Following on from our blog post about Choosing Crystals (If you haven't read it, you totally should) we're going to discuss cleansing your crystals.
Whenever you purchase new crystals it's really important to cleanse those crystals. Since crystals absorb energy, you don't know how many people have handled them, what their energy was like or what energy the crystals have picked up.
It's also important to cleanse the crystals you already have regularly as they too will continue to absorb your energy and the energy in your home. Crystals are highly sensitive and pick up energy very easily, even when people visit, so for this reason I like to cleanse my crystals regularly.
There are a number of different ways you can cleanse your crystals, there is no right or wrong way. Pick a method that resonates with you. Some methods may be just as therapeutic for you as they are for your crystals.
You can use a number of different herbs or incense to smudge your crystals. The most common are White Sage, Sweet Grass, Sandalwood or Koeppel. Hold your crystals in the smoke for about 30 seconds, rotating them around in the smoke.
This is one of my preferred methods (along with the moon) as I usually make cleansing my crystals part of my ritual when I cleanse my home.
The change in frequency and vibration breaks up the energy and restores harmony to the crystals. Place your crystals close by the bowl or place small ones inside the bowl when creating the sounds.
Using the full moon to cleanse your crystals is another of my favourites. Place your crystals outside in the direct moon or on a window sill for about 4 hours or overnight, where they can bath in all the beautiful full moon energy. The full moon is when the moon is at its brightest, bathing them in this bright energy restores the crystals to their brightest and lightest energy.
The Sun's strong energy is said to burn off the stagnant or bad energy that the crystals have absorbed. This also works even on a cloudy day, but remember not to keep your crystals in the sun for more than 5 hours as the sun can fade and damage some crystals colour.
Using Earth is a great way of returning the crystals to their natural energy state, after all that's where they've come from. You can do this by placing them in a hole you have dug in the dirt or sand. They will need 24h to cleanse and recharge. If your crystals are small, pop them into a pillowcase or a cotton bag so they don't get lost.
Using running water is also a great way to cleanse your crystals. It can be salt or fresh water (not tap water), be very careful as not all crystals can get wet. Some softer crystals such as Selenite and Kyanite can dissolve.
Selenite is a very powerful crystal and can be used for magnifying, cleansing and purifying energy. Not just human but also crystal energy. Simply place your crystal on top of slabs or large pieces of Selenite for 4 or more hours. Just remember though, the Selenite will also need to be cleansed as it will absorb the "dirty" energy.
There you have it, our top tips and ways to cleanse your crystals. Remember! Cleanse those crystals regularly and you will notice an energy shift around you and your house!