How to clean your crystals and gemstones


How To Clean Healing Stones

Learn to clean your healing stones

Cleansing and clearing can be a regular practice for new and old crystals.
This helps clear psychic debris, negativity and accumulated energy in the stone.
It also helps to prevent fading, shattering or cracking, prevents redistribution of negative energy.

Cleansing your crystals before and after a healing session on yourself or on others is most significant.

Cleansing can be done in any number of ways.
The most important thing is to use your intuition to guide you.
Remember that some crystals do not respond well to being in water – especially those that are porous – it can actually erode them (halite and mica are examples).
So be cautious around scrubbing, soaking or polishing your pieces!

Use a gentle touch if you aren’t sure.

For coloured stones, keep them out of direct sunlight for extended periods of time as they can fade, but sunlight is a great way to cleanse and energise clear quartz.

Fluorite, Rose Quartz & Celestine, for example, will fade in direct sunlight.
Temporary exposure to the sun is fine for most crystals.

You can cleanse most crystals in water, in the earth, in moonlight or in sunlight. Leave them resting for a couple of days on a clear quartz cluster on in your garden.

You can smudge your crystals with incense – perhaps sage, lavender and rosemary or why not bathe them in flower essences, invoking the devic energies of the flowers for cleansing?

If you do choose to clean then with essential oils, take care with staining if you use something like patchouli or myrrh on a light stone – better to use ‘white’ oils like eucalyptus or lavender.

Using spiritual healing techniques like Reiki or Pranic Healing on crystals is beautiful – they love to soak up that energy and there is a palpable difference between a crystal charged with blessings and energy, just like the experiments done with sending different thoughts and intentions to water crystals and seeing their structure respond, crystals are natural energy conductors.

The American Indians cleared their crystals with a short breath! As you can see, intention is the key and is far more important than what you actually do – action without focus is relatively ineffective.
Energy follows thought – so use your thoughts to hold healing, cleansing, clearing images.