Crystal Care Tips: Cleansing, Charging, and Programming

Crystals do so much for us that is is important to take special care of our crystalline friends. Some of the most common questions that are asked include how to cleanse, charge, or program a crystal. Below you'll find questions I am often asked and my answers for them. This is based upon my knowledge of crystals and my personal experiences with them. If you do something different that works for you, stick with it!

• Why do I need to cleanse my crystals? What do you mean by cleansing?
Cleansing is the common term given to energetically clearing a crystal so that their vibration is at its best. Another, probably more accurate, way of looking at it is you are re-tuning your crystals. It is much like a guitar. After you've played it for a while it gets slightly out of tune. Can you still play it like that and will it work? You betcha. However, it won't be at its best. That's when you re-tune it to get it back to its original state. The same goes for crystals. When they are worked with their energy vibration will shift slightly. When you feel your crystal is not working as well as it used to or if you have just acquired a new crystal, give it a little re-tuning (cleansing) to get it back to feeling its best.
This is an energetic "cleanse" and not a physical one. If your crystal is dirty then typically you can brush it off or run it under water. Please be careful as some crystals do not do well in water.

• What are some different methods for cleansing crystals?
There are several methods of energetically cleansing crystals. This includes, but is not limited to; moonlight, sound, Reiki, sage/incense, sunlight, water, flower petals, salt or brown rice, or burying them in the earth. You can find a list of crystal cleansing methods plus additional do's and don'ts on my Crystal Cleansing page.

• How often do I need to cleanse my crystals?
You should always energetically cleanse your crystals when you first get them.

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