Updated: Aug 25, 2022
Feeling safe and secure at home is important to our mental and physical well-being, and one way to help is to use protection salt.
Salt has been used for protection for a very long time, and it’s believed to absorb negative energy. By combining it with protective herbs or essential oils, it can be used to ward off any energy you don’t want coming into your home. This can be any type of energy—living people, spirits, or other energies.
According to The Hearth Witch’s Compendium: Magical and Natural Living for Every Day by Anna Franklin, these herbs and essential oils are best for protection:
Acacia - Acorn - African Violet - Agrimony - Alfalfa - Aloe Vera - Alyssum - Amaranth - Angelica - Anise - Arbutus - Arnica - Ash - Aspen - Balm of Gilead - Bamboo - Basil - Bay - Bergamot - Betony - Bilberry - Birch - Black Pepper - Bladderwrack - Bloodroot - Bryony - Buckthorn - Buckwheat - Bugleweed - Burdock - Calamus - Calendula - Caraway - Carnation - Cedarwood - Greater Celandine - German & Roman Chamomile - Chrysanthemum - Cinnamon - Cinquefoil - Coconut - Black & Blue Cohosh - Coriander - Cyclamen - Dill - Echinacea - Elecampane - Eucalyptus - Fennel - Feverfew - Male Fern - Foxglove - Frankincense - Fumitory - Gardenia - Garlic - Geranium - Heather- Heliotrope - Holly - Hollyhock - House Sleek - Hyacinth - Hyssop - Iris - Juniper - Larkspur - Lemon - Lilac - Lime - American & True Mandrake - Marjoram - Marshmallow - Mimosa - Mistletoe - Mugwort - Mulberry - Mullein - Stinging Nettle - Oregano - Pennyroyal - Peony - Periwinkle - Greater Plantain - Pokeweed - Primrose - Purslane - Rice - Rosemary - Rowan - Sage - Saint John’s Wort - Sandalwood - Spearmint - Skullcap - Thyme - Toadflax - Tomato - Vervain - Vetiver - Yarrow
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To make the protection salt, combine about as much kosher salt as you think you’ll need—this will depend on how many doors you have, and whether or not you want to put salt on or in front of your windows. Then add in the herbs or essential oils you want to use.
While some herbs are easy to find, such as Rosemary and Dill, don’t feel like you have to go out of your way to find an obscure herb. It’s all about your intention, so even if you only had rose petals to work with, you could hold them in your hand and charge them with the intention of giving you loving protection and keeping out those who do not approach your home with love in their hearts.
If you don’t have any herbs but do have pepper, you can combine just salt and a lot of black pepper or cayenne pepper. If there are other herbs not listed above that you also want to use, feel free to add them to your salt. It’s important to do what feels right to you!
Once you’ve combined all the ingredients you want to use, you can set the intention while you stir them together or stir them and then place your hands over the salt and charge it with your intention.
You can begin by calling in your spirit team: your spirit guides, ancestors, angels, gods and goddesses, and anyone else that comes in for your highest good. If you work with certain protective spirits or deities (such as fairies), call them in at this time.
You can say this out loud or in your mind, but make it clear who you do not want coming into your home. If it’s a specific person that means to do you harm, you can say their full name. If it’s more general, here’s my usual go-to statement:
Please shield and protect my home and all of the living beings within it so that those who enter our home only come for our highest good and greatest benefit.
I add the phrase living beings so my pets are also covered. You can add anything else you feel guided to, and if certain words or phrases suddenly come to mind and feel right to you, include those as well. There’s no one right way to do this, and the idea is simply to create a protective space for your home and only bring in those who want what’s best for you.
Then spread the salt in front of every doorway to your home. If you have a walkway leading up to your front door, you can spread the salt at different points along the walkway as well. If you have a large house, make sure you get any side doors, including the garage door. You can repeat your intention as you’re laying down the salt as well, but only if it feels right to you.