How to cleanse and charge your crystals

If you’ve begun to collect crystals for healing purposes, you may be wondering,  “How do you clean your crystals?”

There are a lot of different ways to cleanse crystals. Read on to learn about some of them, and choose one that resonates most with you. You might even use different methods at different times. I may intuitively sense that a crystal needs one type of cleansing one day, and another type on a different day.

First of all, in order to keep your crystals in pristine condition, you want to physically clean off any mud or debris that may be on them. This will aesthetically improve your crystals.

Then, you must remove any negative energies that may be in your crystals, such as bad vibrations. These negative energies are often due to other people handling the crystals without care. Which brings us to another important point. Limit who handles your crystals –if you allow anyone to handle your crystals at all. Crystals are very powerful and they can easily absorb the energy of others. You don’t want to pick up someone else’s energy via a crystal.

So how do you clean your crystals?

One way is to soak them in sea salt and water. Soaking them in salt water will help to remove any toxicities that your crystals have picked up. Put them in a plastic bowl and completely immerse them in the sea salt water to cleanse the crystals thoroughly. There is also a notable difference between sea salt and table salt, and you should always make sure that you use the former. Sea salt ensures that the vibrations you feel are much more subtle. When you want to use the crystals on intense chakras such as your third eye, having subtle vibrations is especially important. Note: Some crystals such as Selenite can dissolve in water, so you don’t want to submerge them.

Personally, I prefer to use sea salt without water to cleanse my crystals. I pour sea salt into a bowl, and then I bury the crystals in the bowl of sea salt and leave them for a couple of hours. When I intuitively feel that my crystals are clean, I take them out of the bowl and brush off the sea salt.

Another way to cleanse crystals is to sit them in moonlight or sunlight. Place the crystals in a location where the rays of the moon or the sun can pour down on them. I personally prefer leaving my crystals where they can absorb moonlight overnight, as some crystals can fade in the sun

When cleaning crystals, you may choose to rub in some sweetgrass for added effect. You should do this when attempting to cleanse crystals that cannot be soaked in water for a long period of time.

Smudging your crystals with sage and using incense are other effective ways to cleanse crystals.  However if you are using either of these methods,  be careful with how you fan the smoke from smudging or from the incense, so that you don’t bring negative energies to yourself.

Charging crystals means setting an intention for the crystal. If you buy a crystal for protection, for example, you might hold it in your hand and charge it — or set the intention that the crystal provide protection from negative energies.

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