cleanse your stones: Holding your stone VERY CAREFULLY over direct flame for a few seconds can immediately burn away any negative energy. This is a quick and easy method…but watch those fingers!!!
Using cleansing smoke (or "smudging") is another quick and easy way to cleanse your crystals and depending on what you use, can leave your house or office smelling divine! Smudging can be done with sage sticks, varieties of wood, incense, sweet-grass or any other herb. Light your smudging stick or tool and wait for it to create a nice strong flow of smoke. Slowly move the stick and the smoke trail around your stone, yourself or any sacred item that you would like to cleanse. When complete you can leave the smudge stick burning in a safe fire-proof bowl or container to allow the extra essence and smoke to permeate the area and carry on cleansing the energy while you get on with your day.