How to care for mala prayer beads
Malas serve as a constant reminder of your truth, your intentions, and the divinity within you, holding great significance in your daily life and rituals. Choosing your mala is a deeply personal act, and activating your mala also imbues your intensions into the beads.
How to cleanse your mala beads
Mala beads are known to absorb and store energy – a big reason why we promote positive thinking and positive energy.
Because of how easily these beads absorb the energies of not only you, but also your surroundings, on occasion, you may need to cleanse your mala to reset or recalibrate.
3 different ways to cleanse your mala
- Laying the mala out under a full moon to provide it with a natural recharge
- Burning sage or palo santo near your mala to release energies that do not serve
- Placing your mala in a Tibetan singing bowl or tingsha bell to purify your mala through sound vibration
Malas are extremely personal pieces. They absorb our energies over time, and as a result, become more powerful the longer we wear them.
We don’t advise lending your mala to anyone else, no matter how close to you they may be. If you have someone else wear your or use your mala beads, it’s best to cleanse them to reset the energies before wearing again.
How to clean mala beads
It is natural for your mala to show signs of wear if it is well loved. Your mala beads will darken over time – this means they’re doing their job in absorbing and storing energy!
However, if you’re finding your jewellery is a little dirty from general wear, you can gently rinse it under warm water, but only when absolutely necessary.
To keep your mala’s tassel fresh and tidy, you may want to wash it and gently comb the strands while it is slightly damp. If needed, you can trim any stray strands at the end of the tassel. It is recommended to do this while the tassel is still damp, and leaving it out to dry overnight.
What to do with broken malas
As you wear your mala, it is natural that your string may wear down and, eventually, break. If your mala breaks, it symbolizes that you’ve outgrown the intention associated with that piece.
This is a fantastic opportunity to set new intentions. Decide what you want to manifest, and choose one of our beautiful, hand-crafted malas to help you along your journey. You can take this time to reflect on your mantra and perhaps choose a new one.