HOW TO – Cleanse Crystals

In this article I’ll share different ways that you can cleanse/recharge your crystals.

Crystals have their own frequency. This is what makes them wonderful healing tools. However, if you’re doing personal work, are in contact often with them or have them sitting there for long periods of time, they can absorb energy from the environment. Some crystals transmute energy and are less likely to absorb and retain it, others like obsidian and labradorite do tend to hold energies that should be released.

To restore their natural vibration it is necessary to energetically cleanse them and here are some of my favorite ways to do it:

You can hold the crystal in your hand and close your eyes.

Visualize in your mind how the crystal is surrounded by white light. Keep your focus on completely surrounding the crystal with this light as you set the intention to return the crystal to its natural state. 

Safe for all crystals.

You can fill a container or glass (depending on the size of the glass) with water and add sea salt (or Himalayan salt). Make sure that you integrate the salt well..

Place the crystal(s) in the water for a few minutes (or overnight). When you’re done, be sure to rinse them with filtered water to remove the salt.

Not recommended for all crystals

The energy of the full moon is very powerful and this option is ideal for crystals that are sensitive to sunlight, or too delicate to dip in salt.

Place the crystals near a window where the light of the moon comes in or take them outside and place them on the ground to absorb the energy. Leave them overnight (if outside, make sure crystals are water safe since they will be covered in dew).

Safe technique for all crystals.

This is the safest and easiest way to cleanse crystals, since they have no contact with water, salt or sun.

Set the intention to restore and recharge the crystal as you surround it with smoke. You can do this while holding it in your hand or while on your altar. When using this technique it is very important that what you use (incense or bouquets) is natural. 

Safe technique for all crystals.

Salt is a very powerful component in terms of energy protection.

Place your crystals on a bed of salt and leave them there for a few hours or overnight. You can rinse them under water if shake off any remaining salt.

Not recommended for all crystals

Another safe and easy way to re-energize your crystals is with high frequencies.

Sound has a powerful effect, both on our bodies and on objects. You can choose a high frequency (432Hz and up)  and place them near the sound. Singing bowls can also be used.

Safe technique for all crystals


The ideal way to re-energize your crystals depends directly on the type of crystal you’re working with. Not all of these techniques work on all crystals, as some are water soluble, others are sensitive to sunlight and others can be damaged by water or salt.

According to the Mohs scale, which indicates the hardness of each crystal, crystals below 5 should not be submerged in water because they can be physically affected by it. Even though some harder crystals like pyrite do not fit into that description, it also should not be submerged since the metals in it react to water and can also damage it. Salt can also have this effect on certain crystals

If you’re unsure if water or salt will affect a particular crystal, do some research beforehand or go with some of the other safe options like visualization, moon bathing, smoke, and frequency.

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