Salt and its Properties

Why is salt a basic need for the Witch?

If I were to describe a basic tool of the average witch, I would introduce to you a grain of salt.

Salt is known as a cleanser to any energy that enters a space. It’s absorbent nature allows any negative energy to be contained and swept away. This space can be your home, a room, a section of your world. It can even be a small patio or your front door. It’s purpose in most cases is to cleanse and protect. Because salt is so versatile in what you can use it for, it is known to be a bare-bones basic of invoking witchcraft.

We must consider that it was used within incense for modern religions such as the Catholic, Jewish, Tao and Buddhist Temples as well by ancient cultures like the Babylonians and especially the Egyptians! These tools were used to ward evil away from their place of worship and is used to this day for the very same thing.

Salt is generally affiliated with the Earth.

There are many types of salt from all over the world.  Those who are not familiar with anything other than Iodine salt and Kosher Salt are not too far from it’s counterparts; the Black Lava Salt, Himalayan Salt, and other vibrant salts from around the world. All salts can be found as rock, coarse grains, or finely ground.

Scientifically, it is called sodium chloride and has many uses  both magical and mundane.

Ӂ Iodine Salt (Common Table Salt) has iodine added to help fight deficiency which was very common in 1924. Illness includes: Hypothyroidism, Goiter (Thyroid enlargement), and “Mental imbalances like Depression or Anxiety”. Many other diseases are linked to this issue. This kind of salt is found in underground salt mines and are heavily processed to remove any natural minerals that came with it originally.  ref1

Ӂ Kosher Salt (Cooking Salt) is more coarse and can be used readily for cooking. This kind does not have iodine added and therefore can clump from any humid environment. (Nothing a few grains of rice can’t fix).- Unlike iodine salt, this can also be used in water, which it’s properties allow it to dissolve quickly. The name “Kosher” came from koshering meat with salt, not the salt itself for Jewish food guidelines. ref2

Ӂ Sea Salt (Salt left behind from evaporated sea water) can have a very flaky nature to it’s construct. Unlike a crystal that is grown over time in a cube of sorts, sea salt can be seen in slates or flakes but is deemed coarser than table salt. This is purely defined by how the water evaporates, and this changes the structure of the salt crystal. These flakes also contain trace minerals of  Zinc, Potassium and Iron.

In my craft: I like to associate this salt with Water element.

Ӂ Epsom Salts (Medical Salt) are for baths and soaking sore parts of the body. Epsom Salts have Potassium, Magnesium and Iodine within it’s construct that can help tremendously with healing the body. It’s name is credited to Epsom England, where the salt deposits were originally found.  ref4

In my craft: I like to associate this salt with the Earth element.

Ӂ Himalayan Salt (Pink Salt) is from the Punjab region of Pakistan. Even though it is called Himalayan Salt, Punjab is a 1,497 km ( 8699.1967 miles) north west of the Himalayan Mountains in Nepal. This salt deposit came from an ancient body of water that eventually dried up over time. Pink Salt has 84 natural minerals available as well as bacteria friendly to the digestive tract. Unlike sea salt, there have been claims that Himalayan salt has the capability to hydrate your skin. ref5

In my craft: I like to associate this salt with the Earth element.

Ӂ Kala Nemak (Himalayan Black Salt) is known for it’s egg like aroma as well for it’s cultured creation in Southern Asian/ Nepalese/ Indian dishes. This salt is harvested from many areas near Bangladesh and Nepal where the salt is sealed in a ceramic container with harad seeds, different types of bark, charcoal, and other herbs to be cooked in high temperatures for at least 24 hours. This salt can change (age), rounding it’s taste over time.ref7

In my craft: I like to associate this salt with the Fire element.

Ӂ Hawaiian Lava Salt (Black Salt) come from volcano deposits that meet the ocean. Activated charcoal gives this iconic salt it’s color. There are a variety of colors of Hawaiian salt such a red, white and black hues. Alaea clay is used for it’s red effect on the salt and is high in iron. ref6

In my craft: I like to associate this salt with the Earth and Fire element.

Ӂ Celtic Salt (Grey Salt) is a sea salt that is compared to Himalayan salt for it’s healthy properties to those who ingest it. It is harvested with 2000 year old technology that keeps it’s helpful benefits intact. These properties include electrolyte balance, calms muscle spasms, helps balance blood pressure, heart rate as well as build immunity. This technology involves introducing fresh sea water into small even bodies of water for the sun and wind to help evaporate the water, leaving salt behind. This kind of natural salt is harvested from the Brittany region of France. ref8

In my craft: I like to associate this salt with the Water and Wind element.

Ӂ Fleur de Sel (French for “Flower of Salt”). These thin crystalline flakes resemble flowers in pattern and is used for skin, as well as a gentle laxative. This kind of salt is normally found atop the seawater like flowers floating in the water, but are more readily recognized as a pyramid shape. This kind of salt can be crushed when in use by hand. The salt is left behind as the water evaporates, leaving layers in nature. ref9,ref12

In my craft: I like to associate this salt with the Water and Wind element.

Ӂ Smoked Salt (Wood smoked salt) is created when sea salt is stored atop a smoking fire (which can be as long as two weeks) The traditional types of wood used to flavor the salt is apple, oak, alder, mesquite and hickory. All of which have very different distinct flavors that are used to bring a different and bold taste to the table. ref10

In my craft: I like to associate this salt with the Wind and Fire element. 

As always, one must air to the side of caution, when salt is used outside mediation, it can be harmful to your health.

Curio Salts

Ӂ Rattlesnake Salt (You guessed correctly, it requires a whole rattlesnake) comes from Latin America. It is said to prolong your life significantly and is encouraged to be added to your food.

But, How does one make rattlesnake salt?

It is said that using a freshly killed (or freshly dead) rattlesnake to cut into pieces and store in a jar of salt for six months creates rattlesnake salt. The dried remains would be discarded from the salt and the salt to remain and be used with food.

This salt is also said to help aid against mental illness, severe emotions toward anger, hatred towards others, self hatred, self loathing, manic and depressive episodes, phobias, and medically: tremors.

This is interesting because we must be aware of what traditional (western methods) and nontraditional methods can do for us medically. I am always interested in the experimentation and furthering of knowledge for new forms of medicine but it must be proven to work by the scientific method to be deemed a trust worthy source. For example: Venom is not found in snakeskin and therefore, is less likely to give any form of medical help to the person ingesting the salt. Venom however is being experimented on currently and is used for Hypertensive purposes (lowing blood pressure). Brazil has a wonderful opportunity to harvest these snakes and find new keys to their venom’s capabilities. ref13

This type of salt is often marked as Rattlesnake incense or sperm. This is actually a mislabeled product that is still salt. For those who do not know, Incense can be made with salt. See the article: Incense and their uses.

Ӂ If you want to create your own kinds of salt from scratch, please direct your attention toward the Library.

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I do not condone wastefulness and I would be most likely to save the skin/scales, fangs, and whatever else I could save from creating this salt. The teachings do however say to have the rattle cut as well to stored within the jar.

If I were to keep the teachings intact, I would harvest the rest of the pieces for other work after the six months it was used beforehand.

I also do not condone taking an animal’s life to fulfill my craft. I am a scavenger and therefore respectful towards the remains of the animal.

 

 

Resources:

https://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/symptoms-of-iodine-deficiency/?

http://www.thekitchn.com/kosher-salt-where-it-comes-from-why-its-called-kosher-ingredient-intelligence-219665

http://spiritinfo.blogspot.com/2014/06/the-magikal-use-of-salt-black-salt-and.html

https://www.leaf.tv/articles/what-is-the-difference-between-salt-epsom-salt/

http://www.natural-salt-lamps.com/salt.html

https://themeadow.com/pages/about-hawaiian-sea-salt

http://www.wideopeneats.com/12-different-types-salt-use/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kala_namak

https://draxe.com/10-benefits-celtic-sea-salt-himalayan-salt/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fleur_de_sel

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smoked_salt

http://hubpak.com/product/fleur-de-sel-pyramid-crystals/

http://www.luckymojo.com/rattlesnake.html

http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/15/health/deadly-venom-saves-lives/index.html

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