Your crystals have come a long way from their source location to the dealer’s shop to your doorsteps. Every place they had been in, crystals accumulate energy from their surroundings, most of which may not be aligned with your own.
Everytime you use or wear your crystals, they absorb negative energy from all around you, which could also be detrimental to you. If there’s an excess or negative stored energy within the crystal, you could feel it. The crystal seems physically and energetically heavy. This is your sign that your crystals need thorough cleansing.
When it comes to different crystal cleansing methods, perhaps none is as thorough as soaking them in salt water. It’s been believed that salt water can effectively purify a crystal, turning them into a clean slate, especially after accumulating negative energy for periods of time.
How to Cleanse Crystals With Saltwater
As I’m sure you know by now, crystals could benefit from being cleansed in salt water, too. However, not all crystals can withstand saltwater, so be very careful in placing your crystals in them without knowing if they are safe with saltwater.
Just remember that soft, porous stones and those containing trace minerals should not come into contact with salt water or even either.
If you’re unsure which crystals are safe and which aren’t, skip to the section after the next one to review the list. I’ve covered some of the crystals that could and couldn’t go in salt water there.
To start cleansing crystals with saltwater, do the following:
Prepare salt water. You can do this by getting seawater if you live near the beach. If seawater is unavailable, you can add sea or rock salt to the water. That will also do.
Put the saltwater in a ceramic or glass bowl. Bowls made from natural materials are best, but avoid putting salt water in a metal bowl as salt is corrosive and could damage it.
Submerge your crystals under salt water. Always check first and do your research on which certain crystals are safe in the water and which aren’t. For reference, check the list below.
Let it sit for 8 to 48 hours.
Retrieve your crystals and dry them with a soft cloth.
How to Cleanse Crystals with Saltwater Using Indirect Method
Because not all crystals are safe in salt water, some crystal healing practitioners devised a safer method to cleanse your crystals using this method. After all, salt water is very effective in removing negative energies.
To cleanse healing crystals with salt water but using an indirect method, do these:
Prepare a glass or ceramic bowl. Then, prepare a smaller container, preferably with a tight lid, like a tiny drinking glass.
Fill the bowl with fresh salt water. You can either get seawater if you live near the beach or add rock or sea salt to the water if you don’t have access to natural seawater.
Put your crystals in the glass.
Submerge this glass halfway into the salt water. Make sure the salt water won’t reach the crystals inside.
Let it sit for 8 to 48 hours.
Retrieve your crystals from inside the glass.
In this method, you let your crystals get exposed to salt water’s natural vibrations and cleansing energies without allowing the water to touch the stones.
You can try this one if you want your crystals to experience the purifying powers of salt water without the fear of damaging them.
What Type of Saltwater Should You Use When Cleansing Crystals?
Natural sea water is often preferred to be used when cleansing crystals.
Understandably, however, not everyone lives near the sea. Thus, there are other options you can look into when sourcing salt water for your crystal cleansing.
You can get fresh water from the faucet or a nearby stream. Then, add rock, sea, or table salt to the water. Mix it well.
Others prefer using Himalayan or Celtic salt. Rock, sea, and even table salt will do, as long as they are clean.
I would advise you to follow your intuition when choosing which type of salt you want to add to your salt water. Remember that there’s no right and wrong when choosing a type of salt, although of course most would prefer naturally-sourced ones.
It’s the same thing with water. You can also opt for freshwater from nearby streams, rivers, or lakes or use water from your kitchen faucet.
Whichever you choose, keep in mind that intention and purpose matter the most when creating your own salt water.
Not a requirement, but something you could do is to set intentions when creating salt water. Setting preferences is programming your saltwater about what it would do for you. For instance, you can speak to it and say, “This saltwater shall cleanse all crystals and purify them to a clean slate.” That’s just an example, anyway, because you can set any intention you would like to set.
Saltwater can also be placed under the full moon or any lunar phase you prefer. This way, you get the cleansing abilities of salt and water and the charging powers of the full moon. Placing a bowl of salt water under the full moon could make it a more potent tool to purify and restore your crystal to its optimum levels. For more info about making moon water, check out this guide.
How to Know If Your Crystal Will Be Safe in Saltwater?
When deciding which crystals to place in salt water, a good rule of thumb is to consider the crystal’s hardness level, porosity, and trace content or inclusions. Porous and soft crystals, and those with trace metals, should not come into contact with water.
Porous crystals can soak up much water that could alter their appearance. A perfect example of a porous stone is opal.
Soft stones are those with a low score on the Mohs hardness scale. These stones could dissolve or disintegrate in water. Most stones ending with “–ite” may be unsafe in water, like calcite, selenite, and kyanite.
Lastly, other crystals and stones contain trace metals like iron and copper. Exposing crystals with trace metals to water, especially salt water, could ruin it. Saltwater is corrosive, and when it comes into contact with the metal in the crystal, it could produce irreversible damage to the crystal. Hematite and malachite are some examples.
Here are some of the crystals that should avoid salt water:
- Lapis Lazuli
- Tangerine Quartz
If you want to cleanse them using salt water, you can still do so using the indirect method I explained above. However, make sure that they won’t be exposed directly to the saltwater no matter what.
Popular Crystals That You Can Cleanse with Salt Water
Thankfully, though, some crystals are safe in salt water. Most of these crystals have high scores on the Mohs hardness scale.
Some crystals that are hard and durable enough to withstand salt water are:
- Smoky Quartz
- Clear Quartz
- Rutilated Quartz
- Rose Quartz
Other Crystal Cleansing Methods Besides Salt Water
If your crystal isn’t safe in salt water, the best thing to do, rather than risk it, is to cleanse it using other methods. Here are some of the much safer ways to cleanse your crystals:
Why Use Saltwater to Cleanse Crystals?
For centuries, salt and water have been used for purification. It’s been utilized by religions and cultures worldwide because it’s believed to have the power to drive away evil.
Salt has been used since ancient times as an agent for cleansing and purification. From the Japanese of the east to the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans of the west, salt is acknowledged as a powerful tool for removing negative energy and harmful spirits. In Wicca, salt represents the element Earth and is said to be able to rid places of negativity.
Meanwhile, water is also a universal tool used for cleansing. People go to bodies of water to bathe, washing away of filth, literally and figuratively.
These two purifying agents combined make salt water. If each of them is enough to cleanse crystals, imagine how potent salt water can be, especially in regard to stones that are heavy with negative energy.
Some even believed that salt water is the precursor of holy water, which the Catholics use to sanctify objects, places, and people. In contemporary health practices, some even drink salt water and seawater to cleanse their body.
Like how salt water is used to purify people and places, it can also be used to cleanse crystals. With the power of two strong cleansing agents, it’s potent enough to get your crystals back to their best health.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can You Make Your Own Salt Water for Crystal Cleansing?
You can make your own salt water for crystal cleansing if natural seawater isn’t available. To do this, mix rock, table, or sea salt with water, and you can now use it for crystal cleansing.
What is the Best Salt to Use in Salt Water?
Some crystal practitioners prefer Himalayan or Celtic salt to make salt water. However, this isn’t a strict requirement. Rock salt, sea salt, or table salt will do as long as they are naturally-sourced, meaning they haven’t been refined.
Saltwater is one of the most ancient tools used for cleansing. Crystals could also benefit from salt water by submerging them in it. However, not all crystals can withstand salt water because certain stones could instead get damaged by exposure.
It’s important to know whether or not your crystal is saltwater-safe. Alternatively, you can also do the indirect method we covered in this post so you can cleanse crystals with salt water without worrying about possible damage.
Hopefully, you found this post helpful, and if you do, share it with others who need information about crystal cleansing with salt water.