How to Cleanse Crystals and Stones: Recharging Your Tools
One of the most common questions asked by people beginning their journey using these powerful tools for transformation, concerns how to cleanse crystals, talismans, and pendants and how to recharge healing stones.
As living beings, these tools from Gaia have likely become your ‘friends’ and just like all beings, they occasionally need to be freed from negative energies and literally recharged. Just as humans can feel restored and rejuvenated – returned to a higher vibrational state– after an experience with nature, *healing crystals and stones receive the same benefits.
This occurs by taking your tools back to a point of resonance with their source – a form of Mother Earth.
There are quite a few methods for clearing gemstones, many of which simultaneously charge them – so let’s just get to the good stuff and explore several relatively easy ways to cleanse crystals and recharge them for maximum efficacy.
1. Cleansing Stones with the Sun and Moon
The sun and the moon are tremendous forces of nature, and one can cleanse and recharge crystals and stones simply by allowing them to sit in a safe place fully exposed to those revitalizing energies. Allow at least 24 hours of exposure, but stones that have absorbed tremendous amounts of energy may take longer, and this is true for most cleansing and charging methods here.
Note: Amethysts and aquamarine crystals may fade in sunlight, so consider an alternate method. Stones programmed to deflect negative energies such as black tourmaline, may take twice as long to cleanse.
2. Mother Earth – The Devine Cleanser and Recharger
Place your stones into a cloth sack and bury them for at least a day, preferably in pure, clean soil. Avoid areas heavily trafficked or tainted with chemicals or pesticides. This method cleanses and recharges most any stone safely.
3. Go With the Flow: How to Cleanse Crystals with Water
Running water is a wonderful way to recharge and cleanse most any healing gemstone, particularly clean rivers and streams. Just place your tools in a container (colanders work well) and submerge them for at least two hours, allowing the healing and restorative powers of water to work their magic.
Salt water is another example of how to cleanse crystals and how to recharge healing gemstones. Many users – including myself – use great caution with this method, as our friends are gentle and must be treated with loving care…salt can be abrasive and scratch or dull stones, so consider this prior to using this method. You may use the power of ocean water, or you may make a salt solution in a container at home. Allow them to soak and set them under moonlight to simultaneously recharge them. You can also do the reenergizing after the soak.
Note: Make sure that your stones won’t dissolve in water; red selenite and halite are examples.
4. White Sage Smudging
Holding a pendulum, talisman, gemstone, etc. in the direct line of sage smoke for a few minutes clears negative energies. However, this is one version that doesn’t re-energize stones, so follow up the cleansing with a sun/moon/water treatment for recharging.
5. Brown Rice and Flowers for Cleansing and Recharging Healing Stones
This method isn’t one of the more widely known ways to achieve the task, but healers and wise sages globally often find it to be a favorite way to cleanse their tools for transformation. Surrounding stones in flower petals allows the essence to strip away any negativity, which is replaced by the energy and purity of the flowers. Soaking crystals in brown rice balances and centers a stone’s energy, removes negativity, and dissipates and transforms negative to positive energies. Eat the rice after cleansing – it is now energized and purified, too!
6. Using Other Crystals to Charge Stones
If you have a sizable – and I do mean a big one – clear quartz crystal that is fully charged, you can place your stones upon it and cleanse and reenergize them in this fashion. Don’t forget to give your larger stone the same TLC regularly!
7. Charging with Intentions – For the Experienced Healer/User
If you’re practiced in making changes using focus and intention, then you can cleanse and recharge stones with no additional tools. However, it requires practice, extreme concentration, and a strong connection with the universe. One can channel the manifestation abilities of the 3rd Eye Chakra to bean golden or white light into the stone, forcing negative energies into a ‘black hole’ and then complete the recharging process with positive white light energy with a solid intention set.
Remember, don’t’ forget about awakening and programming your stones and crystals with YOUR intentions after cleansing and recharging.