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Cleansing Your Gems and Crystal Care
It would seem to me there is a great deal of confusion out there on the ways to cleanse and care for our gems. Much of what I have come across has combined the following five basic ideas into a general one, but each one does have its own specific purpose. In the end though, once again, it always comes down to what feels right.
After holding them for a few minutes they become quite warm to the touch. This is desireable when performing healing and can be undone when you are finished by simply holding the stone under running water and releasing the charge.
I have found the best effects result from laying the stone in sunlight at either sunrise or sunset.
If you can look into the sun without damaging your eyes, then it is in a optimum charging range. This is the time that sunlight has its best charging qualities.
During the midday, the suns' energies are discharging. It will suck the color right out of Amethyst, Flourite and many other stones. If it hurts my eyes to look at it, I certainly won't subject my crystal to it.
Strong or abrasive cleaners need to be avoided. Many crystals may not be affected by cleaners, but many are very sensitive to them and by the time you can notice the difference it will already be too late.
Another action is required to clear the old information. This can be achieved by laying the crystal on an amethyst druse or by laying it in salt.
Using the amethyst to do this is a much kinder treatment of the crystal. Due to the energy concenration of the iron and quartz that make amethyst so powerful, I find a day is generally all it takes to remove the old information. Much less if the crystal had been used for a short period of time.
Putting an opal into a salt bath will kill it and can transform it into chalcedony because it will extract the water held in the opal (it takes a while, but will happen). While chalcedony is also a healing stone, it is just not the opal you may have started with.
The cleansing process is still in tact, but the stone itself won't become damaged from direct contact. If you add water to the bowl the crystal is in, the process seems to work quicker.
The salt can be used over and over in this way, but always change the water each time this process is used for cleansing. You should take note though, calcites, selenite, etc. will dissolve in water, so be careful with this method.
Storing Your Crystals
Regular dusting had become one of my main hobbies when I had them sitting out everywhere though. I now have them in glass cabinets where they can still be seen and enjoyed but this has allowed me to kick the dusting habit.
What Not To Do
While I have to say the rush of energy released was pretty cool, the loss of my beautiful cathedral was not!
How I Cleanse and Clear My Gems
For me, it is the kindest way to handle the cleansing/clearing/charging process. Most of my personal stones also sit on a bed of this mix while they wait to be used.
I then gifted the new blend to friends and asked them to give it a try.
We agree that the results were great and all found that the herbs seemed to add a nice earthy charge to our gems.
You say you don't have a window to set it by? Not to worry, the moons' energy still comes through. When the sun rises, your little gem will be refreshed and ready to go.
The aroma from the blend is quite pleasing. After using several times you can add it to a bit of water in your herbal candlepot, cook it and enjoy the effects all over again. When you feel it's used up, simply return it to the earth. I carry both a one and two ounce size which can be found in the Odds N Ends Herbal section of the site.