This was my favorite when I first began cleaning my crystals. Who wouldn’t like a nice bath, right? Dry or mixed in water, this seemed the perfect way to cleanse many crystals at a time.
I have since learned that a lot of crystals can actually be damaged due to a chemical reaction with the salt, which may change the appearance (looking scratched or as if the finish has been removed, etc.).
Many times pieces are coated with a high temperature wax (such as shoe polish). Salt is corrosive, so putting these pieces in salt or salt water actually removes this coating, which gives the appearance of scratching, pitting or a flat finish.
I also learned that salt, “can actually weaken the energy amplifying ability of the quartz.” Dael Walker, The Crystal Healing Book (Currently out of publication. Check used book stores and websites for your copy. It is worth the read!)
Softer Crystals (1-5) on the Moh’s Hardness Scale should not be cleaned in a Salt Bath.
- 1 Talc
- 2 Gypsum
- 3 Calcite
- 4 Fluorite
- 5 Apatite
- 6 Orthoclase Feldspar
- 7 Quartz
- 8 Topaz
- 9 Corundum
- 10 Diamond
DO NOT use salt (wet or dry) for:
- Celestite (Celestine)
- Labradorite (often coated with wax, spray or other protectant)
- Lapis Lazuli (often coated with wax, spray or other protectant)
- Malachite (possible wax, acrylic spray coating)
Information researched by Kristi Hugs. This information is included in the book Crystal Basics 101 by Kristi Hugs. Copyright. All Rights Reserved.