Cleansing and Clearing Crystals

So.. what’s all the fuss about cleansing and clearing crystals? How to cleanse and clear crystals is one of the many topics we get asked over and over at the Apothecary.

Moonlight? Sunlight? Sage? How do you pick?

Perform a quick Google search and you’ll find hundreds of articles that prescribe any one of the following ways to cleanse your crystals:

  • running them under water or placing them in a stream, ocean, or brook
  • using the smoke of sage
  • using your breath or voice to send cleansing intention through the crystal
  • placing them in sunlight
  • placing them in moonlight (preferably during a full moon)
  • putting them in a dish of salt
  • burying them in the Earth
  • placing them on a slab of Selenite (another crystal)

These articles recommend cleansing and clearing crystals monthly, or at least every time we set a new intention.

But, do we really need to worry about cleansing and clearing crystals?

Now, I’m not going to say this is a load of baloney… after all, these are very traditional methods of “cleansing”. I am going to say I think we project our very uniquely human character traits onto crystals.

I think humans are drawn to working with crystals because they are ordered and constant.

The very reason why humans are drawn to crystals in the first place is due to their very exact cell-unit structure. Due to this structure, crystals are able to entrain chaotic energy, making it more stable.

Humans are just about the most energetically chaotic beings out there; especially now in the 21st century. We get thrown off by weather, other’s emotions, music, food, work… really anything! But crystals do not.

It’s our very propensity for falling out of energetic balance that makes us project the same onto our crystal allies.

Crystals are not human! And while they do have consciousness, knowledge, and ability to affect our energy… they do not need the same level of energetic hygiene humans need.

Now, if practicing a monthly full-moon ritual of cleansing and charging your crystals brings you comfort- keep at it!

Ritual is such an important part of any spiritual practice.

But, if the monthly cycle is bringing you stress, stop! After all we’re trying to limit the emotional swings of being a human being… not add to them, right?

People are surprised to learn we really don’t feel the need to cleanse and charge our crystals that often. There are a couple of exceptions (Jet comes to mind- it’s very absorptive of energy and pain).

However, if we had to pick just one way of cleansing and clearing crystals, we’d pick sound. Why? Well.. everything is made of sound (a topic of another blog for sure) so crystals respond very well and come back quickly into alignment of its natural state when placed under the tone of a tuning fork or Tibetan bowl.

Remember, crystals- by their very molecular structure- are ordered. They really don’t require constant maintenance like we think they do.

If you’d like to learn more about crystals, please visit us at the shop or attend one of our workshops. We have a full schedule of beginner and advanced workshops, and we’re always available for crystal shopping consultations via Instagram or at the shop!

Crystals & Intention Setting

Amityville Apothecary has many beautiful crystals and stones from which to choose. Oftentimes a customer becomes confused, unsure what to select. So, how do you pick?

Crystal experts often say that the crystal chooses you instead of the other way around. Walk around the shop and see what crystals stand out to you. Whether it’s the dazzling colors or otherworldly shapes and patterns that draw you in, each crystal has a unique vibrational energy that works to clear blockages and ward off negative energy. Chances are if you’re attracted to it, there’s a reason behind it.

Finding the right stone is like any practice of wellness. It requires patience while you quiet the mind and realign the mind/body balance. Hold the stone in your hand and quietly think of your intention. Notice if you feel sensations such as hot or cold, pulsations, or calmness and tranquility. These are all signs that this particular rock is perfect for your healing needs.

healing crystals available at Amityville Apothecary

One of the most important, and often overlooked, components to working with healing crystals if setting your intention. In our own words, you have to give your crystal a job and a purpose! Crystals want to work for you, but you have to ask it. In the moments when you’re vibrating at a lower frequency, your intentions can fly out the window. When you reconnect with your crystal, it will help you remember your goals and limitless potential.

So- what to do? Center your body and mind. Take deep, cleansing breaths. Hold your crystal in your palm and just feel into it. Place your crystal over your heart while bringing your intention to mind. Breathe into your heartspace while concentrating on your intention. Feel the emotion connected to what it feels like when your intention comes to be; how will you feel when you find the new job, buy a home, etc.

Once you lock into the feeling, take another deep breath. Then place the crystal over your third eye, and visualize that intention flowing into the stone. Take another deep breath and allow the crystal to remain at your third eye until you feel comfortable removing it.

Bring the crystal back to your heart, with gratitude at the work it will support on your behalf.

If you give this intention setting ritual a try, let us know how you liked it. Of course, if you need help selecting a crystal, or just want to learn more, feel free to visit us at Amityville Apothecary.

If you’re interested in developing the rituals around the crystals you have, we recommend the book Crystal Muse by Heather Askinosie and Timmi Jandro! We have a copy in the shop if you’d like to check it out!