Cleansing, Energizing and Programming Crystals

There three fundamental steps to sync the frequencies of crystals to our own frequencies:

Cleansing . Energizing . Programming

This guide shines a light on how to care and co-create with crystals using these steps.  The energies of crystals help us tap into what’s possible, which is sometimes limited by our own mind.


Cleansing is meant to provide a “clean slate” to the mineral. Minerals have the quality of “intelligent movement.”  They evolve through intrinsic molecular micro movement that provides the friction (fire) for them to “shape” themselves (dimension of space) through time.  As such, they absorb various energies they are exposed to either from others or from yourself.  The process of cleansing is essential as it allows the crystal to release any imprinted memories of others’ contact or your prior energies and creates a clean slate.

Cleanse your crystals as soon as you receive them and on a regular basis depending how often you use them—could be daily, weekly, monthly. If someone programmed the crystals for you with specific energies you don’t need to cleanse immediately.

Different cleansing methods are suitable for different crystals. These include:

 Salt Water

One of the best ways to cleanse suitable crystals is in salt water. You can use sea water, water mixed with sea water, and water with sea salt or other cooking salt.  Fill a glass bowl (not metal or plastic) with water and add your crystals.  They should be fully submerged under water between 1 and 24 hours or simply overnight. When taking them out, pour the salt water out and rinse the crystals thoroughly

Porous stones, or those that contain metal or have water content, such as Opal, Pyrite, Lapis Lazuli, and Hematite are not suitable to be cleansed with salt.  You can simply cleanse these with clean water and use the same steps as above, but please note that not all crystals are suitable for water either.

Dry Salt

You can also cleanse suitable crystals by partly filling a glass bowl with salt and placing the crystals either directly on top or covering them with the salt.  Leave them for several hours or overnight.  When finished, rinse the crystals thoroughly with cool water. Make sure to throw the salt away as it has absorbed unwanted energies from the crystals.  You can use this method on most crystals, but please make sure to be careful not to cover those that should not have too much contact with salt.

 Non-contact Salt

You can use this method on all stones.  Fill a glass bowl about half-way with dry sea salt, then place another shallow glass container on top of the salt and press down so that the salt comes up about halfway.  Place the crystals in the glass container and leave for at least 3 hours.  You can also pour some water into the container with the crystals—just enough to cover the crystals.  Please note that not all crystals should be placed in water.  Again, do not re-use the salt.


If you have sage, Artemisia, or Palo Santo smudge sticks or incense sticks, you can hold the crystals in the smoke to cleanse their stored energies.  Sage, Sandalwood or Cedarwood incense sticks are some of the most effective too.  Resins such as Myrrh and Frankincense are also potent cleansing channels. Use a feather to fan the smoke around the crystals for up to 30 seconds.


Visualization is a wonderful way to cleanse crystals.  Visualize a bright white light enveloping the crystal and then a beam of white light coming down through the crystal taking the stored energy within it.  Perform this visualization until you feel the white light has removed the stored energy.

Visualization works when WE are able to actually mentally SEE what is being manifested by the vast realm of imagination. Therefor it is imperative that we connect with our own imagination, what is real to us, what make sense to us, in order to make this technique effective. If there is another method that calls to your heart, inspired in religion or culture then apply it with a clear and true intention for it to cleanse and release.

Crystal Druse, Bed, Geode or Cluster

You can cleanse all crystals inside an Amethyst or Clear Quartz Geode Cave, Druse, Cluster, or Bed. Place 1-3 crystals inside and leave for 1-2 days.   Amethyst and Clear Quartz formations have the ability to absorb the energies within the crystals, neutralize them, and then release their energy into the crystals. This is a wonderful way to simultaneously cleanse and energize.  Since the Amethyst or Clear Quartz will serve as a portal to the other crystals make sure it is kept in a space with natural light for it to enhance it’s own magnetism. Also it is critical for it to be free form hazardous or chemical influences as well as synthetic cleansing products.



Once you cleanse your crystals you will need to energize them. Energizing is meant to charge and potentialize the transformational power (prana) of the stone. We awaken the dormant energy of the stone through an outer stimulant such as the moon, the sun, or a scent frequency. This is how we provide the channel for it to continue its intelligent movement.  A few ways to energize crystals include the following:

Water Energizing

Flowing water can energize crystals.  Put your crystals in a glass container under cool running water for 10-20 minutes.  If you live near a natural running brook or river, you can place them in a mesh bag and again leave them in the water for several minutes.  Both of these methods can also simultaneously cleanse and energize.

If you have pure 100% essential oils and know their properties as well as their frequency, you could also place 3 to 4 drops in the water. I do recommend to use essential oils that enhance the stone’s power and transformational properties.

For example, Red Jasper, Smokey Quartz and Agatha’s resonate with wooden scents such as Cedarwood, Vetiver and Sandalwood; Rose Quartz, Malachite and Jade need a higher note scent such as Lemongrass, Neroli and Jasmine.

 Sunshine and Moonlight

You can leave your crystals under moonlight and/or sunlight to energize them.  Both emit different energies and the sun’s energy is slightly stronger than the moon’s.  If placing crystals in the sunlight, it’s best to do so during sunrise or sunset since some colored stones may fade over time when placed too frequently in the sun when the sun’s rays are highest in the sky.  The best time to place the stones under the moon is during a full moon.

 Physical Contact

You can also energize the stones simply by holding them or rubbing them between the palms of the hands.  As you will be the guide of the stone or crystal to free ther own energy, remember to cleanse your body, wash your hair and then set a nice, clear space, free form clutter or unnecessary objects in order to magnify your energy field and aid the stones in their journey.


Once you cleanse and energize your crystals, the last step is programing them.   This allows the stone to move energy rather than save it for itself.  Like every living organism, a stone is designed to continue the process of creation.  As the stone identifies its power it needs an intention to put its power to good use—conscious use—which the power of the mind provides. Until then, the stone is fed by the universal mind or cosmic flow. When in touch with a human being the stone relies on her for the source of its purpose. Here is where we have to abandon our ego, understand our role in nature and use our individual intelligence to aid the process of creation.  We need to understand that we are all co-creating with the universe so we program the stone with pure, non-egotistic, and collective intentions.

By doing this we are part of a master plan; we become a key element of a collective consciousness and apply the right effort towards alignment with our purpose.