Ah, the moment you get that package in the mail and you know it has your new crystals in it you rush to the mailbox and you tear open through all the tape to discover those new shiny additions to your collection. There lies the most gorgeous amethyst druzy cluster you’ve ever seen. There’s also a blue calcite gallet stone asking to be held. Your brand new crystals should be ready to use, right? Wrong! Spiritually purifying any new stone or crystal is a must. One of the most important steps to take when you purchase a crystal or stone is to cleanse it before use.
What do I mean by cleanse it? Crystals and stones have the tendency to absorb other energies around them, which means anyone with a strong energy whose held the crystal before you could have rubbed off on the crystal itself. It can also pick up energies in its environment and from its original mining/manufacturing. Read on to learn why it’s important to cleanse and charge your crystals and stones.
Why Do You Need to Cleanse Crystals/Stones?
Crystals and stones have gone through a lot. This includes passing through machinery, buildings, transportation, and dozens (possibly hundreds) of different hands and energies through the mining, processing and shipping procedures. Crystals give off their own energy and vibrations, but they can also absorb energy from their environment. So it’s critical to cleanse your crystals and stones when they arrive before being used. Purifying your new crystals strips it of negative energy and frees it for you to experience its unique vibrations. When I receive a new shipment of crystals, I will cleanse them but like anywhere else, they can also absorb my energy or that of my family. It is not a bad idea to cleanse and charge them again when you receive them so that you can infuse your energy into them.
Without further ado, here are some ways to cleanse and charge your crystals:
Running Water Holding your gemstones under clear, purified water will cleanse them. You can also go to a creek, river or stream to cleanse them. Submerge the stones in water completely and visualize the negative energy being washed away by the water. This is a simple way of cleaning crystals and stones. Some stones should not be immersed in water, so if you are unsure whether your stones are water safe, use a different cleansing method.
The Moon A full moon and a new moon are especially powerful for cleansing and recharging your stones. You can place them outside or on a windowsill at these times. Even if it is a cloudy night, the moon's rays will still energise the stones.
The Sun The sun is also a very strong energetic way to cleanse and charge your stones. Even when it is cloudy, the sun's rays will still energise the stones. Be careful though, as some stones will fade in the sunlight.
Mother Earth Gemstones & Crystals come from the earth, so placing them directly into the earth will naturally cleanse all negative energies and re-energise them. I suggest you leave them for approximately 24 hours. If the stones are set, or strung into jewellery, it is best to gently cover them with a cloth first, so that small bits of dirt don't get into the fastenings etc.
Sea Salt Sea salt has long been known to have purification properties. For this reason, many people like to place their gemstones directly into a bowl of natural sea salt, however we find this to sometimes be too harsh on the softer stones. Instead, I use two glass bowls - one larger than the other. Fill the large bowl with sea salt and place the smaller bowl into this. Put your stones into the small bowl and leave for anywhere from 24-36 hours. The sea salt will absorb all negative energies from the stones, leaving them cleansed and re-energised. Make sure you dispose of the salt so it is not used again. Only use glass bowls when cleansing and charging gemstones with salt.
Salt Water Again, (as with the sea salt method), I find this to be harsh on some of the softer stones. Only use this method on harder stones, and (as with the running water), if you are unsure whether your stones are water safe, use a different cleansing method. Place some natural sea salt into a glass bowl, add purified water and your gemstones. Leave for approximately 24 hours and then gently pat dry, or leave to air dry.
Smoke Cleansing Smoke cleansing is a very efficient way of cleansing gemstones. You can use sage, sweet grass, sandalwood, or any other herb or incense to cleanse your crystals. Simply burn the smudge stick, loose herbs, or incense and pass your stones through the smoke. This will clear the stones of all negative energy.
Other Crystals Placing your stones on selenite or a quartz cluster will clear negative energies and re-energize the stones. If you use quartz, you must remember to regularly cleanse and re-energize it to ensure it retains its cleansing and re-energising powers.
Using Your Intention Focus your mental energies on your crystals and ask the Universe, or your dieties, to cleanse the stones of all negative energies and to re-energize them for their maximum potential. Always thank the Universe, and/or your dieties, after doing this.
There are other ways to cleanse and recharge your crystals so feel free to use any method you are most attracted to. Please do your research on how to cleanse your individual crystals to ensure you will not damage or change it.