Begin cleansing your crystals right after you buy or receive it. Then after that, if you wear a stone for healing purposes, it needs cleansing and “recharging” after each use.
If worn as jewelry, you can opt to cleanse them daily or weekly, especially after they start looking dull. Crystals that are used to cleanse our environment (such as selenite in your home) should be cleansed monthly.
Healing crystals, or gemstones, are part of a category called “vibrational healing.” They both absorb and give energy, so it’s important to discard any built-up negativity.
You can cleanse your stones based on their type and color. For example, for softer stones such as malachite or selenite, you can use sunlight or moonlight rather than water (so the water doesn’t “wash away” any properties). Whichever method you choose, gemstone cleaning doesn’t need to be a hassle.
How to Cleanse your Crystals – Here Are 7 of the Most Effective, Convenient Ways to Cleanse and Recharge Your Healing Crystals:
- Natural Water
Water neutralizes the negative energy stored in the stone and directs it back to the earth.
Rinse and stimulate your stones under a running faucet for about 10 minutes.
2. Sunlight or Moonlight
Sunlight and moonlight can charge and clean your gemstone.
The sun will supply a newly harvested gemstone with yang solar energy that balances the stone’s innate yin energy it received from the earth during its creation. For stones that are susceptible to discoloration under the strong sun (such as amethyst, rose quartz or amber, you can opt to put them out at dawn for an hour.
Important to note: Moonlight is a more delicate (and non- color altering) method that is especially effective with a full moon. Because the moon is at its brightest and full potential when full, it can increase the stone’s vibrations.
You can use the elements of the earth by burying your stones underground for a full day. Let the earth soak up all the unwanted energies contained within the stones so they are cleansed and refreshed.
You can use smoke to cleanse your stones by smudging. Smudging can be done with sage sticks, palo santo, or commercial incense like sandalwood or cedar, which is known to remove negativity.
Wave your stone over your smoke source for 20 to 30 seconds to cleanse it while simultaneously purifying your home.
- Salt Water
A salt water bath is one of the most common methods to clean your gemstones. Throughout history, salt has been used in all religions for rituals and as a vehicle to absorb unwanted energy.
With this technique, soak your stones overnight in water with a pinch of sea salt. Ideally, if you have access to sea water, you can bring them back to nature and let them sit in the sea in a mesh bag. Make sure to give them a rinse in clear water after the salt bath to remove any residue.
Important to note: It is not always advisable to use salt water to cleanse stones as the salt can damage certain delicate stones, such as hematite or pyrite. You may wish to read my blog on "Which Gemstones Should Not be put into Water".
- Other Stones
Certain crystals and clusters (like quartz or amethyst) have the ability to absorb and regenerate other stones. One of the most popular cleansing crystals that can purify gemstones of their negativity is selenite.
To cleanse your stones, lay them on selenite for at least six hours (but the longer the better). Selenite and clear quartz clusters actually amplify the energy of your other stones. They have the ability to absorb, neutralize, and then recharge your stones with higher vibrations. View Selenite bowl here.
Yes, you can meditate your way to cleansed stones! There are ways to clean and meditate with your gemstones at the same time.
You can balance your own energies during meditation by blowing balanced breath onto your jewels. It’s important to state an intention so you can refuel your gemstone after you clean it. If you practice this form of crystal cleansing regularly, it will come naturally. And the calmness of your being will allow for true stone sterilization.
Important to note: Make sure you practice this with relaxed and true meditation. A double whammy is to do a meditation-cleanse during a full moon!
8. Rice Method
Using rice is a method that is said to cleanse negative energy from places, objects and people.
So, why is rice used to cleanse negative energy from crystals, and how does it work? Rice is said to balance the energies between the Heavens and the Earth, and resonates with the energy of the earth and of the sun. In this way, it is deeply grounding to your crystal, while also energetically charging it with the energy of the sun. It harmonizes your crystal with the energies of the spirit world and earthly realm, and brings it into the present moment. It absorbs any imbalanced energy so that your crystal can reset itself to its base frequency.
Because of these energies, earth and sun, it is both feminine and masculine or yin and yang. It works to balance any ungrounded feminine or masculine energy from your crystal, and bring it to its natural state.
Rice can harmonize your crystal to its base frequency, because it has the ability to absorb energy that is not in balance. In this way, it is a modulator of energy, and will assist your crystal to get to its base frequency.
It is important to note that it not only helps with negative energy, but any excess energy that throws your crystal out of balance. For example, feminine and masculine energy alone are not positive or negative, they are just different forms of energy; however, too much of either of these energies will cause your crystal to be out of balance. Too much positive energy can also throw your crystal out of balance. Growth requires a balance of both positive and negative energies, light and dark, death and rebirth.
Prayer: “Please remove all negative and stale energy that these gemstones may hold. The negative energy that invades my space, I banish you away with the light of grace. I welcome guidance, happiness, positivity and renewed energy to come through generously. May the light shine bright always and help guide me through my journey.”
The Takeaway on How to Cleanse Your Crystals
Whether you are in the market for a new stone to add to your collection, or you just want to know how to maintain your existing stones, cleansing your stones regularly is important.
The color, texture, and feeling of a stone plays a big role in reflecting a certain season, chakra, and – moreover – your own personality.
As mentioned, our own personal vibrations are actually attracted to the stones we need to wear, so take care of your stones like you would yourself. Whatever stone strikes your fancy, just don’t forget to start with a good crystal cleanse after your purchase!