The love we show our healing crystals comes back to us in the power they hold. If we neglect them, they quickly become inert and powerless.
But if we dedicate time to caring for them, to learning what they need and how to benefit them, they have the opportunity to become powerful companions.
Crystals hold on to the energy of their environment. And just like humans, if this negative energy does not get flushed away regularly, the crystal can become heavy and over-burdened.
There are multiple ways to cleanse crystals, and different minerals and stones will require a variety of techniques as some can be easily damaged in the process of cleansing, usually from being near water or sunlight.
The smoke clearing technique has been inspired by the smoke smudging used by Native American tribes for use around their living spaces to cleanse their homes of negative energies and unwanted spirits.
In this guide, we will explore how to use incense to cleanse healing crystals in the two most common ways: holding the crystal in the smoke of the incense, or wafting the crystal.
Holding the Crystal
The process of holding the crystal in the incense smoke is an effective way to ensure that the smoke engulfs the stone. It also gives more control over the amount of incense smoke that bathes the crystal. Follow these simple steps to try this technique:
Light the incense of your choice, and allow to burn to a steady plume, giving more control over the process.
Take your crystal between your fingers and move it into the plume of smoke, around six inches above the incense itself.
Rotate the incense between your fingers, constantly dipping it in and out of the smoke. Repeat positive intentions such as:
I allow the most beautiful, positive energy to fill this crystal I banish all unwanted energies and negativity I fill this space with clean, pure light and love
Wafting the Crystal
An alternative to holding the crystal in the smoke of the incense is to place the crystal nearby, and waft the smoke over the crystal.
This only needs to be done for a short period of time, up to around 30 seconds, as the physical movement of the smoke and air allows for a more effective transition of energies.
Just as before, light the incense of your choice and allow the settle and burn to a steady smoke. Take this time to set your intentions for the smoke and for the journey that your crystals are about to take.
Leave your crystals close by on a heat-proof surface. Gentle waft the smoke in the direction of the stones so that the smoke passes over the stones, taking away any low vibration energy that they hold.
Pro Tip: Use a feather or leaf to fan the smoke for a more effective and natural technique
Unlike holding the crystal, this technique allows for multiple crystals to be cleansed simultaneously, but take care not to overcrowd.
Each crystal benefits from its own one-on-one time with you, and you will find the process becomes less effective the more stones you cleanse at a time.
Continuing Your Journey
Crystal lovers will often find that one particular technique of smoke clearing resonates with them more effectively. Now you’ve got the tools to give it a go, why not incorporate one or both of them into your crystal routine, and experience its powerful effects?