Do you use crystals daily? Are you aware that you should cleanse your stones frequently after using them? Ever since I purchased my crystals and gemstones, I have loved the benefits that they have provided me! I did an article last year on the gemstones for chakra healing, which you can access here.
Summary of Benefits of gemstones and crystals
The benefits of gemstones and crystals are endless; however, you must always cleanse your crystals! Over time, if you do not wash your crystals, they will lose their effectiveness. The following are some of the beautiful wonders of these precious little stones:
- Calming effects. When you wear gemstones, they tend to make you feel calmer and more grounded. This tranquility is especially true of the tiger’s eye or bloodstone.
- Chakra Healing. When you use gemstones or crystals, they tend to have a healing effect on each of your chakra centers. Last year, I wrote an excellent article on this. You can click here to read it.
- Increase your connection with nature. Gemstones and crystals can help to improve your relationship with the great outdoors. I suggest purchasing amber if you want to supercharge your symbiosis with nature. Amber is an organic gem formed from the hardened resin of ancient pine trees. It has a strong connection with trees and animals, which will help to increase your affinity for nature and the Divine.
- Increase happiness. Gemstones and crystals are fantastic for also helping you to increase your satisfaction. I love my birthstone, which is aquamarine, which is also a gemstone to help improve happiness.
These benefits are just some of the attractive benefits of gemstones. I believe in the value of crystals and gemstones; I use mine every day! I use them as jewelry, but I also stuff them in my pockets on the go. Even though I am an avid believer in the wonders of the Divine, I also advocate cleansing them regularly. So, now that I’ve discussed the beautiful things they do, I will go through the five ways to cleanse your crystals.
Five ways to cleanse your stones
1. Clean them in the salt water at the beach
One of the best ways to cleanse your stones is with the healing properties of salt water. When you wash them in salt water, the ions from the salt will discharge any energies collected into the rocks. Recently, I took my gemstones and crystals to the beach(we live about 1 hour from the Atlantic Ocean in Florida, so I like to use its exceptional properties).
After arriving at the ocean, I took my stones out and laid them in the sunlight for about an hour. Once they bathed in the sunlight, I took them and cleaned each in salt water for a good bath.
After I washed them, I wrapped them in a towel and brought them home. Once I returned to my house, I didn’t even wash the salt water off; they had dried with the salt water. Once I started using them, I immediately noticed energies emanating from them, and I could feel that my clear quartz pendant was supercharged.
I also noticed my aqua aura quartz was highly active after washing it in salt water! I could feel it’s energetic pull while in the pocket of my scrubs. If you are familiar with aqua aura quartz, then you know that one of its properties is to stimulate calmness and improve your connection with the angelic realm. I must say that after I cleaned it, I could feel a massive difference of peace in my body. I also felt that my throat chakra was more open and aligned.
Use salt water if there is no access to an ocean.
If you do not have access to the ocean, that’s okay! You can choose to cleanse your stones with salt and water. Just take about one tablespoon of salt and put it in about 2 cups of water. Then, let your crystals or gemstones sit in it overnight or all day long. If your gemstone is a pendant with either silver or gold, I would be careful with this method, as it can tarnish the metal. If it is in a charm or is worn as jewelry, then use some of the other ways to cleanse your stones.
2. Clean and activate in the moonlight/sunlight
Another great way to cleanse your stones and activate them is through the moonlight and sunlight. I generally like to leave my gemstones and crystals out for at least a day or a night and then use them. I especially notice a difference in them when I leave them out, and there is a thunderstorm! There is something about the energy from the rain and lightning that gives them extra activation and cleansing!!
Some stones activate in moonlight and others in sunlight.
Another thing to note is that specific colors of stones will do well in moonlight cleansing, whereas others may do better with the sun. A simple rule of thumb is: that ‘solar stones‘ are those of red, orange, yellow, and gold colors that do well to feed on sunlight. ‘Lunar stones’ are those activated in the pink, purple, blue, green, and black ranges and benefit the most from moonlight. If you have clear quartz or other clear stones, then they could benefit from either the sun or moonlight.
3. Smudge your stones
You can also choose to cleanse your stones with either sage, palo santo, or other earth elements. My favorite herb to cleanse with is Peruvian Palo Santo. You can also use other herbs, such as sage or sweet grass. It is whatever you prefer!!
When you cleanse your stones with a herb, you will want to do it either outside or by an open window. The choice to cleanse outdoors is good because you want bad energy to be released and not contained within your home.
Any herbs can help you connect to the spirit realm, clear out negative energy, and soothe all shades of stress. When you use sage it is always best to use them bundled. I like to light the tip of the palo santo or sage and then place the stone I am cleansing on the ground or on a table. I like to use the ground outside for extra activation and cleansing.
After setting the stone down on the ground, I generally like to wave the smoke from the herb towards the rock for about 30 seconds. While the smoke emanates, I like to say an intention. An example of a good intention is the following, “you are being cleansed by this herb which is infused with light and love.” By saying this intention, I am providing the gemstone or crystal extra positive vibrational energy with high vibration words.
4. Choose sound vibration to cleanse your stones.
Sound vibration is another excellent and easy way to cleanse your stones. As a shamanic healer, I like to use various instruments to do this. You could pick anything from a drum to using a rattle. Whatever you choose is to your liking! Or you can even use a healing sound bowl!
I like this method when I clean a large number of crystals. When you use these instruments, you’ll want to do it for at least 5 minutes to reach the vibration of these stones. You can say a positive, loving intention with this method as well.
5. Clean with breathwork
Lastly, I want to mention cleansing your crystals with breathwork. My favorite way to do this is by setting my intention and breathing on the stones. For example, you can say, “I am cleansing this name of the stone with so much love and light from the divine.” While I say the intention, I breathe through my nose and exhale with my mouth. As I exhale, I blow my breath on the stone.
I usually do this for at least a minute or until I feel the stone has been cleansed and positively charged. I usually trust my intuition for this one! I telepathically wait for the stone to tell me it is clear and activated.
All gemstones and crystals originate from the Rock Nation, which are all active life forms on Earth. Since rocks are living beings, they are able to telepathically communicate with us. Each rock, crystal, gemstone, stone, etc. is an actual living being full of information ready to be downloaded to you. So if you ask them, ” Are you clear?” and you get a yes response from the rock, then it is likely the energies have been dispelled! When handling any rock, it is always important to keep this in mind to receive its full healing benefits and for your own process of enlightenment.
How often should I clean my gemstones?
I always love this question, and for the answer, I would say to rely entirely on what your intuition tells you! I typically like to cleanse all of mine at least once a month; however, I generally clean the stones I use more frequently. If I’m using a particular stone every day, I will clean it every week!
Overall, it is essential to remember that crystals do the heaviest lifting when it comes to energy work. You may clean your crystal more often because of their high energy absorption. For example, I usually clean my amethyst, citrine, or aqua aura quartz at least once weekly.
How do I know when my stone is clean?
Overall, intuition is your best gauge for knowing when your stone is clean. Again, this comes down to telepathically receiving the information from the particular rock. You can ask the question, “Did you get cleansed?” and wait for the answer.
Another good way of knowing is that the rock will overall feel a lot lighter than before. Remember, this is also intuitiveness that is innate within you. If you want, get scientific and weigh your crystal before and after the cleansing to see what you get! I’ve thought about doing this one myself! If you do, please post it in the comments below!
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