How to Recharge Crystals: 6 Basic Ways to Try Now

Collecting and using crystals is fun what how do you recharge them?

After a while, crystals start to take on the energies around them. For them to “operate” at their full potential, they need to be cleansed.

And after cleansing, they typically should be recharged. But what does that mean? How is that different than cleansing? Are the same methods used for both? That seems like a lot of work to cleanse and recharge each and every crystal you own.

When it comes to stones, there can be quite a bit of confusion around what to do with them between using then.

Here, we talk about the difference between cleansing and recharging crystals. Then, we’ll outline how to recharge crystals in 6 ways.


Charging Vs. Cleansing Crystals: Crystal Charging 101

When it comes to cleansing and recharging crystals, many people think they are interchangeable terms. However, charging and cleansing are not the same. Here’s the difference

Cleansing a Crystal

  • Remove energy from crystal
  • Goal is to end with a pure energy, similar to a shower


Charging a Crystal

  • Restores energy after depletion
  • Goal is to recharge it, similar to a battery

To put it simply, when you use a crystal, it absorbs your energy. To rid it of these energies, we need to cleanse it. After cleansing it, the crystal will be free from our energies, but it won’t be recharged and therefore won’t hold the same “power.” After we recharge the crystal, it is then reinfused with healing energies.

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So, if we just recharge a crystal, it can be charged but still have negative energies. And if we cleanse it, it can be cleansed of negative energies, but won’t be attuned to the stone’s energies.


Why You Recharge Your Stones

Most people know why it’s necessary to cleanse their stones. because they want to clean them! But many are confused why you’d want to recharge them. Here’s why:

  • More Powerful Use. If you’re wondering why you’d charge a crystal, start to think about it as having a spirit. The spirit absorbs energies around it, making its own energies clouded. So, when you’re using the crystal, the idea is that it works better when its energy is clearer. To do this, recharging your crystal is necessary.
  • Attune to Crystal Energy. Every crystal is said to have its own energies. For example, a tiger’s eye will have a difference healing energy than a rose quartz. By recharging crystals, we encourage their natural qualities to come out instead of being clouded by other energies.
  • Attune with Intent. Some people use the term “programming” crystals as they charge them. This means that they are asking a stone to do a specific job. They are using their intention to “program” their crystal with a certain purpose.


Before Recharging a Crystal

If you’re wondering how to recharge crystals, you should know that it’s also important to set an intention beforehand. For example, let’s say you’re laying your crystals in sunlight to recharge them. After you set them on the windowsill, set an intention or say a small prayer. This could be something as simple as “Sending recharging light with the intention of inspiring my highest good” or “with the intention of restoring natural energies.”

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If you have a particular reason for recharging it (aka programming your crystal), you can set an intention for that too

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How To Recharge Crystals: 6 Ways

How to Recharge Crystals

There are a variety of ways of how to recharge crystals. Before jumping into them, know that this is not the same as cleansing them. Typically, you want to cleanse and then recharge your crystals. The exception to this is if the method you’re using does both cleansing and recharging. In this case, you want to keep both intentions in focus.

We should note that there’s no one “rulebook” for cleansing and recharging crystals. Cleansing and how to recharge crystals. Some people will say there is no difference. Some people will claim different methods do and don’t charge them. That’s ok. The main thing is to do what feels right for you. Follow your intuition and keep you intention at the forefront.


#1 Sunlight

*This method can cleanse and recharge crystals*

Sunlight can both cleanse and recharge your crystals, making it a one-stop-shop for crystal care. Place your crystals in a dish and set it in direct sunlight for a few hours.


#2 Water

*This method can cleanse and recharge crystals*

Water can cleanse and recharge crystals in one practice, making it a go-to option for many. Remember that if want to both charge and cleanse, you need to hold both intentions in your mind. Have all your crystals ready in a dish beside the sink. You can take one by one, or you can try a few at a time. Run the crystals under water and let them dry on a towel. After all the stones are done, dry the crystals and return them.

*Keep in mind that not all crystals should be run under water*


#3 Charging Crystals in Moonlight

Many people set their crystals out in a dish on the windowsill or outside in the moonlight to recharge their crystals. Charging crystals in moonlight is a good idea if it’s a full moon and if you’re particularly drawn to lunar energies. Some people cleanse their stones on a full moon but recharge them in a sunlight when they believe there’s more “energy.” Do what feels right for you and focus on your intention.

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#4 Sound

This is a good option if you have a singing bowl, chimes or something that makes a high-frequency sound. Place your crystals in a dish in front or beside you. Then emit the sound around it, keeping the intention or recharging the crystal in your mind.


#5 Reiki Energy

If you practice reiki, it’s possible to recharge crystals using your healing energy. Place the crystals on a table in front of you. Then hover you hand on top of them, sending charging reiki energy into them. Hold the intention in your mind during the process.


#6 Meditation

Some people also use meditation to recharge their crystals. When you reach a certain state during meditation, it’s possible to use your own energy of intention to charge the crystal. To do this, keep your intention for the crystal as your focus. Another option is to do a visual mediation where you envision healing light surrounding your crystals and recharging them.



Summary on How to Recharge Crystals

The first step is to understand that cleansing and recharging crystals are two separate things. Some methods, like water sunlight, can both cleanse and recharge a stone if you both intentions at the same time. You can try different methods and pick your favorite, or you can choose different ways each time; do what feels right for you! The most important thing is your intention to recharge the crystal.

How to Recharge Crystals

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