How to Cleanse and Charge Your Crystals

Crystals are not only beautiful to look at, they emit certain energy frequencies to amplify how you want to feel, think and attract or eliminate certain energies around you. They are experienced as energy transmitters. Crystals not only transmit certain energy frequencies they absorb the energy of the holder. This is the reason it is important to cleanse your crystals once you purchase them and regularly. We will cover below different ways to cleanse and charge your crystals.

Different Ways to Cleanse Your Crystals

1. Submerge your Crystal in Water

Only some crystals can be submerged in water for cleansing negative energies. Listed below are crystals that can be cleansed in water without being damaged by the water.

Water Safe Crystals:

Smokey Quartz
Black Obsidian (FYI: can break in EXTREME cold or hot water temperatures)
Rutilated Quartz
Clear Quartz
Carnelian (though NOT safe in salt water)
Rose Quartz
Tiger's Eye

*The type of crystals that are safe in water are polished tumbled forms of crystals.

Water Unsafe Crystals:

Fluorite (especially SALT water)
Tangerine Quartz
Opal (although Australian Boulder Opal is generally safe, because it not porous)

2. Cleanse Your Crystals Under the Sunlight

It is a good practice to place your crystals outside also for charging your crystals. You can capture the certain energy frequencies of the moon cycles if you want to capture the energy of a super moon for example. You can also place your crystals outside at any time to cleanse and recharge outside.
Put your crystal(s) outside before it gets dark and put them inside your home before 11 a.m. This will cleanse and charge your crystals in the light of both the moon and sun.

Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight may ruin the crystals surface, so make sure you bring them indoors in the morning. Also, you can put your crystals directly on the earth to cleanse them.

Approximate duration: 10 to 12 hours
Use this for: most tumbled stones.
Don’t use this for: vibrant stones, such as amethyst, in sunlight; soft stones, such as celestite, halite, and selenite, that may be damaged by inclement weather.

3. Cleanse Your Crystals with Sage

Sage is a sacred plant it is most commonly used to burn as incense (called, smudging) to clear negative energy. Smudging your stone will remove negative energy from your crystals.

To cleanse your crystals with sage use:

• a bowl
• a lighter or matches
• bundled sage

It is great to smudge outdoors to release the negative energy from the crystals. If you want to smudge your crystals indoors you can open a window so you can release the negative energy.

Light the tip of the sage with the flame from your lighter or match. Hold your sage bundle stick and hold your crystal with your other hand and move it through the smoke from the burning sage. Do this for at least 30 seconds per crystal.

Approximate duration: about 30 to 60 seconds for each crystal.

Use this for: any stone.

4. Visualize Cleansing.

Visualization is the practice of using your imagination to manifest into reality. Hold your crystal in your hands, close your eyes, and visualize a bright white light cleansing your crystal(s).

5. Sound

You can use the vibration of sound to cleanse your crystals. You can chant over your crystals, use singing bowls, a bell or tuning fork. If you have a large collection of crystals, using sound vibration is convenient to use.

Approximate duration: 5 to 10 minutes

Use this for: any stone.

How to Program Your Crystal

Set an intention for your crystal, this will further connect your energy with the crystal’s energy and focus the energy on a specific purpose/goal.
Ways to Channel the Energy of Your Crystal
Hold your crystal in your hand as you meditate or placing it on your third eye. You can also lay flat on your back on your yoga mat and allow the stone to rest on the corresponding chakra or the area of body that you want to heal.

Visualize the crystal’s energy connecting with your own energy. Speak to your crystal — silently or verbally — and ask for guidance when working with your crystals.

Before you meditate, thank your crystal for offering healing, clarity and its energy to achieve your goals.


For self love meditations or compassion for others meditation, hold a rose quartz crystal. Rose quartz is the love crystal. For meditations seeking clarity, hold an amethyst crystal. Amethyst crystal increases your intuition.

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