Once you have found a crystal and brought it home you'll want to remember that they come from the earth and the crystal has been removed from their natural habitat. For this reason, you want to be sure and care for and store your crystal properly.
Crystals prefer to be out where you can work with them. If you need to store the crystals, be sure to store them in natural materials such as leather, cotton, silk, or wood.
Crystals can help you on all levels to include emotional, physical, or spiritual. Each crystal is unique, hold it in your hand, and bring it to your heart to communicate with it. Talk out loud or telepathically in your mind. Tell your crystal what it is you want it to do or what you need help with. An example of this might be if you have a stomach ache, you can let your crystal know and ask it to please help bring you back to homeostasis and trust your intuition.
Once you talk to your crystal you might have a sense of how to work with it. You may lay your crystal on your body or carry it in your pocket during the day. The key is to trust your intuition. When choosing a crystal, scan with your intuition, and notice which crystal speaks to you. Trust yourself and don't rely on books to tell you, build a relationship with your unique crystals. This will help open the door to a collaboration with the mineral kingdom, supporting you as a powerful mediator to bring divine energy into the physical in a very pure way.
One way to honor your crystals is to pay attention and care for them. Keep in mind is that crystals like sunlight, you can put them out about once a week where they can be in the sun. Although you want to remember that too much sunlight will dry them out (some crystals will fade in the sunlight), you can add some moisture back into your crystals by massaging oil into them.
Another part of crystal care is to regularly cleanse your crystals. One of the most effective ways is to bathe them. Use running water from a stream or fountain if you can. Allow for 24 hours in the running water to complete the cleansing process. Another method is to immerse crystals in a bowl of sea salt for a couple of days.
Some crystals don't need clearing because they self-clear and these include Yellow Calcite, Selenite, and Kyanite. You also want to be aware that some of the softer more flaky crystals dissolve in water. Selenite is a crystal that will dissolve in water. You'll want to be careful not to put these crystals in water.
After the crystals are cleansed you can charge the crystals so they will be fully refreshed and full of energy. One way to charge crystals is to leave them outside for 24 hours on a full moon night. Place the crystals in a location where they can fully take in the moonlight and sunlight.
Other ways you can work with crystals to support you in your life are by wearing them through the day in a necklace or other piece of jewelry, you can also carry your crystal in your pocket, backpack, or purse, it's like bringing your friend along with you to help you throughout the day.