I am constantly being asked about the Witches Salt mentioned in my recent book
The Haunting of Stoke Water. (Queenie uses it repel the evil spirits in
So I thought I would just quickly explain how to make and use it.
“Queenie suddenly smiled with relief as she pulled a small glass phial from
a piece of silk cloth. ‘There it is! I was worried I had left it at home.’
She looked at their anxious faces. ‘Shall we get started?’ Clutching the phial
in one hand and a bundle of sage in the other Queenie headed out into the hall.
‘What is that?’ Joseph whispered to Sybil.She pointed to the jar in Queenie’s hand.
‘That’s Witches Salt and we are going to use the sage to smudge the flat and
drive out this evil spirit.’They gathered around the waiting woman and watched
as she pulled the stopper from the jar and opened the front door. As she poured a t
hin line of black salt across the threshold she muttered quietly, ‘I seal this place
with a shield of protection and so we are safe within this home.”
Although I am sure knowing Queenie as well as I do she has tweeked the original
recipe handed down by her witchy ancestor Hannah, she just can’t resist meddling
as Sybil would point out.
Witches salt or black salt is used as a protection against evil and negative entities, it
can even be used in the footprints of some one who you dislike to make them leave
There are of course many ways of making black salt but here is a basic
Two parts of sea salt mixed with one part of the scrapings from the bottom of your
cast iron cauldron or if you do not use a cauldron ( shame on you what would
Queenie say!) one part fine ash from your fire pit.
You can also add the burnt ashes of some protective herbs to add to efficacy of
the salt such as Lavender, Rosemary, Cinnamon, Clove, Caraway, Mug-wort, Sage
and a touch of Verbena to bring success in your spell.
Just the thing to do on a dark winters night with friends!