Cleansing Crystals

Crystals are like sponges; absorbing to the vibrations in the environment around them, positive or negative.

Crystals need to be cleansed regularly to make the most of the healing properties they offer and to clear away any unwanted energies.

There are a few crystals however, that donít absorb or store negative energies and therefore donít need to be cleansed.

These stones include Citrine, Selenite, Kyanite and Super Seven.

Crystals and gemstones should always been cleansed before being used for any sort of healing or therapy work.

After cleansing you can feel the new positive energy radiating from the crystal even before itís programed.

Some of the cleansing methods below are a little more complex and others quite simple. Go with what feels comfortable for you and the crystal.

Salt Water

While this is a popular way to cleanse crystals, we really don't recommend it to be a common cleansing method.

You will need to know a more information about your crystal to be sure that they are not porous or soft and so be damaged by salt water.

Salt water can seep into the structure of some crystals and stones and cause them to break. Stones that don't cleanse well in salt water are Calcite, Carnelian, Halite, Hematite, Labradorite/Spectrolite, Lepidolite, Lodestone (Magnetite), Mica, Moldavite, Opal, Turquoise, Ulexite, and there are many more. If you are unsure about your crystals structure, the stick to the safe side and choose another cleansing option. If you do choose to use salt water, do not leave them in it for too long.

Sea Salt

Crystals can be placed in coarse sea salt for up to 24 hours to clear them. They can also be stored in sea salt to keep them from picking up energies from their surroundings.

In humid areas of Australia, using sea salt can sometimes cause the same problems as salt water. It can also get stuck in the crevices of clusters and eventually combine with water in the air and even split a cluster.

Sunlight or Moonlight

The rays of the sun and moon are incredibly cleansing. Placing your crystals outside where they can soak up the sunlight or moonlight for one day or night for up to one week is very beneficial. Do be careful though, as some the colours of some stones

may fade in the sun. Stones that do not cleanse well by the sun are Amethyst, Celestite, Opal, and Turquoise. If you have any doubts at all contact us or be sure to use only moonlight cleansing.

Earth Burial

Burying crystals is very cleansing and healing to them. You can bury them in the Earth for three - seven days either in your garden or in a garden pot. Be sure that if you bury your crystals in the garden that you mark the spot. You don't want to have to dig up half the garden to find your crystal again.


Smudging is a favourite method of clearing crystals and stones of unwanted energy. It's also a much quicker way to clear crystals than any of the above mentioned methods. To smudge them, pass your crystal several times through the smoke of burning cedar, sage or incense. Avoid commercial incenses with perfume smells as they do not clear as completely or as rapidly as sage or more basic incense like Nag Champa.


Reiki is another favourite method of cleansing crystals. In a sense, it's channelling the universal life force energy to heal the crystal of negativity and unwanted energies. If you are a Reiki practitioner, just treat the crystal as you would any other person or animal that needs healing and set your intent to heal the stone of any negativity or unwanted energies.

Stone Clearing

Some stones will clear the negative or unwanted energies from other stones. Clearing Stones include; Quartz Crystal Clusters, Amethyst Clusters, and Selenite. Place the stone to be cleared on the "clearing" stone, and leave for 24-48 hours.


This is too simple for most peoples' need for ritual, but it does work wonderfully. Simply ask God/Goddess/Universe, or whichever your higher power is called, to clear and cleanse your crystal for you. You can also simply ask the crystal to clear


Whichever method you choose, the exact length of time needed for clearing varies according to personal taste and the state of the crystal. Trust your intuition to lead you to the best method and length of time for you and the stone.

We also now have a very effective Crystal Cleansing Spray that is available on our site for minimal cost. Copy and paste the link below to go to the cleansing spray:


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