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I am often asked how to cleanse crystals and also which crystals to use for your own cleansing and protection.

Crystal Cleansing

There are many methods including:



Burying crystals in the earth is a good cleansing method. However, do not use for metal-based crystals such as Tiger’s Eye or Hematite.


Salt Water


Unsuitable for: raw stones, stones in silver, calcite, carnelian, halite, hematite, labradorite/spectrolite, lepidolite, lodestone (magnetite), mica, moldavite, opal, turquoise, ulexite, clusters of most stones.




Smudge sticks of cedar, sage, lavender, juniper, pine or Palo Santo can be used. Pass the crystal through the smoke. The light of candle flame can also be used.




Lemon to purify, juniper to release negative vibrations and lavender to calm and balance crystals used in healing. Mix 2-3 drops of each in a spray bottle of purified water.




Placing crystals in a bowl of dried herbs will also clean them: lavender, sandalwood, rose petals, sage, frankincense, myrrh and peppermint leaves. This takes longer than most methods. Brown rice can also be used to soak up negativity. Do not eat the rice!




If you are attuned you will know that you can reiki almost anything, including crystals.


Sound Healing


Chimes, singing bowls and solfeggio sounds for crystals can also be used.


Other Crystals


My favourite method of cleansing crystals is with a selenite block. Selenite (described below) is a self cleansing crystal, so I love it for its ease and practicality. I have a large block beside my bed where all my crystal jewellery goes each night. Some  recommend quartz or amethyst clusters, personally because these crystals then need cleansing themselves I prefer the selenite method, which I often use with Palo Santo for extra deep cleansing.

Crystals for your cleansing and protection

Protective crystal: Black Tourmaline


Black Tourmaline (Schorl) is a well known purifying stone that deflects and transforms negative energy and acts as a psychic shield. It transforms and removes negativity from an individual or an environment. Often used as an aura cleanser it can help one attain higher levels of awareness. It is also used to deflect radiation energy from TV’s, mobiles and computer monitors, its is used in these as electrical tuning circuits as high frequencies can be passed without shattering.


Other properties:


·        Grounding

·        Gout

·        Minimizes worry

·       Motion sickness

·        Rational thought

·        Positive attitude

·        Minimizes worry

·        Connected to base or root chakra.

Cleansing Crystal: Selenite (Superman stone/spiritual soap)


Formed from ancient oceans, this is one of the few self-cleansing crystals of a high vibration, which recharges and clears other crystals, when they are laid on top. Selenite wands can also be used to cleanse and draw out negative energies from your aura, useful for people who tend to “take on” others emotions and problems.


Other properties:


·        Mental Clarity

·        Truth and Honesty

·       Aligns spinal column

·       Angelic protection

·      Decision Making

·        Truth and Honesty

·        Associated with the moon

·        Emotional wellbeing

·        Past life access


·        Enhances Intuition

·        Creativity enhancer

·        Meditation enhancement

·        Angelic protection

·        Associated with Crown, third eye and to the sacral chakra.


Selenite is ideally kept in a bedroom.


Use a wand to cleanse aura, spaces or use as thick block as a crystal cleansing bed for other crystals in the same way you would use smudge.

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