Clearing and Cleansing Your Crystals

Always cleanse and clear crystals before doing any healing work, as well as periodic cleaning to maintain their positive energy. Standard methods of cleansing crystals typically involve using one of the four elements, earth, air, fire, and water. Again, use your intuition to choose the method that is best for you.

Crystal Cluster

Sit your stone on a crystal cluster like an amethyst for 24 hours. Alternatively, surround your crystal with clear quartz points for 24 hours.

Earth Burial

Bury your crystals in the earth for 24-72 hours. Make sure you mark the spot, so you know where they are!

Flower Water

Soak your crystals in water with petals of flowers such as honeysuckle, jasmine, orange blossoms, rose, etc for 24 hours.

Incense or Smudge Stick

Hold the crystal and pass it through the smoke of incense or smudge stick such as sage, sweetgrass, cedar, sandalwood or frankincense. I prefer this method because it’s quick and safe for all crystals. Native Americans and Africans have used this method for centuries.

Salt Water

Soak crystals in salt water made with one teaspoon to 3 tablespoons sea salt to 1-cup water. Place the stones in a glass container in cool water and make sure the stones are covered with the water. Soak the stones up to 24 hours. There are several crystals that should not be used in place in salt water. These include calcite, carnelian, labradorite, lepidolite, moldavite, opal, turquoise, and ulexite.

Sea Salt

Bury crystals in sea salt for 7-24 hours and then rinse them in pure mineral or spring water.

Sea & Sun

Use this ancient method of clearing by bringing your crystals to the sea and allowing the water to wash over them. Then energize them by placing them in sunlight.

Sun or Moonlight

Place your crystals in the sun or moonlight for 24-48 hours. Be careful because some crystals such as amethyst, celestite, opal, and turquoise may fade in the sunlight. However, I love watching my crystals bask in the sunlight. It’s also wonderful to cleanse your crystals with the full moon energy.


Use the vibration of pure sound from a bell or tuning fork for cleansing your crystals.


Hold your crystal in your hand and imagine that you are surrounding it with visualized white or gold light. Set your intent to transform all negative energy into positive energy. You may also take a deep breath and blow over the crystal. Imagine that you are clearing away any negative or unwanted energy. Repeat this process until you feel the crystal is cleansed.

Once the aura has been strengthened, protected, and cleared, one is ready to absorb the healing energy of crystals.

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