Other Religions Paganism and Wicca How to Make Magical Black Salt Share Flipboard Email Print Snap Decision / Getty Images Paganism and Wicca Wicca Traditions Basics Rituals and Ceremonies Sabbats and Holidays Wicca Gods Herbalism Wicca Resources for Parents By Patti Wigington Paganism Expert B.A., History, Ohio University Patti Wigington is a pagan author, educator, and licensed clergy. She is the author of Daily Spellbook for the Good Witch, Wicca Practical Magic and The Daily Spell Journal. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Patti Wigington Updated January 12, 2019 In some folk magic traditions, black salt is used as a protective element. It can be blended up and sprinkled around your property to keep your home safe from intruders or troublemakers. It is traditionally used to drive away evil, and can even be sprinkled in the footprints of someone who is bothering you, to make them go away. Make Your Own Black Salt Use black salt to protect your property or belongings. Patti Wigington Some websites recommend adding a dye or food coloring to the salt. However, when you add liquid to salt it gets clumpy, and then dissolves. So you'll want to use something dry to color it instead. Here's a basic recipe for black salt: 2 parts sea salt1 part scrapings from a cast iron skillet or pot OR1 part fine ash from your fire pit OR1 part finely ground black pepper OR1 part dry, powdered black food coloring Depending on the density of your coloring ingredient, you may need to adjust the portions a little, but that's the basic method of making it. If you have a well-seasoned cast iron pot or cauldron, you should be able to get a good amount of black scrapings out of the bottom of it — if it seems too oily, use the ash or pepper instead. A few readers have also recommended using black chalk dust, black powdered food dye, or lamplight. Don't confuse this concoction, however, with the black salt used in Indian cuisine — that item is actually a mineral salt which is a weird pinkish gray color and has a bit of a sulfuric taste to it. Using Black Salt in Magic Julia Lazarova / EyeEm / Getty Images Black Salt in Cursing and Hexing In addition to being a powerful ingredient in protection magic, black salt is used in some folk magic traditions for cursing, hexing, and binding. Obviously, if your beliefs prohibit you from doing this sort of working, don't do it - and feel free to just skip to the next section. However, if you're okay with magic of this nature, black salt can be a valuable tool. The folks over at Black Witch Coven, a compendium of all kinds of great hoodoo and conjure information, say "To gain revenge on an enemy, sprinkle black salt into a doll baby or voodoo doll containing a personal concern from the enemy, such as a photograph, snip of hair or fingernail clippings. Black salt can be added to black magic mojos or bottle spells which are to be buried on the property of the victim or else hidden inside their home or car. But you have to make sure that no innocent person is harmed in any way." Other uses for black salt in hexing and cursing include mixing it with other ingredients such as red peppers, graveyard dirt, or war water. Black Salt for Protection Magic As mentioned, black salt is primarily a protective magical tool. I like to sprinkle it around the perimeter of my property a few times a year to keep unpleasant people or things from crossing into my yard. You can also use it at work — tuck a small bagful under your desk to prevent annoying coworkers or the office bully from hanging around. If someone you dislike is leaving your home, wait until they're gone, and then follow along where they walked — toss some black salt into their footsteps to keep them from returning. Dress a black candle in oil and then roll it in black salt, and use it in spellwork for banishing negative entities or people. If you've got leftover black salt after a working, depending on what you've used it for, it's something you may want to go ahead and get rid of. To dispose of black salt, if you've used it in a hexing or banishing, take it someplace far from your home and bury it, or throw it into a fire. If you've simply used it for a protective boundary, you can bury it on your own property. Disposing of Black Salt If you've used black salt in cursing or hexing, you're going to want to get rid of it eventually. After all, you don't need to keep it hanging around. There are a few easy ways to dispose of it. You can take it somewhere far from your home and bury it; many Hoodoo and Conjure practitioners recommend burying it near a crossroads or even a graveyard. You can also toss it into moving water, like a stream or river. Make sure the water really is moving, though — you don't want the salt just swirling around in one stagnant spot. Finally, consider disposal by fire. If you choose to use this method, however, be sure to take the ashes far away and bury them — don't use them for later magical applications.