Just like you, healing stones eventually become full of negative energy that needs to be cleansed in order to create space for absorbing positive energy that can be transferred to you.
Luckily, there are very easy and accessible ways to do that.
Here are the easiest Healing Stone Cleansing Methods from Healthline.com:
Cleansing with Salt Water or Running Tap Water
First you have to understand the Mohs Scale of Mineral Hardness.
This scale determines whether your healing stone dissolves in water or not. A stone with a rating of 6 and above is safe to be cleansed in water. Those with 1-5 ratings should not be cleansed with water and should be cleansed in other methods.
This scale was created by Friedrich Mohs way back in 1812, and until now geologists use it as guide for growing the literature of geology. See the rating of your stone in the chart from Geology.com below:
Mohs Hardness of Common Minerals
Once you have identified that your stone is safe for cleansing via salt water or tap water, you may now start the cleansing. For salt water, soak your crystal for up to 48 hours. For running tap water, let the water run on your stone for 1 minute.
This type of cleansing is the most accessible way you can do for your stones. Although ritually done around solar and lunar cycles, this method of cleansing can still be done any time. Ideally place your stone on a pot of soil and let it bathe in sunlight or moonlight for 10 to 12 hours. If you have no soil, it is enough for it to be on any container. Also note that there are stones that cannot be soaked under the sun as it damages their physical properties and affects their color. These stones are fluorite, amethyst, opal, citrine, quartz, turquoise, aquamarine, celestite, sapphires, kunzite, and topaz.
After exposing your stones under natural light, remove the dirt from them and they’re ready to go.
Place brown rice in a container and bury your stone in the grains. The grains will absorb the negative energy from the stones. Leave the stones under the grains for 24 hours. Afterward, throw the grains away because they now possess the negative energy. This cleansing is very effective for protection stones like black tourmaline.
This is usually done is charm bracelets shops before they give you the accessory you bought. The vibrations coming from chanting, singing bowls, tuning forks, gongs, or even just a bell can cleanse a stone. Make sure that the sound encompasses the stone. Surround the stones with sound waves for 5-10 minutes.
Your very own breath can be an effective cleansing method itself. Hold your stone in your dominant hand, think about your intention and give it your complete focus. Deeply inhale, and exhale onto the stone with close proximity so that it can receive the highest vibration. Do this for small stones with a duration of 30 seconds.
Visualization is the safest way to cleanse your healing stones. It is difficult though, because you have to be really in tune with your sense of self for it to work. To begin, take a few minutes to ground and center your energy. Next, hold your stone and visualize your hands filled with white, radiant light. Visualize this light envelop the stone and feel it grow brighter within your hands. Imagine it shine brighter with renewed purpose until you feel a shift in the stone’s energy. Do this 1 minute per stone.
Using Larger Stones
Some stones are great at cleansing smaller stones like large quartz clusters, amethyst geodes, and selenite slabs. Place your stone on top of these stones. The large stone’s vibrations will remove the negative energies on the resting stone. Do this for 24 hours.
Using Smaller Stones
Carnelian, clear quartz, and hematite are stones that also possess clearing properties. These stones are smaller than other stones, so you may need more than one to use for cleansing. Place the stones in a small bowl and put the stone you want to cleanse on top of the pile. Do this for 24 hours.
Aside from cleansing your healing stones, Clear Quartz and Amethyst have properties of their own that can cleanse you, too!
Clear Quartz is known as the Master Healer of stones for its ability to clear your energy blocks and amplify your energy as well as other healing stones’ energy. This stone allows smooth flow of energy throughout the body, consistently absorbing, storing, and regulating energy for your stamina. Clear Quartz also provides the carrier with clarity, improving concentration so you can focus on the most important things in life and meditate soundly without distractions.
With Clear Quartz, you will be able to accept your flaws as part of who you are, and accumulate strength to overcome those challenges to make yourself grow as a person. This stone will surely make you see and appreciate your inner beauty.
For purifying the mind, you can turn to Amethyst for help. Amethyst is a great stone for bringing calmness and clarity especially during difficult situations. Since it stimulates the amygdala, the part of the brain responsible for emotions and memory, this stone heightens your psychic abilities and intuition. This stone is commonly used for relieving anxiety and reducing stress.
Aside from these, Amethyst can also soothe headaches, release tension, boosts production of hormones, and metabolism. Amethyst is the stone to choose if you want emotional balance and intellectual clarity in your mind.
Remember, a wise man once said that a cup that is full cannot carry more. Empty your cup, so you can be full again. It goes the same for your healing stones and yourself. Cleanse regularly and all is well.
Words by Tina Macaraeg