Crystals are just like us, they absorb all sorts of energies exposed to the earth, including magnetic and electric energy fields, lightning, pollution, natural disasters and ailments from plants and people. It’s important to cleanse these energies to make room for positive ones so that we can continue growing as spiritual beings. There are so many different ways to cleanse your crystals and your space or home, keep reading below to find what method works best for you.
Why you should cleanse your space
Negative or harmful energy gets into our spaces all the time, whether it comes from negative emotions, actions, pollution, or just physical dirt. Cleansing your space/home regularly helps keep a clean, positive and harmonious balance. You may feel like you need to cleanse your space/home if you have recently moved into a new home, someone is sick, many people have recently entered your home, or you feel negative energies or occurrences happening.
Why you should cleanse crystals
Everything has a vibration, which even includes emotions & physical objects. Cleansing your crystals helps bring them back to their original, sparkly vibration. When you first acquire your new crystals, it’s important that you cleanse them of any energies they have picked up on their journey to you; Good or bad. However, I do not cleanse crystals that have been specifically cleansed and programmed for me right away. Do what feels right for you. Crystals that you work with regularly should be cleansed after each use. Beyond that, the frequency in which you use your crystals determines how often you should cleanse them. If you notice that your crystal has become dull, its energy isn’t as vibrant as it used to be, or it’s simply not working correctly for you, give it a good cleanse and energetic charge. There is no such thing as to much, especially when using safe methods such as full moon energy or reiki.
You can read more about charging your crystals on this page.
Sage: Known for its healing and medicinal properties, it has been used for thousands of years dating back to ancient times. It is widely used in ceremonies by indigenous people as ways to bless homes and dispel negative energy. To cleanse your space with sage, simply light the end of your sage bundle or loose sage, and then blow it out. Disperse the sage smoke throughout your space or home; open the windows and doors if possible because it might get a little smokey!
Frankincense: Known to drive out evil and negativity, it is also burned for protection and purification. Its powerful uplifting vibration helps aid depression & anxiety, and during meditation it has the ability to induce visions and enhance your own spirits growth. It is said that it also has the power to cut cords from the negative past and connects you to your divine self.
Palo Santo: Is a tree native to South America, it has been burned for thousands of years by the Incas, Shamans and other indigenous people as a way to offer medicinal and therapeutic power. It is known as the “wood of the saints” and both purifies and attracts positive energy into the space.
Sea Salt or Brown Rice: Sea salt is one of the oldest ways to cleanse most crystals; it absorbs their negative energies and should be deposed of in the trash after use. No one wants to eat negatively charged salt or rice! To cleanse your crystals in salt or rice, simply burry your crystal or place it on the surface, leave them there for up to three days to fully purify, then rinse them clean in lukewarm water and pat dry.
Flower Petals: Flowers have healing properties of their own and can share that energy with your crystals. You can use any type of flower; let your intuition guide you to what you need. Here are some examples of flowers and their properties. Carnation – Sickness, Daisy – Love, Lavender – Harmony, Pansy- Divination and Communication, Rose – Love and spiritual growth.
Sound: Since everything has a vibration, especially sound, it makes sense that they can bring a crystals vibration back to its original state. You can use a Tibetan singing bowl (place your crystals near the bowl, not inside), tuning fork, a bell, tingshas (Tibetan cymbals), or drums.
Reiki or White Light: If you’re a reiki practitioner you can use reiki energy to clear and boost the crystals energy. If you have not been attuned you can use the power of visualization and white light, clearing away any darkness from your crystal while visualizing it being filled with vibrant, white light energy.
Earth: Mother Earth and her powerful energies can help crystals to re-tune themselves back to their own original vibration. Burying your crystal in soil works well outside, or in a pot of soil (which can be much easier unless you mark your spot well!), be sure to use crystals with a hardness level of 6 or higher due to the moisture in the ground. Because this is such an intense cleansing method, it’s really only necessary for stones which have been overworked and that need a powerful cleanse and recharge. Keep them buried for at least a week, or whatever feels right for you. Always follow your intuition!
Sunlight: Crystals are just like us, they love the suns energy! Crystals that especially love the sun are red, orange and yellow. Place them out in the sunlight for a few hours for a cleanse and recharge. But be careful not to place crystals that will face in the sunlight for too long. Crystals that may fade in prolonged sun exposure are: Amethyst, Ametrine, Aquamarine, Aventurine, Beryl, Celestite, Citrine, Fluorite, Hiddenite, Kunzite, Opal (will dry out), Rose Quartz, Smokey Quartz, Spirit Quartz, Super Seven, Sapphire, Topaz and Turquoise. (Keep in mind this list may be incomplete, always do your research!)
Moonlight: The best time to cleanse and charge your crystals in during the full moon. Energetically, the full moon lasts three days, so don’t feel bad if you miss the actual day! Creating a ritual to cleanse and charge your crystals every month during the full moon is a great way to make sure your crystals are always energetically clear.
To cleanse your crystals during the full moon follow these steps: Clean your crystals (except the water soluble ones!)Under running water, and then pat them dry. Lay them on the earth or a natural surface and ensure they are in the moons light. If you prefer not to place your crystals outside, place them on the window sill so they can enjoy the moons light anyways. Collect your crystals early in the morning, this is an important step! Of course a little sun is good for your crystals, but you don’t want to keep them there for too long, especially for fading crystals.
Water: I saved the water cleansing method for last because it is the least safe. It may seem like the easiest, but if you don’t know what you’re putting into that water you could be left with a dull lump, sometimes nothing. You see, water can be corrosive to some crystals, sometimes it can eat away at the surface, other times it will gradually dissolve the crystal each time you submerge it. Salt water is even more risky and highly corrosive, so I definitely do not recommend it. If you’re comfortable with cleansing your crystals in water, free flowing water is your best option. However, if free flowing water is inaccessible to you, you can use distilled or natural water. *Be sure to never submerge your crystals in water that contains chemicals*
Crystals that do not like water: Amber, Angelite, Calcite, Celestite, Copper, Dessert Rose, Fossils, Kyanite, Kunzite, Malachite, Pearls, Selenite, and Turquoise. (Keep in mind this list may be incomplete, always do your research!