Crystal Care 101
* Crystal Kindness *
How to Care for your Crystals
I cannot say I am proud to say this, but I am not one to have a green thumb…. I get super excited to bring a new plant into my space, just to mourn its sad, dying leaves a few months later…
Im definitely not the same way when it comes to *my precious* (crystals) and of course I want to share how you are able to take care of your crystals to keep them cleansed, charged and safe to use.
What are crystals?
Crystals come from mother earth meaning, they are made up of minerals and so understanding their general make up on the Mohs Hardness Scale would help identify what method is best to use to cleanse your crystals. On this scale, you can gage whether your crystal is a soft or a hard specimen and in this know how careful or careless you can be when your crystal comes in contact with another, with water or with hard surfaces.
- Soft Crystals (1-6 on hardness scale) include gypsums like Selenite or Desert Roses.
- Hard crystals (7+ on hardness scale) can scratch glass for example but just because it can scratch does not mean it can break.
So your rule of thumb:
- Soft Crystals: dry polish them.
- Hard Crystals: Can be cleansed with water.
Cleanse & Recharge!
Okay so you got a new crystal… What do you do with it? Just like anything you want to keep precious, it is important to nurture it - and in the case of crystals, to cleanse & charge with good energy.
There are a number of ways to cleanse your crystals so here is a quick rundown of just a few ways:
When the full moon is out, place your crystals to bathe in its light.
PS: (If you're like me and have a huge collection, cleanse what you are working with on a intuitive basis!)
Remember the Mohs Scale? You can cleanse hard stones in the ocean or in a body of water.
Now... Please read this part carefully. NOT ALL CRYSTALS ARE WATER SAFE. Ive compiled a smaller example of crystals that are NOT water safe that I offer in the shop below... but do your research & maybe learn something along the way! The reason is because some may rust, some may loose their lustre and some will even dissolve because of how soft they are.
|WATER SAFE||NOT WATER SAFE|
A bowl of Himalayan salt works wonders for crystals if you need a quick charge. Please remember that with softer crystals, salt can be dangerous as it can scratch them... so Howlite is a no-no for salt!
Cleanse with Palo Santo, Incense or Sage.
I trace the curves of the crystal with the smoke which clears the air and energy around the stone. In the same way I also inhale the smell and meditate!
Clear Quartz and Selenite are self cleansing crystals meaning that they can balance and cleanse other crystals if you place them on top. I offer bowls, plates and slabs in which you just place your crystal on charge!
Many crystals can fade in color in direct sunlight. A few such as amethyst, citrine, fluorite, celestite, and even kunzite and smoky quartz are just a few to name that should not be in sunlight too much.
Remember the Mohs Scale — The harder the crystal, water is fine…the softer should not be placed under water.
Same thing as the water, the softer the crystal, the more prone they are to scratches. Prime example is howlite — It should not be placed with other crystals as it can be scratched very easily!
OH NO IT BROKE:
No matter how much you take care of something, sometimes accidents happen and crystals do break. I personally believe that crystals have enough energy to protect us and when they break, it could be a positive sign that it has protected you from a specific energy. Just because it broke does not mean that its energy is gone. Recharge them, set new intentions and/or give parts to others to share the energy.
You can read more about broken crystals HERE.
Don't get down on yourself if you damage your minerals, we all make mistakes... Just try a different method next time and remember to do some research before hand. They still carry the same energies whether they are damaged, broken or have lost their lustre... Doesn't make them unloveable!