Effectively Clearing New Crystals and Gemstones

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Being attracted to a particular stone or crystal won't always feel good, and this includes stones that previously felt good and no longer do. In this case, the stone or crystal may need to be cleared. The clearing process is necessary before using any stone for healing, because the clearer the energy of a healing stone is, the more powerful it is.

Crystals and healing gemstones need to be cleared as soon as they are purchased and after every healing. A ready and cleared crystal feels positive and bright, tingly, and cold to the touch. A crystal that needs clearing may feel hot, heavy or drained. There are a number of ways to effectively clear crystals and gemstones, from purifiers to helpers.

Sea Salt As a Crystal Purifier

Sea salt is the most traditional purifying agent in psychic work and healing. It dispels any sort of disease and negativity and is a physical and psychic disinfectant. Typically, it is an accepted and powerful method of clearing crystals and stones. Many highly recommend sea salt for the initial cleansing of a new healing stone and for any time a stone is overloaded with negative energy.

Salt can be mixed with water or used dry. To use salt water, do the following:

  • Mix a tablespoon of sea salt in a glass or ceramic cup of cold water.
  • Do not use plastic or metal containers.
  • Place the stones in the solution and allow to soak overnight.
  • To use dry salt, place the sea salt in a glass or non-plastic container and bury the crystals with the points facing downward into the salt. Leave overnight.

Sometimes a stone may take longer to clear, especially if it has been used in a deep, intense healing. If this is the case, leave it another day or two in the sea salt. When clearing gemstone necklaces it is best to use the dry sea salt method. Be sure to use sea salt only, as table salt contains aluminum and other chemicals. For those who live by the ocean, salt water can be brought from the beach in a jar, or gently and directly washed in the ocean.

Moonlight As a Clearing Helper

Moonlight is another method of clearing gemstones. Simply place them outside from the full moon to the new moon. Waning moons are good times to clear crystals and dispel old energies, but anytime works. The amount of time used varies with the sensitivity of the healer and the amount of material from which the stone needs cleansing. It is suggested to hang gemstone necklaces in a tree where the moonlight can cleanse them. It is not recommended to place crystals and gemstones in the sunlight, as many stones tend to fade their colors in the sun, and internal fractures may cause stones to crack or break.

Other Crystal Clearing Methods That Work Well

Burying crystals in a cupful of dried herbs will also clear them. Suggested herbs for this are rose petals, sage, frankincense, myrrh, and sandalwood. These can usually be found for a low cost at many co-ops or specialized herb stores. This is a gentle and pleasant way to clear crystals, but it does take longer than the sea salt method.

Crystals may also be buried into the earth. This is especially helpful when feeling that deep cleansing is needed. Outdoors, simply dig a hole the size of the crystal into the earth, place the crystal point down, and cover with soil. The amount of time needed is a personal choice. Be sure to place a popsicle stick or other marker to ensure the stone may be found again. Apartment dwellers may use a flower pot to bury stones in.

A quick way to cleanse healing stones is to smudge them with burning cedar or sage. Smudging is an excellent way to make sure stones are purified. This can be accomplished by holding the burning sage or cedar stick while passing the stone through the smoke. Do this a couple times to ensure cleansing and cleanse stones by smudging after every healing.

Finally, if in a hurry, easily run crystals under cool tap water. Make sure the points are facing down the drain to run the negative energy right down the sink. It is recommended to avoid warm and hot water as this tends to fracture or break crystals. During this process, visualize the crystal as sparkly, tingly, cold, and belonging to the healer.