Black salt occurs in two forms. Black lava salt, and Himalayan black salt.
Black Lava Salt
Black Lava Salt is sea salt combined with activated charcoal. Black lava salt is used in magick to absorb and trap negative energies. Salt is used by many to absorb energy, and charcoal is well known to absorb toxins, so the two make a natural paring. You can make your own black salt by powdering chunks of food grade activated charcoal with your mortar and pestle and then mixing that with coarse sea salt crystals (non-iodized). The charcoal will coat the salt crystals and you can blow away the excess.
Black Lava Salt for Healing
Black Lava Salt is used medicinally to absorb and flush toxins from the body.
Black Lava Salt for Magick
Magickally, black lava salt can be scattered around an area to absorb toxic energies. It must be swept up and discarded afterward in order to dispose of the absorbed energies.
There are several additional recipes for black salt available online, some suggest using dye, the scrapings from the bottom of your cauldron or other cast iron pan, especially one used over an open fire, ashes from your fire pit, and lampblack. Any of these recipes are suitable if and only if you will not be using your black salt internally.
Ashes that result from the burning of particular herbs can give your black salt particular qualities. Uncrossing herbs are often burned to create black salt for removing spells.
A mixture of equal parts salt and ground black pepper is also used as "black salt" in some recipes, but this combination has more of a warding action versus the absorbing action of the charcoal/salt combination and I have seen many recipes that call for black salt and black pepper used this way. Toss this salt/pepper combination in the path of an enemy, or sprinkle it into his footprints to encourage him to go away and never return.
To rid your home of unwanted energies, sprinkle black salt around your house and then sweep it out the door.
Do this right after someone you don't want returning walks out the door, to ensure he never comes back.
Black Lava Salt for Cooking
Black salt is usually added at the table, rather than during cooking. Different types of charcoal are used. For example, Hawaiian Black Lava Salt is made from charcoal from burning coconut shells. This is said to add a bit of a smokey flavor to the salt.
Himalayan Black Salt
Himalayan black salt or Kala Namak is a sulfur and iron rich rock salt used in Southern Asian cooking. Himalayan black salt is actually brownish pink to purple in color when whole. Ground Himalayan black salt is pale pink or purple in color, not black at all. The salt is mined in India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh, combined with charcoal and various herbs, heated and aged to produce its characteristic pungent fragrance and flavor. It is possible to manufacture raw Himalayan black salt synthetically and this is a common practice today.
Cooking with Himalayan Black Salt
Kala Namak is a popular seasoning for Southern Asian cuisine and is used by vegans to give an egg-like flavor to egg substitutes.
Healing with Himalayan Black Salt
In Ayervedic medicine, it is considered a cooling spice and is used for digestive problems, including heart burn, constipation and flatulence.
Please note: None of the information provided on the Witchipedia is intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or disorder and is provided for the purposes of folkloric interest only. If you are suffering from any sort of malaise, you are encouraged to seek personal advice from a qualified practitioner.
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