How to Cleanse and Charge Your Crystals

Crystals are said to hold powerful, healing energy which you can use to help ease worries, bring luck, stimulate chakras, enhance your intuition and so much more.

Crystals and stones have long been used in healing and magical rituals because of their ability to connect with these natural energies in an extremely pure level. Each crystal holds its own unique pattern which mimics those found in our body and in nature.

The biggest power crystals have is inspiring positive energy and emotions which is proven to help with overall better health and outlook. The true "magic' is to use the energy from the crystals to inspire positive emotions within you! It is those positive emotions that will evoke real change in your physical life!

When and Why Should You Cleanse Your Crystals?

Just like any tool, crystals are said to pick up energy. They are like a battery, and when an intention is placed in a crystal it starts to drain its battery as it works to manifest your goal. When you cleanse your crystals, it strips away any outside energy that the crystal may have passed through. It also gives you an opportunity to attune your crystal to your own energy and needs.

You should first cleanse your crystals upon receiving a new one, or after each use if you used it for a specific goal or intention.

Let’s Start!

Using crystals for their positive energy is a natural and valuable tool. It all starts with your intention.

Hold your desired crystal in both hands, quiet your mind and offer your intention to the crystal such as- “I wish to use this crystal to help me……”

Then choose a Charging and Cleansing Method!

1. Smoke Clearing
This is probably the most common way of cleansing crystals. Smoke clearing refers to the powerful cleansing technique from the Native American tradition; however, the burning of herbs for emotional, psychic, and spiritual purification is a common practice among many religious, healing and spiritual traditions. With smoke clearing you can cleanse any external energy from a place, person or thing. The most common herb to carry out this process is Sage. Keep in mind every herb has a metaphysical purpose so if you do your research you can create a special blend of herbs to burn specific to your intention. Although, when in doubt - Sage out!

Simply light the Sage (or whatever herbs you have chosen) after stating your intention, slowly waft the smoke on yourself and your desired crystals. This cleans them and recharges their energies.

2. Salt
This is a very handy method of cleansing! For centuries salt has been used for protection from evil. It has powerful cleansing energy and works to dispel negativity in many magical and traditional rituals.

To cleanse your crystals in salt, place your desired crystals in a bowl or dish and pour salt over top of them and leave them overnight. In the morning remove your crystals from the salt and throw the used salt out the door for the wind to disperse the energies it picked up from the crystals.

3. The Full Moon
This method requires a bit of planning, but it is one of my preferred methods because of the volume of crystals I can cleanse. The Full Moon brings releasing and cleansing energy. A match made in Heaven for crystal cleansing!

When it is a full moon, place your crystals in a dish outside to soak up the moonlight overnight. The moon cleanses and creates a powerful natural healing energy inside your crystals. If the weather is iffy outside, or you don’t like the idea of leaving your most prized crystals outside all night, you can place the dish in a windowsill where you feel it will get moonlight to achieve the same goal!

4. Selenite
Selenite crystals are perfect for all types of energy cleansing. It is one of the very few minerals that has the ability to quickly unblock stagnant energy and remove negative energy. The special thing about Selenite is that it does not require cleansing itself. 

If you receive a Selenite crystal, you can place it touching the desired crystals for cleansing and leave it over night. Easy-peasy! I usually keep a large piece of Selenite in any container or dish I keep my crystals in when they are not in use. I also place small pieces in with my Tarot or Oracle decks to keep their energy nice and fresh!

5. Mother Earth

Gemstones & Crystals come from the earth, so placing them directly into the earth will naturally cleanse all negative energies and re-energize them. I suggest you leave them for approximately 24 hours.

6. Running Water
Holding your gemstones under clear, purified water will cleanse and recharge them. Do not use ordinary tap water. Some stones should not be immersed in water, so if you are unsure about your stones, use a different cleansing method.

7. Rice
You can place your stones in a bowl of brown rice. Make sure you dispose of the rice afterwards

8. Intention and Visualization
Meditation is a powerful tool. Sit down with the crystal you have chosen to cleanse and charge, then close your eyes. Put on music, light candles, anything to help you relax and get into the cleansing zone.

When you are sitting with your crystal visualize a white glowing light radiating from your crystals and hands…forcing out any negative energies. Sit with this visualization for a few moments. Once you feel your crystal has been cleansed, start to visualize a soft golden light flowing from your hands and into your crystal symbolizing the intention that you are placing in your crystal. Once you feel this has been achieved, slowly open your eyes.

When Crystals are charged and programed, they are fantastic tools to manifest our goals. You can use them individually to gain their benefits or you can place them together with other complimenting crystals. I recommend carrying them on your person or placing them in the room that you spend the most time in, or space that you feel they would do the most good.