Healing Crystals are known for being healing vibrations. This means they can attract, repel and clean the energy that surrounds them, but this doesn’t imply they don’t need some cleaning too. You’ll notice they’ll lose their colour and start looking dull if you neglect their basic needs; instead, keep them colourful and smug by being a good crystal-parent. We’ve got your back.
When we dive into this new relationship, energetically speaking, we must care and form a bond with our new crystals (try our facial crystal grid) by cleaning them and setting intentions for them, routinely — especially if we use them on a daily basis.
Cleaning your healing crystals, a few rituals
Looking through the myriad of crystals that exist, you’ll notice that their colours, textures, and shapes vary in incredible ways. Just like people, they’re all compatible with different elements.
In the list below you’ll find ideas for cleaning your crystals using water, fire, earth, moonlight, sunlight and rice. Yep, rice.
Cleaning Healing Crystals: water
Rinsing them under a water tab can be enough, but placing them under the rain is ideal. If you feel like it, you can also sink them in salty water (and even better if it’s actual sea water!). As you may know, salt has been a most beloved energy cleanser for centuries!
Careful though, the following shouldn’t be submerged in water: Selenite, Malachite, Lapis Lazuli, Fluroite, Calcite, Desert Rose, Labradorite, Halite. If you look at each one of them, they look more like the earthy kind of rock. Right? Use your instinct.
Cleaning Healing Crystals: fire
Here is where the current hype kids come in: palo santo, incense and sage. Choose one (from our mindfulness line), light it up, and bring the stream of smoke all around your crystals by holding your smudge stick close enough to where you’ve gathered them. You can hold them one by one and clean each individually, or do a mass cleanse!
Cleaning Healing Crystals: earth
This should be used only for those crystals that you feel you’ve overused. It will be a deep cleanse; like that facial scrub we only dare to do on Sundays. Now, dig a hole in your garden — or a pot, if you have a millennial type of garden —, be as patient as you can and leave them there for a week, at least. Some say this works best during the waning moon (the one that looks like the cheshire cat).
Re-charging Healing Crystals: moonlight
Crystals love moonlight. Especially when it comes from a full moon, obviously. Leave them outside all night and pick them by morning. Quartz, Citrine and Amethyst for example, prefer this to sunlight, as too much light can eventually fade their colour away.
Re-charging Healing Crystals: sunlight
Same as above but don’t leave them out for too long. This is a quick cleanse!
Re-charging Healing Crystals: brown rice
Place your crystals in a (glass) bowl of uncooked rice — it’s best if they’re fully covered. Wait for 24 hours, and then get rid of the rice. A friendly reminder? do not eat it later on. It has absorbed the energy we meant to clean in the first place.
Finishing your ritual by setting an intention
Once you’ve finished with your preferred cleansing method, you must set an intention for each one of your crystals. Intentions have been researched, for those non-believers, and they have a huge impact on things we consider ‘non-living’. If you don’t believe us, go ahead and read Masaru Emoto’s studies on the science of water. It swept us off our feet!
Intentions and Chakra Colours
Lastly, chakra colours might serve as guidance for you to match your intentions with each crystal: purple for your spiritual self (forehead), indigo for your intuition (third eye), blue for communication (throat), green and pink for all-things-love and healing (heart), yellow for your willpower (upper belly), orange for your pleasure (lower belly), red for your overall energy and vitality (pelvic floor).