Cleansing, Clearing, and Charging Your Crystals
Why It's Important
Almost all crystals and stones absorb and store energy- positive and negative, so overtime they will need cleared and recharged to return to their natural vibrations. Because crystals usually travel far and pass through many hands before they reach yours, it's good practice to begin your relationship with a new crystal by cleansing it first. Cleansing can also be performed at any time to refresh the crystal, clear it of any residual unwanted energies, and “re-charge” it. There are a two exceptions when it comes to this practice: Kyanite and Citrine are both self-cleaning and therefore do not need energy cleansing or recharging.
Here you will find our 3 favorite ways to cleanse stagnant energy in your crystals to bring them back to their natural vibrations with all of their beautiful healing power.
Water is a universal cleanser. Although water straight from the earth — like a stream, lake, ocean, or spring water— is best, you can also rinse your stone in filtered water. Whatever your water source, ensure that your stone is completely submerged. Pat dry when complete.
Approximate duration: 1 minute per stone
Use this for: hard stones, such as quartz
Don’t use this for: stones that are brittle or soft, such as selenite, kyanite, and halite
Although ritual cleansing is usually based around the solar or lunar cycle, you can utilize the sun and moon's energy any time to cleanse and recharge your crystals. Set your stones out just before nightfall and bring them inside before 10 am the following morning. This will allow your stone to bathe in both moonlight and sunlight. If it's an option for you, placing your crystals directly on the ground will allow further cleansing, taking advantage of the magnetic forces of the moon in combination with the earth. Wherever they are placed, just be sure they are in direct moon/sunlight and won't be bothered by wildlife. Keep in mind that prolonged sun exposure may damage a stone's surface, so be mindful of how often you use this cleansing method and be sure to retrieve your stone the following morning.
Approximate Duration: 10 to 12 hours
Use this for: Most tumbled stones
Don't use this for: vibrant stones, such as amethyst, in sunlight; soft stones, such as celestite, halite, and selenite, during inclement weather
Smudging your stones is said to clear inharmonious vibrations and restore it's natural vibrations. You can use Sage, Sweet Grass, or Palo Santo. You will need a firesafe burning or blessing bowl, a lighter or matches, and bundled Sage, Palo Santo, or Sweet Grass. If you are unable to smudge outdoors, make sure you're near an open window so the negative energy can disperse. When you're ready, place the crystal in your burning bowl and light your preferred smudge stick. Let it burn for a few seconds and then carefully blow out the fire so only the smoke is billowing. Guide the healing smoke around and over your gemstones. Feel the release of any negative energy and watch the smoke carry it away.
Approximate Duration: 30 to 60 seconds per stone
Use this for: any stone