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Why Salt?

Updated on September 4, 2012

by Christine B.

For centuries salt has been used to preserve food, to help heal wounds, to enhance the taste of food, and as a protection against evil spirits. Huh? Why salt as a protector from evil?

For our ancient ancestors, salt was a valuable commodity. So valuable, in fact that slaves were often purchased with quantities of salt. If a slave did not perform as well as his owner expected, the owner would report that the slave was “not worth his weight in salt.”

Because salt was so valuable, it was considered almost a sin to spill or waste it. Spilled salt was also thought of as a sign of the presence of an evil spirit and that spilling it would bring you bad luck, so if you threw some of the spilled salt over your left shoulder, it would chase away evil spirits and bad luck.

This custom probably had its origin during the time of Leonardo da Vinci, as in his painting of the Last Supper, Christ’s betrayer, Judas, spilled salt on the table.

During the time of the ancient Greeks and Romans, salt was mixed into foods during religious ceremonies. Basically, salt was considered a purifier; therefore it symbolized the good and lasting qualities of life. It was used as a preservative of food, so therefore it was thought of as a way of preserving the good of life.

In many cultures salt was also considered a magical substance. It was a short hop, skip and a jump from there to the belief that if you encircle yourself with salt it would protect you from evil entities.

Will it work? Some swear by it and actually sprinkle salt around the foundations of their homes. It is often used in combination with holy water to keep evil spirits at bay.

Personally, after being a paranormal researcher and investigator for over 40 years, I have never been in contact with an evil spirit. I know they are out there, but I don’t think they are attracted to me. I believe that a person gets back whatever they send out into the Universe. A better weapon against evil spirits is not provoking them and treating them with the respect they deserve.

As an example, when the EDPI team visited the Mansfield Reformatory all of our sensitives picked up a deep sadness to the place, but no evil. We all practice opening ourselves up to helping the spirits we come in contact with and not provoking them just to get them to “show up.” We don’t bring salt to our investigations, because we’ve never needed it.


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      Christine B. 5 years ago from Medina, Ohio

      Thanks for your input dreamseeker. :o)

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      dreamseeker2 5 years ago

      I don't like salt as some people might. Not because too much has been said, 'not to be good for you', but because I just don't crave it as some do. I do prefer salted pop corn and salted potato chips however and will use salt when cooking, but not added after. My dad is a salt-aholic, if there is such a thing. He puts tons of it on everything he eats! But for myself, when I have a toothache and don't have the money to go to the dentist, I use warm salt water to rinse my mouth or put on my gums around the sore tooth. It actually does heal it within a day or two. : ) Found your hub interesting so I voted it up!

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      Christine B. 5 years ago from Medina, Ohio

      Thanks for your comments. :o)

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      novascotiamiss 5 years ago from Nova Scotia, Canada

      Christine. For many years iodine has been added to salt to keep thyroid disease at bay. 3rd world countries or inland countries that don't have access to iodine have very high levels or thyroid disease that can lead to depression and in severe cases even death. So I don't think there's anything magical to salt, it's probably more what they add to it....