Crystals 101: Crystal Maintenance

Crystals are beautiful, full of energy and have amazing healing powers. But they’re not a “set it and forget it” kind of tool. They require maintenance just like anything else you use. Here’s a quick primer on how to cleanse, maintain and store your crystals.


Crystals work by energy. Just as you can pick up their energy and heal, crystals can pick up your energy, as well as the energy of others around you and the environment in general. If someone handles your crystal, if it changes location, or merely sitting in your home’s emotional environment, the crystal’s vibrational energies can change. It may not be a big change, but even a small one can have a significant impact on the crystal’s powers.

Cleansing your crystals regularly can counteract this shift in energy. Cleansing your crystals is a fairly simple process. You really just need to decide which method you prefer.


  •         Quartz bed cleansing. If you have a large Quartz geode, you can place smaller crystals inside it for cleansing. Just leave the crystals in the geode for 12-24 hours.


  •         Moonlight cleansing. Moonlight is a great way to cleanse your crystals. Just set the crystals on a windowsill or leave them outdoors overnight. This works best with a full moon, but can be done anytime.


  •         Sound cleansing. Crystal and brass singing bowls are also good for cleansing crystals. Just set the singing bowl to ringing, then hold the crystals within the sound field.


  •         Sage smoke cleansing. This is probably the method that most people are familiar with, and it’s a great way to cleanse several crystals at once. Simply light a sage bundle or smudge stick and allow the smoke to drift over the crystals. You can also use other herbal smudging sticks.


  •         Salt or water cleansing. This method is not my most recommended method for cleansing your crystals. Sea salt, fresh water, or salt water can be used for cleansing crystals, but it can also be very damaging to some crystals. If the crystal is raw or natural, you should absolutely not use this method. Other crystals may still be damaged, so you should proceed with extreme caution if you decide to use this method. This method, if used, is simply submerging the crystals in salt, fresh water, or salt water for a period of time.


Maintaining your crystals will not only keep them in beautiful physical condition but will also protect their highest vibratory state, which makes them more effective for use. Maintaining them is really fairly simple.


  •         Cleanse crystals at least once a month. I recommend doing it at the full moon to make it easy to remember. Use one of the methods listed above, and you can try different methods each month until you decide which one you prefer. Additionally, you should cleanse crystals after they’ve been used heavily and when you first bring them home.
  •         Dust displayed crystals carefully. Some crystals are too pretty to keep hidden away. But when they’re displayed, they can also get dusty or dirty. Use a soft microfiber or cotton cloth to gently wipe the crystals down. You can also use a feather-style duster. Don’t use a cloth that’s too abrasive, or any cleaning products. Despite being “rocks” crystals could be damaged easily.


  •         Store them carefully. Don’t just toss your crystals haphazardly into a box and shove them under your bed or in a closet. Store them individually wrapped in pieces of soft fabric or, at the very least, soft paper like tissue paper or paper towels, to keep them from getting scratched. This will also help them maintain their vibrational energies.


Crystals are beautiful, and there’s no need to hide them away. At the same time, you don’t want to be tripping over them, either. When it comes to both display and storage, you want to consider the crystal itself. Here are some general tips.


  •         Use sturdy shelves and surfaces to display crystals, especially larger pieces. Smaller robust crystals can be displayed in bowls or on pretty trays.


  •         Delicate crystals need to be stored carefully. Think about using a multicompartment plastic container, like the ones people use to hold beads for jewelry-making, to store these smaller crystals. This allows you to simply place a crystal in each compartment for safe storage.


  •         If you don’t store crystals in a multicompartment container, carefully wrap each crystal in a small piece of tissue paper, cloth, or paper towel, and store them away from humidity.


  •         Some crystals lose color when exposed to sunlight, so you caution in exposing them to light (amethyst, aquamarine, aventurine and sapphire are just a few examples). Keep these kinds of crystals away from sunny windows and surfaces that get a lot of sun or other light.


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