Crystal Care

Just like uses, there are a few ways to cleanse your crystals. Remember that if your crystals aren’t a type that can be used in water, use one of the other cleansing methods!
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1. Running water

Water is said to neutralize any negative energy stored inside the stone. Although natural running water — like a stream — is best, you can also rinse your stone under a faucet.

Whatever your water source, ensure that your stone is completely submerged. Pat dry when complete.

Approximate duration: 1 minute per stone

Use this for: hard stones, such as quartz

Don’t use this for: stones that are brittle or soft, such as selenite, kyanite, and halite

2. Natural light

Although ritual cleansing is often centered around certain points in the solar or lunar cycle, you can set your stone out at any time to cleanse and recharge.

Set your stone out before nightfall and plan to bring it in before 11 a.m. — this will allow your stone to bathe in the light of both the moon and sun.

Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight may weather the stone’s surface, so make sure you return for it in the morning.

If you’re able to, place your stone directly on the earth. This will allow for further cleansing. Wherever they are, ensure they won’t be disturbed by wildlife or passersby.

Afterward, give the stone a quick rinse to remove any dirt and debris. Pat dry.

Approximate duration: 10 to 12 hours

Use this for: most tumbled stones

Don’t use this for: vibrant stones, such as amethyst, in sunlight; soft stones, such as celestite, halite, and selenite, that may be damaged by inclement weather

3. Sage

Sage is a sacred plant with a multitude of healing properties. Smudging your stone is said to clear inharmonious vibrations and restore its natural energy.

You’ll need:

  • a fire-safe bowl
  • a lighter or matches
  • loose or bundled sage

If you’re unable to smudge outdoors, make sure you’re near an open window. This will allow the smoke and negative energy to disperse.

When you’re ready, ignite the tip of the sage with the flame. Transfer the sage to your nondominant hand and firmly grasp your stone and move it through the smoke.

Allow the smoke to envelop the stone for about 30 seconds. If it’s been a while since your last cleansing — or you feel the stone is holding onto a lot — consider smudging for an additional 30 seconds.

Approximate duration: about 30 to 60 seconds per stone

Use this for: any stone

When and how often do i cleanse my crystals?

There are a few times that it is recommended to cleanse your crystals.

When you first purchase your crystals and bring them home. All of our crystals at Fox & Moon are cleansed and charged before being shipped, but it’s a good idea to cleanse them of any energies they might have picked up along the way of delivery. You might also want to cleanse them if you’re going through intense or difficult times and are in need of as much positive energy.

Ideally, you want to cleanse them on a regular basis - once a month is a good guide to start with. That way, they’re always ready to go when you need their gentle support.