Learn how to cleanse and recharge your crystals with our guide.

How To Cleanse & Recharge Your Crystals

Crystals need to be cleansed and recharged from time to time. Especially crystals used for their healing properties. Learn how to properly cleanse and recharge your crystals. 

Fresh Running Water - Place your crystal under running water for approximately one minute per stone. Whatever your water source, ensure that your stone is completely submerged, it is recommended to use filtered water when possible. Be sure to dry your crystal completed once  when complete. This method should be used for hard crystals such as Quartz. It is not recommended for crystals that are soft or brittle, such as; Selenite, Kyanite and Halite.

Salt Water - If you have access to the ocean, you can collect some fresh ocean water. You will need to make sure your container is large enough to fit the stones you are wanting to cleanse & recharge. You can also mimic an ocean water cleansing at home by mixing one tablespoon of your preferred salt like Sea or Himalayan salt in a bowl of water. Make sure that your crystal is completely submerged, and allow it to soak up to 48 hours. After 48 hours completely rinse and pat your crystals dry. This method should be used for hard crystals such as Quartz and Amethyst. It is not recommended for crystals that are soft porous, or contain trace metals such as; Angelite, Malachite, Lepidolite, Selenite, Halite and Calcite.  

Natural light - Set your stone out before nightfall and plan to bring it in before 11 a.m. This will allow your stone to bathe in the light of both the moon and sun. Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight may weather the stone’s surface, so make sure you return for it in the morning.

If you’re able to, place your stone directly on the earth. This will allow for further cleansing. Wherever they are, ensure they won’t be disturbed by wildlife or passersby. Afterward, give the stone a quick rinse to remove any dirt and debris. Pat dry. 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 Celeste, Halite, and Selenite, that may be damaged by inclement weather 

Sage - Smudging your stone is said to clear inharmonious vibrations and restore its natural energy.

You’ll need:

  • fire safe bowl
  • lighter or matches
  • loose or bundled sage

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If you’re unable to smudge outdoors, make sure you’re near an open window. This will allow the smoke and negative energy to disperse. When you’re ready, ignite the tip of the sage with the flame. Allow the smoke to envelop the stone for about 30 seconds. If it’s been a while since your last cleansing, or you feel the stone is holding onto a lot, consider smudging for an additional 30 seconds. Approximate duration: about 30 to 60 seconds per stone. Use this for: any stone

Sound - Sound healing allows a single pitch or tone to wash over an area, bringing it into the same vibration as the tone. This can be accomplished using chanting, singing bowls, a tuning fork, or even a nice bell. It doesn’t matter what key the sound is, so long as the sound emitted is loud enough for the vibration to fully encompass the stone. This method is ideal for collectors who have a large volume of crystals not easily inventoried or moved. Approximate duration: 5 to 10 minutes. Use this for: any stone  

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Using a larger stone - Large quartz clusters, amethyst geodes, and selenite slabs can be great tools for clearing smaller stones. Place your stone directly inside or on top of any of these stones. It’s thought that the larger stone’s vibrations remove the inharmonious energies found in the resting stone. Approximate duration: 24 hours. Use this for: any stone

Using smaller stones - Carnelian, clear quartz, and hematite are also said to have an overall clearing effect. Because these stones are typically smaller, you may need to have more than one on hand to successfully clear other stones. Place the clearing stones into a small bowl, and set the stone you want to restore on top. Approximate duration: 24 hours. Use this for: any stone 

Visualization - Although this is considered the safest way to clear stones, it can be intimidating for some. The more in tune you are with your sense of self, the easier it may be to redirect your energy to the stone you want to restore. Take a few minutes to ground and center your energy, then pick up your stone and visualize your hands filling with white, radiant light. See this light surround the stone and feel it growing brighter in your hands. Envision the impurities flushing out of the stone, allowing the stone to shine brighter with renewed purpose. Continue this visualization until you feel a shift in the stone’s energy. Approximate duration: about 1 minute per stone. Use this for: any stone

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