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How to Cleanse Crystals?
When you first receive your crystals, or if you have been using them for different crystal healing purposes extensively, the crystals will have absorbed a lot of energies from yourself and from other people who have handled them.
It’s important to cleanse your crystals as soon as you get them. Cleanse them regularly depending on use.
The more often you use the crystals, the more often you should cleanse them so that the lingering negative energies will be washed away.
When you say crystal cleansing, it’s more of cleansing them of their stored good and bad energies and not the physical cleaning with soap and water.
The first method you can try is cleansing your crystals with salt water.
Crystals that are suitable can be soaked in sea water. If you don’t have access to sea water, you can soak your crystals in water that has been mixed with sea salt or table salt.
Fill a glass bowl with the salt water so that the crystals are submerged and leave them there for an hour or up to 24 hours.
A lot of crystals owners leave them in the saltwater solution for a night, but crystals that need a deeper cleansing can be left there for up to a week.
Thoroughly rinse the crystals in cool running water after you take them out of the salt water.
Saltwater can have an adverse effect on some types of crystals, especially if they are porous and have water and metal content.
Avoid using this cleansing method on Lapis Lazuli, Opal, Hematite, and Pyrite.
The second method is the dry salt method. You can fill a glass bowl with sea salt or cooking salt and place the crystals on the surface or bury them in the salt.
Rinse the crystals thoroughly with cool running water and throw away the salt that has absorbed all the negative energies of the crystals.
Smudging is another popular method to cleanse your crystals. You will need to burn sage or incense sticks and hold your crystals in the smoke to clear the stored negative energies in them.
Incense sticks like cedarwood, sandalwood, and sage can be used for this cleansing method and they will be suitable for all kinds of stones and crystals.
You can also make use of the visualization method to cleanse your crystals.
Simply hold your crystals and visualize a bright white light taking away the bad vibrations from the crystals.
Repeat this method until you’re happy with the energies of your crystals and you feel like the bad energies have been flushed away.
Once your crystals have been cleansed, you will need to energize them again so that they keep radiating their powerful energies and vibrations.
You can experiment with these different cleansing methods to find out which ones work best for you and your crystals.
You may choose just one method or use a combination of different methods. Just make sure that you perform regular cleansing to keep your crystals beautiful, pure, and powerful!
Healing crystal meanings are meant as spiritual supports to healing and are not healthcare advice or prescriptions.
Use the crystal meanings to help find your own inner truth; what is best and right for one is not necessary so for another.
Follow the guidance and wisdom of the Divine and of your higher self when working with crystals.