Can Carnelian Go In Salt? (Dry Salt, Saltwater, Himalayan Salt)

If you want to take perfect care of your beautiful carnelian, it is important to know how to cleanse and recharge the stone. Though using salt is a popular cleansing method for crystals, it isn’t always the safest one.

Carnelian can go in salt, but avoid saltwater. The latter will cause your stone to become brittle and break. Other ways to cleanse the stone are by using selenite, sound, or a smoke cleansing.

If you want to know more about why carnelian is safe in dry salt, but not saltwater, and how you can cleanse and charge your stone with and without salt, keep reading! At the bottom of this page, you’ll find a quick overview of carnelian’s properties.

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Also Read: Can Carnelian Go In Water?

Can Carnelian Go In Salt? (Explained)

Carnelian should be just fine when placed on top of some salt.
The reason for this is that salt is a 2.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness, which means it has about the same hardness a fingernail. On the other hand, carnelian is a 7. On the Mohs scale, stones with lower numbers can be scratched by stones with higher numbers. In our example, salt is too soft to damage the surface of your carnelian.

Still, do not leave your carnelian in salt for a long time. Though it won’t damage the surface, the salt can get into the miniscule cracks and cause cracks and breakage from the inside out. The longer you leave it, the more damage the salt can do. It is fine to leave for a few hours, but never more than 7.

If your carnelian does end up with some signs of use, don’t worry. Scratches or even breakage does not affect the stone’s vibrations. It will continue to work for you just the same as it did when it was new!

If you want to know more about how to ensure your stone is safe when cleansing it with salt, and learn more about the other ways to cleanse carnelian, continue reading.

Can Carnelian Go In Himalayan Salt?

Carnelian can go in Himalayan salt.
As mentioned in “Can carnelian go in salt?”, it is hard enough to prevent damage.

Also Read: What Chakra Is Carnelian?

Can Carnelian Go In Saltwater?

Carnelian cannot go in saltwater.

Both salt and water are just fine when used separately.
Generally, any stone with a hardness of 7 or above is water safe. Carnelian is a 7, so it won’t be damaged by a rinse.
Besides, salt is not going to directly damage your stone either. The only risk you run is that too much salt gets into the miniscule cracks of your stone and cause breakage
This is exactly the reason why saltwater does cause problems: salt that is dissolved in water can get into the cracks of your stone easier. When the water evaporates, the salt is left behind and will cause damage from the inside out.

For this same reason no raw stone, carnelian or otherwise, should ever be cleansed using salt water. Raw stones have more cracks where damage can be done.

Additionally, any crystal that is left to soak in water for extended periods of time will lose its shine. This won’t affect it’s vibrations, so you can just use it the same. It just won’t be as pretty.

How To Cleanse Carnelian Using Salt

To cleanse your carnelian there are a few steps, as well as precautions, you need to keep in mind. Below, I’ll tell you the steps to take when using dry salt, as saltwater is only going to damage the stone.

  1. Fill a bowl (not metal!) with a 0.5-2 inches of salt. Place your carnelian on the salt. I recommend not burying it, as the more of your crystal is exposed to the salt, to more damage it can do. Just make sure that the stone makes full contact with the salt.
  2. Leave the stone on the salt for 1-7 hours.  I like to keep it overnight, but never exceed the 7 hour limit. If you cleanse your carnelian regularly, 2 hours might be enough. Just pick it up and check in with the energy.
  3. Rinse the stone under running water for a few seconds to remove the leftover salt and gently dry it.
  4. Charge your stone. It is now free of negative energies and has plenty of space to be filled with positive ones! If you want to know how, I recommend reading this article that I wrote: “Can Carnelian Be In The Sun?”.

Make sure you always throw away the salt after using it. It has absorbed all the negative energy from your carnelian, and you really don’t want to put that in your body.

When you’re cleansing a piece of jewelry with carnelian in it, ensure the clasp is closed an preferably wrapped in a soft cloth. You really don’t want salt getting into the clasp and causing damage there.

How To Cleanse And Charge Carnelian Without Salt

As we now know, you have to be very careful when using salt to cleanse your carnelian. For that reason, I choose to avoid this method. Besides, there are many safe ways to cleanse your carnelian without salt. Examples are smoke cleansing or sound.

Smoke Cleansing

To smoke cleanse, light your herbs of choice, and blow out the flame. Set an intention for your stone and waft the smoke over it. Make sure the stone does not touch the herbs or else it will leave a black mark.

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.


You could also use sound to cleanse your stones, by using singing bowls, tuning forks or a simple YouTube video. I like this method, as it not only cleanse your stones, but also recharges them.

To use this method, set an intention for your stones and make sure to think positive thoughts. If this is difficult, just repeat your intention over and over. When you feel ready, play the sound. Stones are cleansed and recharged when you feel like they are. Check in with the energy!


Lastly, you can use selenite. Selenite is also a crystal, known for its ability to transmute negative into positive energies. It is a perfect stone for when you’re feeling down, and will make you feel much lighter.
Selenite will do the same for your carnelian. Just place the orange stone on a selenite slab and leave it for a few hours. When you come back, your carnelian will be cleansed, charged and ready for use!

If you want to know exactly how to charge using these methods, as well as some others, I recommend reading another article that I wrote: “Can Carnelian Be In The Sun?” If you scroll down to the bottom of that page, you’ll find all the information there.

Carnelian Overview

Chakra: Sacral
Element: Fire
Zodiac: Leo | Cancer
Benefits: Grounding | Sexual Energy | Creativity | Energy Boost | Self Esteem

If you’re feeling a bit lethargic or need a pick-me-up, this orange-colored stone is your savior! It is filled with fire-y energy and is happy to share some of that with you. Meditation with this stone can help you raise your self-esteem, (sexual) energy and boost creativity. As it is associated with the sacral chakra, this stone can also help us feel more grounded in the world.

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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