There are many ways to clear crystals
of negative energy. Here are some suggestions:
- Cleaning Gemstones
- 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
- 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: email@example.com 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
- 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
- Amethyst: becomes paler
- Apatite: pink variety fades
- Aquamarine: becomes paler
- Beryl: brown or orange types may change to
- 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