Salt is a powerful tool in witch and spiritual practices often used for purification and protection.
Using salt to cleanse crystals is a popular method of removing unwanted energy, but can all crystals go in salt?
The answer is no. So, let’s find out which crystals are safe for salt and which ones aren’t.
Crystals That Can Go In Salt
Salt is an excellent method for cleansing crystals of negative or stagnant energy, but this method of cleansing isn’t suitable for all stones.
The following crystals can be cleansed with salt:
- Clear Quartz
- Rose Quartz
- Smoky Quartz
Even when cleansing a salt-safe crystal, it’s vital you complete the cleansing correctly to avoid damaging the crystal.
Below, I’ll show you exactly what to do.
How To Cleanse Crystals With Salt: Two Methods
There are two main ways to incorporate salt into your crystal cleansing routine – by using dry salt or salt water.
Method One: Dry Salt
The easiest way to salt cleanse your crystals is by using dry salt – this is less messy and there are fewer steps involved.
- Choose a suitable container – I would recommend an offering bowl – and fill it with salt.
- Gently place your crystal on the surface of the salt. You can bury the crystal if you want to, but there’s really no need.
- Leave the crystal in place for a number of hours to allow the salt to remove unwanted energy.
- Take your crystal and gently brush off any excess salt. You may want to run the crystal underwater to ensure all grains are gone.
- Finally, be sure to discard the salt after cleansing. It will now contain unwanted energies. The best way to dispose of it is to return the salt to mother nature.
Method Two: Saltwater
If dry salt cleansing isn’t for you, you can opt for saltwater instead:
- Choose a waterproof container – I would again recommend an offering bowl for the utmost respect for your crystal.
- Fill the bowl with filtered water and add your salt, then stir.
- Once the salt has dissolved, gently place your crystal into the saltwater.
- Leave your crystal to cleanse for a couple of hours before removing it – don’t leave it in the water for too long.
- Run your crystal under fresh water to remove any salt that remains and dry it thoroughly and carefully.
- As you would with the dry salt method, discard the saltwater after cleansing.
What Crystals Can’t Go In Salt?
The following crystals cannot be cleansed in salt, so it’s important to choose an alternative method (more on that later):
- Satin Spar
- Desert Rose
Alternatives To Salt Cleansing
If your crystal isn’t suitable for salt cleansing, or you want to use a gentler method, there are a lot of alternatives.
My favourite crystal cleansing method, regardless of the crystal, is smudging.
Smudging involves using the smoke from a burning bundle of Clary Sage, White Sage, Lavender, or Rosemary to remove energy from your crystal.
You can also use incense sticks or cones for cleansing, or a stick of Palo Santo.
You can also try one of the following crystal cleansing methods:
- Cleansing crystals in water
- Using Reiki to cleanse crystals
- Cleansing crystals with the earth
- Using rice in a similar way to how you would use dry salt
- Completing a sound bath
- Using Selenite, Satin Spar, or Quartz
Frequently Asked Questions
For dry cleansing, Pink Himalayan salt, sea salt, or rock salt can be used.
If you want to use saltwater to cleanse your crystals, the best thing you can do is use seawater, but, alternatively, you can dissolve sea salt or rock salt into filtered water.
As a relatively soft crystal, Howlite is not suitable for salt cleansing as this method may damage the crystal. Opt for smudging your Howlite crystal instead.
Although some believe Red Jasper to be okay for salt cleansing, advice is a little unclear with this crystal. To be on the safe side, I’d recommend cleansing it with smoke instead.
Yes, Amethyst is part of the Quartz family and is generally considered safe for salt cleansing.
Yes, you can use the salt cleansing method on Carnelian crystals.
Unakite is generally fine for cleansing with salt as it’s a relatively hard crystal.
No, it’s not recommended to put Pyrite in salt for cleansing. Choose an alternative method, like smudging, instead.
Salt cleansing is a popular method for removing negative energy from crystals, but it’s important to check whether your crystal is suitable for this cleansing method first.
I hope this guide has helped you decipher which crystals cannot be cleansed in salt and which ones can.
But remember, if you’re not sure, just choose another cleansing method.
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