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For centuries, humans—and yogis especially—have be drawn to crystals. Not only are they alluring and a perfect adornment (like in an engagement ring or another piece of jewelry), they also provide emotional, physical, and spiritual energy that can help us to heal, ground, release, and manifest. Crystals help us to cleanse negative energy from our lives and embrace happiness, love, and good fortune. That’s quite a job! Which is why it’s important that you know how to cleanse your crystals to heighten their energy and keep them working to benefit you.
Different crystals vibrate at different frequencies. You may choose a crystal because of its color, size, or properties, but really its the unique energy that a crystal emits that draws you to it. Crystals can be amazing tools that help us feel more connected with ourselves, and because of that, they can be a great addition to your home and yoga practice—but you must take care of them to keep that energy flowing. While there’s no best way to cleanse your crystals, here we offer four suggestions on how to care for your own collection, plus some tips on how often you should cleanse them.
4 ways to cleanse your crystals
Put them outside during a full moon
Yes, the light of the full moon is a great way to cleanse your crystals. Many people place their crystals in the moonlight during the full moon and bring them inside when the sun comes up. Likewise, you can also create moon water in the same fashion (by laying a glass of water out during a full moon), which you can then use to cleanse your crystals. The energy of the full moon helps the crystals to recharge, and release any negative vibes they have picked up since last being cleansed.
Leave them out in the rain
There’s nothing quite like a rainstorm to wash away what no longer serves you—which makes it another great option for cleansing your crystals. If you see some droplets falling outside, place your crystals outside and let the water wash over them. It is important to note, however, that if the name of your crystal ends in “-ite”—think alexandrite, calcite, azurite—it’s probably not water safe! In that case, you may want to try a different energetic cleansing method. If you’re unsure of a crystals’ name, we recommend erring on the side of caution.
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Bury them! (Yes, really)
This method may sound a little silly, but remember that crystals were once a part of the earth. Take your crystals outside and bury them underground for 24 hours. By doing so, the earth absorbs the energy of whatever the crystals are carrying and helps to pull that energy out. Just remember to write down where you buried them so you don’t lose them—and be wary of any animals that could come by!
Cleanse them with other cleansed crystals
Probably the easiest method of them all, you can cleanse your crystals with other crystals. Certain crystals like selenite and obsidian work to absorb negative energy. Thus, if you take these crystals and hold them over your crystals, drawing circles around them, you work to release the un-cleansed crystals from their negative energy. Selenite is one of the best conductors for this practice because it clears the energy of the other crystals completely.
When to cleanse your crystals
Now that you know how to clear your crystal’s energy, you may be wondering how often you should cleanse them. First, it’s always a good idea to cleanse them when you bring them home from the store. This is because they’ve been absorbing the energy of others for quite some time—you want to help them release this so you can begin your practice with them. Beyond the initial cleanse, a good rule of thumb is to cleanse your crystals about once a month—for example, during the full moon. Creating a cleansing routine for your crystals will not only be soothing, but also ensure that you’re taking care of them, so they can help take care of you.
See also: The 5 Best Crystals for Protection