Crystal Cleansing

A brief user's guide to first time crystal parenting.

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Crystals invite us to check in with the deeper parts of ourselves that we may not often reach. Whether you believe in the healing properties of crystals or not, you can’t argue that they look nice around the home (and if you can argue against that, then you’re reading the wrong blog, my friend!). I know I’ll take any excuse to connect more deeply to myself, especially in this day and age where everything seems like it’s happening so fast! Crystals allow us to settle, to check in and to become aware that there is more going on than meets the eye.



Each crystal vibrates at its own frequency, and when they are near us, they have a rebalancing effect on our own energy field. That is also why there are so many crystals for so many different purposes, as they all buzz away to their own little tune. Crystals clear energy that does not serve us, bring us into harmony with our own selves, remove blocks and work their magic. Hence why we need to keep them clean, clear and under control (I mean, ready to do their job!). 


Okay, so you’ve laid your eyes on a beautiful stone/rock/crystal. Can you believe that came out of the earth? No, me either! Mother Nature is incredible. You’ve got your crystal(s) (because one is never enough) home and like a first time mother might be thinking, now what do I do? When you get your crystals home, it is important to cleanse the energies that they may have picked up along the way. These also include the courier ride; crystals are sensitive beings and can pick up on things in their space around them. It’s just how they roll. They can get dull and tired, just like people do, and often need an energetic refresh. So below is a little insight into how you can keep your little piece of earth magic fresh and clean!

How to cleanse

Right, so let’s get to it; there are a few basic methods of cleansing your stones. Just be aware that not all stones can be used with the water method, as some do dissolve. And no one wants their stones dissolving! 

Running water: This can either be done in a natural body of water (be sure to be cautious when using salty sea water, as it will damage some types of crystals) or under tap water is also fine. Hold your crystals under the flow of the water or swirl them around. Ask the water to help cleanse any unwanted energy off the crystals. Keep them there until you feel the job is done. 

Crystals to not use in water include Selenite, Peacock Ore, Pyrite and lots more. Please do your research.

Sacred smoke/smudging: – Using Palo Santo, White Sage or other smudging blends, you can clear the energy off your crystal with the smoke that is produced from burning then extinguishing these items. Scientific studies have shown that White Sage can remove up to 94% of bacteria from the air, and it also releases negative ions, which are linked to putting you in a good mood. Hold your crystal above the rising smoke. Ask the spirit of the smudging blend to help you cleanse any unwanted energy off the crystal, and move your crystal through the smoke back and forth. Around 4 times should do it, or until you feel the job is done.

Visualisation: Visualisation is actually a far more powerful tool than people realise. To implement this, hold your crystals in your hands, connect to your breath and imagine a golden or white light pouring over your crown chakra. This light flows down through your head, through your heart and down through your arms. It then filters through your hands, creating a bubble of cleansing energy around your stones. Hold it for as long as you feel necessary. Ask the light to remove any negative energies and to clear the stones for use for your highest good. Imagine the ‘used’ bubble then floating off and down into the earth where the energies can be transmuted. You then want to close off your flow of light for next time, feeling it fade off gently. You can also blow on your stones, visualising a white light spreading around them like dust. This is a quick fix if someone has been admiring your crystals. 

A bowl of rice: This is a very basic method if you don’t have other options available. Fill a bowl with rice and place/bury your crystals in the rice. Leave overnight; the rice will draw any negative energies out of the stones. Be sure to throw the rice out the next day (check you have all of your crystals out, and do not eat it!).

Bury them in the earth: This method is again not appropriate for all stones or locations, but it can be a good method for drawing the energy out. Find a spot of earth that you can easily dig up and easily remember where it is! Bury your stones under the earth, asking Mother Nature to help you take care of them and to draw any unwanted energy out. You can leave them there overnight or for however long you feel. Just try not to forget where exactly you buried them!

Moon/Sun bathing: The sun and moon are both able to cleanse your stones. You can allow your crystals to sunbathe so they can soak up the sunshine vibes (be sure to not leave anything in the sunlight for too long as it may fade!). You can also pop your stones out each month under the full moon. The moon has a powerful cleansing energy, which cleanses and charges your stones up ready to be used again. If you miss a full moon or don’t feel the need to put them out each month, don’t worry! You don’t have to stick them out all the time; it is totally up to you and how you feel! 

Optional extra:

Once you have cleansed your stones, especially if this is the first time you are working with them, you may like to ask that the stones work with you. Crystals are naturally intuitive, so they know exactly what they need to be doing, but sometimes a little please and thank you goes a long way.

Feel into your cleansed stones. Hold them in your hand. Ask them to work with you for your highest good (try not to be too specific, as the answer to your problem may not lie where you think it does). 

You could say, “Please work with me for my spiritual growth for my highest good” or, “Please guide me on my path of my highest good”. I personally like to say, “For growth and healing for my highest good”.

Then seal the deal with, “And so it is”. 

And there we have it, your work is done!

You can do this however often you feel; your intuition will let you know when your crystals need it. You can also turn it into a monthly ritual and time it with the full moon. It is totally up to you! 


Increase your intuition exercise:

Settle yourself in a comfy place and hold a stone that you know needs a cleanse. 

Feel into the stone. Can you sense its energy? Note how it feels. 

Cleanse the crystal with your method of choice

Settle down once more and hold the stone again. Can you feel a difference? Note how it feels.

I think for me, I could compare this to having a shower! You know how you feel before you hop in. Then afterwards you feel like a whole new, refreshed person!

Take care everyone. Thank you for reading and feel free to share the link around.

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