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How to cleanse crystals & gemstones

July 29, 2016

quartz crystalAs part of my Crystal Awareness classes I discuss the many ways to energetically cleanse crystals and gemstones. Here are  the methods I use to clear crystals, along with some of the most often asked questions about this subject.
Why do we need to cleanse our crystals and gemstones?
Crystals and gemstones attract, magnify and hold energy.  We want to cleanse them of any unwanted energy. Energetically cleansing crystals removes any negative energy that the stone may have picked up and returns the crystal to its pure state.
When to cleanse a crystal or gemstone?
Crystals should be cleansed soon after you get one for the first time and after each time you use the stone for healing, either for yourself or healing for someone else.
Cleansing your stones is a good way to get to know them.
How to know if a stone needs cleansing?
This is something that you will come to sense.  Sometimes the stones visibly look dark and mucky or they may feel dull, heavy, cloudy.  Take time to observe your stones before and after you have cleansed them, see if you notice a brightness or sparkle once they have been cleansed both visually and energetically.
How to cleanse crystals & gemstones
There are many ways to clear a stone.
1. Soaking crystals in salt water.  Take a glass bowl add Sea salt, how much depends on how many stones you are cleaning and how big the bowl is, for a quart size bowl 1 Tablespoon is sufficeint.  Allow the stones to soak over night if possible.  Some stones like Selenite, Turquoise, Opal do not like to be soaked in salt water.  These softer stones will begin to dissolve in salt water, so be sure to know which stones can be placed in salt water.
2. Burquartz singing bowlsy the stones in a bowl of sea salt or Lavender flowers
3. Smudging.  Use sage or incense such as frankincense, cedar or sandalwood.  Hold the stones under the smoke of the sage or incense.  Sage is an herb used for its purifying qualities.
4. Sound clearing, use Crystal Bowls, Tibetan bowls, Tuning forks, Gongs.  Direct the vibration of the sound instrument towards the crystal.Tone the sound instrument for several minutes.
5. Moonlight and Sunlight.  You can use the light of both the moon and sun to cleanse your crystals.  I prefer to place my stones out under the full moon and leave them over night into the next day to charge with both moonlight, feminine energy and sunlight, masculine energy.
6. Bury them in the earth, either directly into the ground, be sure to mark your spot, or use a flower pot and potting soil.  Stones like to be returned to the earth for cleansing.
7. Running them under water, either by a stream or river, or for a very simple method when you are in a hurry, just hold your stones under cold running water from your faucet.
8. Cleansing meditation- Here is a powerful yet simple mediation to use to cleanse your stone.
Place your stone in your dominate hand.  Close your eyes.  Take a few deep breaths, begin to relax.  Feel the stone in your hand.
Now imagine a beam of pure white light coming from your 3d eye.  Allow the beam of while light to surround your crystal.  Flood your hand and the crystal with this beautiful pure white light.  See the crystal completely bathed in light. See your crystal glowing in the pure white light.  Once you have a sense of the crystal glowing in the light you can open your eyes and with a soft gazed look at your newly cleansed stone.
blog crystal-2Be sure to experiment with all these different ways to cleanse gemstones and find the method that feels best to you.  Have fun with it!
Interested in one of my classes or consultations- email me for more information or check out my web site for classes offered.



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Jesa Bygness October 26, 2012 at 1:39 pm


I am wondering how long I should hold the crystals under the sage smoke and how exactly does it work. Thanks for helping (:

Your friend,


Debra October 26, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Great question Jesa. It really depends on you. If you think the crystals are in need of “deep” cleansing hold them over the smoke for a couple of minutes. Ususally it only takes a moment to pass the crystals through the smoke. Sage has a very purifying quality and the smoke releases any negative attachments that might be held in the crystal. Try it for yourself and see what you think.


joele November 13, 2012 at 7:45 pm

I have just bought some crystals for my heart physically disease and also anxiety and negative energy. I just bought, morganite, aventurine, rhodocrosite, chrysoprase,black tourmaline, and charoite is it okay that I use these all together? can I have them in my pockets all the time? what do you recomend? should I wash them all together in salt water? I need help to feel better physically. please let me know in your opinion
Thank You

Sarah December 11, 2012 at 9:52 pm

I’m really glad joele asked those questions ^. I’ve been wondering about this myself after reading a book about space clearing which mentioned that you shouldn’t have different crystals mixed together in a bowl. Each one has a purpose and it’s own properties so they should be handled with care and in consideration of others.

Debra December 12, 2012 at 6:37 am

My experince has shown me that stones LOVE to be together, they work synergistically together, blending energies to benefit us.
It is always best to use your own intuition and never follow a “rule” as each situation differs. If you feel the stones would prefer to be cleansed alone, follow that. Some stones are soft and can get scratch if they touch harder stones like Quartz or Emerald. The softer stones don’t do well in salt water, they can disintegrate . It’s best to use smoke to clean soft stones like Selenite or Amber. I like using Palo Santo to cleanse my stones. You can find Palo Santo on my web site. Thanks for the great questions. —- Debra

umy December 29, 2012 at 3:26 am

Hi, my sister gave me this bracelet with charms and crystals. I was wondering hiw to cleanse it with running water. How can i point the tip downwards when they are all in different shapes. Thanks

Spirals of Light December 31, 2012 at 9:03 am

Hi Umy,
Not to worry about the direction the crystal points are going. The water will flow all around the stones and purify them as needed.
Thanks for your question.

Charisse January 26, 2013 at 7:51 pm

I wanted to cleanse my stones tonight on the full moon. Unfortunately, we are experincing dense fog and freezing temperatures. Will the cleansing still work in these conditions where the moon rays will potentially not penetrate the fog and the crystals will be on ice?
Thank you for your advice 🙂

Debra January 26, 2013 at 8:40 pm


No worries. The moon light will get to your stones through the fog. Keep them indoors, by a window where the moon light will glow. The power and energy of the moon will penetrate through.

Seemasmehta March 19, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Hi few days back I bought a rose quartz bracelet. I energized it by soaking in sea salt water overnight. I wore it and after 2 days my rosé quartz bracelet broke. The stones are intact but the bracket broke into two halves. What does this mean? Did the crystal do its job of healing my heart?

Debra April 9, 2013 at 11:32 am

Hi Seemasmehta,
It would be difficult to know exactly what the stones are trying to tell you, without knowing more about what is going on in your life. My experience tells me that when a stone breaks it is trying to get your attention, usually to slow down. So, listen for the message. Only you can really know for yourself. In the case with the bracelet, if the stones didn’t actually break, it just might mean its best for you to use the stones in a different way rather then wearing them. Try putting them under your pillow when you sleep. Thanks for reading my blog.—-Debra

Barbara May 2, 2013 at 5:43 am

How long do I leave my crystals in sea salt for cleansing? Thanks!

Debra May 3, 2013 at 7:09 pm

Allow the stones to soak over night if possible. Some stones like Selenite, Turquoise, Opal do not like to be soaked in salt water. These softer stones will begin to dissolve in salt water, so be sure to know which stones can be placed in salt water. I often leave my crystals in sea salt for only an hour or so. Experiment and find out what is right for you. Be sure to rinse with fresh water after a salt water soak. Thanks—Debra

Jane September 9, 2013 at 8:21 am

I would like to put out some stones during the next full moon which I’ve found out is next week, but I realise that it would be on a Thursday night, and in my country (in SE Asia), there is a belief that spirits come out on Thursday night. Would this be a problem, or should I wait until the next full moon, or can I do it a day earlier which means it is not quite the full moon but is waxing, almost to it.

Spirals of Light September 9, 2013 at 6:54 pm

Hi Jane. I often put my crystals & stones out a day before the Full Moon. It is better to put them in the light of the moon before, rather than after a full moon. Thanks for reading my blog!—Debra

Angela Bott September 13, 2013 at 9:17 am

Hi, how often do I need to renew my sea salt, if I cleansed my stones regularly. Can they be cleansed this eau during the day too, as I like to have some under my pillow or bedside table!

Angela Bott September 13, 2013 at 9:18 am

This way, that should say !!

Angela Bott September 13, 2013 at 9:23 am

Also, can they be buried in regular dried sage from my cupboard?? (I’m new to this !)

Debra September 14, 2013 at 7:20 am

Angela, welcome to the world of Crystals!
You can re use the sea salt for months. This is something you will come to know for yourself, when it’s time to change the salt. If you really are clearing lots of stones you may want to change the salt monthly.
The sage we use to cleanse crystals is different from household cooking sage. My favorite sage is White Sage which grows in Calf. It is dried and wrapped in bundles, or burned loose leaf traditionally in an Abalone shell or fire safe dish. If you can’t locate any let me know I do have some for sale not are the on my web site. I hope you subscribed to the blog. I post lots of information here on how to use stones.

Angela Bott September 19, 2013 at 2:05 pm

Thanks Deborah! I appreciate your advice! I’ve put them out in the garden tonight for the full moon. I think I need to find a course!! This might sound silly, but I’ve wanted to have a stone on me at work, but my uniform had no pockets, so I’ve put one in my bra!! No idea if that’s a good idea or not!! As I’m moving around constantly I don’t have a desk etc, so that’s all I could think of! Are there any gemstones that shouldn’t be near each other, or any that aren’t a good idea to have near you when you’re sleeping ??

Debra September 20, 2013 at 6:36 am

Angela, I know many women who keep stones in their bra. It’s a great place to keep them close by especially at work. Wearing a leather or cloth pouch is also a possibility. See my comments above about stones being near each other. Energetically it is fine, but some will scratch others. Keep softer stones like Selenite, Amber, Turquoise separate.
Sleeping with crystals is a wonderful way to experience their healing qualities. Some stones like Petalite are helpful for a peaceful, restful sleep. See my blog post:
You can join me on Facebook where I discuss stones and their healing qualities.
Happy Full Moon! –Debra

Jasmine November 5, 2013 at 1:41 am

Hi, I just bought a selenite and I need some advices for cleansing and charging. I’ve read a lot of posts online but I’m not sure which is the best way to do it, please help many thanks.

Debra November 5, 2013 at 6:47 am

Hi Jasmine,
Selenite is a wonderful stone to add to your collection. It has many valuable qualities.
Never soak Selenite in salt water. It is best to use Sage and smudge it. Or try using the light of the Full Moon. You will notice a brightness after you have energetically cleansed your stone.
I have Selenite on my web site if you would like to check them out. ENJOY!

Sylvia February 20, 2014 at 8:40 am

Hello I’m very new to this! And wanted to know where can I purchase these stones from? I have seen them on amazon and eBay but I’m not sure if that’s the best way to buy them? And also what kind of store might sell them? I live in michigan by the way… And when I get my stones can putting it under a running faucet of cold tap water work and how long do I put it there for?

Sorry I know I’m probly asking a lot but I’m new to this and want to do it the right way

Fafe May 4, 2014 at 11:47 pm

I have been using these love energized waters to cleanse my crystals which I make at home as per the instructions in the “Creating Sacred Healing Waters, the Wisdom and the Techniques” recording. I had originally downloaded this recording for my own healing but discovered my crystals actually love being sprayed or bathed in these special waters! I would recommend trying these waters as they work to cleanse, love-energize and expand consciousness … right when you begin preparing them … and the sacred sounds in the recording are superbly relaxing and consciousness expanding. Here’s the website where recording is available ( ). I hope it is alright to include this link. It’s really a wonderful wonderful way to fill yourself an your crystals with love energies.

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