Four Ways to Cleanse Stones with Herbs

Stones that are used for healing and magic need to be cleansed and charged regularly. I think it’s best to cleanse and charge a stone after any healing work. Stones I use as part of my private rituals or for meditation can go a little longer, provided my environment is reasonably harmonious and clear.

There are many ways to cleanse and charge your stones. Purification is often done with incense or smudge stick smoke, or with water and salt. The cleansed stones are then often charged with moonlight, sunlight, reiki, or a witch’s intentions. I frequently use some combination of these methods myself.

But over the years I’ve found a few other methods of cleansing and charging stones with green magic that I would like to share with you today.

Infusion:

Salt water is a common purification tool, but for a touch of green magic I like to use herbal infusions to cleanse my stones. Mugwort tea is an excellent wash for any tool used in divination, including stones used for scrying. My favorite purifying infusion is rosemary with a pinch of salt added, or a combination of rosemary and our local western redcedar. Any purifying garden herb or weed can be used, including garden sage, hyssop, lavender, peppermint, thyme, valerian or vervain. A mild infusion is appropriate for this form of purification. Speak your intention over the herbs before you pour boiling water over them. Use a teaspoon of dried, crumbled herb per cup of water and infuse in boiled water for five minutes or so. Then strain the infusion and use it to sprinkle or bathe your stones. Be sure to dispose of the spent herbs with gratitude.

One could also add a drop or two of essential oil to water for the same purpose–just remember essential oils are very strong and should be used sparingly, and with caution.

Once you’ve cleansed your stones, you can charge them with your intention with another appropriate tea or any other method you like. For example, you could make an infusion of rose petals for love, of calendula and/or comfrey for healing, etc.

Burial:

You will need a few cups of loose dried herbs of purification. You can use any of the purifying herbs mentioned above, combining multiple herbs if you like. You will also need a box, paper bag, or bowl. I like to use my favorite pottery bowl, but any non-reactive container that will hold your stone(s) and the dried herbs will work. I especially like to use this method of cleansing and charging for fragile stones like selenite.

Using dried herbs to cleanse stones

Place a layer of the dried herbs in the bottom of your container, and hold your hands over them, visualizing clear, bright energy flowing into them. Speak your intention over the herbs, and place your stone(s) atop the bottom layer. Then cover the stones with the rest of the herbs. Be sure to cover them completely. Leave them in the herbs for at least a few hours. You could also set them out overnight during a waning moon to release any unwanted energies, or under a full or new moon for blessing and charging with intention.

When the stones are cleansed, remove them from the container. Burn the dried herbs, or add them to the compost pile with thanks.

Woodland Cleansing:

This method charges the stones with green magic as it cleanses them.

Pack your stones in soft pouches or wrap them in fabric and put them in a backpack, along with a small vessel of clean water. Take the backpack into the woods and find a place where they can rest against a tree–either in a hole in the trunk or nestled among the roots. Try to choose a place where sunlight filtering through the leaves can touch them as well. Collect a fallen leaf from the forest floor as you walk, or ask a tree to give you a fresh one–and only take if you receive permission.

Cleansing stones with forest energy

Place the stones in your chosen spot. Take a few moments to get grounded, sitting on the earth and connecting with her. Then sprinkle the stones with the clean water you brought, and use the leaf as a fan to waft air over them. Then let them rest in the light of the sun and the embrace of the tree as you focus on the purifying and blessing magic of the woods.

If you like, say a blessing over the stones. Be sure to thank the spirits of the forest and the tree before you go, and offer the remainder of your clear water to the tree.

Garden Cleansing:

Take your stones to a favorite spot in the garden and lay them beneath a plant, or even on its leaves. I love to let my stones rest near the foliage of my comfrey when I have used them for healing magic. But one could just as easily place them in the midst of a sage plant or a rosemary bush, or near any plant that seems especially magical to you.

Amethyst with valerian

You might also ask the herb you have chosen to give you a leaf, and crush it between your fingers until it releases its juices. These can be used to purify and consecrate the stone, and even to charge it with a specific intention. Always thank the plant and leave it an offering of clear water or compost when you are finished.

These techniques could be used for any magical tool that needs to be cleansed. Use your creativity and intuition to find a method that is perfect for you.

Want to learn more about making magic with plants? Contact me with your questions!

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