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Cleansing a crystal prior to use is necessary to remove any negative enegies that may have been absorbed by the crystal.  this prevents these energies being passed on.  Cleansing also re-energises the crystal.  After using the crystals make sure they are cleansed/re-energised again ready for next time.

Some methods for cleansing crystals are:

  • Running water: hold the crystal under running tap water for a few minutes.
  • Immersed in sea or salt water.
  • Moonlight or sunlight: after cleansing in running water leave crystal in the sunlight or moonlight for 24 hours.
  • Cluster of friable-sea or rock salt overnight: place on a crystal cluster or on rock salt overnight.
  • Smudging: this involves passing the crystals through the smoke of a burning bundle of dried herbs or the smoke of a candle.
  • Place crystals on clear quartz.
  • Visualisation: visualise white light pouring over the crystal, emptying all the negative energies.
  • Sound: ring a bell over crystals one at a time.
  • Bury the crystal in the earth.

As some crystals are soluble in water, and/or sensitive to light and heat check prior to cleansing to prevent any damage to the crystals.

Avoid contact with water: Halite, Selenite, Lapis Lazuli is porous so do not soak and dry after cleaning.  Malachite is only to be cleansed in cool water.  Do not soak Turquoise.

Light sensitive crystals: Amethyst, Rose Quartz, Turquoise.

Heat sensitive crystals: Amethyst, Quartz, Lapis Lazuli avoid high heat.  Malachite avoid sudden temperature changes.  Tourmaline's colour changes with high heat and Turquoise is sensitive to all heat.

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