Black TourmalineCare

Can Black Tourmaline Go In Salt? (Dry Salt, Saltwater, Himalayan Salt)

Black tourmaline is the ideal stone for empaths, HSP’s and everyone else who tends to absorb other people’s negative energies. It protects us from negative energies by absorbing them before we even get a chance to. However, to ensure it will continue to do this, you have to cleanse it regularly. Salt is widely used to do this, but not every stone is suitable to be cleansed with salt. For black tourmaline, you can find the answer below.

Yes, black tourmaline can go in any dry salt. However, avoid placing it salt water, as this can turn the stone brittle and break. Other ways to cleanse a stone are by using selenite, sound, or smoke cleansing.

Continue reading if you want to know more about why this method works & how to use it. At the bottom of this page, you’ll find a quick overview of black tourmaline’s properties.

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Also Read: What Chakra Is Black Tourmaline?

Can Black Tourmaline Go In Salt? (Explained)

If you want to cleanse your black tourmaline, salt is a safe option. This stone is known for its ability to absorb negative energy like a sponge, and by placing it on salt you are giving it the opportunity to release that energy into the salt. As a result, the stone can protect your better from the low vibrations around you.

Black tourmaline is between a 7-7.5 on the Mohs scale of harness. This scale provides minerals with a number between 1-10. The higher the number, the stronger it is. Consequently, a stone with a higher number is more scratch resistant. Because of this, salt is very unlikely to scratch your black tourmaline.

I personally would still be careful though, especially with raw black tourmaline. With these stones, there’s plenty of cracks for the salt to get into and attract moisture. Overtime, this can cause breakage. Therefore, I would avoid burying it in salt. If you want to know more about how to cleanse your black tourmaline using salt, make sure to continue reading.  

Can Black Tourmaline Go In Himalayan salt?

Yes, black tourmaline can go in dry Himalayan salt.
As mentioned in “Can black tourmaline go in salt?”, black tourmaline is rather high up on the Mohs scale of hardness, meaning it won’t scratch your stone.

Besides, as Himalayan salt generally has bigger grains, it is less likely to get stuck in the cracks.  

Can Black Tourmaline Go In Salt Water?

Black tourmaline cannot go in salt water. As said, black tourmaline is fine if you just place it on salt. If you dissolve it in water, however, the salt gets into the miniscule cracks in your stone, leaving it brittle, dull, and unhappy.

Moreover, I tend to avoid placing my crystals in water in general, as it will make them dull eventually. It is fine to quickly rinse them under running water, either to get rid of dust or any leftover salt, but I would recommend drying them immediately.

If you have any raw crystals, black tourmaline or otherwise, these should never be cleansed in salt water. Again, salt will get into the cracks and cause damage. If you’re looking for alternative ways to cleanse your stones, I will list some methods at the bottom of this post.  

How To Cleanse Black Tourmaline Using Salt

To cleanse your black tourmaline using salt, fill a class or ceramic bowl with a layer of (any) salt. About 0.5-2 (2-5cm) inches is plenty. Then, place your black tourmaline stone or jewelry on top of the salt. Avoid burying them and don’t press them into the salt either.

After about 2 to 7 hours, you can remove them from the salt.  I’m aware this is quite a large timeframe, but it really depends on how often you use the stones and how they feel. If they feel like they’ve absorbed lots of negative energy, leave it for longer. Never exceed 8 hours though, because again – salt is abrasive and will hurt your stone.

If you’re cleansing more than one stone, make sure that each has their own little space in the bowl and avoid piling them on top of each other. They simply won’t cleanse properly this way.

When cleansing black tourmaline that is made into jewelry, make sure to close the clasp or put a soft cloth underneath it to prevent salt from getting in and damaging it.

I always like to rinse my crystals under running water for a few seconds, just to make sure all the salt is gone. After you can dry it with a soft cloth.

Make sure to always throw away the salt. This has now absorbed all the low vibrations and you really don’t want to ingest that.

How To Cleanse Black Tourmaline Without Salt

I personally avoid using salt, simply because there are some other ways to cleanse my (black tourmaline) crystals without running any risks. These are:

  • Smoke cleansing
  • Selenite
  • Sound

Smoke Cleansing

I mostly avoid salt for cleansing my stones, as it does carry some risks. Smoke cleansing is a method that carries a lot less risks. To smoke cleanse you need any herbs of choice.

To cleanse your stones, just light the herbs, blow out the flame and waft the smoke over the stones. Make sure you do this mindfully, if you’re just going through the motions without intention, your stone is less likely to be cleansed properly.

I always recommend opening a window so the smoke can leave the room and take all the negative vibrations with it. Smoke cleansing will not only cleanse your stones, but also the room and yourself. It’s a win-win-win!

NOTE: Beware that using the term ‘smudging’ and the practice of burning white sage/palo santo is commonly used in the spiritual community. This is a specific type of smoke cleansing used by Native Americans, and which was illegal up until about 40 years ago. We recommend using a form of smoke cleansing that is appropriate for you and your culture.

Selenite Stone or Plate

Selenite is an incredible crystal that can extract negative energies and transmute them into positive ones. Because of this, it can also cleanse and charge your crystals for you. I love this method as you do not need to charge your crystals after, selenite will have already done everything for you.

All you need is a selenite crystal that is at least the same size, preferably bigger than your black tourmaline. Place it on top and leave it there for 24hours. When you take it off, your stone will be ready to use.

If you want to charge more than one stone at the time, I recommend using a selenite slab. This is basically just a plate made of selenite, but gives you a bit more room to charge them all properly.


Singing bowls, tuning forks or YouTube videos meant for crystals are also a great way to cleanse and charge your stones!

As singing bowls can get quite expensive, I personally prefer just using YouTube videos. I love using them as it not only cleanse and charges my stones, but it is also the perfect chance for me to meditate.

I’ll link my favorite YouTube video to cleanse my crystals down below.

If I want to cleanse and charge my stones, I like setting two different intentions and using two different sounds. However, always do what works for you – you might find one sound and intention works just fine!

Just let the sound fill the room and make sure your energy light. When you’re in a comfortable position you can set your intention for the crystal by saying it out loud. Meditate with the stone until you feel it is ready. If you want to go a step further, light some candles and incense.

Black Tourmaline Overview

Chakra: Root
Element: Earth
Zodiac: Libra | Scorpio
Benefits: Grounding | Absorbing Negative Energy | (Empath) Protection |

Black tourmaline is a beautiful jet-black stone that acts like a sponge, and absorbs all the negative energy either within you or from you environment. As a result, it is a great stone to protect you from people who normally make you feel exhausted. It is also a wonderful stone if you need a little extra help grounding. It is associated with the root chakra, after all.  

Neat Crystal

I am a Crystal & Gem Specialist with 20 years experience collecting and analyzing crystals and gems. My main focus is on crystal and gem abilities to influence our human experience through energy caused by visual and physical properties of each. I also love to dive into the formation, chemical makeup, and rare impurities found within crystals - a Geologist in training. I started Neat Crystal as a place to jot down my thoughts, notes, and share my knowledge to help others.

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