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

An essential stone in any crystal collection, selenite benefits everyone. Its high vibrations fill everything that it touches with happiness. If you want to take perfect care of your selenite, you need to know how to. Today we’ll have a look at whether selenite can go in salt, the precautions to take, as well as other ways to charge and cleanse your stone.

Selenite cannot go in salt including saltwater, as this can cause scratches or break the stone. Selenite only has a 2 on the Mohs scale of hardness, meaning it is a very soft stone that is easily damaged. Safe ways to cleanse your selenite are by smoke cleansing, sound or brown rice.

If you’re looking for a more comprehensive explanation continue reading! At the bottom of this page, you’ll find a quick overview of this stones element, chakra, zodiac and more.

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Also Read: What Chakra Is Selenite?

Can Selenite Go In Salt? (Explained)

Technically, selenite can go in salt. It will cleanse the stone, but may cause damage. This is why I personally avoid using it.

Salt is a 2.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness, which means it has about the same hardness a fingernail. Selenite however, is a 2. On this scale, stones with lower numbers can be scratched by stones with higher numbers.
For example: quartz is a 7, whereas copper is 3. As a result, if you rub both stones against each other, copper will be the one left with the marks.

As a general rule, the lower the number the softer and more easily damaged the stone is. Salt is naturally abrasive and corrosive and is very likely to damage your soft selenite.  

Luckily, scratches on your stone do not affect its vibrations. No matter how battered and bruised you selenite is, it will work just the same. Thus, if you feel salt is the easiest way to cleanse your selenite and you do not mind some dents and/or scratches, salt does the job!

If you do choose to cleanse your selenite using salt, be careful when you want to clean the salt from you stone afterwards. Do not rinse it under water, as this will cause your selenite stone to break. Your best bet is to use a soft cloth and gently wipe it off. Again, be aware that this can cause scratches.

If you want to know more about how to protect your stone when cleansing with salt, and learn more about the other ways to cleanse your stone, make sure to continue reading.

Can Selenite Go In Himalayan Salt?

Selenite cannot go in Himalayan salt.
As mentioned in “Can selenite go in salt?”, salt can influence the integrity of your stone.

Can Selenite Go In Saltwater?

Absolutely not. As a general rule, stones with a score lower than 5 (or that end in -ite) should avoid water. Selenite fits both of these categories and is therefore extremely sensitive to water. Leave it to soak for a while and your stone will dissolve. For this same reason, I would also avoid swimming with your selenite jewelry. Even worse – never swim in the ocean with you selenite jewelry.

A little tip for stones that won’t dissolve in water: 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.

Besides, if you have any raw crystals, these should never be cleansed in salt water. Raw crystals have more miniscule cracks that the salt can get into, leaving it more vulnerable.

Do You Need To Cleanse and Charge Selenite?

Apart from removing negative energies by cleansing, we also need to charge our stones, to fill them with positive energy. However, selenite is an interesting stone. This crystal has the ability to transmute negative vibrations and turn them into positive ones. For this same reason selenite is often used to charge and cleanse other stones – it sucks out the low vibrations and fills them with positive ones instead.

As it is such a high vibrational stone ,some would argue selenite does not need to be cleansed. After all, not holding on to low vibrations is in its nature, as opposed to for example black tourmaline.

However, personally I still choose the cleanse and charge my selenite. I feel the crystal deserves as much TLC as any other crystal and I believe it is beneficial to sit with the stone once a month to align energies and set intentions.

How To Cleanse Selenite Using Salt

To cleanse your selenite there are a few steps, as well as precautions, you need to keep in mind.

The steps are as follows:

  1. Fill a bowl (not metal!) with a layer of salt. Between half and 2 inches should be plenty.
  2. Place your selenite (or any other crystals that are safe in salt) on the salt. Don’t bury it, this will keep scratching to a minimum.
  3. Leave the crystals for 2-7 hours, never more than 8. The length depends on how energetically heavy it feels. Pick it up every once in a while and see how it makes you feel.
  4. When you feel the stone is ready, use a soft cloth to gently wipe the salt off.    
  5. Throw away the salt. This has now absorbed all the low vibrations and you really don’t want to sprinkle negative energy all over your food.
  6. Charge your stone. If you want to know how, I recommend you read this article I wrote:  “Can Selenite Go In Sun?”

Lastly, some things to keep in mind whilst cleansing your selenite

It is perfectly safe to cleanse more than one crystal in the same bowl. In fact, I’d highly recommend it, or else you’ll have to keep several bowls of salt, or switch it out after a few hours.
If you do, make sure each stone has their own space in the bowl and don’t touch each other. Give them room to cleanse themselves. Every stone needs to make full contact with the salt.

When you’re cleansing a piece of jewelry with selenite 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 & Charge Selenite Without Salt

There are many safe ways to cleanse your selenite, or other stones for that matter, without salt.

To cleanse I recommend the following:

  • Sound, using singing bowls, tuning forks or a simple YouTube video.
  • Smoke cleansing, using herbs
  • Brown rice, by submerging it into a bowl of rice.

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.

To charge you also have several options:

  • Sound (you can use it to cleanse and charge your stones!), by using singing bowls, tuning forks or YouTube videos.
  • Moonlight, by leaving it outside in the full moon light for about 7 hours. Be careful of rain!

If you want to know exactly how to cleanse and charge using these methods, I recommend reading another article that I wrote: “Can Selenite Go In Sun?”. If you scroll down to the bottom of that page, you’ll find all the information there.

Selenite Overview

Chakra: Crown
Element: Air
Zodiac: Taurus
Benefits: Serenity | Purifying | Peace

Selenite is one of the most powerful stones and is often described as liquid light. Use this stone whenever you need some more high vibrations in your life, for example when dealing with anger, resentment, or sadness. It also opens the crown chakra, helping you to connect with spirit guides and the universe.

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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