Cleansing Crystals To Recharge and Renew
Perhaps you're new to the whole crystal healing modality, or maybe you've been carrying around those shiney baubles for years and already know how magical they are in aiding certain ailments. What you might not know is that crystals need to be cleaned and recharged so they can keep working in their highest form. Now it might be easy to say "okay, I'll just put them in a bowl with soap and water. Ta-Da, clean!" and to that I say "Please don't." There are certain ways that crystals must be cleaned so that you don't cause irreparable damage to the integrity of the crystal. So read below and I'll explain how and why.
Crystals Are Alive
If you didn't read my last blog post on how crystal healing works, I'll just do a layman's terms. Gems and crystals come from Gaia, or Mother Earth. They are alive and intelligent, having the same intelligence of nature within every cell of their beings. They are mined either by hand or machine machine, but grow in the earth and are removed from the earth to be used for many different purposes. This has been going on for centuries.
When gems, crystals, or rocks of any type are in the earth, they are exposed to earth energies including magnetic energy fields and electric energy fields. These energies come in a variety of ways including the inner workings of our planet, energy grids surrounding our planet, and from energies from the broader Universe, of which our planet Earth is a very active member.
Let's say lightening strikes the earth, it sends enormous amounts of energy into the earth, and the gems, crystals and rocks within it. Also, think of the lava pouring out of active volcanoes and the energy the heat and minerals within it and how it affects the energy of things within its range of influence.
All planets, including the Sun, the Moon, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Uranus, Pluto, Saturn, and all other planets, stars, and energies in the broadest Universe influence the energy of gems and crystals.
So you can see how it is important to remember that gems and crystals are alive. To remain alive and energized once removed from within Mother Earth, gems, crystals, and objects made from elements taken from the earth, need to be cleansed and energized on a regular basis.
Cleaning our crystals regularly is necessary as they will absorb not just the good energy, but the negative energy as well. You probably used them to raise your own vibrations, be it with some health issues, cleansing your own negative energy, but your crystals will also absorb vibrations not just from you, but from anything in the environment where they are located. This includes other people.
To restore the positive energy within your crystals, you need to cleanse them frequently. This is important as their effectiveness for healing may be effected by negative vibrations within the stones.
Cleansing crystals by smudging them is definitely the easiest way to cleanse them. So how do you smudge crystals? The most potent smudge to use is white sage. You can use a smudge stick that is already made that you bought at a store, or you can use a dry loose sage leaf you picked from your garden.
Some smudge sticks have other fragrant herbs in them as well, and some of these may also have healing attributes that could benefit you. Sage smoke is powerful to cleanse both your stones and the environment you live.
You can do this one of two ways. You can hold the stones close to the stream of the smoke, or simply hold your smudge stick near to where they are sitting so the air around them is full of the sage essence. Please don't blow the smoke onto the stones as you will be transferring your own energy back into the crystals.
The Full Moon and Sun
One of my favorite ways to cleans is by placing the crystals outside during a full moon. To do this just place your gems, crystals, pendulums, jewelry, all types of objects, in a place where they will be fully exposed to the energizing rays of the moon. Even if the day is cloudy or you cannot see the moon, their rays will energize the stones as long as they are directly exposed to these elements of nature. They will normally be cleansed within 24 hours of exposure. Try to place your crystals on a natural substance, like a wooden bowl, instead of a metal bowl or plastic one.
Note: stones such as black tourmaline which are being used to deflect negative energies or help release negative energies in your physical and energetic bodies, may require up to 48 hours to become fully cleansed and regenerated. Stones such as aquamarine and amethyst will fade in the sun so you will have to use another method for cleansing and regenerating these gemstones.
A crystal singing bowl may be used to cleanse your crystals. There are two ways to do this. If the stones are small you may put them into the crystal singing bowl. For bigger items, place them close to the bowl, then play the bowl for a few minutes. The healing crystal bowl music is very powerful and the sounds emitted by the bowl will resonate throughout the room. As the strong vibration of the pure crystalline sound of your crystal singing bowl fills the crystals, it will drive out any negative energy. The sound will lift the vibration of any of your crystals that are close by, and the room will also be filled with good vibrations as well. Playing my crystal bowl lifts the vibration of my home, as it resonates a powerful energy into its surroundings.
If you live where you have access to good clear well water that is guaranteed to be free of chemicals, or running water from a creek or river that you know is not polluted, place your crystals and gems in a small container, and let the water run over them, preferably for a few hours. This will cleanse and re-energize your gems and crystals. Please do not use tap water, since it is full of chemicals. Be careful though because certain stones will actually dissolve in water, like these:
Calcite (will dissolve)
Carnelian (salt waster can fracture)
Galena (will rust)
Lepidolite (flake apart)
Malachite (can break in hot water and will also release toxins)
Mica (flake apart)
Pearls (loose luster)
Pyrite (creates a sulfuric acid when combined with water)
Some people suggest using salt water but I personally find this method to be a harsh and abrasive method and never would cleanse my gems, crystals, pendulums or jewelry in such a severe solution. Remember that your gems, crystals, metals, and even synthetic materials are alive and have an inherent intelligence. You need to treat them with tender and loving kindness. How would you like to be washed in salt water? Never do to a crystal or gem what you would not like done to yourself.
I hope you found this post to be helpful and informative. If you ever have any other questions about crystals, please ask. I would love to talk to you about them.