How to cleanse crystals is something I get asked all the time. Many of us know that crystals are a wonderful inclusion to our spiritual well-being practices. The stones hold our intentions, offer an energy boost and are great for energy healing. However, it is essential to understand the materials and how to cleanse crystals properly:

What does cleansing crystals mean?

Cleansing a crystal refers to the practice of clearing away any stagnant energy that may have accumulated within the crystal. Crystals have the ability to absorb energy from their surroundings, including both helpful and unhelpful energies. (Notice I don’t like the term ‘negative’ energy, as energy isn’t good or bad, but rather whether it can aid us in our goals and intentions.) Over time, these energies can build up and potentially interfere with the crystal’s effectiveness in various practices such as healing, meditation, or energy work.

What happens if I don’t cleanse a crystal?

There are three main issues you don’t cleanse a crystal:

  1. Diminished Effectiveness: Without regular cleansing, a crystal may become saturated with energy and lose its effectiveness. It may not be able to absorb or transmit energy as efficiently as it could when it is cleansed.
  2. Interference with Intentions: If you’re using a crystal for manifestation or energy work, the presence of residual energy from previous interactions may interfere with your current intentions. The crystal may still hold onto the energy of past users or environments, diluting your own intentions.

  3. Blocked Energy Flow: Just as energy can become stagnant within a crystal, it can also block the energy flow around you. This can potentially affect your overall well-being and ability to connect with the crystal’s energy.

How often should I cleanse my crystals?

The short answer is, it depends. If you use your crystals regularly on others, you’ll want to cleanse them more often than if you only use them on yourself. I don’t like other people handling my crystals without my permission, so I purify them after exposure to a busy environment.

One thing that never changes is you need to cleanse newly acquired crystals. This is because you don’t know in what environment they were stored, and you need to align them with your intention and purposes.

If you’re wearing crystal jewellery, I would suggest cleansing them daily.

Tibetan Bowl

How to cleanse a crystal for the first time:

Cleansing is not a physical process – but rather a ritualistic one. The most important thing to remember is that it is the intention that cleanses crystals. Below are methods to focus on this intention. As ever, follow your intuition and experiment with the technique that resonates most with you:

1. Using the Breath: This is the most versatile and portable method. Take your crystal in your healing hand (your non-dominant hand) and blow on the stones three times. Each time you say aloud or internally – “I cleanse this crystal in the name of X [what you believe in or pray to e.g., God/Goddess/Universe]”

2. Light: Take the crystal in the palm of your hand and imagine white light emanating from your hands, clearing the crystal’s energy, or use Reiki energy if you are attuned. Better still; you can place the crystal inside an upturned glass and cup your hands around it so that you are not touching the stone. Stop when the moment feels right (after approximately 5 minutes).

“Please send any negative energy back to Source, where it can be transmuted back into its highest potential for all beings and Mother Earth”

3. Air: Immerse your crystals in the smoke of our No.2 Space Clearing Incense, sage or Pola Santo until they seem to come back to life. Also, this method is the best option for larger crystals. Use a feather or your hand to waft the smoke around the stone. Allow around 5 minutes for smoke cleansing. Want to know how to cleanse a crystal by smudging? It is important to note that smudging alone does not cleanse the crystal. Instead, the smudge stick acts as a sponge for the negative energy and subsequently needs to be sent away with intention. To do this, say aloud, “Please send any negative energy back to Source, where it can be transmuted back into its highest potential for all beings and Mother Earth.”

Smudge Stick

4. Cleansing Crystals with Water: This is one of my favourite methods. First, fill a bowl with water and add a few drops of Bach’s Flower Remedy. Then, steep your crystal in this solution for a minimum of five minutes. What’s best is that you can bundle the crystal groups in the same bowl, i.e., you can place all of your clear quartz stones in the water and cleanse them together. N.B: You cannot put every type of crystal in water. For example, selenite cracks over time if exposed to moisture.

5. Using the Earth to Cleanse Crystals: Amazing for grounding and protective stones – put them back into nature or dig them into the soil. However, be sure to tie a string around your crystal, or alternatively in a flower pot, otherwise, it might get lost; they tend to sink into the soil! Do this is dry weather and from one new moon to the next new moon, although a week will still work wonders.

6. Sound baths and crystals: By far the easiest method, but often the most infrequent, take your crystals with you to a sound bath. Whether it’s a gong bath or crystal bowl sound bath, it doesn’t matter, as the instruments’ frequency realigns the stone’s optimal vibration.

How Do I Charge a Crystal?

Firstly, crystals are not like batteries; they do not run out of charge.

Another thing to clarify, as many people get this wrong, is moonlight and sunlight do not cleanse crystals but instead imbues the energy of the moon or sun into them.

Not all crystals, such as amethyst, like direct sunlight, so do not leave them on the windowsill, as it will bleach their colour.

Finally, if you have crystals in your house that you haven’t programmed for a task, I would suggest attuning them to send out love and harmony to either a situation, relationship, your home, or out into the world. Remember, crystals are powerful things, not decorations.

Let me know in the comments below how you cleanse your crystals and don’t forget to check out our shop to find the perfect crystal for you.