When you're feeling down, nervous, excited or any emotion that exists within the spectrum of feels and you grab your fave crystal to help you out... the crystal is werkin' it's magic to help the situation and your energy is being filtered through it. Which is why its sooo important to cleanse and recharge your crystals regularly! You gotta look after them so they stay happy and work to their fullest potential.
Cleansing vs Charging? Cleansing your crystals clears out the energy they've been collecting and resets them to their natural frequencies. Charging your crystals helps you to better connect with their energy and allows them to have even more power in the way that they work with you. The key to charging crystals is all about selecting the intention you are wanting to achieve and infusing it into the crystal. We swear, its easier than online shopping once you get the hang of it.
So... how do I cleanse & charge my crystals? Just like each of us, each crystal is unique and they have different ways that they like be pampered, I mean, you're not going to remove a full face of glam with a baby wipe when you know wetting your face then using cleansing balm is going to work a million times better, right? There's method to the routine. So, when cleansing and charging your crystals its important to be intentional with your energy and how you use it.
How often should I cleanse my crystals? The more you work with your crystals, the more cleansing they may require. If you're under a lot of stress or you've had a particularly bad day, its a good idea to cleanse the crystals that you've been working with or wearing so they can reset to their natural state. Your crystals are constantly soaking up energy; your excess energy, the energy of the environment and also the energy of other people that you come into contact with. So cleansing regularly keeps everything squeaky clean and sparkling.
Methods for Cleansing your Crystals
Cleansing in Water:
Strong non-soluble crystals can be cleansed under running water for no longer than a few minutes. Spring water is recommended but tap water is also suitable. The general guideline is that the crystals ending in 'ite' e.g. Angelite, Selenite, Malachite, etc. it should not be cleansed in water.
If cleansing in water, recharging in sunlight or moonlight works like a charm.
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Cleansing in Brown Rice:
Rice has a long-standing history with many culture's around the globe experiencing great benefits from its healing properties. Numerous cultures believe that rice strengthens spiritual health, assists to attain knowledge, grants abundance, creates an everlasting bond between couples and even provides assistance with fertility.
With knowing the benefits of brown rice, grab a bowl (preferably glass) and pour enough rice in there to emerge your crystal in it. Leave your crystal in the rice overnight. 8-12 hours is enough to remove all the previous energy that was in the crystal. Once the crystal is cleansed, make sure to dispose or compost the rice. Recharging in sunlight works best for crystals that have been cleansed using rice!
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Cleansing with Sound:
It is said that sound healing has been around before the time medicine was created to help cure many illnesses. Using a singing bowl, tuning fork, or tingshas can be a powerful way to transmute negative vibrations and raise the crystals energy back to its natural frequency.
To protect the crystal ensure to be gentle. When using singing bowls its best to hold the crystal above the bowl or place it inside whilst playing. When using tuning forks or tingshas its best to place the crystal on a flat surface and play above and around the crystal. This method can be useful if you have many crystals to cleanse in a short amount of time. After cleansing with sound, recharging crystals in sunlight soaks up all the good vibes!
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Return to Earth:
Returning the crystal back to Earth is a deep cleansing method. It will clear all energies that have been placed into the crystal and bring the crystal back to its highest natural frequency. If you have crystals that have been overworked, you can leave it buried for up to a week for a deep cleanse. Make sure you mark the spot of where you buried your crystal so its easy to find. After unearthing the crystal charging them in sunlight works like magic.
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Using a smudge stick or incense, let the smoke run all over your crystal. As the smoke touches the crystal it will cleanse it, and as the smoke drifts away, it will pull out all previous energy. This method can be useful if you have many crystals to cleanse in a short amount of time. Recharging in sunlight or moonlight is great after using a smudge stick.
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Cleansing with Fire:
Calling out to all the fire signs for this one! Carefully light a candle and use the flame to cleanse your crystal by carefully holding your crystal above the flame. If you don't have a candle or you just don't like fire, you can visualise your crystal surrounded by white light and this will purify it. Recharge in sunlight for this method can be really powerful.
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Cleansing with other Crystals:
Selenite is well known for being one of the only crystals that can cleanse and charge all crystals. Lay your crystal on top of selenite for as long as you feel is needed or you can wave some selenite above your crystals to cleanse them.
Blue Kyanite, Clear Quartz, Citrine, Shaman Quartz, and Carnelian can also cleanse and recharge smaller crystals by waving it in a back and forth motion over your crystals. (Although Citrine is a self-cleanser, it also benefits from being regularly cleansed) Tip: If you have the same crystal in a small and large form, place the smaller one on top of your larger one to recharge itself.
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Cleansing using Salt:
Unless Halite, we recommend not cleansing your crystals in salt as it damages the crystal. You can however use a mix method of salt and dirt in a pot plant to cleanse crystals of the Quartz, Jasper and Agate families. It's best to use more dirt than salt. Leave overnight for 6-12 hours for the most effective results. Charging in sunlight works great after using this cleansing method.
Charge it up baby!
The key to charging your crystals like a boss is to be intentional! Set your intentions like you set your alarm clock! Centre yourself and ensure you have a clear mind before you begin to work with the crystal. Think of the goal you are wanting to achieve, what type of crystal you are working with and how the crystal can best work with you. Set the intention and infuse it into the crystal, this can be as simple as asking the crystal to help you, or setting a specific affirmation for it. You can hold the crystal while you set the intention or place it on a counter top and hold your hand near it, so it can feel the love radiating from you. It's always a good idea to show some love and gratitude in any situation, so be sure to thank your crystals, the universe and yourself when setting your intentions.
Pro tip: you may even choose to have a dedicated space to place your crystals while they are being charged. Make cleansing and charging something fun, think of it as a "you time" activity that you can look forward too and enjoy, that way its not a chore in your routine, but instead something that enhances your life and keeps your crystal babies gleamin'.