How To Cleanse Obsidian

How To Cleanse Obsidian

Obsidian is a very well-known protective stone. People also say that this black crystal gives off a strong healing energy.

To get the most out of the properties of your Obsidian, you have to know how and when to cleanse it.

Should You Cleanse Obsidian?

Cleansing crystals is an important step on the path to healing with crystals. It helps get rid of any bad or unwanted energies in the crystals and gives you a clean slate to work with.

Obsidian is thought to send out energies that protect and keep things in balance.

People think that Obsidian can help bring energies back into balance. Without a thorough cleansing, your Obsidian won't work at its full potential. You'll be wasting its potential and not using its powerful energies.

Your Obsidian crystal may also lose some of its power over time. A good cleanse will help bring back the energy that was there before.

Some also believe that without cleansing, it can lead to negative effects such as: Losing your Obsidian stone, and even your Obsidian breaking or shattering.

Lastly, when your Obsidian is cleanse, it can help you feel more grounded and cleansed to the earth, which is good if you feel scattered or cut off.

It's clear that cleansing your Obsidian is important. Now, let's talk about how to get it done.

How To Cleanse Obsidian

There are a few ways to cleanse Obsidian, and we'll talk about the most common ones below:

  • in water
  • with sage or incense
  • in sunlight
  • in moonlight

Cleansing With Water

Water is one of the easiest ways to cleanse your obsidian. Just hold the crystal under running water for 15 to 30 seconds and think about the energy of balance flowing back into the stone.

Cleansing With Sage Or Incense

Sage and incense are great ways to cleanse your obsidian because they are known to have properties that cleanse and purify.

To cleanse with sage, just burn some sage and blow the smoke over your Obsidian. You can also hold the crystal in the smoke for a few more minutes to get a really good cleanse.

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To cleanse with incense, light the end of the stick and let the fire burn for a few seconds, until there is only smoke but no flame. Just like with sage, blow the smoke over your Obsidian to cleanse it deeply. When doing this type of cleanse, make sure your windows are open so that the negative energies can flow out.

Cleansing With Sunlight

Sunlight is one way that Earth cleanses itself. To use sunlight to cleanse your Obsidian, just leave it out in the sun for a few hours. Be careful not to leave your stone in the sun for too long, though, or the color may fade. When you're done, you can bring it back in and start enjoying your stone.

Cleansing With Moonlight

Moonlight cleansing is another common and powerful method. Leave your Obsidian outside or near a window sill for the night. Let the moon purify your crystal and bring back its power to protect you.

Cleansing Obsidian Jewelry

When cleansing jewelry made from Obsidian crystals, it's best to do so in a gentle way.

Cleansing your Obsidian jewelry is easy and fun. Here's what we recommend.

How To Cleanse A Obsidian Bracelet

First, we don't recommend cleansing Obsidian bracelets with water because the water can rust the string that holds your bracelet together.

Second, we don't recommend burning sage or incense near your bracelet because the smoke could be too strong and damage the wire as well.

For cleansing Obsidian bracelets, we do suggest a bath in the sun or moon.

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How To Cleanse A Obsidian Necklace

For cleansing a Obsidian necklace, use the same directions as cleansing a bracelet. Use a sun or moon soak, but a rice bath can also help.

Make sure not to put your necklace in water or burn sage too close to the wires that hold it together.


Cleansing your Obsidian crystals and jewelry is a great way to keep them open to balancing and protecting energies.

Now that you know how to cleanse your Obsidian, you can keep it in good shape so it can keep doing its magic for you.