by Lisa Wu June 04, 2020 3 min read

Are you taking care of your obsidian piece? Healing stones like obsidian require special care to continuously harness their energy.

In this guide, we’ll teach you how to cleanse your obsidian stone—be it black obsidian, mahogany obsidian, rainbow obsidian, snowflake obsidian, or sheen obsidian—so you can maximize its powers.

 

Why Cleanse Your Obsidian?

Obsidian jewelry absorbs negative energy from its user and the environment. The more you use it, the more negative energy it collects. That’s why it’s essential to cleanse these pieces to remove the negativities that accumulated on them.

Cleansing your obsidian properly will restore its vibrations, boost its maximum charge, and tune its healing powers.

 

Ways to Cleanse Your Obsidian

how to cleanse obsidian

Cleansing a healing stone goes beyond washing its surface. It’s all about washing away the negative vibrations that built up from the past. This should be done after newly obtaining an obsidian piece, or if you’ve been wearing the item for a long time.

Learning how to properly cleanse your obsidian is crucial. That said, here are some of the most common ways to do it.

 

Cleansing with Water

Experts believe that water can neutralize negative energy stored in obsidian stones. To cleanse with water:

  1. Rinse the stone in running water such as under a faucet.
  2. Continue for one minute.
  3. Pat dry when done.

Caution: Avoid rinsing in saltwater as it can damage soft stones like obsidian.

 

Cleansing with Brown Rice

Brown rice is especially effective for cleansing protective stones such as black obsidian. To cleanse with brown rice:

  1. Fill a bowl with dry brown rice.
  2. Bury the black obsidian stone beneath the grains.
  3. Do this for 24 hours.
  4. Dispose of the rice immediately after cleansing, along with the negative energy it absorbed.

 

Cleansing with Sound

Sound healing involves the use of singing bowls, a tuning fork, or a chant to create vibration. This vibration fills your stone and cleanses it. To cleanse with sound:

  1. Place the stone inside the singing bowl.
  2. Gently strike the side of the bowl.

 

Cleansing with Moonlight

The time around the new moon is perfect to cleanse the obsidian stone. This is because of the new moon’s gentle energy for healing. To cleanse with moonlight:

  1. Put the obsidian in a natural container, such as glass or clay. Avoid metal or plastic.
  2. Place the container outside in the late afternoon, under the sunset.
  3. Let it bathe under the moonlight overnight.
  4. Collect the stone before sunrise.

Caution: While moonlight is great, refrain from recharging your stone under sunlight. Sunlight can be harsh and can damage your obsidian.

 

Cleansing with Sage

Burning sage, also known as smudging, has various healing benefits. These include restoring an obsidian stone to its natural energy. To cleanse with sage:

  1. Ignite the tip of the sage.
  2. Hold the sage with your dominant hand.
  3. With your other hand, hold the stone and move it through the smoke.
  4. Let the smoke envelop the obsidian for 30 seconds.

 

How Often Do You Have to Cleanse Your Obsidian?

Now that you learn how to cleanse your stone, the next question is: how often do you have to cleanse your black obsidian?

The more you wear your piece of jewelry, the more energy it absorbs. As a rule of thumb, cleanse it at least once a month.

Getting more attached to your obsidian piece makes it easier to know if it already needs cleansing. For instance, if you think like the stone feels heavier than usual, it’s a sign that you need to cleanse it. The same goes if the stone isn’t sparkling as it used to or if it looks and feels dull.

 

More Tips to Take Care of Your Obsidian

how to cleanse obsidian

Aside from cleansing your obsidian bracelet, ring, or pendant, you should also regularly clean it. But you have to be careful.

Obsidian ranks 5-5.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness. It is relatively softer than other healing stones. Cleaning it with abrasive materials can result in scratching or breaking.

When cleaning an obsidian piece, wash it with soapy water and a soft cloth or soft brush. Don’t use chemical or ultrasonic cleaners that can damage the stone.

Also, remove your jewelry when you’re performing high-impact activities. These include sports, exercising, and some household chores.

When you’re not wearing it, don’t place your obsidian on the floor. Also, avoid putting it anywhere else where it can get neglected.

 

Maximize the Power of Your Obsidian

Cleansing your stone can restore it to its natural state. This recharges your obsidian to get the most out of it. So, don’t forget to cleanse your wearables regularly.

With the guide above, we hope you learned how to cleanse your obsidian stone the proper way.


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