From cleansing to charging, here’s how to keep your gemstones in tip-top condition!
When you first obtain a new crystal or have been using it for some time, your stone will have absorbed a range of different energies that they may have been exposed to through either your emotions or those of other people who may have held them. It’s therefore important to ‘cleanse’ your crystals as soon as you obtain them, and on a regular basis, too (daily or weekly at the very least). The cleansing process isn’t a physical lathering up, but instead removes stored energies. Crystals used specifically for healing should be cleansed both before and after use. Here are the various methods you can use to cleanse your stones:
Soak your crystal in either sea water or a bowl of water half-filled and containing two tablespoons of salt. Ensure your crystals are fully submerged in the water, and leave for at least four hours (soaking overnight is even better). Stones that should not be soaked in salt water include crystals that are porous, contain metal or have a water content – including Opal, Pyrite, Lapis Lazuli and Haematite.
Simply half-fill a small glass bowl with sea salt and place your crystals directly into it, burying them completely. Leave for at least four hours, and ensure you rinse your stone thoroughly to properly remove any residue. Never re-use the salt, as it will contain negative energies that have been drawn out of the stone.
Simply place your crystal inside or next to a Clear Quartz or Amethyst geode and leave for 24-48 hours to zap those negative energies.
Burn either smudge or incense sticks and wave the crystals around in the smoke to cleanse stored energies. Sage, sweetgrass, sandalwood or cedarwood are all good essences that encourage clarity and positivity.
Use cleansing oils such as juniper, pine or sage. Pass the crystals through the vapour given off when heating them in a burner or vaporiser.
Once your crystal has been cleansed, you will need to charge it again so that it can continue to release its own natural vibrations and energies. Try these…
Allow your crystals to sit under cool running tap water for 5-10 minutes. Alternatively, save water by placing the stones in a mesh bag and allowing a freshwater river to wash over them. Don’t energise porous stones or those with high metal content with water, though.
The natural energies transmitted by the moon can put energies in your crystals. Simply place your gemstones in the moonlight for a day or two while you sleep.
Native Americans believe that you can recharge crystals simply by rubbing them between your palms. Give it a go!
Play a singing bowl around your crystals, or place the crystals on a cloth in the base of a metal singing bowl and strike the bowl until the sound clarifies and the gemstone is energised.
To program a crystal for specific use, sit quietly away from distractions or strong electrical devices that give off external energies. Hold the stone in front of you, clear your mind and focus. Ensure a white light or desk lamp is positioned near the crystal. Concentrate on the specific energy that you wish to program the crystal with, and transmit the energies and thoughts from your mind directly to the stone. Do this until you feel happy that everything you had on your mind has been transmitted.
• Refrain from letting other people handle any gemstones you use for personal use, as this may interfere with the connection you have with the stones.
• After wearing, take off crystal jewellery at night to give your body a rest from the stone’s energy…
• Ask your angels to place their energy in your crystals.
• Keep your crystals in a cloth bag or storage box in a cool, dry place.