Selenite can be placed in salt (regular table salt, salt crystals, even pink Himalayan salt.
However, you don’t want to put selenite in salt water.
You should 100% avoid putting selenite in salt water.
Let us explain.
Why Can Selenite Go In Salt? (Explained)
Selenite Cannot Go In Water
Selenite is a well known mineral that is abundant on the planet.
It is an easy to stone to obtain, and is frequently an entry level type of stone for people interested in crystals practice.
People learn really quickly that the physical properties of selenite make it difficult to clean and maintain.
Selenite is extremely soft, and is water soluble.
This means that the exterior of selenite will dissolve in water.
Newcomers often damage or destroy their first piece of selenite before realizing that this is the case.
Selenite Cannot Go In Saltwater Either
If putting selenite into water for extended periods of time is bad, then putting selenite in salt water is bad too.
People disagree on whether the dissolved salt slows the dissolution process, or whether it accelerates it.
Salt water has a negative impact even upon stones and minerals that are not water soluble, by assisting water molecules to widen microscopic cracks and fissures in the material that we cannot see with our naked eyes.
Even if saltwater does not make selenite dissolve quicker, it can weaken the material, cause cracking or even cleaving of the material.
If Selenite Cannot Go Into Saltwater, Then How Can Selenite Go In Dry Salt?
Selenite is water soluble.
Without putting selenite into water (or saltwater), the material cannot dissolve.
As for salt, without the water, the dissolved salt cannot get into the piece of selenite to do damage.
Without water, the salt cannot accelerate the dissolution process.
Without water, the salt cannot get into the microscopic fissures to encourage the cracks to widen.
When the salt is dry, the surface of the selenite touches the surface of the salt, but the salt molecules do not act upon the selenite to cause the same problems that occur when water is involved.
Will Dry Salt Damage Selenite?
Dry salt can damage selenite.
However, that damage is usually the result of the relative softness of selenite.
Salt is around the same or just slightly harder on the Moh’s scale than selenite.
If you place smooth and polished selenite on top of a bowl or plate of sharp salt stones/crystals, it is possible that jostling or the materials could cause scratches in the selenite.
If you place a large/heavy piece of selenite on top of salt crystals, it is also possible that the weight of the selenite pressing down onto the salt could damage the selenite in contact with the salt crystals.
Can Selenite Go In Himalayan Salt?
Yes, selenite can go in Himalayan salt, so long as the Himalayan salt is not dissolved in water before you put the selenite in it.
Alternatives To Cleansing Selenite With Salt
If you would like to avoid water, salt, and saltwater entirely, we understand.
Selenite is known as a self-cleansing stone.
Many crystals practitioners don’t worry about trying to cleanse selenite, and do little maintenance with the stone beyond rubbing it clean with a cloth.
But if you feel like you need to try and cleanse your selenite, here are some accepted methods to try:
Set the stone outside in the light of the moon overnight.
Place the stone on top of or even buried in the soil.
Avoid leaving the stone in direct sunlight if it is outside in or on the soil as that can damage the surface.
Place the stone on top of or with living things, like fresh herbs or flowers.
Place the selenite on top of another piece of selenite, or with other cleansing stones such as carnelian or clear quartz.
Other methods include smudging, sound, mediation, breathwork, and visualization.
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