Words from A Mother
*letters of wisdom from mothers and healers I trust, and love
How to Cleanse Your Space and Crystals
by Camille Langston
One of the most common questions I receive as a healer is “how and when should I cleanse my stones?” I always like to remember the elements when cleansing myself or any sacred object: Air, Fire, Water and Earth. Energy Healing Modalities as well as powerful sound vibration from instruments like crystal/metal sound bowls, tuning forks, bells, drums, etc can cleanse your space, body, and crystals.
The simplest way to cleanse your stones is using Air & Fire together in the form of burning sage or palo santo. To use this method burn a small amount of sage in a bundle form, or burn the crushed leaves in a metal or ceramic incense burner. Sage has been used as a cleansing and healing herb by all civilizations that have come in contact with it. As a member of the mint family it has amazing anti-inflammatory properties when taken internally or rubbed on the skin in essential oil form. Sage also balances hormones, promotes healthy digestion, and has been used as an astringent and antiseptic. Its always best to buy organic and local sage to ensure you’re not burning leaves covered in pesticide in your lovely home.
Palo Santo (Holy Wood) is also a potent cleanser for your space and your crystals. This wood comes from trees native to South America, and belongs to the same plant family as frankincense and myrrh. When burning palo santo take note that the wood requires more heat than sage to start burning, so you may need to hold it over a flame for 30 seconds to 1 minute at first. The energy of Palo Santo is calming and clearing, but also energizes your space and crystals with high vibrational energy. This holy wood is useful for mediation and connecting with your own Divine Presence.
When using the sage or palo santo for your stones, allow the smoke to cover the crystals entirely for a few moments. Some prefer to use a sacred feather to blow the smoke around their space or crystals, but wafting the smoke with your hand works just fine. For those that are sensitive to smoke, you can make or buy your own sage essential oil and add distilled water to a spray bottle. Use caution when spraying the solution on certain crystals as it might damage the surface.
It is important to note that after burning sage or palo santo, one should fill the space with a pleasant aroma. Think of it as cleaning out your closet and going out to replace the old clothes you no longer need. In this way, you can customize your smudging process. Perhaps you want to light a lavender candle afterwards for relaxation, or maybe you’d like to energize your space with a citrus spray. Have fun with it!
The Water element method for cleansing crystals is powerful, as water is a strong conductor of energy and electrical current. When using this technique place your stones in a container where they can soak over night or all day. Placing a pinch of salt in the container allows the water to conduct electricity and charges the ions. This is why sea water is a better conductor of electricity that pure freshwater. The electrical current assists in clearing away any unwanted energy from your stones.
Many people like to use the water element for cleansing their crystals during the full moon or new moon. During these times the moon provides amplified power to the water; Similar to how the full and new moon effect the tides. I personally find that my crystals are super
charged when I leave them in the water during the full moon, and use sage or palo santo during other times of the month. It’s best if you can place the crystals on a window sill or outside where the moonlight can shine directly on them, but don’t worry if this isn’t possible — the energy will still reach them. I like to leave my crystals out under the moonlight for a night, and in the sun for a day which allows the Yin and Yang energy within each to be balanced. Be warned that certain crystals should not be placed in water else they become cloudy and rough like selenite and angelite. Some people also prefer to leave out any stones that are heavy in metals like iron or copper for the water element cleansing, but that is up to the user.
The last method of cleansing your stones is a simple one — returning them to their birth place, the Earth! I usually use this method if I feel a crystal has absorbed an extreme amount of energy. The Earth element stabilizes, grounds and protects. Placing the crystals in potted plants also works, but it’s most powerful when placed in the ground. Be sure to leave a marker where you bury them. Use your intuition when it comes to the length of time in the ground, but I find a couple of days to a week works well with this method. Sometimes when a crystal breaks it can mean that it has absorbed too much energy, or it has served its purpose in your life. Returning it to the Earth is a way of saying “thank you” to the mineral kingdom!
Many life long practitioners also swear by the method of cleansing their bodies, space, and crystals with Sound. This technique not only cleanses, but also charges the minerals with an extremely high sound vibration. Since we live in a Universe of vibration with light being the highest vibration and sound being the second highest, sound bowls and other instruments can provide what we call a quantum leap; going from a lower to a higher vibration almost instantaneously. Within the last 5 years medical experts and scientists have been able to successfully heal damaged cells and tissues in the body by blasting the affected area with high- power sound waves. Attending a soundbath is a great time to relax and bring your stones with you for the journey. Energy Healing Modalities like Reiki, Qi Gong, and Pranic Healing can also cleanse your crystals, body, and space. You can find a list of practitioners of theses modalities and more on our Healers page.
Finally, become aware of how you want to use your crystals. Perhaps you have a few that you allow others to touch and feel, or perhaps you don’t allow anyone to touch your special stones. No matter your choice please know that the mineral kingdom works a lot with subtle energy, so they can easily absorb and emanate energy from their environment. If someone has touched your crystals just give them a quick smudge of either sage or palo santo to restore balance. The same lesson goes to crystals that have been with us through emotional traumas — sometimes it is better to let go than to hold on to these stones if we truly wish to release the experience.
My last piece of advice is to find a way to ritualize this process. I personally like to smudge myself when I come home either immediately or sometime before I go to bed to ensure I haven’t empathically absorbed anything that is not mine to carry. As stated before I deep cleanse my crystals monthly, and cleanse them all other times as needed. Ritualizing your process in this way gives the actions more power. Saying a short intention or prayer for cleansing can help, or simply taking a moment to focus on your breathing.
Happy Cleansing to you all!
What is anxiety disorder?
According to Phyllis Balch in her book, Prescription for Nutritional Healing, “Anxiety disorder appears to affect twice as many women as men, though there may not actually be that wide a disparity between the sexes. Psychologists believe that men are far less prone to report or even acknowledge having a problem of this nature.
Anxiety disorder can be either acute or chronic. Acute anxiety disorder manifests itself in episodes commonly known as panic attacks. A panic attack is an instance in which the body’s natural “fight or flight” reaction occurs at the wrong time. This is a complex, involuntary physiological response in which the body prepares itself to deal with an emergency situation. Stress causes the body to produce more adrenal hormones, especially adrenaline. The increased production of adrenaline causes the body to step up its metabolism of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates to quickly produce energy for the body to use. In addition, the muscles tense, and heartbeat and breathing become more rapid. Even the composition of the blood changes slightly, making it more prone to clotting.”
- Thats why when we are stressed our bodies seek stimulates; sugar, caffeine, carbs, sex, digital screens, drugs, alcohol. . .distractions . . . anything to avoid being present with ourselves.
- If you find yourself stressed out a lot and turning to unhealthy coping mechanisms that might include unhealthy stimulates, you could be slowly poisoning yourself (duh, right?) . . . maybe seeing it typed out helps . . . if you suffer from anxiety, depression, trauma, addiction, etc . . . one of the best ways to shock your system into shape is to flush out toxins.
- Treat your body like a chemistry project . . . are you indoors a lot? Maybe you are deficient of Vitamin D . . . do you eat unhealthy and drink? Maybe you need probiotics and tea. This isn’t hippy bullshit, flush out the toxins in your body . . . maybe your body is trying to tell you something, listen.
If you do suffer from anxiety, stress or mood disorder, first check in with your body, have I been healthy to myself? Honestly? No? Why? What are a few ways I can improve the health of my body and mind? What can I do to be more present in my body and mind? And remember to take deep long breaths. Don’t forget to breathe.