Salt Magick: Types & Their Witchy Uses Including Himalayan, Black, Etc.
“Salt. What a clever little white witch,” Winifred Sanderson nearly admitted defeat when Alison drew a circle of salt around her for protection. We all know and love Hocus Pocus, and this part of the movie struck me as a child. Why salt? I used to think. Now that I’m a grown-ass witch, I know why. Salt is one of the most powerful ingredients in a witch’s arsenal. Learn about the potency of salt magick, and how to use the different types of salt in your witchcraft.
Why is Salt So Magical?
Salt isn’t just for flavoring food, its also great for making magick. But why is salt so magical? Salt is a pure substance made in the earth or from the sea. Therefore it carries the very essence of the earth and water elements. For example, sea salt carries the water element’s properties, while Himalayan pink salt carries the earth’s. Whichever salt magick you choose to make, know that it will be effective. Witches have used salt magick for centuries.
8 Types of Salt and Their Magical Properties
There are dozens of kinds of salts found worldwide, all of which contain their own unique magical properties. Here’s our top 10 favorite magical salts:
1. Sea Salt
Sea salt comes from the sea, as its name suggests. Therefore it carries the power of the sea and the water element. You can find sea salt at nearly any grocery store for an affordable price. Sea salt is purifying, protective, and great as an offering to sea spirits and deities.
2. Himayalan Pink Salt
Himalayan pink salt is a popular choice these days. Pink salt comes in chunky and powder form (and literally in lamp-form) and is used for culinary purposes. They call it the “purest salt on earth” because it’s been maturing in the earth for over 250 million years! This type of salt magically decalcifies your pineal gland (opens your third eye) AND has an added magical property of self love and romance. This salt gets its pink color from the iron in it, and therefore is a powerful warding ingredient as well.
3. Witches Black Salt
Witches black salt is a powerful substance and a favorite among witches. It is NOT edible because it’s made of your choice of salt and ashes. The ashes come from your firepit or herb bundle remnants. Some witches also use cast-iron scrapings from their cauldron and mix it into salt. Black salt is protective and useful in banishing, binding, and reversal spells.
4. Kosher Salt
The main difference between regular salt and kosher salt is that kosher salt has been blessed by a Jewish rabbi. It is used in the kosher process of drawing blood out of meat, in compliance with Jewish religious law. Kosher salt is large and flaky and can be used in magic to quickly draw out or absorb negativity (just as it absorbs blood from meat)!
5. Table Salt
You might be wondering, is table salt just as effective in magic as the other fancy salts? In my experience, it works just as well as sea or pink salt in magic. Does it taste as good as pink or sea salt? Not usually. And therein lies the difference. Not to mention it’s not as healthy for you as other less-processed salts. However, using it to purify, protect, and in ritual is perfectly acceptable if you have nothing else.
6. Hawaiian Black Salt
Hawaiian black salt is an exotic culinary salt harvested from the evaporating water on the Hawaiian island Molokai. It is natural and has activated charcoal added to it giving it that black color. Using Hawaiian black salt in your practice invokes the power and beauty of the Hawaiian islands and its volcanoes. This salt is extra-strength.
7. Alaea Red Salt
Alaea salt is red and is used in Hawaiian cuisine and spiritual customs. The alaea added to the salt gives it its red color is actually volcanic clay that is rich in iron oxide. Hawaiians use this salt to cleanse their tools, canoes and homes. When used as a seasoning, alaea red salt is healthy as it is high in nutrients (80+). It is more difficult (and expensive) to purchase authentic Hawaiian alaea red salt, as most of it is now produced in California and not in Hawaii.
Salt Magick: Ways to Use Salt in Your Witchcraft Practice
The way you use salt in your practice is completely up to you and only limited to your creativity and preference. Here’s just a few witchy ways to make salt magick:
- In Kitchen Witchcraft: salt flavors food, draws out spiritual impurities, cleanses and protects (note Witches Black salt isn’t edibile)
- Spread salt over your thresholds and windowsills to absorb negative energy and ward off spirits
- Encircle your house or sacred space as a protective barrier
- Bowls of salt placed around the home absorb bad vibes
- Cleanse crystals and other tools by placing in a bowl of salt
- Sprinkle a tablespoon of salt to the bath to cleanse the aura and aid in healing
- Add a tablespoon to moon water to increase its purifying effects
- Encircle your candle spells with salt to contain the energy and protect from negative energy
- Add salt to spell bottles, bags, jars, and herbal pillows
- Include salt magick in your foot soaks
- Incorporate salt in your magical sprays to cleanse the home and sacred space before ritual
- Salt, while generally not encouraged in spirit work, can be used as offering to certain deities including Berchta (whose cult lived and worked in salt mines) and sea salt given to sea gods like Poseidon or Lyr