How To Cleanse and Charge Your Crystals - A Beginners Guide

How To Cleanse and Charge Your Crystals - A Beginners Guide

Are you new to crystals and wondering how to cleanse and charge your crystals so you get the most benefit out of it? In this blog, I am covering: when it's really necessary to cleanse your crystals and 7 different methods to cleanse and charge your crystals!

When Is It Necessary To Cleanse My Crystal?

The best way to know is through your own knowingness.

Ask yourself:

  • How does my crystal feel? 
    - If the energy feels dull, empty, or lifeless this is a great sign that it's in need of a cleanse.
  • How many times have I recently used it?
    - Depending on if this crystal is in your home or used to wear throughout your day makes a big difference in the need to cleanse. Crystals that you are using throughout your day will need to be cleansed before the next time you use them versus crystals in your home may only need a monthly cleanse or if you sage your house daily to invite good energy, cleanse your crystals along the way!
  • Did I just purchase it from a store?
    - I personally feel that cleansing your crystals after you purchase it from a store is pretty mandatory. Especially in brick-and-mortar stores where they are constantly being touched and handled by others. By cleansing your crystal when you receive it, you can invite the energy and intention that you desire while clearing out any debris.
  • Did a loved one use it recently?
    - Sharing your crystals with others is a beautiful thing, just be mindful when you go to use those same crystals that you let others use to cleanse and set your intentions with it.

In my personal life, I cleanse my crystals as often as it feels necessary based on how the crystals energy feels to touch. If I am working with the crystal through a deep healing or releasing, this typically causes the crystal to get really hot and I will cleanse it either immediately or before next use. Also, anytime a new crystal arrives, I make sure to give it a deep cleanse with intention to invite the energy that I desire.

A good rule of thumb: When in doubt, cleanse that negativity out!

How Do I Cleanse and Charge My Crystal?

There are several ways you can go about cleansing and charging your crystals. I personally use them all depending on what I feel is most convenient or necessary. Sunlight is my favorite, although not always safe for the crystal (See my book, The Ultimate Guide to Crystals to reference each crystals safety precautions). Below are 7 different ways to cleanse and charge your crystals.

1. Sunlight

Sunlight is bringing direct intense energy to cleanse or charge your crystal.
Recommended Time: 1-2 hours
All crystals are safe for 5-10 minutes, but not all are safe for prolonged sun exposure as the crystal can be damaged, color may be changed, and it can be even hazardous to cause a fire.

In my book, The Ultimate Guide to Crystals, I cover 100 crystals and their safety precautions.

2. Moonlight

The full moon isn't the only time that you can charge your crystals. Each phase of the moon has different intentions and based on your desires, you may want to choose a specific moon phase to cleanse and charge your crystal with intention.

Moon Phases & Their Intentions: 

  • New Moon: New Beginnings & New Opportunities
  • Waxing Crescent: Planning & Preparing
  • First Quarter: Determination & Commitment
  • Waxing Gibbous: Taking Action & Moving Forward
  • Full Moon: Manifestations, Transformation, & Abundance
  • Waning Gibbous: Letting Go & Reflection
  • Last Quarter: Compassion, Release, & Enjoying Accomplishments
  • Waning Crescent: Rest & Stillness

A beautiful thing about the moon and its intention is the being in flow with life. We aren't meant to be in one "phase" of our life. We go through all phases in flow. Each phase is a beautiful part of our human journey. I have found honoring these phases allows you to enjoy each and every moment of life for what it is.

For Cleansing and Charging: Place your crystal out in the direct moonlight overnight. If you live in a place where you cannot place it directly in the moonlight outside, on your windowsill is a great options as well.

3. Water

Place your crystal in a bowl from a natural body of water such as a lake or distilled water from your fridge.
Recommended Time: 1-5 minutes
Leave them out to air dry.
*Not all crystals are safe in water, make sure to double check before placing in water as your crystal may crack, dissolve, or even expose you to toxic chemicals.

In my book, The Ultimate Guide to Crystals, I cover 100 crystals and their safety precautions.

4. Sound Vibration

Chakra Crystal Sound Bowls!

Sound waves pass through the crystal and release any dense energy stored within it.
Recommended Time: A Couple of Minutes
Place your crystal next to a sound vibrational instrument such as: a sound bowl, tuning fork, gong, or crystal pyramid and play your instrument for a couple of minutes until you feel the energy has been cleared and ready for you to set new intentions and energy with it.

We have Crystal Sound Bowls and Tibetan Sound Bowls on our shop!

5. Selenite or Clear Quartz

Place your crystal on a selenite or clear quartz (typically a plate or bowl shape for easiest convenience) to cleanse and charge your crystal. This method is perfect for days you just want to set it, forget it, and come back to it when it's time.
Recommended Time: 4-6 hours

All of our selenite and clear quartz options are available at the end of this blog.

6. Energetic Intentional Breath

If you are familiar and have practice in Reiki, this is a great option to use for intentionally clearing out the energy or you can use visualization. To do so, place the crystal in your hand. Imagine your hand filling up with pure bright light and expanding that light into the crystal. As you breathe out, visually see any dense energy releasing from the crystal. Continue this until you energetically feel the release from the crystal.

7. Sage, Palo Santo, or Incense

Sage is an ancient practice that can remove negative ions from the air or crystal and can clear unwanted bacteria in the air of your home. You can choose to use sage, palo santo, or incense to cleanse the energy of your crystal. Light the sage, palo santo, or incense and allow the smoke to pass through the crystal.
Recommended Time: 30 seconds- A Few Minutes

After you have cleansed and charged your crystal, set a new intention with your crystal for the day and enjoy the good vibes!

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