Cleansing and care of Crystals

CLEANSING
When you first obtain crystals or have been using them for some time, or even if they have been left sitting around somewhere, they will have absorbed a range of different energies that they will have been exposed to by yourself and others who may have handled them and transferred various energies and emotions into them.  Therefore, it’s important to ‘cleanse’ your crystals as soon as you obtain them, and on a regular basis (daily, weekly, bi-weekly or monthly, depending on use).
Rain
Leaving your crystal outside in the rain is a fabulous way of cleansing them and the difference between using tap water and rain water is phenomenal – just leave in a secure place outside overnight and allow the natural balance of the Earth and Rain to wash and cleanse your stones. Storms are fun! as this charges the crystal with transformational Storm energies.
SUN CLEANSING
Leaving crystals outside in the sun is fantastic! It is cleansing and also very energising. The Sun (very large fire!) cleanses with both immense light and fiery heat, recharging life. This solar connection exercise can be done at any time of day – with differing effects.
Dawn cleansing is a wonderful experience – simply leave your crystal in the light of the dawn sun for a few hours.

SEA SALT  DRY- Use with caution. This is probably the best all around method to use. Sea salt may be caustic to some softer stones, damage finishes on stones, or effect the encasing of jewelry stones. If you live near an ocean you can use the ocean itself to clean your stone but as many of us do not we must settle for purchasing sea salt. Do not use table salt since it contains additions that are not in the best interest of cleaning your stone.
Place the stone with the point downward in the sea salt and leave 24 hours.

SEA SALT WET –  Use with caution. Sea salt may be causticto some softer stones, damage finishes on stones, or effect the encasing of jewelry stones. Most importantly is to use a good sprint water. Do not use tap water. Use 1/2 cup of sea salt to 1 cup natural sprint water. Allow to soak 8-24 hours depending on the stone and the need. Allow to dry natural either in the sun or moonlight depending on the stone.

A CLEANING CRYSTAL – You can purchase a large crystal that is specifically used to clean other crystals, discharge negativities, and recharge a stone. The cleaning crystal itself must be programmed for this use and taken proper care of to assist you. For those who use stones a lot or who uses them on others  cleaning and recharging stones can become very time consuming. A cleaning crystal saves a lot of time and often works better than some of the individual cleaning  methods.

MOONLIGHT – Place your stone in the full moon light. This of course can’t be done at any time and should only be done during the single night of the full moon.

SMUDGE – Another popular method of cleansing crystals is by ‘Smudging’.  This involves burning either Smudge Sticks or Incense Sticks and holding the crystals in the smoke to cleanse the stored energies. Several types of incense are specifically recommended for this because, when burned, they release certain elements into the air via the smoke which can effectively remove bad and built-up energies.  The following incense sticks are particularly recommended for effective smudging: Sage and Sweetgrass, Sandlewood or Cedarwood.  This only needs to be done for a short amount of time. 20 to 30 seconds should be long enough.  Using sage, sweatgrass, frankincense or cedar to smudge the stone. Allow the stone to rest for several hours afterwards. The least invasive method of cleaning crystals would be exposing them to incense burning smoke. The incense of herbal origin, like cedar, salvia, juniper, or pine tree works the best. Put the incense stick bellow your crystal, allowing for a better exposure of your crystal to the smoke. This is an excellent way of purifying yourself and your environment.

SAND/EARTH – Some very natural stones prefer to return to Mother Earth to be cleaned. This method is best for unpolished non-jewelry natural stones. Place the stones in sand or earth then using a natural spring water pour about a cup over the place where the stone is buried and allow it to regenerate for 24 hours.

CANDLE FLAME

Purification of crystals can be successfully performed if we use candle flame and pass the crystal through the flame several times.
ESSENTIAL OILS
Here is another possibility: crystals can be cleaned by using essential oils. Soak them in a container filled with distilled water in which a few drops of essential oil have been added. The juniper essential oil is especially suitable due to its capability of releasing the crystals from the accumulated negative energies. For cleaning stones used in emotional healing, lavender oil is the best choice, since it has soothing and balancing features.
LEMON is equally good for cleaning crystals, and apart from its purifying capabilities it can help remove fat from the crystals’ surface.
RUNNING WATER
Crystals love running water. This is best if the running water is natural – such as a stream, a river or a waterfall – but a tap works just as well. Hold your crystal under the tap and allow cold water to flow over it. As you do so, visualise all dark and dense energies dissolving and washing away. If you’re at a beach or near a stream, allow the water to flow over your stones. Then air-dry them naturally in gentle sunlight. Keep a firm grip on your crystals during this process and don’t leave them where they can be swept away by the tide!The water running over the stone purifies it, returning the crystal to its optimum vibration. This is a great quick cleanser – like when you are just handed an uncleansed stone – or before using it for healing.
VISUALISATION
You can also use visualisation or ‘thought energy’ to cleanse crystals. Simply hold the crystal, focus on it, and visualise a bright white light surrounding the crystal, followed by a beam of white light coming down through the stone, passing all the way through the stone, taking away stored energy within the stone.  Do this until you feel happy that the white light has done its job and flushed away the stored energies.  The ‘thought energy’ generated by you will be transmitted to the stone and this cleansing energy will do the job of clearing the stone of its stored energies.
By Zoe & Monika

Sources:
http://www.millenniumminerals.com/resources/clean.html

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