Cleanse, Charge, and Program Your Crystals

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"Crystals are energy, just like everything else in the Universe. To keep their magical and healing properties vibrant they should be cleansed, charged, and programmed.
If you're new to the world of crystals, or if you have a collection but have not been tending to them, this blog will get you prepared to treat your crystals with love and care.
Why Should I Cleanse My Crystals?
In the past, maybe cleansing your crystals wasn't a priority because you didn't really know why.
So, what's the point?
While some stones such as selenite and kyanite are said not to require cleansing, most healing crystals absorb both positive and negative energies from when you use them and just from the environment that they are in.
When working with crystals, you want them to be of the purest and strongest energy. Think of it as a refresher of energy. What about crystals that are said not to absorb negative energy? Cleansing them won't harm them. If you feel like they need a cleanse, go for it.
How Do I Cleanse My Crystals?
There are several ways to cleanse your crystals. My favorite ways to cleanse crystals, and the safest:
Lie out your crystals and cleanse them with the smoke of sage or cedar.
Utilize sounds or single tones to cleanse your crystals. Chants, bells, singing bowls and tuning forks are all safe options. It doesn't so much matter what you use to create the sound, or what key the sound is in. The important aspect is how loud it is. When the sound is loud, it creates a stronger frequency that will bring the crystal back to its innate vibration.
Some other ways to cleanse your crystals come with a warning, so pay close attention:
Soak your stones in a saltwater bath by simply mixing three tablespoons of salt with a half-gallon of water. Or, if you live by the sea, take a beach trip and collect some of that sacred water. Leave them in for an hour to a day, depending on how much you use them.
Bury them in dirt and allow the grounding/cleansing properties of the earth to work its magic. Before using this method, or the method above of soaking in water, make sure the stone you are using can be put in water, as some are too soft to withstand a water soak. Some stones that should not be soaked are pyrite, hematite, iron-rich minerals and opals. When in doubt, a simple Google search can help you decide if the stone is safe to put in water, or not.
Best Way to Charge Crystals
After you have cleansed your crystals and their energy is clear, you get to re-charge and re-energize them.
But how do I charge my crystals you wonder? It's quite simple.
My favorite methods to charge crystals:
Put your stones outside or on a windowsill during the full moon. Moonlight is restorative and grounding energy for your crystals. After sunset, you can lay them out in a windowsill or directly on the earth. But be sure to bring them in after sunrise. See more about that below.
Use other crystals! My absolute favorite for this method is to use a selenite plate. Crystal generators, like those listed in my Etsy shop, can also be used to charge other crystals. Set your intention and point the generator at the crystal you would like to recharge."

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