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:
- Put all ingredients into your mortar.
- 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.
- You may need to add more ash or scrapings, depending on how black you want your salt to look.
- Bottle it, label it and use it at will.
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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
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.