Updated: Mar 17, 2022
Cleaning your crystals and giving them a full recharge isn’t tricky, but it is important.! Those emotional stones that you keep close by and use on a regular basis will need to be cleansed more than those gems that sit on the shelf. The more you use a stone, the more it should be cleansed. As crystals are so good at mopping up spaces all that energy has to go somewhere and it isn’t fair to leave your beloved gem full to the brim with negative gunk. Check out these easy-breezy methods for keeping your stones basking in radiant light and wring out those weird vibes for a fresh, full, and fabulous healing experience every time.
Anyone who has ever smudged a space to dispel bad energy will know how effective this simple practice is. Smudging is another age-old technique and often turns to sage or cedar or lavender and sweetgrass to name but a few herbs this works well with. Sage is the most popular choice as this herb comes laced with many healing properties. This potent herb is purifying, can connect us to the spirit realm, can clear out negative energy, and soothe all shades of stress. This is exactly the vibe your tired crystal needs.
When smudging your stones do make sure you are near an open window or outdoors so that bad energy has a place to go. Use bundled sage sticks for the best and cleanest results. Light the tip of your sage stick in one hand and the stone in your other hand and wave the sage over the stone so the smoke can surround the stone for at least 30 seconds. One of the best things about the smudging method is that you can do it with any crystal.
As anyone who has ever taken a cleansing dip in the ocean will know, saltwater is an instant healer. Using salt water to clean your crystals helps to soak up unwanted energy and kick out all shades of negativity. Saltwater is the perfect way of getting your gems into a gentle flow and harnessing that tidal power of trust and change. For those who are close to the ocean, you can collect a bowl of saltwater for your crystals but if landlocked, fear not – adding salt to water will also work.
Make sure that your crystals are submerged completely in the saltwater for a couple of hours or even as long as the whole day if you can bear to be without for that long. Always make sure to pat dry properly when you take your stones out. Be aware that not all crystals are in love with water. While stones like Amethyst and quartz will do well thanks to their hardier nature, softer and more porous stones like Selenite, Lepidolite, Malachite, and Angelite shouldn’t get wet.
While the moon is ripe with feminine energy, the golden glaze of the sun brings a more masculine spirit and is all about vitality, energy, and life bringing potency. The sun is powerful and as anyone who has ever washed away the woes of winter by turning their face to the sun knows, this star is potent stuff. Wait for a beautiful day or a clear sky and set your stone out to warm in the light of the sky. Instantly charging with that solar energy, there’s nothing more satisfying than holding a sun-baked stone in your hand and feeling that joy transfer to the depths of your soul.
While sunlight sparkle is a great way of turning up the dial on cleansing your gem, not all stones are summer and sunlight creatures. Some crystals will fade and lose their vibrancy if left in direct sunlight and no stone should be left sitting in sunlight too long.
Darker stones like Hematite and those red and orange stones like Carnelian tend to work best in sunlight. Stones that should avoid the sun include Ametrine, Aquamarine, Amethyst, Calcite, Beryl, and Citrine (despite its sunny nature) among others as rare gems that could lose their colour.
The earth is one of our most grounding elements and standing barefoot in soil or grass can immediately cleanse and reinvigorate the spirit. The same can be said for crystals. Burying your gemstones in the soil is an awesome way of re-grounding them and inviting any bad energy to seep away. The burial method is one of the heavier duty choices for those wanting to give their gems a good shake-up and get them squeaky clean after some serious energy work.
Find a safe and sacred spot for burying your gem(s), maybe it’s a place that seems special to you or beneath the boughs of a favourite tree or even in your own garden. Bury them in the soil (only a few inches deep is necessary). Leave for a minimum of 24 hours or even as long as three days. Stones that adore earth cleansing include Tigers Eye, Citrine, Carnelian, Jasper, Calcite and Agate.