Updated: Jun 19
Cleansing your crystals can be just as important as shopping for them. Cleansing and charging your crystals will give them the power to manifest your desired outcome while using them. Cleansing always comes before charging, because you want to get rid of any lingering negative energy from the crystal before you set an intention. Cleansing is a must for any new crystals, and you should also be cleansing them regularly or whenever you feel their energy is dwindling. Next comes charging, where you set your intention for the crystal and what you want to get out of it. Here are four simple ways you can cleanse your crystals so they are ready for use.
Running your new crystals under water will help cleanse them! This can be in a river or natural running water, or even in your sink or bathtub at home. Hold it under the water for at least 2-3 minutes, or until you feel it is fully cleansed. But be careful! Some stones are not water safe and can either fall apart or turn toxic when in contact with water. The most common water unsafe crystals are: Selenite, Malachite, Tourmaline, and Fluorite. The rule of thumb is that almost any crystal ending in -ite is typically not water safe, although water unsafe crystals are not limited to this list.
Sunlight is another easy, natural way to cleanse your crystals. Simply set them on a windowsill or outside for an hour or two and the Sun will do the rest of the work. Like water, sunlight is also unsafe for some crystals, so be weary of this. The Sun can damage crystals by making them lose their natural color and taking their energy instead of restoring it. There is a list of many crystals that cannot be in direct sunlight, but the most common crystals you should keep out of the sun are: Citrine, Amethyst, and Rose Quartz.
If you like burning incense on a regular basis, try using it to cleanse your crystals. If you practice smudging, using a sage or palo santo smudge stick can also help cleanse any crystal. You can do this by lighting your incense or smudge stick and drawing small, counterclockwise circles around the stone you want to be cleansed. This draws out any negative energy surrounding or in the crystal. After that, you can draw small, clockwise circles around your crystal to charge it and help it attract positive energies. This is not recommended if you have pets or small animals around your house, as they are more sensitive to smoke and it can damage their lungs.
The easiest way to cleanse your crystals is by using another crystal! Selenite has amazing cleansing properties and is known to clear any negative energies in a room, in your body, or in your mind. Because of its powerful cleansing energy, this self-cleansing stone can also cleanse any other crystal you have. Place your crystal in a position where it is touching your piece of Selenite and leave it alone for a couple hours or until you feel it is cleansed. Here at Dublin Rocks and Minerals, we have so much Selenite that you can get your hands on. From charging plates, to bowls, to wands, we have a piece for everyone!
After your crystals are cleansed, don’t forget to set your intention. The easiest way you can do this is by simply holding it in the palm of your hand and thinking or speaking aloud about what you want the crystal to do for you. You can set your intention for your crystals as many times as you wish, but this only really needs to be done once. After your crystals are cleansed and charged, they are ready for you to use them!