Crystal Cleaning and Programing

Cleanse the crystal (running water for 20 min, or left out in sunlight or moonlight for a period of time) to remove any negative energy. Hold the crystal between your hands and concentrate on the feelings that you wish the crystal to retain. Do this for about 20-30 min or until you feel that you have drawn enough energy into the project. Project these feelings into the crystals. You should feel a faint hum from the crystal while you are doing this. When you are finished ground yourself to remove any excess energy that may remain afterwards. The crystal should now be charged with the energy that you wish. 

Cleaning Gemstones

There are many ways to clear crystals of negative energy. Here are some suggestions:

  • Outside method: Place in Sunlight (see sunlight chart below), Moonlight or Rain (see water method) for up to a day. Placing the stone on or near a plant often quickens the process.
  • Crystal Method: If small, can place on a Quartz or Amethyst cluster (This is a great way to clean necklaces! Cluster should be dedicated to this purpose with a clear intent. Clean cluster every month or two in rain or sunlight if possible.) An Amethyst Geode works great for this too!
  • Sage Tea Method: uses sage tea to cleanse hers. She has found this to be very effective with less possibility of damaging them. Since there are many crows and other such birds who love bright shiny objects where she lives she found out the hard way that setting them outside to wash in the rain and bask in the sun (or under moonlight) was not going to work for her.
    Take some sage (fresh is always better but not mandatory) and brew a pot of light tea and allow it to cool. Place your crystals in a bowl (She uses glass) and pour the cooled tea over them. She leaves hers in the sage overnight. Then remove them and rinse with clean and pure water. Since there are chemicals in most water systems you may wish to buy a gallon of distilled water at the store for under $1.00.
    If you can safely place them outside for nature to cleanse that is perfect, though you'll need to be able to distinguish which stones cleanse best by moonlight and which are more solar.
  • Smudge method: pass stones through the smoke of a scented incense such as sweetgrass, frankincense, sage or Dragon's Blood or passing them through a candle flame.
  • Water method: place stones under alternating hot & cold running water for 5 minutes (or in the rain for many hours). I place stones in a plastic strainer and then alternate the hot and cold running water from the sink. It is good to have a water filter on your tap to filter out some of the chemicals if possible. This is quick and easy but there are drawbacks: some stones loose their coatings when they get wet such as Lapis, Malachite and Sodalight. They often are stronger after this is done -- but they may get damaged faster. Cleaning these stones in the sun or moonlight works fine. [Stones really really like the rain. It cleans them much better than the sink method if the weather is cooperating.]
  • Homeopathic method: Some homeopathic solutions seem to clean gemstones as well. I've successfully used NET (alcohol-free) homeopathics to clean stones. Other alcohol-free brands may work as well.
  • Sea salt method: use about 1 cup of sea salt to 2 cups natural spring water. I place my stones in the salt, and let them soak for the better part of the day. If the day is sunny, I try to let them dry in the sunshine for a few hours, or if there are lunar stones, to lay in the moonlight on a windowsill through the night.
  • Sand method: when all else fails... or you are having a hard time cleaning something, bury it in moist sand (or soil). No wrappings. Beware, polish is often removed doing this method. However, it will get something clean.

Stones that are damaged in Sunlight (there may be more):

  • Aventurine: translucent types often loose color
  • Amethyst: becomes paler
  • Apatite: pink variety fades
  • Aquamarine: becomes paler
  • Beryl: brown or orange types may change to pale pink
  • Citrine: may change color
  • Fluorite: green and purple types change color
  • Rose Quartz: becomes paler
  • Smokey Quartz: becomes paler
  • Kunzite: becomes pale or loses color
  • Sapphire: is much happier in moonlight