In some hoodoo and folk magic traditions, black salt is used as a protective element. It can be blended up and sprinkled around your property to keep your home safe from intruders or troublemakers. It is traditionally used to drive away evil, and can even be sprinkled in the footprints of someone who is bothering you, to make them go away.
A few websites recommend adding a dye or food coloring to the salt. However, when you add liquid to salt it gets clumpy, and then dissolves. So you'll want to use something dry to color it instead. Here's a basic recipe for black salt:
- 2 parts sea salt
- 1 part scrapings from a cast iron skillet or pot OR
- 1 part fine ash from your fire pit OR
- 1 part finely ground black pepper
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. A few readers have also recommended using black chalk dust, black powdered food dye, or lamplight.
Don't confuse this concoction, however, with the black salt used in Indian cuisine -- that item is actually a mineral salt which is a weird pinkish gray color and has a bit of a sulfuric taste to it.