Crystals soak up energy from their surroundings and can sometimes become drained of negative vibrations. When this happens, they need to be recharged with positive vibrations to restore their natural energetic state.

There are many ways to cleanse and charge your crystals including smudging, sunlight and herbs. All methods require the same thing: intention.


Crystals are said to hold your thoughts and energies, so it’s important that you cleanse and charge them regularly. This can help them release any negative energy, so that they can continue to vibrate with positive intention and support you in your journey.

One of the most simple ways to cleanse your crystals is by running them under water, which can wash away any energy that they’ve accumulated throughout the day or week. You can also cleanse them by smudging or using sound, or by visualizing. When visualizing, focus on a white light bathing your crystals and washing away any negative energy that’s attached to them.

Another way to cleanse your crystals is by leaving them in the sun, which can infuse them with the vibrant yang energy of the sun. Many people even build crystal charging stations, such as a glass terrarium filled with pink Himalayan salt, to house their crystals and leave them to recharge in the sun.

If you’re a fan of using sound to shift frequencies, you can try cleansing and charging your crystals by passing them through the vibrations of a sound tool like a singing bowl or mallet. Karen Frazier, author of the book Crystals for Healing, is a big fan of this method because she says that the sound of a bell or bowl can “cleanse and charge at the same time.” Leavy also agrees with this technique, saying, “Play your chosen sound (sage, sweetgrass, palo santo, cedar) over your crystal and visualize its energy frequencies being infused into it.”

Finally, some people like to use fire to cleanse and charge their crystals. However, it’s always a good idea to know whether your crystal can tolerate this type of energy before trying it. For example, some crystals such as selenite and azurite should not be submerged in water, but tumble stones such as rose quartz or tourmaline can easily sit in water overnight. You should also learn what crystals can go in water and not.

Lastly, some people like to cleanse their crystals by burning herbs or incense over them. This is a great way to give your crystals the energy they need while creating a sacred space. When doing this, remember to set your intention for what you want the crystals to support you with.

Earth Energy

When you use a crystal often, it absorbs energy from the environment. These energies can get stuck within the stone if you don’t cleanse it frequently, which is why it’s important to clear crystals at least once a week. Clearing is also the first step to charging, which optimizes your crystal’s natural energy and helps it to work towards your goals and intentions.

Like a phone, your crystals can become drained over time. While cleaning removes negative energy, charging replenishes your crystal’s natural vibrations. When you plug in a charger on your phone, it’s the same as charging your crystals—the more positive vibes you pour into your stones, the more they can help you achieve your dreams.

There are multiple ways to charge your crystals, but a few of the most popular are sunlight and moonlight. Exposing your stones to the sun and moon is an easy, effective way to give them a power boost while clearing any energies that may have accumulated over time.

You can charge your crystals in the sun or under a full moon by holding them against your skin and visualizing them filling with universal healing light. Many people use the same technique with their crystals to connect with their spiritual guides or deities. You can also simply place your crystals on a plate of salt and let them sit overnight, which Quinn says is another great way to charge your stones.

If you don’t have access to sunlight or moonlight, using a running faucet is another simple and quick way to give your crystals a recharge. Be sure to research your crystals before trying this method, as some of them can be damaged by water or salt.

This method is also a good option for larger crystals that aren’t easily portable, like amethyst or agate, as it can be hard to move them around. You can also smudge your crystals with herbs that come laced with healing properties. Sage is the most common herb used for this purpose, but many practitioners also turn to cedar, lavender, and sweetgrass.


Crystals can pick up vibrations and energy from the people that hold them, and also from their surroundings. So it’s important to regularly cleanse your crystals to rid them of any unwanted energy. Then, once they’re free of negative energy, they need to be recharged so they can bring you more positivity and support your intentions.

While there are many ways to cleanse and charge a crystal, the most popular is a traditional moon charge. This method involves cleansing a crystal and leaving it in direct moonlight overnight, ideally from dusk until dawn. This is considered the best time to charge a crystal because it’s when the moon is at its peak and emits high-vibration energy.

Another way to do a moon charge is to dig a small hole where you can bury your crystals. This is a great option for those who don’t have access to a garden, but you can also use an indoor planter. Once you’ve found a spot to bury your crystals, dig a little hole and cover it with dirt. Add a marker so you know where your crystals are when it’s time to retrieve them.

Lastly, you can also give your crystals a sound bath by placing them near or inside a singing bowl. Rubbing the rim of the bowl with a mallet will produce a soothing, consistent tone that can help your crystals feel energized and refueled.

Crystals are powerful tools for healing and helping you achieve your intentions in life, so they need to be kept charged up with positive energy. It’s especially important to charge your crystals during a new moon or full moon. These phases are the most energetic because they signal a fresh start, and can also bring dramatic shifts to your life.