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How to Make Your Own Black Salt

Updated: Mar 9, 2023


  • 2 parts sea salt or kosher

  • 1 part scrapings from a cast iron skillet or pot OR

  • 1 part fine ash from your fire pit

  • 1 part finely ground black pepper

  • 1 part activated charcoal powder

Optional Additives

Rosemary Essential Oil

Add a few drops of rosemary oil for protection from harmful people or toxic relationships.

Also a nice addition if you plan to use your salts for home protection or to bless the perimeter of your sacred space.

Use about 8 drops for every 5 ounces of black salt.

Cayenne Powder

Add a little cayenne for black salts intended to dispel anger or toxic relationships.

Perfect for dealing with difficult roommates or hard-to-handle relatives.

*I use Cayenne powder

Lavender Essential Oil

Dark moon divination requires the practitioner to open herself up to the unseen world.

So, if you’re making a batch of black salts for psychic protection, consider adding a little lavender essential oil to block invisible ickiness.

Or, add it to a batch for easing emotional pain, grief or anxiety.

Cinnamon Essential Oil

Include cinnamon essential oil for protection from a broken heart or pain in a romantic relationship.

Or, include cinnamon essential oil for black salts you plan to use after a paranormal investigation to clear away negative entities or settle disturbed energies.

Include about 5 drops of cinnamon essential oil per 5 ounces of black salts.

How to Make It

Combine salt and black additive of your choice.

Then, consider using the energy of the dark moon to prepare this concoction, which heightens its protective properties.

Charge it by leaving it outdoors under the dark moon or with any other charging method you prefer.

Caution: Do NOT allow pure, uncut cinnamon essential oil to make contact with your skin. It burns like a mother. Trust me, I learned the hard way.

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. Some have also recommended using black chalk dust, black powdered food dye, or lamplight.

Using Black Salt in Magic

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.

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 spell work for banishing negative entities or people.

Here’s more ways on how to use it for protection

  1. Split the salt to draw a straight line in front of the windows, doors and gate of your home.

  2. A little bag of black salt kept on/in a desk absorbs negative energies and removes gossip in the workplace.

  3. A handful of black salt under the bed removes nightmares.

  4. Putting a pinch of black salt in the water to wash the floors will protect the house.

  5. Throwing it behind an unwanted guest will keep them away from your house.

  6. It can be used to create circles of protection.

  7. It can be placed at the corners in each room to eliminate negativity and a circle of protection in that room, it is a great practice for bedrooms.

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.

Ways to Use Your Black Salts

There are an infinite number of ways to use black salts. Here are a few brainstormed for you.

-Sprinkle it around the perimeter of your house to guard the hearth and home.

-Add some to a car protection charm to give it a boost.

-Place protection gemstones in a bag of black salt to cleanse and recharge them. (Be sure to rinse them thoroughly before use).

-Are you dating? Carry a small glass jar of black salts with cinnamon oil to protection your heart from lovers with bad intentions.

-If you’re in a toxic friendship, get a picture of the two of you together. When you’re ready to end the friendship, place the photo in a biodegradable container (a dye-free brown bag works) and bury it somewhere away from your home. Walk away and don’t look back.

-Mark the perimeter of your outdoor sacred space when you cast a circle to protect you during ritual. (I wouldn’t use it on an indoor circle, as it may stain carpet or flooring).

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.


Spiritual Black Salt Recipe

Recipe Timing: Waxing Moon, New Moon, Saturday, Day of Saturn

Black Salt Ingredients

  • 2 parts Fine Salt (preferably Dead Sea Salt, Sea Salt, or Kosher Salt)

  • 1 part Ash from protective plants (sage, palo santo)

  • 1 part Black Pepper or Graveyard Dirt or Activated Charcoal


  1. Using your mortar and pestle, grind your black pepper or graveyard dirt to a fine powder.

  2. Add the rest of ingredients. Stir to combine.

  3. Visualize the salt destroying all negativity.

  4. Store in your favorite container. This salt can be added to any banishing or protection spell work or sprinkled around the area that needs protection.

Please note: This recipe for black salt is not an edible salt recipe and should not be used internally. This is not a culinary salt recipe.

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