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Hematite is known for its potent protective abilities, but what’s the best way to cleanse it when its healing energies become tangled or faded? Even though it takes its name from the Greek word for blood, hematite is sensitive—it contains iron oxide, meaning it’ll start to rust when it’s exposed to water for too long. Fortunately, there are many ways to safely cleanse hematite stones and jewelry that don’t involve getting them wet. Read on to refresh your hematite and enjoy its dazzling healing powers!

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Expose hematite to direct sunlight.

  1. Sunlight is a powerful way to cleanse stones and crystals quickly. Lay your crystal on a windowsill or in a safe place outside while the sun’s out, even if it’s a little cloudy (as long as there’s natural light, you’re good). After about 30 minutes, your hematite will be good as new.[2]

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Rest hematite on a piece of selenite.

  1. Stones like selenite cleanse other crystals when they come into contact. Simply place your hematite on top of a selenite slab or in a selenite bowl. Over the course of a few hours, the selenite will restore the hematite to a clear, energetic state.[4]
    • Other cleansing crystals include quartz clusters, black tourmaline, and amethyst geodes.
    • Selenite will also charge crystals you place on top of it, especially if the selenite has been in sunlight recently.[5]
    • Selenite and other cleansing crystals are a great way to cleanse hematite jewelry, like rings or bracelets.[6]
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Cover it with uncooked brown rice.

  1. Brown rice absorbs bad energy from healing stones and crystals. Fill a bowl with uncooked brown rice and place the hematite on top. Add more rice until it’s completely covered, then wait up to 24 hours or until your intuition tells you the stone has been restored.[7]
    • Rub the stone with a soft polishing cloth afterward to remove any rice dust on the surface.
    • Throw away the rice after the cleansing. It’s full of negative energy, so you definitely don’t want to cook or eat it.

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Nestle hematite in Himalayan or sea salt.

  1. Salt is a natural cleanser with connections to the earth. Simply place your hematite in a bowl or container of sea salt or Himalayan salt, making sure it’s fully covered.[8] Take the container outside and let it sit for 24 hours while the hematite releases negative energy.[9]
    • Make sure to use dry salt and not saltwater (a popular way to cleanse many other types of water-safe crystals).
    • Try adding herbs like rosemary, sage, or sandalwood to the salt for additional cleansing power.[10]
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Bury it in the earth for up to 3 days.

  1. Earth has cleansing powers that charge stones with grounding energy. Dig a small hole somewhere surrounded by plants and nature and cover your hematite with soil. Mark your burial spot and wait at least one full day and night (up to 3 days) to recover it.[11]
    • Choose a spot that’s free of mud or puddles since hematite should not be wet for long.
    • Wipe your hematite clean afterward with a soft cloth and a small amount of warm water if necessary.
    • Hematite has an especially strong connection to the earth compared to many other stones and crystals.[12]

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Wash it with sound waves for 10 minutes.

  1. Sound waves remove vibrational impurities from crystals. Lay your hematite near you and generate a constant tone with a tuning fork, singing bowl, or bell. If you don’t have these, sing or chant instead. Visualize resonant sound waves flowing over the stone and carrying negativity away into the air.[13]
    • Sound waves are great for cleansing heavy stones that are hard to move or large collections of crystals all at one time.
    • The exact pitch you generate doesn’t matter as long as you have a clear intention to cleanse the hematite before you begin.
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Smudge the hematite with sage smoke.

  1. Sage has been used for its cleansing powers since ancient times. To smudge for cleansing, burn a sage stick on one end until it begins smoking, then place it in a ceramic or heat-safe bowl. With a feather, waft the smoke around your hematite with the intent of clearing it out for several minutes or until you sense it’s cleansed.[14]
    • In place of sage, use Palo Santo or any herb that you have a connection to.
    • Sage is antimicrobial, so it will also cleanse the air in the room or space around the stone.
    • If you’re smudging inside, open some windows or doors to ventilate the space. Smudge outside if possible.

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Use incense smoke to disperse negativity.

  1. Incense cleanses crystals and spiritually purifies the air around them. To cleanse with incense, burn an incense stick until it’s smoking, then place the stick in a holder. Grab your hematite and wave it around slowly in the smoke until you feel the weight of its impurities has been lifted.[15]
    • If possible, use incense made from herbs that are native to your homeland or that you have a strong connection with.
    • Try scents that are connected to the issues you want to solve with your hematite. For example, burning cedar or sandalwood is helpful for physical illness or financial stress.
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Blow negativity away with your own breath.

  1. Your breath is a personal way to carry bad energy away into the air. Hold your hematite in your dominant hand, take a deep breath, and gently blow on the stone. Imagine all of its impurities drifting away while you ask the Universe to clear it of stale, stagnant energy.[16]
    • Blow on the hematite for several minutes, or until you sense that it’s refreshed.

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Visualize a bright light emanating from the stone.

  1. With focus and intent, you can cleanse hematite with just your mind. Hold the stone in one hand and imagine a pure, white, cleansing light coming from inside it. See the light flow and surround the stone, expelling all negative energy as it gets brighter and brighter.[17]
    • Once you’re used to visualization, it only takes about a minute to cleanse a crystal.
    • Do breathing exercises or meditate on your intent to refresh the hematite before your visualization session to help you focus.
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      • Hematite ranges from 5.5 to 6.6 on the Mohs hardness scale, meaning it’s fairly susceptible to scratches and damage from other objects or chemicals.[21]
      • Hematite contains iron oxide, which turns to rust when it's exposed to water for long periods of time. This rust can reach deep into the stone, making it more likely to break.[22]

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