Skip to main content

Pagan Black Salt: Origins and DIY Recipe

Daniella Lopez writes about health, beauty, the occult, and other things.


What Is Black Salt?

There are two types of black salt that are commonly heard of: an edible black salt that is typically found in Indian cuisine, and a different type of salt that is oftentimes used in rituals. This article is about the ritualistic black salt.

What Can You Use Black Salt for in Rituals and Spells?

Pagans, Wiccans, and Voodoo practitioners use black salt in their rituals. It is intended to be used to rid things of negative energies and to keep negative energy away. Most people use it for protection of their family and home, but some people also use it for banishing and keeping away unwanted guests. It can be used for hex and curse breaking. Some people even use black salt to charge their scrying mirrors, as well as for casting circles.

Sea salt is almost always used in making black salt. Kosher salt can be used as well. Table salt is not recommended because it has been treated with iodine and is therefore considered impure for ritual use. Sea salt is the most natural form you can get salt in, which is why it is considered the best. If you are vegan, I would recommend that you use kosher salt, because it is free of animal products.

There is an old folk saying which goes, "Salt does what you tell it to". Pagans and people who practice Witchcraft believe this and it shows within their rituals. Many witches rely on salt for a great many of their rituals. I use salt nearly every day for the rituals I perform.

How to Make Your Own Black Salt for Wiccan Spells

Black salt is extremely easy to make. It takes only a couple of minutes to throw together a decent batch to last you for a while. You probably don't even have to go to the store to buy anything for it, because most of the ingredients are probably things you already have in your house.


  • 2 parts sea salt or kosher salt
  • 1 part skillet scrapings or 1 part ash from fire pit or 1 part crushed black chalk dust or 1 part finely ground charcoal (choose one of these options)
  • 1 part finely ground black pepper

Mix the ingredients together, using a mortar and pestle to ground the ingredients together well. Perform a ritual over the salt or use as is. Usually I like to sing or chant a protection spell whenever I make mine.

Never use dyes or food colorings to make the salt black, because it will make the salt clumpy and unusable for ritual purposes. It is always best to use dry ingredients instead.

Different Names for Pagan Black Salt

  • Salt Negro
  • Witches Salt
  • Hoodoo Salt
  • Santeria Salt
  • Drive-Away Salt

Different Ways to Use Black Salt

One of the most common ways to use black salt is to sprinkle it along the threshold of your doorway. The idea behind this is that it will keep bad energies and people from wanting to enter your home. You can even sprinkle it along the edge of your lawn if you want your entire property to be protected.

If you need protection from bad dreams or wish to rid your bed of negative energies, just sprinkle a little bit of it under your bed or keep it in a bowl by or under your bed.

Once your black salt has served its purpose, be sure to throw it out. It has already used up its charge and therefore has no more protective energies left inside of it. If you try to reuse it, there is no guarantee that it will work.

Like everything else in witchcraft, black salt can be used for bad purposes. It can be used to cast evil energies onto someone and cause harm in their lives. But like all things magick, whatever you cast on another, expect to receive it three fold.

Questions & Answers

Question: Can you use activated charcoal as a charcoal substitute?

Scroll to Continue

Read More From Exemplore

Answer: Sure, but it would be quite a bit more quostly.


Bobby Gene on June 26, 2020:

Is it common to feel emotionally and physically drained after casting a spell against someone to stop doing harm using war water and poppet bindings?

Tommyteezmommy on July 07, 2019:

keep the preservers (for lack of a better word) out of packaged goods or prescriptions and put them in salt shakers or black salt, it keeps the moisture from making it oily and cakey.

Caliban on June 19, 2019:

@ Miss Naughty - pepper, red or black, is a "hot" herb. In this context, it's to make the black salt act more quickly. Black is the choice for this recipe simply because it's going in black salt, thus it tones better. The downside to a "hot" herb is that while it can speed effects, it can also decrease their duration. This is best known in "sweetening" work where the sugar-bowl is the quick fix, but honey or molasses jar is the slow but lasting one. These are beliefs from Hoodoo, Conjure, or Root Work, as it is variously known - folk magic, rather than Neopagan Wicca.

MISS NAUGHTY on April 10, 2019:

What is the purpose of the black pepper? Most recipes omit that ingredient. Also if you dont have a meddler as of yet would it effect the result if you use a flat stone and round rock to meddle them together?

Danielle on June 10, 2018:

Thank you for sharing this. I have needed it several times over the last few years.

Maurice Glaude from Mobile on November 20, 2017:

The salt will become oily because of the humidity in the room. Salt absorbs moisture. It is called hygroscopy. An explanation can be found on Wikipedia that says, "Search Results

A hygroscopic material will tend to become damp and cakey when exposed to moist air (such as the salt inside salt shakers during humid weather)" This may explain the oily or moist bowl of salt that Liz experienced.

Anan Celeste from California on June 27, 2016:

I found this one in pinterest. Love it!!!!

Daniella Lopez (author) on August 29, 2015:

Hmm, I would contact the store. It shouldn't be oily. Best of luck!

Liz on August 28, 2015:

It was bought for me from a store and added poppy seeds and put an amathyst on top.

I had done this exact same thing before and it wasnt oily. All from the same store.

Daniella Lopez (author) on August 27, 2015:

Hi Liz! I have never heard of that happening before! Mind if I asked what all you used in your mixture?

Liz on August 27, 2015:

I enjoed this thank you. I have a question..i put black salt in a bowl under my bed. After awhile..weeks maybe the bowl and salt were oily. Have you ever heard of this abd what does it mean?

Ancient Wisdoms on August 10, 2015:

Great Post!

Daniella Lopez (author) on November 11, 2012:

Hello fellow Arkie! Glad you enjoyed the article. :)

Brenda K Krupnow from Ravenden, AR on November 10, 2012:

Very interesting. I always wanted to know what black salt is. Thank you from another person from the great state of Arkansas. I voted up, awesome for its uniqueness, interesting, and shared.

Daniella Lopez (author) on July 13, 2012:

Thank you Kitty and Victoria. :)

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on July 13, 2012:

Interesting hub, Daniella! I have never heard of black salt and don't know anything about the rituals you mention, but I did find the hub fascinating.

Kitty Fields from Summerland on July 13, 2012:

Oh, very good tips, Daniella!

Daniella Lopez (author) on July 13, 2012:

Thanks! Blessed be.

OldWitchcraft from The Atmosphere on July 12, 2012:

Looks like very solid information!

Great job!


Related Articles