Cleansing and charging your crystals allow them to be rid of negative energy and tune its frequency to its intended purpose. It's important to do this on a regular basis to make sure that your energies are not thrown out of whack! Crystals absorb energies all around us so if you are using it for a specific purpose e.g tarot reading, or placing it in a child's room, cleansing and charging it will allow it to perform at its best!
There are many cleansing methods out there and I am sharing a few I use personally!
This is one of the easiest and most accessible method and most crystals are suited for this to wash away any unwanted energy. Hold your crystal under running water and visualize the water washing the unwanted energy away. Not all crystals like water (e.g. pyrite) so do find out before going ahead!
Sat is believed to absorb negative energy and is often used for purification purposes.
Fill a bowl with water and add two pinches of salt. Once the salt has dissolved, immerse the crystal in the water and leave it for a few hours or overnight and then rinse with fresh water. If you own crystals that will be damaged by contact with water/salt, you can place the crystals in a bowl and place the bowl in another filled with water (indirect method).
Again, not all crystals like water (e.g. pyrite) so do find out before going ahead!
Let your crystals soak up moon or sunlight by leaving them on a window sill or an area where it gets direct moon/sunlight so it can reset and recharge. Doing it with a full moon is thought to be a potent time as the it represents abundance, gratitude and celebration but thats not necessary. Certain crystals like pyrite and citrine adore the sunlight whilst kunzite and rose quartz are more heat/light sensitive. If you're unsure, go with moonlight!
Smudging can be done using sage or palo santo. Not only is it said to get rid of negative energy, it could make you feel more balanced. A 2007 study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacol links burning sage to reducing airborne bacteria. “Research has shown that burning herbs or medicinal smoke can purify the air and [eliminate] up to 94 percent of harmful bacteria for up to 24 hours."
The act of burning a sage stick can make you feel more grounded as it has a connection to conscious mindfulness. It helps people to achieve a sense of calm and clear-headedness similar to meditation.
Simply light your smudge stick and allow the smoke to gently wash over your crystals, cleansing them to start anew. To put it out, ground it in a ceramic dish and let the smoke die out.
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I love the idea of making sure my magic beans are also dust-free and clean since I have many display pieces. The Moon Mist is created with this intention. Suitable for cleaning all your crystals, it is also easy to bring around for travel if you have travel pieces! If your crystal doesn't like water, simply mist 1-2 spritz onto a dry, gentle linen or microfiber cloth and then wipe it down. You can also spritz it generously on crystals that don't mind water as much and then wipe it down to bring the sparkle and shine back into your magic beans.
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I recommend cleansing it one more time when you first receive or buy one and before a meditation. Good vibe hygiene is always welcomed. I cleanse my travel pieces with me daily but they follow me everywhere so that's why I do that. You can cleanse them once a week or once a month and it all depends on you. I prefer to do them once a week!