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Malachite is a beautiful and unique stone that has been used for centuries to adorn jewelry, sculptures, and for healing.
Unfortunately, Malachite is tricky to cleanse, and will become full of negative energy if not cleansed regularly.
To ensure that your Malachite is clear from negative energy, it’s important to cleanse it regularly. In this article, we will discuss how to cleanse malachite properly so you never need to worry about it having too much negative energy!
What is Malachite?
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”.
How to Clean Malachite in 6 Simple Ways
It is vital to cleanse your Malachite crystals to remove the negative and harmful energy that the stone may absorb, but you must cleanse Malachite properly otherwise you could ruin the stone.
We’ve put together six effective methods for cleaning Malachite so you don’t wreck it.
1. 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, rose petals, or sandalwood. You can use more than one. Let the moonlight shine upon it overnight with the herbs 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.
Note: When considering smudging practices or selecting herbs, such as sage, it is crucial to be mindful and respectful of Indigenous cultures. Certain types of sage, such as white sage, hold sacred significance to these cultures. In order to prevent cultural appropriation and promote cultural sensitivity, we strongly encourage you to explore alternative options to white sage and conduct thorough research before choosing a specific type of sage for smudging purposes.
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 and remove any negative energy.
Note: only use dry soil. Avoid this cleansing method with wet soil.
5. Clear Quartz
An interesting method of cleaning Malachite is using another crystal like 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, the Clear Quartz will absorb all the negative energy from your 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.
2 Methods to Avoid When Cleaning Malachite
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.
Water is a great cleansing method for many crystals, but not Malachite. Submerging Malachite into water can damage the crystal and it’s best to avoid this method.
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, and herbs.
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. Instead try these methods for cleaning Malachite from dirt and debris:
- 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. Children’s toothbrushes are often the best for cleaning gemstones.
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.
Do You Need to Clean Malachite Crystals?
Yes! All healing crystals benefit from cleansing session, including Malachite.
We recommend cleansing Malachite every few weeks to maintain a healthy energy level in your stone. As well, it’s a good idea to clean Malachite at the end of a challenging day—where it may have absorbed more negative energy than usual—so it can continue to help you.
Cleanse Malachite regularly using simple ingredients like salt and herbs 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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