Crystals are a blessing from Mother Nature’s spirit, Gaia. We are simply guardians of the crystals we come into possession. As their guardian, it is up to us to take care of them and in return, crystals will take care of us. Here is a simple guide to break down how to cleanse or clear your crystals and also how to charge or program them so that they are working as you want them to.


Crystals, like everything else around us, are made up of energy and vibrate at their own frequency levels but because it is impossible to separate frequency waves, they can become entangled in the vibrations from people, things, thoughts, events, etc.

When crystals come into contact with lower frequency levels, it can lower its own frequency level. We want our crystals to be operating at their highest possible level so that is why it’s important to be cleansing them of any ‘low vibes’ on a regular basis.

When do you know to cleanse them?

You can cleanse your crystals anytime you feel you need it. The more that you get to know your crystals and the more you strengthen your intuition, you will begin to feel when they need it. In the meantime, here is a basic guide:

  • When you have been given or just bought a crystal
  • If you have had a negative experience with someone and your crystal was nearby
  • Your crystal breaks or is damaged

How to cleanse them?

There are many ways of cleansing or clearing your crystal of negative energy. Remember, that your crystals are from Mother Earth so they possess physical properties that may not be able to stand certain elements. It’s really important to know your crystals before you try different ways of cleansing them.

Whichever method you decide to use, always say something like, “Please release any negative energy from these crystals and allow them to vibrate at their highest frequency.”


Water is a Master Cleanser and this also applies to crystals. Hold your crystals within the natural running water from the ocean or a river. If you can’t get them to a natural water source, you can also leave them in a glass or metal bowl overnight in some filtered water with a pinch of salt. Be sure to rinse off the salt from your crystals. After you’ve finished, flush away the water. This method should only be used with crystals that can withstand water and/or salt.


You can either immerse your crystals in dry salt and leave them there overnight (and rinse the salt off in the morning), or you can place your crystals in an empty glass and sit the glass within a bowl of salt. The salt will still be able to absorb the negative energy through the glass. Discard of the salt once you’ve finished with it.


Light a Palo Santo stick or some Sage and allow the smoke to smudge your crystals and clear out any negative energy.

Full Moon

The Full Moon is all about releasing and it’s the perfect time to cleanse your crystals. Just put them outside (if they can stand their elements) or on a window-ledge to soak up the purifying Full Moon energy overnight. You might want to write your intention for clearing them on a piece of a paper to and place your crystals on top.


Bury your crystals in the Earth to help cleanse them – they come from Earth so it is a wonderful way to bring them back to their Source. Just be sure you’re choosing crystals that can be exposed to outdoor elements. If you have a healthy plant, you can also place your crystals in the pot’s soil.


The healing energy of Reiki is super powerful and perfect for clearing your crystals of any negativity and restore them to their optimal state. If you have completed Reiki Level 2 and above, you may use relevant Reiki symbols to cleanse them.


Bells or Singing Bowls can be used for cleansing your crystals. Just play the instrument over the crystals. If you have a Quartz Crystal Bowl, place your crystals around it and the sounds will vibrate through to your crystals.


Simply hold or place your hands over the crystal and visualise a white light entering your Crown Chakra and down through your hands, clearing any negative and unwanted energy that the crystal has been holding.

Other crystals

Crystals such as Selenite, Clear Quartz, Carnelian, Kyanite and Amethyst can be used for cleansing other crystals. It is believed that these don’t absorb negative energies but always trust your own intuition if you feel like a crystal needs cleansing. To use these crystals to cleanse, first program them so they know what you want to use them for and then place your crystals on or nearby them and leave them as long as you feel you need.


Just as important as cleansing, you will need to program or charge your crystals whenever you require them to do something for you. Whichever method you choose, be sure to first write down the crystal’s purpose and either say it aloud or leave the paper nearby or underneath.

New Moon

Placing your crystals overnight to soak up the The New Moon energy will reenergise them and set them up with their new purpose. Placing your crystals by the window or outside is a beautiful part of your New Moon ritual.


The masculine energies of the sunlight will energise and program your crystals. Some crystals will fade if they are exposed to sunlight too often.


Reiki energy is also powerful for programming your crystals to ensure they are working how you need them to. If you have completed Reiki Level 2 and above, you may use relevant Reiki symbols to charge them.


Hold or place your hands over the crystal and visualise a white light entering your Crown Chakra and down through your hands, and repeat to your crystal or in your head the intention you are wanting for the crystal to help you with.

If you’re wanting more information about the safest method to cleanse crystals, take a look at this list from Hibiscus Moon. And, if you’re wanting to learn Reiki and add this healing modality to your toolkit, contact me for the next course dates.

In love and light, 

Loretta xo