Cleansing, Energising and Programming Crystals

crystal_logoI love crystals and have worked with them for years.  There are specific steps you need to follow to get the full healing benefits of your crystals and to program them for a specific purpose.  Without doing these steps, your crystal will be contaminated by other energy and won’t “work”.  Here are the steps to take when caring for your crystal friends.


When you first obtain crystals or have been using them for some time, or even if they have been left sitting around somewhere, they will have absorbed a range of different energies that they will have been exposed to by yourself and others who may have handled them and transferred various energies and emotions into them.  

Therefore, it’s important to ‘cleanse’ your crystals as soon as you obtain them, and on a regular basis (daily, weekly, bi-weekly or monthly, depending on use) however, you may have been given a crystal as a gift from someone who may have programmed it specially for you with specific energies.  In this case the stone may not need this initial cleansing. 

This cleansing process isn’t a ‘physical’ cleaning with soap and water, but intended to cleanse the stone of its stored energies, both good and bad, which can be released again by the stone at any time and once it becomes loaded with energy.  Crystals used specifically for healing should be cleansed before and after use. 

1) Salt Water

Suitable crystals can be left to soak in sea water or water mixed with sea salt. Cooking salt can also be used if sea salt/water Imageis not available.  You should fill a glass bowl (not metal) about half to one third full and place your crystals so they are fully submerged in the salt water for anywhere between 1 to 24 hours.  Many people leave them in salt water overnight but a crystal that needs a much deeper and more thorough cleansing can be left for up to 1 week.  You should thoroughly rinse your crystals in cool running water after spending time in salt water to remove any remaining salt.  After use, the salt water must be flushed away and never re-used because it will have absorbed negative and unwanted energies. 

Stones that should not be soaked in salt water include crystals that are porous, contain metal or have a water content, for example Opal. Stones and minerals that should be kept away from salt include Pyrite, Lapis Lazuli, Opal, Hematite, etc.

2) Dry Salt

Another salt method is to half-fill a glass bowl with sea salt (or cooking salt) and place your101896-350x262-Cleansing_crystals crystals directly into the salt. Either bury them into the dry salt or leave them on the surface.  They should be left in the salt for several hours, overnight or for several days.  Your crystals should then be rinsed thoroughly under cool running water to remove any remaining salt.  After use, the salt must be thrown away and never re-used because it will have absorbed negative and unwanted energies.

Again, take care when placing your crystals directly onto dry salt as the salt can have an adverse effect on certain crystals, as explained above.

3) Smudging 

Another popular method of cleansing crystals is by ‘Smudging’.  This involves burning either smudgeSmudge Sticks or Incense Sticks and holding the crystals in the smoke to cleanse the stored energies. Several types of incense are specifically recommended for this because, when burned, they release certain elements into the air via the smoke which can effectively remove bad and built-up energies.  The following incense sticks are particularly recommended for effective smudging: Sage and Sweetgrass, Sandalwood or Cedarwood (available from our Web Store).  A feather can be used to fan the smoke across the crystals and this only needs to be done for a short amount of time. 20 to 30 seconds should be long enough.

6) Visualization 

You can also use visualization or ‘thought energy’ to cleanse crystals. Simply hold the crystal, freeandnativejournal_crystals_cleansing_3focus on it, and visualize a bright white light surrounding the crystal, followed by a beam of white light coming down through the stone, passing all the way through the stone, taking away stored energy within the stone.  Do this until you feel happy that the white light has done its job and flushed away the stored energies.  The ‘thought energy’ generated by you will be transmitted to the stone and this cleansing energy will do the job of clearing the stone of its stored energies.


Once your crystal has been cleansed you will need to energize it again so that it can continue to release its own natural vibrations and energies.  There are several ways to energize crystals and the most popular methods are as follows: 

1) Water Energizing

Allow your crystals to sit in a drinking glass or bowl under cool running tap water for several downloadminutes, 10-20 minutes should be long enough. If you are near to a natural running river, stones can be placed in an open mesh bag and left for a short time in the natural running water.  Running water can also cleanse as well as energize the stones at the same time.  

Please check that your crystal can be emerged safely in water, since some should not be left to soak in water as this can have an adverse effect on them. Specifically, porous stones or those with high metal content. 

2) Sunshine and Moonlight

The natural energies transmitted by the Sun and Moon can also energize your crystals with natural energies.  Many people like to leave their newly cleansed stones under Moonlight and Sunlight for a day or two to allow them to absorb the different energies from the Moon and6014431046_94914bb6d0 Sun.  The Sun provides a stronger energy, whereas the Moon has a more gentle energy.  

When leaving crystals in Sunlight, please be aware that some colored stones may fade over a period of time if left in strong sunlight too often. This can happen with Amethyst, for example. In this case, try not to leave your crystals in strong sun for more than an hour or so.  To be on the safe side, place in sunlight during sunrise and/or sunset because the sun’s rays won’t be as strong during these times of the day. 

3) Physical Contact 

Native Americans believe that it’s not always necessary to energize crystals with any of the above methods because they will naturally energize themselves from our body’s own energy field when they are picked up and handled, or rubbed between the palms of the hands. So this is another method you may want to consider. 

Feel free to do whatever you feel is best for you and your crystals, or you may wish to use one or all the above methods when energizing your own crystals. 

 Programming Crystals

The purpose of programming a stone is to focus its energy on something you specifically want or need, thereby magnifying its intent through your own. Once a stone has been programmed, it will continually emit that intention until it is cleared or reprogrammed. A stone can hold several intentions, up to four or five, as long as they are compatible.

Three things need to be done before a stone can be programmed:

1) Formulate your intention. It is important that it is well thought out and properly focused. Vague or imprecise wording may confuse a stone’s energies, but specific and meticulous wording will precisely direct its energy towards your intention.

2) Select a stone that resonates with your intention. For example, if you are looking for peace and calm, a meditation stone, or to let go of stress, choose a calming green stone or blue stone, such as chrysocolla or aquamarine. If you want an energizing stone to stimulate action or to bring positive results quickly, a red stone, such as ruby or garnet, would work well. If you feel that red is too forceful, choose an orange stone or yellow stone, such as carnelian or citrine.

3)Hold the crystal or gemstone in your hand and sense its energy. With the stone being newly cleared, the energy will feel stronger and even more appealing that before.  As you sense this energy and appreciate it, ask quietly to be connected to the deva of the crystal or gemstone. Though not animate, stones are living things and the deva of the piece is the stone’s life-force energy.

Ask permission and infuse your intent. Once you feel you have sensed what you can from the energy, think of what you will be using the stone for. Think of these uses, then quietly ask the gemstone if it is willing to act in the way you wish. The crystals energy may increase with a yes or seem to disappear with a no. If the stone accepts your intent, state in your mind that it be so.

Dedicating Your Gemstone

Once a stone is programmed, it will hold its intent until you or someone else reprograms it. To prevent any negative energy from attaching itself to your crystal you may wish to4577751446_305x185 dedicate it.

  • Hold the crystal or gemstone in your hand and state clearly in your mind: “Only the most positive high-level energy may work through this healing tool.”
  • Focus on your intent for awhile, then end your sensing (meditation) with “SO BE IT.”
  • The stone is now dedicated.

You may also choose to dedicate your gemstone or crystal to a specific healing energy, for example, to a Goddess of healing. There are many healing goddesses, including Isis, Yemaya, Diana. For stones programmed for protection, Hecate or Kali are strong protection Goddesses.



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I am the proud owner of Smudge Metaphysical, an eclectic spiritual store & destination in Southern Ontario, Canada. As a spiritual practitioner of over 15 years, I teach others how to achieve their goals and heal themselves via magical practice, energy manipulation and spirit work. I create many of my own products that are based in my practice of Hoodoo, Root work & Witchcraft. I'm a proud recipient of a prestigious Biz-X Award for "Best Little Retail Store 2015" & Award of Recognition from the Hiatus House. A portion of my sales every month go to the Hiatus House to help women & children break the cycle of abuse with shelter, community aide & education. I encourage personal power through your unique expression of self and spirit, and have created a safe space for others to develop their magical skills via my shop.

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