How to cleanse your crystals

All of the methods outlined below together or separately to cleanse and charge your crystals and gemstones. I have used all of these methods myself, but I seem to use the selenite, sage and full moon the most. Most of all with all things in healing intention is the key. Crystals are a magnet absorbing any and all negative energy, so cleanse them regularly specially when using in healing.

I find that my crystals are more powerful and energizing when they are cleansed and charged. Crystals and gemstones are living vibrational things that come from mother earth. They are respected and revered by many in the healing arts. Anyone that has held a crystal in their hands will understand why I call them living. They vibrate to subtle but powerful energies and assist with healing, manifesting and many other things.

Smudging
You can use sweet grass, sage. Simply pass the crystals through the smoke and it will be cleared of negative energy. The Native Americans use smudging as a way to clear and cleanse many things including crystals. I smudge all new rocks that I bring home right away.

Moon Cycles
I almost always use this method to clear and charge my crystals. The moon light from a full moon is especially powerful at cleansing your crystals and recharging them. I suggest putting them outside on the night of the full moon and taking them back into the house before noon, because after the noon day sun it becomes draining to the crystals energies.

Caution: when putting your gems outside in the moonlight, make sure they are not out where the birds will take them in the morning.  

Sea Salt
Sea salt is another form most common and effective way to cleanse your crystals. You can either use sea salt with or without water to cleanse them. Some stones should not be placed in sea salt water so if you choose this method please be sure to check to make sure your crystal or gemstone can be put into water. You can refer to a great gemstone book like “Love is in The Earth, a kaleidoscope of Crystals” by Melody for finding which stones are OK to use in water and which aren’t. You can either place a tablespoon of sea salt in a tablespoon of water, I like to use natural spring water for this and leave the crystals in the sea salt water for 24 hours. Or if you choose the dry sea salt method you can also simply place the crystals or gemstones in the sea salt for 24 hours, if they have points be sure to place the points down as to release the negative energies back to mother earth.

Sun Light
The sun can be a very strong energetic way to cleanse your gemstones, but it can also be draining to them if left out for too long. Some gemstones will fade in the sunlight, stones like Amethyst, Rose Quartz, Agate, or Smokey Quartz and other brightly colored stones may fade so be careful when using sunlight to clean these. I suggest not leaving the stones out in the sunlight for more than 8 hours at a time as well.
Caution: Sunlight penetrating through your Quartz Crystals can cause a fire, just like sun reflecting through a magnifying glass.

Mother Earth
You can bury your crystals in the earth and leave them there for 24 hours. Crystals and gemstones come from the earth so when you use this method it is as if you are giving them a little vacation from home and they are rejuvenating and reviving themselves as they spend time back in the earth. Remember that the earth contains moisture so for those stones that should not be put into water it could affect or scratch them. You can also get a container of earth and place that container of earth in your home while you bury your crystals and allow them to recharge, this method is good for those living in an apartment or somewhere they do not have a yard of their own. if they have point place them downward.

Running Water
This method is great for those crystals that can withstand the water and you are in a rush to clean them. Simply place the crystal under the running tap water and close your eyes imaging all the negative energies that the crystal picks up are being washed down the drain by the running waters and transmuted to the highest good.
Selenite
Selenite is a stone that never needs cleansing of its own in fact having selenite with other crystals, gemstones, and jewelry will help you to keep those gemstones cleansed. You can also place your other stones on a selenite bar for 24 hours and the selenite will cleanse the stones of unwanted energies.