There are many methods of crystal cleansing to choose from. Cleaning crystals can be fun and easy. How you cleanse your crystals will not only depend on which method(s) you prefer to use, it will also depend on how durable or fragile your crystals are.
Within the realm of crystal therapy all stones, whether raw, natural, tumbled or polished, even gemstones, gems and minerals are referred to as crystals. A crystal is defined by its internal structure, not its outward appearance. The size, shape or whether a crystal is in its natural state or has been polished will not affect the healing properties of a crystal. The more you understand about crystals, the more effective they are.
Crystals are efficient absorbers and transmitters of energy. One function of crystals is to cleanse and transmute negative energies. Without regular cleansing, most crystals become saturated and unable to do their work. Cleanse crystals regularly to keep your crystals working at their optimal level.
The first thing to consider before cleaning crystals is the type of crystal that needs to be cleansed.
Is it fragile or friable? Is it a cluster or in layers? Is it water soluble? How you answer these questions will help you determine which method is best suited for the crystals you wish to cleanse.
A fragile crystal may not tolerate running water. A friable crystal can easily crumble and may even be reduced to powder; crystals that are layered or in clusters can separate. A crystal that is water soluble, such as Selenite, will dissolve in water. Special care should be taken when cleansing these crystals.
Certain crystals have the ability to cleanse other crystals. Carnelian is one such stone. If you keep a Carnelian in a bag of tumbled stones you will never have to cleanse them using any other method. However, Carnelian cannot cleanse itself, so be sure to cleanse your Carnelian regularly.
Most tumbled stones are very durable, so there is no worry of scratching them if stored in a bag or pouch with other tumbled stones. A couple of tumbles stones that are more fragile are Chrysocolla, a much softer stone, and Wonderstone. You may choose to store these separately.
A crystal can be cleansed in flowing lake, river, spring or tap water. Place in the sun for several hours to energize. Crystals that fade in the sunlight, such as Amethyst and Citrine, can be energized in the moonlight. Never use water to cleanse a crystal that is water soluble, as it can dissolve - Selenite is one example.
You can smudge a crystal by burning sage, incense, palo santo wood, or other slow burning herbs. Slowly pass the crystal through the smoke or brush the smoke over the crystal. This method has been used by Native American’s for centuries.
Soak the crystal in brown rice for 24 hours. The rice balances and centers the energy removing the negativity, while dissipating and transforming the negative to the positive. Discard the rice after use.
A crystal can be “soaked” in flowers, such as rose petals, orange blossoms or honeysuckle for 24 hours. The essence strips away negativity and cleanses the stone while the purity of the flower is transmitted to the stone.
A small crystal can be placed on a Clear Quartz cluster and left overnight. This is a great way to cleanse crystals, especially the Carnelian you may keep with your tumbled stones.
Above are my favorite methods of crystal cleansing. If you are new to using crystals choose a method of cleansing crystals that is fun and easy for you. Be sure to use a method that is appropriate for the type of crystal that you are cleansing.