It is very important, when using crystals and gemstones for healing purposes, spiritual insight, dowsing and meditation, to cleanse your crystals regularly.
As in all alternative therapies, there should be respect for the tools you are using whether these are crystals, tapping into reiki energy or even using the Tarot. Tools that are tangible need to be carefully stored and used regularly so that you become attuned to them and this link does not wane through lack of practice.
All crystals should be cleansed when they are received as you don’t know what form of negative energy they may have picked up prior to being with you. They may have been handled by many people and cleansing them will help remove any negative energy as well as recharge the crystal. You should also cleanse and recharge your crystals after using them for healing and when you instinctively feel it is time to do so.
Crystals and gemstones can be cleansed in various ways and you will be drawn to the one that works for you. The easiest is to place the stones on a window sill at the time of the full moon to allow its ligh tot cleanse and renew the crystal’s energy. Between the hours of 10 pm and 2 am is when the light is at its strongest. Similarly you might want to use the energy of the sun in which case choose to place your crystals in direct sunlight between 10 am and 2 pm.
Another way to cleanse your crystals is to bury them in the earth. Be sure to mark your spot if you bury them in the garden. You might alternatively fill a flower pot with soil and leave your crystals standing over night in the soil.
If you’re in the countryside, holding your crystals under a waterfall or in a stream of running water can cleanse and renew them. You might also soak them overnight in a bowl of salt water. Dry salt alone can also be used to cleanse crystals. Fill a bowl with sea salt (do not use table salt) and bury your crystals and gem stones very much as you would do if you were using soil. Once you remove the crystals rinse them in water to remove the salt (or soil.) One thing to note before using the salt method is that some crystals like opal and lapis lazuli should not be soaked in salt water.
Crystals can also be left standing in flower petals for a whole day, to cleanse them. The flower essence helps to remove negative energies.
Cleansing crystals is important both when they first come into your possession and regularly afterwards to help purify and renew their energy