Cleansing your crystal with water and salt
With the exception of a few water-soluble minerals, each new crystal should be washed before you use it. Use a little soapy water to remove dust and fingerprints. Water will also cleanse your stones of energy imbalances. Another method is to hold the stones in cold running water and then leave them to dry naturally. Salt water is often suggested as a medium for clearing crystal energies. Salt will however, damage the surface of many softer stones. Dry sea salt piled around each stone and left for a day is a good alternative.

Cleansing with nature
Leave the crystal in sunlight and moonlight for a twenty-four hour period or in a rainstorm for just two or three minutes. The day of the full moon is good because the moon ries around the time the sun sets and so you a continuous flow of energies. Put the crystal in a pot of herbs associated with general healing – lavender, sage or rosemary. Leave it for a day and wash off any soil with running water. Leave the crystal in a stream for an hour.

Cleansing with crystals
Wrap the crystal you have used for healing with a large unpolished piece of amethyst in dark silk. Leave the crystals in a closed drawer to rest and recharge.

Cleansing with white sage
Smudge crystals with the smoke of Sage or Impepho (an indigenous African plant)

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