Cleansing your crystals is very important. They should be cleansed when you first get them (I cleanse them before shipping) and also after each use. Crystals absorb energy from their surroundings, and also from anyone or anything that has touched them. Over time, they can lose their sparkle, brightness and even color, becoming dull and lackluster. When you see these changes in your crystals, you know that it is time to cleanse them to refresh their natural energies.
There are many methods in use today for cleaning gemstones and crystals in order to increase the effects of their metaphysical energies. Your gemstones will work best when they are cleared and cleansed. So, cleanse and activate them often! Here are some recommended ways to cleanse stones:
1. Run your crystal under water, while holding the intention that it is being cleansed and purified. Holding your gemstones under a running stream of water is ideal, but running tap water works just fine. I also love ocean water. DO NOT USE WATER on soft stones such as angelite, some calcites, howlite, aragonite, azurite, dolomite, malachite, selenite, sulphur, etc. as it may dissolve the stone
2. Place your jewelry on the soil or branches of a healthy houseplant for 24 hours.
3. Place your jewelry outside under the sun or full moon for at least 4 hours. (Caution: Sunlight can fade some stones (Amethyst), so it is best to use moon light.
4. Steadily hold your jewelry in the smoke of a burning Sage stick or Palo Santo stick until your piece becomes still.
5. Lay your jewelry on a piece of Selenite or Quartz Crystal for at least 6 hours.
6. Sea salt - the most common method of cleansing stones is with water and sea salt. You can do this by placing the stone in a mesh bag and rinsing it in the ocean for several minutes, or by soaking the stone for several hours in a glass of water with a pinch of sea salt. CAUTIONS: *Salt may damage the finish on some stones. * Water may damage soft or friable stones. *Placing a stone in dry sea salt (without the water) may damage its electromagnetic field.
7. The power of sound to clear and cleanse the energy of our crystals. Singing Bowl music keeps crystals energized and vibrant. If you have a Singing Bowl at home, the sound and vibrations created by it will help to clear your crystals on any unhelpful and negative vibrations.