Did you know that Obsidian has been used since the Paleolithic Age? Obsidian is a Root Chakra crystal that instills courage. Without regular cleansing, it may not work. 

How to cleanse Obsidian crystals? Can you use water to cleanse Obsidian? 

Obsidian is best cleansed with fire, water, or earth, as it’s made from volcanoes. You can also remove negativity from Obsidian crystals by using sunlight, moonlight, salt, mantras, meditation, aromatherapy, affirmations, music, and crystals.  

If you’re an Obsidian lover, you better learn how to cleanse Obsidian safely in these 15 ways to keep the stone intact for a lifetime.

Obsidian Metaphysical Healing Properties and Uses 

Did you know that Obsidian formed from volcanic eruptions dating back 20 million years ago? It’s a balancing crystal that raises good from bad and balances the body, mind, and soul. 

While Pluto and Saturn (the Gods of the Underworld and War) rule Obsidian crystals astrologically, Obsidian also brings the power of these gods: 

  • Pele: Hawaiian Goddess of Volcano
  • Ereshkigal: Sumerian Goddess of the Underworld
  • Tezcatlipoca: Aztec God of the Night Sky
  • Sekhmet: Egyptian God of Water 
  • Itzpapalotl or Ītzpāpālōtl: Aztec Skeletal War Goddess 
  • Persephone and Hades: Greek Gods (wife and husband) of the Underworld 
  • Tohil: Mayan Fire Deity 
  • Iana: Roman Goddess of Hidden Things

Take a look at these metaphysical properties of Obsidian before we learn the right ways to cleanse it:

obsidian metaphysical properties

Cleansing Obsidian with Candle Fire

crystal fire charging with candles

Obsidian is a natural volcanic glass that is best charged with the Fire element. Fire, or Agni, is a God in ancient Hindu scriptures that cleanses away all evil.

The Encyclopedia of the Hindu World says: “All that Agni touched would become pure.” 

Fire is a symbol of purity in Zoroastrianism and was worshiped by Greeks, Romans, and Babylonians

Here’s how to cleanse Obsidian with the fire of a candle:

  • Light a candle.
  • Sit down within 3 feet of it. 
  • Gaze at the fire for a few minutes.
  • Hold the Obsidian in front of the flame (at a safe distance). 
  • Hold for up to 30 seconds.

Can Obsidian be in the Sun? 

sun beams shining through a tree

Yes, you can cleanse Obsidian in the sun.

The heat and light of the sun doesn’t fade the color of Obsidian crystals because they’re dark with an average MOHS hardness. It’s safe to cleanse Obsidian in the sun. The sun is an all-cleansing power in Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Persian, Japanese, Aztec, and Irish cultures

This is how you cleanse Obsidian in the sun:

  • Find a place without direct sunlight.
  • Keep your Obsidian crystal in the sun.
  • Let the Obsidian cleanse for 5 to 30 minutes in the sun. 
  • Pick it up with a mitten or cloth. 

While Obsidian doesn’t fade in the sun, it’s good to set an exposure limit of 30 minutes to 4 hours (at max) to prevent it from cracking. 

Cleansing Obsidian with Soil 

plants and garden tools on soil

Soil is good for cleansing Obsidian because it’s the womb where all crystals originate. Burying Obsidian in the soil cleanses, resets, and amplifies the crystal with the energies of Mother Gaia.

Here’s how you should cleanse Obsidian crystals with soil: 

  • Dig a pit in your garden or a large flower pot of about 3 inches to 3 feet deep. 
  • Bury the Obsidian in the pit.
  • Fill the pit with soil.
  • Leave it undisturbed for 7 days to a month. 

Can Obsidian go in Water? 

woman washing hands with clean water with a brass ladle

Obsidian can go in the water because it’s a dark crystal. Did you know Obsidian was once widely used for surgical equipment? 

Note: the average MOHS of Obsidian crystals makes it unsafe in water when soaked for a long period. 

This is how to cleanse Obsidian with water:

  • Hold the Obsidian crystal in your hand. 
  • Hold it under running tap water for 30 seconds to 2 minutes. 
  • Stop the water.
  • Dry the crystal with a lint-free cloth. 

Cleansing Obsidian with Singing Bowls 

different sizes of tibetan singing bowl

Just as natural elements, like water, the sun, and earth, there are also manmade methods for cleaning crystals.

One such technique is singing bowls. These bowls emanate healing sounds that cleanse the crystal sonically during a session.

Here’s how to cleanse Obsidian crystals with singing bowls:

  • Sit down on a flat surface. 
  • Keep the singing bowl on a flat surface. 
  • Keep your Obsidian within 5 inches of the Tibetan bowl.
  • Tap or rim the singing bowl 
  • Continue doing this for a few minutes. 

Cleansing Obsidian with Salt 

pieces of himalayan pink salt

Yet another way to thoroughly cleanse Obsidian after a powerful ritual is to sprinkle salt on the stone or soak it in for less than 10 minutes. 

Spiritually, salt repels negativity, evil spirits, and harmful energies. Moreover, salt cleans almost everything. 

The following steps will help you cleanse Obsidian with salt: 

  • Take a glass bowl. 
  • Sprinkle up to 30 grams of rock salt or Himalayan pink salt into the bowl. 
  • Place crystals in the bowl.
  • Sprinkle 30 more grams of rock salt on top of the crystals.
  • Close the bowl with a lid.
  • Keep the setup undisturbed for up to 30 minutes. 

Cleansing Obsidian with Music 

Just like singing bowls, healing sounds based on Obsidian’s ruling chakra  (Root Chakra) can cleanse Obsidian inside out. 

The Root Chakra frequency is 432 Hz. Play music associated with this frequency to balance and heal.

Here is a YouTube track you can use for soaking Obsidian crystals.

Cleansing Obsidian with Moonlight 

close up photo of the moon

Like sunlight, the light of the new moon and full moon also cleanses Obsidian. The best time for the healing energies of new and full moon nights are present before and after the three days of the full/new moon, so you have a lot of time.

This is how you should cleanse Obsidian with moonlight: 

  • Find a safe place on the terrace, balcony, or indoors, away from dew and moisture. 
  • Set your Obsidian crystals in the moonlight.
  • Leave the setup overnight for cleansing. 

Cleansing Obsidian with Smoke 

Woman performing a palo santo smoke cleansing method

Smudge sticks and incense made of cleansing plants, flowers, and herbs are filled with powerful scents that can penetrate crystals, chakras, and auras, and repel the negativity stuck to them. 

Here’s how you can cleanse Obsidian with sacred smoke: 

  • Light the tip of your smudge stick or incense.
  • Blow out the flame after about 10 seconds. 
  • Waft the smoke of the burning incense or smudge stick around the Obsidian.
  • You can also leave the crystal near (at a safe distance) a lit incense until the stick stops burning.

Read more about how to cleanse with incense in this article. 

Cleansing Obsidian with Thoughts and Visuals 

woman meditating facing towards sunrise

Meditation combines the energies of your thoughts, visuals, and breathwork. 

This is a little-known cleansing technique for crystals because visualization is not easy for beginners. Visualizing is the easiest cleansing technique if you know how to focus on your breath and visualize your thoughts. 

Here are the steps for cleansing Obsidian crystals with visualization and meditation:

  • Sit down on your yoga mat in a comfortable position.
  • Cup the Obsidian crystal in your palms.
  • Close your eyes.
  • Take deep breaths and focus on the crystal. 
  • Visualize the Obsidian getting cleansed with bright light or any other cleansing thought.
  • Meditate for 10 minutes or as long as your intuition guides you. 

Cleansing Obsidian with Mantras 

woman reciting mantras

Mantra is a Sanskrit word that means “short syllables, words, or verses repeated for meditation, focus, and healing.” Because mantras combine the energies of sound, breath, and thought, they are good for cleansing and manifesting cleansing. 

This is how to cleanse Obsidian with mantras: 

  • Find a safe place and sit down comfortably. 
  • Hold the Obsidian crystal within 5 inches from your mouth.
  • Close your eyes.
  • Chant the seed mantra of the Root Chakra – LAM –  slowly.
  • Keep repeating the mantra slowly.
  • Continue for a few minutes. 

Cleansing Obsidian with Affirmations 

I am enough affirmation

Just like mantras, you can also chant cleansing affirmations to direct your sound and thought energies to cleanse Obsidian. 

Here are some affirmations you can chant for cleansing Obsidian:

  • I command negativity to release the Obsidian.
  • I now clear this crystal’s stagnant, leftover, and harmful energies. 
  • I wash away the negativity stuck to this Obsidian with my sound.

Cleansing Obsidian with Orgone Pyramids 

Orgone pyramid together with white candle and buddha figurine situated on a white ceramic plate

Orgone pyramids release orgone energy with the help of sacred symbols, geometry, healing frequencies, and crystals. 

They’re great for transmuting negativity, radiation, and unwanted energies into positivity, using Feng Shui and classical elements of nature (Earth, Fire, Water, Air, and Ether).

You don’t have to do anything other than keep the Obsidian crystal next to the Orgone pyramids. Leave it undisturbed for a few hours to cleanse the crystal.

Cleansing Obsidian with Rice 

grain of brown rice situated on a white background

Did you know that rice balances earthly and heavenly energies? Soaking Obsidian in brown rice cleanses it inside out. Psychics say unpolished brown rice is best to repel negativity. 

Here’s how to use brown rice for cleansing Obsidian:

  • Take a glass bowl.
  • Fill it up with brown rice.
  • Bury your Obsidian in the rice for 24 hours. 
  • Take out the Obsidian and discard the rice afterward. 

Cleansing Obsidian with Crystals 

obsidian stick together with selenite stick

Did you know there are healing crystals that can absorb negativity? Some of them are Clear Quartz, Selenite, Super Seven, and Phenakite. For specific cleansing and charging rituals, you can use these crystals as wands, plates, towers, and pyramids.  

Here’s one way how to cleanse Obsidian with a Clear Quartz wand: 

  • Keep your Obsidian on the table or floor. 
  • Pick up the Clear Quartz wand with your dominant hand.
  • Circle it over the Obsidian crystal in a clockwise direction. 
  • Repeat three times. 

This article will teach you how to cleanse crystals, like Obsidian, with Selenite.

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Start Cleansing Obsidian Safely!

Obsidian crystals are great for healing, grounding, courage, peace, harmony, luck, and wisdom. They also have gentle, warm, and comforting energies. 

Whether you’re talking spiritually or physically, Obsidian remains intact only when you cleanse it before and after use.

You can cleanse Obsidian crystals with soil, fire, water, sunlight, moonlight, singing bowls, mantras, affirmations, salt, meditation, rice, aromatherapy, Orgone Pyramids, and crystals. 

The only thing to remember is to avoid soaking Obsidian stones in salt for too long and for no more than 30 minutes in water. What’s your favorite way to cleanse dark crystals? 

Author

Hiya, I am Ceida Uilyc, JewelryTalk’s in-house crystal expert, metaphysics junkie, an avid nature enthusiast, and a jewelry maven. I believe crystals are the fruits of Mother Earth and there’s nothing that makes me happier than sharing my experiences, and knowledge about them. When not making spells and potions, I love wandering around my garden or tripping on trendy new necklaces and rings.

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