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Making Witches Black Salt

Making Witches Black Salt ...

Witches Black Salt is one of the most common things that you will find in a witches ritual supply stash, it is also one of the simplest things to make.

It can be made various ways but the basic ingredients remain the same... Ash, Black Pepper, and Salt.

The basics of what you need are: 

  • Natural Rock Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Ash
  • Fire proof dish/Cauldron
  • Matches/Lighter
  • Jar (to store black salt)
  • Mortar & Pestle (if necessary)

The "Ash" is generally scrapings from your cauldron.  Having burnt herbs for previous rituals, your cauldron may already have sufficient ash to make a batch of black salt.

If you don't have any ash on hand and have not done this before, don't worry I'll walk you through it.

1. Select your favorite protective herbs, woods etc.:

Rosemary and Sandalwood are a good and cost effective starting point.

I use multiple herbs in DRE's ash blend, however as I own a witchcraft store I have easy access to a lot of ingredients.. for most people it's not practical or cost effective to have an extended list of ingredients in bulk on hand.

I believe that it is better to have a short list and to complete your workings rather than to have a huge wish list and never get started.

2. Turn your herbs, woods etc. into ash:

Place your selected herbs, woods etc. into your cauldron or alternative fire proof receptacle and light. Try to get it all well lit to begin with so that you can avoid having to relight. Allow it all to burn completely and then extinguish on its own accord. Importantly, make sure that the herbs are fully extinguished and cooled prior to decanting for use.

My personal preference is to never relight and never extinguish. I remain in attendance the entire time for safety and I allow it to complete the burn on its own terms. Although, if you need to relight it then go for it and if you need to extinguish it for safety then absolutely do so.

After the burn is complete, you may find that you have some larger pieces. If you would prefer a fine ash, simply decant the extinguished cooled ash from your cauldron into your mortar & pestle and grind it down. I prefer a fine ash in order to get a good coating over the salt, but this is really just a preference. 

From this point I place the ash in an apothecary jar to await use. You may have more ash than what you need for a batch of salt, it will keep well for a long period when kept moisture free in a sealed jar.

3. Making the Black Salt:

When making up your black salt simply add the rock salt, black pepper, and your mix of ash into a dish. Gently mix it to get a good coating of the ash over the salt then when ready you can decant it into your storage jar... and you're done!
4. Things to keep in mind:
Depending on the ingredients it may stain or damage surfaces so be careful where you place it.
The colour of your Black Salt may vary from batch to batch.. all depending on how much ash you add in, the moisture in the air when making it, the types of herbs used etc. etc. The name causes some confusion as it is often more grey than it is black. Some people use black pigment or charcoal to get a deeper colour, however at DRE all ingredients are natural and there are no colourants added. 
If you get stuck... ask! I am always happy to help you out.
5. Made too much Ash? Here are some ideas:
The ash can be used for a myriad of things other than black salt.
  • Making "ink" ...Add water and/or Essential Oil to the ash.
The water may be some that you’ve kept over from the last full moon, pure rain water, tap water that has been left in the sun, ocean or river water etc. 
You may also like to add in an Essential Oil, I would suggest Myrrh. However, Myrrh EO can be on the expensive side... so as an alternative you may like to go for Geranium, Cypress, Rosemary, or Patchouli. OR you may prefer to select an EO specific to the workings that the "ink" will be used for.
Mix the ash and liquid together to a consistency that flows but doesn't run.
The "ink" can be used for a myriad of things from drawing sigils on points of entry to your home(doorways and windows, anywhere access can be gained).
OR in your Grimoire (a water/ash mix is better in this regard).
If you’re renting draw the sigils on paper to avoid possible stains. .. probably best to avoid citric oils.
  • Dressing your spell & ritual candles
Roll your spell candles in the ash as part of dressing/prep for spell and ritual work. If you like to carve sigils into your candles ..  you may like to rub the ash into the cut marks to highlight the sigils.
  • Wear it..
if you’re not allergic or sensitive to any ingredients...
In preparation for major workings I “dress” with it, by this I mean smearing it on my forehead, inner wrists and heart. You can do this with dry ash, or if you prefer you can use water and/or Essentials Oils.. However, in this case I would recommend diluting the EO in your preferred carrier oil. You will also want the mix to be more of a paste like consistency as opposed to the consistency of the ink.
And the list goes on and on..
Craft your black salt in a way that works for you.
Cheers!
Dusty xx

 

 

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