Miranda Kerr, Adele, Victoria Beckham, Katy Perry, Kate Hudson, and—albeit less flatteringly—Spencer and Heidi Pratt are just some of the celebrities who use crystals for everything from “grounding and centering” themselves, to busting stress and manifesting their dreams. The concept of using these pretty, shiny rocks to heal mind, body, and spirit is becoming increasingly mainstream—perhaps you already carry a rose quartz crystal around with you to promote love, or hold a darker stone like garnet or tourmaline when you meditate for grounding. However, there’s one important step you might be missing in your crystal healing endeavors: You’re supposed to cleanse the crystals. Duh, guys.
As seeress and shaman Deborah Hanekamp of Mama Medicine explained to us, it’s believed to be important to cleanse your crystals as soon as you purchase them—and then regularly between uses to “absorb negative energy” they may have picked up from their surroundings or other people. Apparently crystals can absorb vibrations not just from you, but from anything in their environment, and only by “purifying” these stones can they again bring positive vibes to your life. Sounds weird, we know, but if you’re already experimenting with crystal healing, you may as well do it properly. And, at the very least, the act of “cleansing” your crystals is a nice way to set the intention to be more positive yourself and not be impacted by negativity. So let’s continue.
Hanekamp—who Vogue touted as “fashion’s favorite healer”—recommends carefully cleansing your stones as soon as you bring them home from the store. She says it’s key to “cleanse crystals when we first get them just as gently as we would give a baby its first bath” so that the “crystal can release any charged energy it may be carrying.” This process basically involves washing the stones in a salt water bath or exposing to “full moon light.” You’re supposed to do this for every stone except selenite which is self-cleansing and calcites, which allegedly don’t hold negativity.
The Numinous, a super-modern blog dedicated to all things mystical, writes that you can also use “the smoke from burning sage or other cleansing herbs (i.e. Palo Santo, Cedar leaves, sweetgrass, lavender)” to cleanse your stones.
While we’re here, you may as well take things one step further and “charge” your crystals, something The Numinous suggests when the stones look or feel “dull” and you need an extra boost of those good vibes. To charge your crystals, “place them in direct sun or moon light for anything from a couple of hours to overnight.” And voila, you now have a cleansed, fully-charged crystal ready for you to infuse in water, meditate with, or, you know, just place on a coffee table and ‘gram.