A cleansed crystal should feel bright, tingly, and cool to the touch.
Why is this important?
Crystals may have been sitting around for some time absorbing a range of energies. They are continuously absorbing vibrations from both the environment and the people around them. It is important to cleanse or clear your crystals when you first get them, and regularly thereafter. Healing crystals should be cleansed after every use.
How to cleanse
How you cleanse your crystal can be a matter of personal choice and also dependent on the type of crystal. Find one that works for you personnally and that you feel comfortable with. Here are some options:
Sea Salted Water
In a glass or porcelain bowl (not metal or plastic) soak your crystal for several hours or overnight in sea salt mixed in water. (1 tablespoon of salt per glass)
Rinse to remove any excess salt ensuring that the point of the crystal (if it has one) is pointing down.
Flush the salt water away – never reuse as it has absorbed all the unwanted energies.
Stones that should not be soaked in salt water include: Opal, Pyrite, Lapis Lazuli, Hematite, Selenite
Please note that the salt can damage many crystals when cleansed this way. If the crystal has a hardness of 7 or above it will generally be ok. However if you’re in doubt, leave it out.
Dry Sea Salt
Fill a glass container (not metal or plastic) large enough for your crystal with sea salt.
Bury the crystal in the salt – point down.
Leave overnight or longer.
Rinse in cool running water.
Throw salt away – do not re-use.
The safest method for crystals that may be damaged by salt. It is also good for gems contained within jewellery or surrounded by metal.
Half fill a glass bowl with dry sea salt.
Place a smaller glass container or drinking glass in the centre of this and half bury it.
Place crystals of jewellery directly into into the small glass.
The used salt should be thrown away and not re-used.
Crystal Druse, Bed, Geode, or Cluster
Place a crystal to be cleansed inside an Geode for 24-48 hours. It is also possible to use a druse, cluster or bed, though these will take longer.
A Clear Quartz Geode will work faster than an Amethyst Geode.
Both Quartz and Amethyst have the ability to absorb and neutralise energy. They can effectively cleanse and energise at the same time.
This involves burning either Smudge Sticks or Incense and holding the crytals in the smoke to cleanse them.
Sage, Sandalwood or Cedarwood are particularly effective for smudging
This is incredibly quick, you should only need to hold the crystal in the smoke for 20 or 30 seconds.
This is an incredibly powerful method of cleansing once you get the hang of it. Using thought energy, focus and visualise a white light surrounding the crystal, this is very similar to praying. Followed by a beam of white light coming down through the crystal, passing through and taking the stored energy. Do this until you feel that the stored energy has been flushed away.
A Singing Bowl
Place your crystal into a singing bowl.
Crystal bowl music is very powerful and the sounds will resonate throughout the room and the crystal.
Energising Your Crystal
Once a crystal has been cleansed it needs to be re-energised. As with cleansing there are several ways that this can be done. Choose a method that works best for you.
Allow your crystal to sit in a glass or glass bowl under a cool running water. If you are lucky enough to live near naturally running water such as a river, place the stones in a mesh bag and immerse in the water.
Personally this is my favourite way to cleanse my crystals. You cant beat running water to flush away unwanted energies.
Sunshine and Moonlight
Leave your newly cleansed crystals out in Sunlight and Moonlight for a few days to allow them to absorb the two energies. The Sun is a strong energy, whereas the Moon is a softer, more gentle energy. Obviously this is more effective during a full moon.
When leaving crystals out in the sun bear in mind some crystals, such as Amethyst, Ametrine, Aquamarine, Celestite, Citrine, Fluorite, Opal, Prasiolite, Rose, Smoky and Spirit Quartz, and Turquoise can all fade over time. In these cases leave them out at sunrise and sunset, and avoid the hottest part of the day.
Again if in doubt leave them out from the sunlight.
Native Americans believe that simply rubbing the crystals in your palms or handling them will cause the crystals to naturally energise.
Programming a Crystal
Sit quietly away from distractions, external energies, or electrical appliances.
Hold the crystal in front of you, clear your mind and focus on the stone.
Similarly to the white light method of cleansing, concentrate on the specific energy or intent you want imbue the crystal with.
Transmit this energy to the crystal.
Be clear. Be strong. Be focused.
“Healing, healing, healing (did I bring the washing in) healing…” is not going to work
You will feel when the crystal has attained the right energy.