Cleansing your new Crystals

citrine specimen

Cleansing your new Crystals

Cetrine 2

WHy clean your crystals


Cleansing your Crystals wherever they are new to you or even if you had them for a long time it is crucial. It is a way of honoring the crystal by bringing it to its most pure form. Crystals absorb the energy and trauma from the environment including their harvest process, sale, and journey until it arrived at your loving hands. Not all crystal’s stories are happy stories, they are not always dug up with love and treated with respect and given a higher purpose. And that is a lot of energy to collect!!!

Getting into the best practice of cleaning the crystals from external energies regularly will keep them working at its maximum potential and opens the possibility of establishing new intentions and programming into them as if they were a blank slate. It is basically giving them a fresh start.

There are several different techniques we can use, we will mention only a few of them. Choose the one that resonates the best with you or mix and match a few. Sometimes, I cleanse mine in several different ways, not because they “need” be cleaned more than once, but because it feels right. It is not unusual to use one method for one month and a different one the following. It all depends on where you are standing mentally, emotionally at the time, and what the crystals transmit to you. Of course, how much time you have got and how available a method, in particular, has a big role as well.

 Quick example, I would love to clean crystals under a natural source of running water (aka a river, a natural fountain) but since I don’t access this type of water I clean them under the running water in the sink for about 5-10 min. Always be realistic about what you can do, you should enjoy the process and not be “one more task”. The sink is not my favorite but, with the right intentions, concentration, and love, it does the trick in an emergency cleanse.


Remember this is a mindful practice, therefore although some methods allow you to not be active during the process and do other things, like run errands, try to take a moment to slow down and reflect. 5 mins meditations go a long way, into building a happier healthier life.


Note: Any method including salt might damage the coating, colors, and shine of some stones, so research each crystal before using it.
“The cure for anything is saltwater: sweat, tears, or the sea” -Isak Dinesen

Burying crystals in a bowl of sea salt or pink Himalayan salt, extracts the impurities from the
crystals, trapping it within.

Time: +1 hour


To prevent damage in sensitive crystals you can always use embedded glass bowl containers.
meaning, nest 2 bowls, in the bigger exterior one put the salt. In the smaller
inner bowl lay the crystal. this way the stone itself is never in contact with
the salt. The downside is that it takes more time.

Time: +1 day

The subtle power of water

Water is a master channel for energy, and it can be used in all sorts of rituals, spells, mindful activities like grounding in general. It is especially useful for cleansing crystals. It is widely available either in a natural state as running water (rivers, waterfalls, lakes, sea…etc.) or from your sink, passing through all types of water in between, like distilled, crystalline, Reiki water…and more. 

The closer to the natural state and purer the water is, the better and faster it will do the job. We would all love to go to the Victoria Falls to cleanse our auras and crystals, but since that is not possible, think which the realistic thing to do will be, spend a few minutes breathing and move ahead with the idea. 

Water just like salt needs to be handled with care. Some crystals and stones can be irreparably damaged in their molecular structure by direct contact. Take selenite which is a salt-based crystal, it will dissolve and be worthless after water contact.

Hold your crystals underwater, visualize all blockages, accumulated energy, prior intentions, experiences being released from the stone. Finally, use sea salt and lightly brush it over the stone using the water to cleanse the salt away. (only if the stone can withstand salt, if not skip this last step)

Time: +5 mins

Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls

The magick of smudging

White Sage and Crystal – Etsy

This technique is especially useful for jewelry or any crystals that might get damaged by water, salt, sun. It is the same idea as with any other smudging, get your favorite mix of herbs, incense sticks, essential oils, and pass them over the crystals for a few mins.


Time: +5/10 Mins

The moon and the sun

Let your crystals bathe outside in light of the sun or moon. Be careful, some crystals like pink quartz are damaged by the sun. So do your homework before doing this. It will not only cleanse but also re-charge.

There are special moons that have extra strength or are particularly
good with certain intentions, for example, we have the harvest moon coming up on Sept 23rd, 2018, this is the closest full moon to the fall equinox, when
nature starts going to sleep after the long hard-working summer. cleanse any
crystals with this moon that you would like to use in fall rituals or closing
any matters that are still pending from the summer.

Time: +4 hours

The sound of music

7 handmade chakra healing singing bowls ~ Etsy

Long trusted by the ancients, a bell is an easy ally to remind you how to take care of your crystals. Likewise, the sound of your own voice, Tibetan bowls, and the use of sacred chants will cleanse & hold the programming.

Time: +5 Mins

Earthing your crystals

Bury your crystals for 3, 7, or 11 days for a total cleanse. Your helping them ground and get in touch with their original energy source. There is so much meaning in this process. Sing something pretty to them while you do it. Laying them down into the earth during the new harvest moon!!! wow, this is blowing my mind, just to think about it.


Any Reiki practitioner can cleanse her crystals by channeling energy. If you are master level using all the symbols on the crystal. that will not only cleanse but recharge faster. But with or without symbols it is an easy, fast, and loving way to show your crystals how much you love them.

Time: +3 mins


superhero crystals

A few crystals can clean other crystals and do not need to be cleansed themselves. Well, that technically, I still clean mine to show respect and appreciation.  Selenite, quartz, carnelian, amethyst, and kyanite are among these superheroes.

If you have a big specimen or cluster of any of these stones just lay the smaller crystals inside and they will do the job for you. 

Time: +4 hours

I hope you have found a way of cleansing your crystals that resonates with you.

If you didn’t send me a mail and I’ll try to help.



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