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Malachite is a green gemstone celebrated for its grand appearance. Perhaps that’s why the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg has a Malachite room. It features the stone as wall columns, fireplace decoration, furniture, and urns. Malachite is also a healing crystal, but it needs proper care, which is why today, I’m teaching you how to cleanse Malachite properly so you don’t ruin your stone.
What is Malachite Stone?
Malachite is a copper carbonate-based mineral, initially used as copper ore and mined only for this purpose. It has a stunning green color that comes from oxidized copper. Since it’s usually found closer to the earth’s surface, it comes in contact with air easily, which leads to its coloration.
The history of this stone or its name is not clear. Experts believe that the name comes from “malache” or “malakee”, an ancient Greek word. These are words for mallow bush leaves. Another word that its name is associated with “malakos” meaning “soft”.
Healing Properties of Malachite Crystals
Malachite is known in the world of crystal healing because of its metaphysical properties.
It is considered a protection stone that miners carry with them while working underground.
Healers suggest using it during journeys. It also helps open up to love and risks. It is believed that Malachite absorbs negative energies within you and can also cleanse your surroundings.
Thus, it can bring balance to your mood and restore positivity. Experts suggest keeping it close to your workstation.
Malachite Crystals and Chakra Healing
By aligning with the Vishuddha, it makes you more communicative and gives you the confidence to speak out. It also relieves tension and ailments in the neck and throat.
How to Use Malachite Crystals
Many people use Malachite for meditation, along with other stones like Selenite. The healing energy of this crystal has the ability to cleanse you deep inside. So you can wear it in the form of jewelry.
You can also keep it in doorways to remove negative vibes from rooms and prevent their entry. You can keep one on your work desk for some creativity.
You can pair this stone with red crystals like Red Jasper. You can also use it with other crystals like Smokey Quartz, Black Onyx, and Black Tourmaline.
Do You Need to Clean Malachite Crystals?
The beautiful green Malachite crystal needs good cleaning and cleansing. That’s because doing so is a way to recharge the healing stone.
Cleansing Malachite every few weeks is recommended so that you can maintain a healthy energy level in your stone. It’s a good idea to clean Malachite at the end of a challenging day so that it can continue to help you.
How to Cleanse Malachite Crystals
It is vital to cleanse your Malachite crystals to remove the negative energy that the stone may absorb. There are various ways of cleansing Malachites. You can choose one of the following to cleanse your Malachite as a standalone method:
Using Sea Salt
Take a small bowl and cover its bottom with a layer of sea salt. Put the Malachite on the salt layer and keep the bowl overnight, preferably in the moonlight. The light of the moon will enhance the recharge process under natural elements, though it is optional.
In a ceramic dish or bowl, lay the Malachite crystal. Then, sprinkle dried herbs like sage, cedar, frankincense, rose petals, or sandalwood. You can use more than one. You can let the moonlight shine upon it overnight to allow the stone to absorb natural elements.
Besides sprinkling dried sage and other herbs, another effective method of cleansing Malachite crystal using sage is by lighting a bundle of sage, blowing out the flame, and waving the Malachite through the smoke a few times. It will also bring you a sense of calm. Please remember that sage holds important cultural significance in many culture. Educate yourself about the cultural appropriation of sage before choosing to use this method.
If you have a garden, dig a hole in the ground and lay the Malachite in it. Then, cover the stone with soil. You should mark the spot where you bury the stone. Leave the stone there for a couple of days. The natural mineral deposits in earth will cleanse it.
Using Clear Quartz
An interesting method of cleaning Malachite is using another crystal, i.e., Clear Quartz. All you have to do is place your Malachite on a Clear Quartz Cluster and leave your stone there overnight. As a neutral stone, Quartz will absorb all the negative energies from Malachite.
Another crystal that can be used to cleanse your Malachite is Selenite. You can either place your stone on a large piece of Selenite or surround it with smaller Selenite pieces, and leave the stones there for several hours, allowing them to be cleansed effectively.
What about sunlight to cleanse Malachite? While the sun is excellent for removing negative energy, exposing Malachite to direct sunlight for extended periods is not recommended.
It can harm the beautiful green color of the stone. Overnight exposure to moonlight is a better option than exposing the crystal to the light of the sun for a few hours.
How to Clean Malachite Jewelry and Crystals
So far, you have learnt about cleansing your Malachite to remove negative energy. But what about physical cleaning of the stone to remove dirt and grime?
Malachite is not only one of the most popular healing stones but also a popular gem for jewelry, and keeping the ornaments clean is required, especially after cleansing it with soil, salt, herbs, etc.
To clean Malachite jewelry, the common impulse is to use water. However, Malachite is not a hard stone, and it only rates 3-4 on the Mohs scale of hardness. This makes direct contact with water unsafe for the stone.
Plus, it contains copper, and water can harm the stone’s coating and cause the leaching of copper compounds. So try the following:
- For regular maintenance, use a piece of soft cloth to wipe the stone or buff it gently. If the stone has grime, grease, or dust, you can use a slightly damp cloth.
- If your stone or jewelry has stubborn dirt, use a dry soft-bristled toothbrush.
Tumbling the crystals, soaking them in water for too long, or using harsh soaps or vinegar is not at all recommended for cleaning this stone.
Cleanse Malachite regularly using simple ingredients like salt, herbs etc., or other crystals and natural forces. Think specifically about what you want during cleansing, to direct the stone’s energy towards its intended actions.
Remember that cleansed Malachite is not the same as clean and dirt-free crystals. Cleansed Malachite has the energy levels required to heal and protect your mind, body, and spirit.
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