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How to Make Black Salt + What is Witches Black Salt Used For?

Salt is the most magical ingredient you have in your kitchen. Hands down. Sea salt, kosher salt, black lava salt, red salt and Himalayan pink salt are all great for protection and purification and so much more. But have you heard of witches black salt? Here we teach you how to make black salt on your own and its many magical uses. Plus how to preserve it and the difference between our recipe and the edible kinds.

What is Witches Black Salt?

Witches black salt is a mixture of regular salt and one of two things: ashes or cast iron scrapings. This is not to be confused with exotic Indian black salt. There are different ways to make this powerful mixture, and many ways to use it. First, let’s learn how to make it.

How to Make Black Salt: Easy Witch’s Recipe

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Sea salt (one half cup) (note: you can use any type of coarse salt you prefer)
  • Ashes (1/4 cup): collected from your firepit, fireplace, OR smudging remnants
  • OR cast iron scrapings (1/4 cup): from your cauldron or cast iron skillet (the second option if you don’t want to use ashes)
  • Black pepper (1 tsp): OPTIONAL
  • Black powdered food dye OPTIONAL: some witches like to amplify the color of the salt and add powdered black food dye. I prefer to keep mine as natural as possible, so I typically leave this out. My mixture is already lack without it. BUT it’s up to you!

How to make it:

  1. Put all ingredients into your mortar.
  2. Mix and grind your salt and ash or scrapings together in a clockwise fashion, while visualizing your intentions. Chanting, singing, and praying over it also works wonders.
  3. You may need to add more ash or scrapings, depending on how black you want your salt to look.
  4. Bottle it, label it and use it at will.

Watch Our Tutorial Here:

What is Witches Black Salt Used For?

First, because the salt is black, color becomes a part of the magic. The color black represents mystery, but in witchcraft is used for banishing, binding, protection, and warding. Black also represents the occult and ancient mysteries in witchcraft. If you added black pepper to your witches black salt mix, this amplifies the black color magic within. Notice a pattern with the ingredients below? To answer the question, what is witches black salt used for? Put simply: purification, protection, and warding. Among many other things.

Each Ingredient’s Magical Properties

After you’ve learned how to make black salt, it’s time to make magic. Let’s look at each ingredient and define its magical properties. All of which have either purifying or protective qualities:

  • Sea salt: used by witches for years to purify, protect, and ward off negative energy and spirits. Made by the sea and therefore carries the power of the sea
  • Kosher salt: alternative to sea salt
  • Table Salt: you can absolutely use table salt if you have no other salt form. It still carries magick within it
  • Ashes: if you use the leftover ash from your smudging rituals, this ash contains the purifying power of whatever herb it came from (sage, rosemary, lavender are some examples). Ashes are also used in healing rituals – when a forest burns to the ground, the ashes heal the earth and encourage new growth.
  • Cast Iron Scrapings: iron is a traditional tool for protection. Fairies are warded off by iron, as are evil spirits. It’s a strong, grounding metal, and therefore adds these properties to the witches black salt.
  • Black Pepper: black pepper is similar to salt in its properties. It’s purifying and protective. When added to the recipe, it amplifies the vibes.

Ways to Use Black Salt in Your Magic

You know how we love to use salt for nearly every magical reason under the sun? Witches black salt isn’t much different! But remember – you can’t eat this kind of black salt!!! There are SO many uses for this powerful mixture. Here are just a few:

  • Spread over your thresholds and windowsills to protect the home from negative energy and dark magic
  • Encircle a candle to contain the energy within OR to amplify your intentions: best for banishings, bindings, reversals
  • Add to banishing, binding, and warding spell bottles, bags, jars, and sachets
  • Draw a circle around you on the ground/floor during ritual for protection
  • Keep bowls of it around the home to ward off negativity and spirits
  • Use as a floor sweep (sprinkle all over the floor then sweep/vacuum it up) to remove stubborn negative energy or spirits
  • Offer to Underworld deities or dark goddesses including Hecate, Hades, Hel, Kali, Loki and more
  • Offer to fire elementals and ancestors
  • A great ingredient for any Dark Moon ritual
  • Add to the bag in which you keep your reversal mirrors or black mirrors for scrying
  • If you use Himalayan pink in your recipe, add to love and self-love spells

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A True Story About the Magick of Black Salt

The first time I ever used this recipe in my magick, I added it to a candle spell for protection. A loved one of mine was experiencing problems at work with a person unnecessarily harassing her. She dreaded going to work, and eventually asked me to help protect her from this bully. I carved protective symbols into a red candle, then rolled the candle in oil and protective herbs. I put my petition under the candle and encircled it with my black salt. Within a week, the bully didn’t just stop harassing my loved one, she left the job altogether! This stuff is powerful.

Can You Eat It?

Folks, there is a type of salt that is edible but it’s NOT this one! There’s ashes in this recipe…you wouldn’t eat the ashes out of an ashtray or from the bottom of your fireplace or firepit, would you? So DON’T use this in your meals or foods of any kind! To learn about the edible kind, scroll down.

How to Preserve

Black salt keeps for quite a long time. I’ve had luck keeping it in a mason jar for up to two years. I typically use it quickly, though, so I haven’t experimented with a longer period of time than that. If you don’t have a mason jar handy, a thoroughly cleaned and cleansed glass jar from the kitchen fills the need. For example – pickle jars, pasta sauce jars, spice bottles, etc. Once it’s in a glass container of your choice, store it in a cool, dry place. My favorite spot is in my witch’s cabinet, along with my other magical herbs, spices, curios and roots. Label it correctly, and if you have other folks using this space be sure to write NON-EDIBLE so there’s no unfortunate mistakes.

Witches Black Salt Vs. Other (Edible) Black Salts

Our recipe here isn’t edible; however, if you’d like a black salt that is edible you have a few choices. Purchase these salts through an artisanal grocery store or online. Choose between Himalayan black salt (delicious, in my experience), black lava salt and black Indian salt. All three come from different places in the world, and therefore carry the unique energetic vibrations of these places. PLUS believe it or not, they all have their own unique flavors. I like to experiment with different kinds in my cooking and baking. Then I make note of how it effects my food AND compare and contrast between them. Then again, I’m sort of a salt nerd.

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  1. Anonymous

    July 8, 2023 at 11:33 am

    Kosher salt is not actually blessed by a Rabbi unless it states it is Kosher certified. Kosher salt is a coarse salt that simply gets its name because Jewish people used it to dry brine meats.

    1. kitty fields

      July 27, 2023 at 4:48 pm

      Thank you. I’ve edited the post.

  2. Reine

    September 14, 2022 at 8:57 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this. You do a very good job of explaining how to make black salt and its uses. I wanted to point out one error only because of the potential it has for others to absorb that misinformation into their own practices…Kosher salt has NOT been blessed by a Rabbi. It gets the term โ€œkosher saltโ€ because it has the ability to remove blood from the meat. Kosher CERTIFIED salt is different and falls under the laws of Kashrus. Kosher salt has no more protective power than other salts. (Grew up in an Orthodox Jewish household. Definitely know the rabbinic laws that apply here and the labeling of Kosher on certain items.)

  3. Micheal Modebe

    February 14, 2022 at 2:35 pm

    Am Micheal from Nigeria please help me and as a loved one and a brother that need deliverance to end witchcraft attack from my father house.. my uncle and his wife they are using witchcraft to Attack every son’s and daughter in the house… Please help us and stop them

  4. Anonymous

    September 10, 2021 at 4:56 am

    Do you need to replace your black salt afther a time when you placed some on your window?

  5. Dulcee Jo

    June 28, 2021 at 10:40 pm

    Instead of all ashes, you could use charcoal also. That makes it nice and dark

    1. kitty fields

      June 30, 2021 at 2:09 pm

      I use ashes from my rosemary bundles and the salt is pretty pitch black.

  6. Sally

    April 28, 2021 at 6:55 pm

    Cast iron scrapings ? How do I get that?

    1. Jan

      July 16, 2022 at 11:35 pm

      Crust on the outside of your skillets from long time Use!

  7. Karen

    April 27, 2021 at 8:13 am

    Thank you for the support and information on making our own black salt!

  8. Kim

    March 3, 2021 at 1:37 pm

    I am wondering if activated charcoal instead of the black powder is ok? just an idea?

    1. kitty fields

      March 3, 2021 at 3:16 pm

      yes that’s fine.

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  11. Laura

    July 28, 2020 at 5:22 pm

    Thank you for this great article. I’m going to make my own black salt for the first time. I’ve always turned away from anyting connected to Magic only because my mother dealt in black magic when I was a child. I know there’s a difference I’m just learning that fact recently here.

    White Light and Love

    1. Karen

      April 27, 2021 at 8:11 am

      Good, Laura! ๐Ÿ’œ

  12. Cindy

    July 27, 2020 at 10:27 pm

    Once again your practical magickal articles came through just in the nick of time! I had this very expensive bag of black salt in my Amazon Cart – and it’s not even the right stuff! I can’t wait to make this! Thank you over and over!!!

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