The Cleansing Power of Salt Bowls: Removing Negative Energy From The Home

The Cleansing Power of Salt Bowls: Removing Negative Energy From The Home March 12, 2019

There’s a reason why the beach feels so energetically clean and refreshing. For millennia, all over the world, salt has been considered a protective and cleansing agent, both physically and metaphysically.  A salt bowl in your home can absorb water, emit ions, and kill bacteria.  Some people like to buy fancy salt lamps for this purpose, but a simple bowl filled with salt can do the trick, too.

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My most recent salt bowl, with sea salt, juniper berries, sprigs of juniper, peppercorns, and powdered clove. Photo copyrighted by the author.

Ever since I watched the Netflix show Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, I’ve been fascinated by salt.  I already knew that salt came from various locations around the world.  However, I never dreamed that the crystals could be so different, or that the properties were so unique.

Recently, I’ve played with the concept of salt bowls, and have a system that works for me and my home.

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Tim Sackton, Salt Four Ways. Clockwise from lower left: “Celtic gray sea salt, coarse sea salt, Kosher salt, and plain old regular salt.” CC 2.0

1. Choose a Bowl

Choose a bowl to use for your salt bowl.  You can go for something plain or fancy — whatever you prefer.  I like to use a black soup bowl for the black-and-white contrast.  You could use a smaller bowl if you’d like to take up less space.

If you’re going to leave the bowl out for more than a couple of days, I recommend using a non-porous bowl (i.e. not wood).  However, if you’re okay with salt  penetrating the porous material, and possibly ruining whatever protective cover it has, you can use whatever you wish.

2.  Choose a Salt

You can use whatever salt you have in your cupboard, but I’ve found that industrially processed salt doesn’t feel “natural” enough for me.  It feels mechanical and somewhat lifeless.

I like to use natural sun-evaporated sea salt for my salt bowls.  If you’re feeling fancy, you can buy some black sea salt, pink Himalayan sea salt, kosher diamond crystal salt, Japanese big-flake salt, or any other kind.  If you don’t want to set out a whole dish of that kind of salt, mix the fancy salt with some good old regular sea salt.

3. Add Herbs and Oils, If Desired

Here’s where you can get creative.  Open your cupboards and peruse your spice rack and tea tins.  You can add anything to the salt.  It will add another aspect of cleansing to the dish.

I like to add juniper berries to my salt bowl because juniper is a protective herb.  I also add cloves and peppercorns, as they are also protective and are known to banish negative energy.  I also like to add a few drops of essential oils, like tea tree, lavender, or thieves blend.

Some people like to add garlic, rosemary, rue, bay leaves, and many other protective herbs.  Other cultures have been known to cut lemons or limes and set them in the salt.

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Juniper berries, something you could wildcraft! CC0

4. Spell Out Your Intentions

I like to mix everything together with my fingers and speak my intention out loud.   I say something like, “May this salt cleanse the energy of my home and protect me from negativity.”  If you can go into an altered state at this point, do so.  Feel yourself become more cleansed, and align your energy with the purpose of the salt bowl.

5. Set It Out

Place your beautiful salt bowl somewhere in your home.  Some people like to place it out near the hearth or in the kitchen.  Other people like to put it near the door that’s used most often.

Be conscious of the salt bowl.  When you pass by it, use it as a cleanser of your energy.  You can push negative energy into the salt bowl, or touch the salt with your hands to ground any errant energy.

Other people like to place salt bowls in the corners of a room.  This can create a very magical-feeling space!  If you want to try this out, but don’t want to commit to four salt bowls, sprinkle salt from your main bowl into the corners of your room.  You can also sprinkle salt on your windowsills, as long as a pet won’t jump up there, and as long as the windowsills are not metal, which is susceptible to rusting in salty conditions.

You can also sprinkle a little bit of your salt over the carpet and let it absorb for an hour or so before vacuuming it up.  It really does change the energy of the room!

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A few things to consider: don’t eat this salt.  You charged it with absorbing negativity, so you don’t want to consume it.  Don’t leave this out in a place where your pets will come into contact with it.  When the energy of the bowl doesn’t feel cleansing anymore, it’s time to get rid of it. You can either tip it into the trash, or toss it outside someplace where you wish to prevent plants from sprouting (like the cracks between concrete).

There are many other ways to magically cleanse the energy of your home and belongings.  If you notice the energy of your home has changed for the better after putting out a salt bowl, I encourage you to explore them all by reading that article.

If you liked this article, check out my other intuitive magic articles:

Bay Leaf Magic: Burn and Banish

Mirror Magic: Witchcraft Through The Looking Glass

6 Amazing Things About Owning Your Magic

Bright blessings to you and your home.

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About Astrea
Astrea is the author of Intuitive Witchcraft: How To Use Intuition To Elevate Your Craft (Llewellyn Worldwide). She also leads the fire dancing group Aurora Fire and stirs up magic for the Blessed Be Box, the service that ships a "ritual in a box" with all vegan and cruelty-free items. You can read more about the author here.

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  • Carl Gustaf Lindstrom

    As one who has had memories of importing salt, during the 19th century, into Finland (the Baltic has low salinity), I am surprised that I do not connect with this more. But I think that may be due to me viewing it more as a “commodity” to be traded (just like spices and herbs), than an actual “tool” for magickal purposes (not that I have not used it as such – I have done salt bowls, namely under my bed, and sea salt baths). It just seems as if my “connection” to such items is “colored” by my seafaring career.

    Each salt is different from my experience as well.

    Also, shout out on the Juniper berries – I recently used them myself. For me, they have a “dark protective” quality that I liked and needed at the time.

    • Astrea Taylor

      I’m always fascinated by your experiences Carl, and I agree with your thoughts on juniper berries. Good to see you!

  • Great article. Thank you

    You mentioned getting rid of salt by putting it between paving slabs, where you don’t want weeds to grow. Does any kind iof salt prevent or kill weeds?

    • Astrea Taylor

      Thanks! Yes, all kinds of salt will kill weeds.

  • Valerie Perez

    How long before you toss/refresh your salt?

    • a Nagual in Arizona

      I do it at least once a month, more often if I feel like it’s necessary.

      • Valerie Perez

        Thank you!

  • a Nagual in Arizona

    I’ve been doing this for decades, it really is almost ridiculously simple and effective. I like to add dried petals of seasonal flowers grown on my own land. Thanks for a cool article!

  • JudithAnn L

    Can’t wait to put this into practice. Do you think it has to be an open container to work best?

  • Lisa H.

    Re: disposal, I would pour into a river or the ocean, or failing these a storm drain… seems incongruous to be concerned with keeping it away from your own pets and then going off exposing other animals both wild and domestic to it afterwards; and into the trash seems somehow inappropriate IMO and would only be my last resort.