What are cleansing and charging and why are they necessary?


Cleansing a crystal is basically energetic washing. Charging is what you might think (for example charging a battery).


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Let’s begin by discussing cleansing. You will need to cleanse your crystal friend of previous energy or experiences it may have encountered. This applies to crystals you have been working with as well as crystals new to your home. Crystals are empathic by nature, and pick up energies in their environment even if you aren't actively working with them. If the vibrations in the environment are low, the vibrations of the crystal will get all wicky-wacky. Sometimes the crystal will feel “full” or “sticky” energetically. You will need to cleanse your crystal friend of any possible negativity absorbed on your behalf. 


When would you need to cleanse a crystal?



  • When it first arrives in your home
  • After using it for healing or intense energy work
  • After a particularly negative experience


Even if you aren't actively working with your crystal, you can be assured it is working with you. Because of this is also wise to cleanse your crystal at least monthly.


There are as many ways to cleanse a crystal as there are people to cleanse them. Here are a few suggestions you might want to try:


1.) Hold your crystal under running water. Visualize it cleansing, being open, receptive and energetically “clean”.

CAUTION: if you choose this method, be CERTAIN that you match the temperature of the crystal to the temperature of the water. For example, if your crystal is cold, use cold water. If it is warm, use warm water. The best way to do this is to hold your crystal in one hand and run the water over the other and adjust the heat until the temperatures are roughly equal. This isn’t rocket science, I don’t mean to the exact degree, but if you “shock” your crystal by placing it in a temperature very different from itself, you can shatter the inside or even break it (for instance dropping a cold crystal into a very hot bath or a hot crystal into a cold bath). I am told that they don’t like it physically and they also don’t like it energetically. It is jarring and it also indicates to them that you aren’t being mindful while you are cleansing. Testing the temperature causes you to be fully present in the NOW.

Once you have the temperature adjusted, hold your crystal under the running water and while visualizing the cleansing, thank it for the work it has been doing on your behalf. If you have access to a clear running stream this works nicely as well. (Secure your crystal in a sock or nylon hose so it doesn’t swim downstream!!)


2.) You may use dry salt to cleanse your crystal. I’ve been told by the Crystal People that salt water is too harsh. It has to do with the ions of sodium chloride in solution. So if salt is your cleansing method of preference, “soak” your crystal in DRY sea salt. Nestle your dry crystal in a bed of dry sea salt (or other salt). Stir the salt around with your finger periodically as you bury the crystal and visualize it being restfully cleansed. If you like, add your favorite herb. Perhaps sage, lavender or sweet grass. Again, thank your crystal for the work it has done. After a nap in the salt, you will want to brush any remaining salt away.


3.) You may use incense, sage or smoke to cleanse your crystal. Simply hold or pass your crystal over (through) the smoke and visualize it being cleansed and refreshed.


If your crystal is large or if you have too many to possibly cleanse them each individually, it is fine to leave them where they sit and use sage, smoke or energy (such as Reiki) to cleanse your crystal as a group. The only ESSENTIAL ingredients for cleansing are:


  • that you are fully present with them in the NOW at the time of cleansing and
  • express your gratitude for their hard work.


If your crystal is new to your home, you might want to meditate with your new friend or carry it around with you so it will pick up your vibrations and become acclimated to you (and you to it).


b2ap3_thumbnail_charge.gifCHARGING YOUR CRYSTAL


Now let’s briefly talk about charging. I am assuming most of us reading this are well-versed in the world of charging. In the event that some are not, I’ll continue. Charging is similar to charging the crystals’ “battery”. Crystals like to be charged in the moonlight. Compare it to giving it a vacation from work to rest and rejuvenate. It is also to "charge" them with the energies of the moon, (more on this later).


Charging is an individualized as cleansing. There is no “one right way”. (In my opinion there is no “one right way” for ANYTHING.) I will give you some examples to try if you don’t already have a favorite of your own. Adapt these to fit your preference!




You may want to charge your crystal in the energies of the full moon or the new moon. Choosing which phase of the moon will become more important with crystals which you are programming. We’ll discuss moon energies in regards to programming in a later post. However for the purpose of charging in general, full moon energy is preferred. As you know, at this time the lunar energies are at their fullest (no pun intended!).


If you are like me, you may have far too many crystals to carry them all outside. What to do then!? It’s not a problem. Use the two essential ingredients from the cleansing example and apply it to charging, and do it en masse.


  • Be fully present in the NOW and request that the moonlight penetrate and reach your crystals right where they are. 
  • Be grateful and thankful to your crystals and intend that the moonlight is recharging them energetically.


Charging is pretty simple. Add crystal plus the moon and viola! Charged!


Next time we’ll talk about how to know which crystal to choose and how to clear in preparation for programming.


If you have any questions about cleansing or charging, feel free to comment below. If you have other topics you’d like me to cover, let me know. I’ll write a full post on the subject another time.

Until next time, cleanse and charge your crystals. They will thank you for it!