There are a few options for selecting a crystal, whether it’s your first or the most recent addition to your collection.

  • Choose a crystal that appeals to you. Pay attention to your gut instinct and your own intuition, this is usually one of the best ways to decide which stone to buy.
    Pick one that catches your eye, whether you’re in the room with crystals or searching online. It might be sending you a message or serving a function that you aren’t even aware of!
  • Choose a crystal that will help with the difficulties you’re experiencing. Each crystal has its own unique qualities and benefits it can bring into your life. If you are struggling with something specific, a quick search will be able to tell you which crystals are best suited to help in that situation.
    Choose a crystal that will enhance your life. If there is a certain area of your life you want to improve, you should try to use crystals that will help. So, if you want to increase the amount of money flowing into your life, choose stones that promote abundance and financial prosperity.

How to use your crystals

Once you have chosen the crystals best suited to you, you need to know how to use them. A lot of this will boil down to personal taste. Crystals should be utilised in a helpful and therapeutic way to you, much like any spiritual or energy practice. Let’s look at some of the ways you may use your crystals.

  • When you need a little more comfort or reassurance you can simply sit and hold them.
  • You can surround yourself with them when you’re meditating or practising yoga.
  • Keeping abundance crystals in your wallet or purse is a great idea.
  • Some people like to take a crystal bath with them – you can either submerge them in the water or simply place them on the bath’s edge.
  • If you like to use tarot cards, using crystals after a reading is an excellent way to cleanse the cards afterwards.
  • You can simply place them around your home in areas where you feel their purpose would be best suited. For example, placing a crystal that aids sleep would be best placed in the bedroom on your bedside table. 

How to cleanse your crystals

This step is important because, depending on where you got your crystals, they may have been touched by several persons before you, leaving their energy—both good and bad—all over them.
Try to cleanse your crystals after they have been touched by someone else to erase their energy imprint. It’s also a good idea to cleanse any old crystals that have been hidden and ignored for a long time.
To clean your crystals, follow these simple steps. It doesn’t really matter which one you choose because they’re all effective; just remember to check if your crystal is waterproof, though, and if they aren’t, choose another method.

Put them outside or on a windowsill on a full moon to recharge.

Simply place your stone outside to recharge when you know it is going to be a full moon. Then, place it out before nightfall and bring it back inside before 11 a.m. This will allow your stone to bathe in the light of both the moon and sun, without exposure to the sunlight damaging your crystal. In addition, placing your stone directly on the earth will allow for further cleansing.  

Use the rain as a way to cleanse them with water

Water is supposed to neutralize and return any bad energy held inside the stone to the soil. Natural running water, such as rainwater, is preferable; you may also use salt water if this is not possible. Make sure your stone is thoroughly washed in the water and pat dry when you’ve done. It would be best if you aimed to soak each stone in the water for about 1 minute. Don’t use this method on stones that are brittle or soft, such as selenite, kyanite, and halite.

Soak them in a bowl of salt water

Throughout antiquity, salt has been utilized to absorb negative energy and dispel negativity. Consider collecting a basin of fresh saltwater if you live near the coast. Alternatively, you can dissolve a tablespoon of sea, rock, or table salt in a bowl of water.
Allow your stone to soak for anywhere between a few hours and up to 48 hours, making sure it is thoroughly submerged. When finished, rinse and pat dry. This method is best suited to hard stones such as quartz and amethyst. Don’t use this method for soft and porous stones such as malachite, selenite, halite, calcite, lepidolite, and Angelite.

Smudge them with a sage stick or some palo santo.

Sage is a holy plant that has a wide range of medicinal qualities. It’s claimed that smudging your stone with sage can clear out any unwanted vibrations and restore its natural vitality. Try to smudge outside or next to an open window. This will allow smoke and bad energy to dissipate.
When you’re ready, light the flame on the sage’s tip. Transfer the sage to your non-dominant hand, then take the stone in your dominant hand and move it through the smoke.
Smudge each stone for approximately 30 seconds allowing the smoke to engulf the stone. 

Bury them underground for 24 hours. 

This allows the ground to absorb any undesirable energy while also recharging the crystals. In a safe and confined environment, this approach may also be used to bring out negativity. Protective stones, like black tourmaline, benefit the most from it. This allows the ground to absorb any undesirable energy while also recharging the crystals. In a safe and confined environment, this approach may also be used to bring out negativity. Protective stones, like black tourmaline, benefit the most from it.

Use a cleansing crystal. 

Clearing smaller stones can be aided by large quartz clusters, amethyst geodes, and selenite slabs. Simply place your stone either inside or on top of the larger crystal for around 24 hours, and the vibrations of the bigger stone will eliminate the negative energy present inside the smaller stone.

how to choose and cleanse your crystals

When should you cleanse your crystals?

It is necessary to cleanse your crystals regularly. However, once a month is a good amount of time to leave between each cleanse so that you can eliminate any residual negative energy that slowly accumulated.
It’s a good idea to cleanse your crystals when you first buy them and bring them home to eliminate any unwanted energy. If you’re going through a particularly trying or trying period and need all the positive energy you can get, you might want to cleanse them more frequently until the difficult period has passed.
If you take care of your crystals and keep them regularly cleansed, they’ll always be ready to help when you need them the most.