Crystals - General Information and Care

Why use crystals?

Crystals are believed to have a stable and consistent energy pattern, each characterised by its own distinct frequency and energy field, known as resonance. This unique quality gives them special properties. They function as tuning forks, helping to harmonise the unstable energy field of the human body. Crystals help to therapeutically support us.

Activating your crystals

To activate and program a crystal, begin by holding it in your hands. Envision a bright light surrounding the crystal, and clearly state your intentions. Be specific about your desires: if your intent is to attract love or healing, detail the type and timeframe for love, or the condition and desired outcome for healing. For protection, you can use a general statement such as ‘surround me with positive energy and influences; keep my light shining bright.’ Hold the crystal and feel for an energetic connection. If you don’t feel anything, it may not be the right crystal for this purpose; consider choosing another. Speak the following aloud: ‘I program this crystal to … (insert purpose)’. Once programmed, you can wear the crystal, carry it with you, or place it somewhere you will see it often.

Cleansing your crystals

Crystals have the ability to absorb energy from their surroundings, including people. When you first buy or receive a new crystal, it’s necessary to cleanse, recharge and activate it. There are several ways to cleanse your crystals and restore their energy. Each of the following techniques should be performed with the intention of clearing away any stagnant or negative energies, while envisaging the crystals enveloped in purifying white light. By following these practices, you can ensure your crystals stay vibrant and aligned with their intended purposes:

  • Smudging: light a sage wand and pass it over your crystals, allowing the smoke to envelope them.
  • Selenite Charging: place your crystals on a selenite wand for 24 hours to recharge their energy.
  • Moon Bathing: Leave your crystals outside or by a window during a full moon to absorb lunar energy.
  • Candlelight Cleansing: Pass your crystals through the light of a candle.
  • Water Cleansing: Rinse your crystals under running water, preferably filtered, ensuring they can withstand moisture beforehand.
  • Rice Absorption: Fragile crystal clusters can be gently placed in a container of brown rice overnight.
  • Natural Cleansers: Larger crystals like Quartz clusters or Carnelian, when placed with other crystals, are naturally cleansing (be sure to cleanse them afterward).

Certain crystals, such as Citrine, Kyanite, and Azeztulite are exceptions as they never require cleansing.


There is a lot to learn when it comes to crystals and how to best use them. I am still a work-in-progress. I have a few go-to resources when gathering information, namely Judy Hall and her fab Encyclopaedia of Crystals.

Enjoy these beautiful and powerful and wonderful stones, and allow them to enhance your wellbeing and vitality.