“The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.”
— Isak Dinesen
Sometimes the simplest things can wield immense power. Take salt for instance. This humble compound used to preserve and flavour food actually contains powerful spiritual properties. Indian name for rock salt is Sendha namak. It is a large-grained, coarse salt also called halite or land salt.
Rock salt is mined from underground deposits of dried lakes. Since this salt is pure, it is used in religious fasts in India. It does not contain the toxic wastes that sea salt has from the polluted ocean water. It is unrefined, non-iodised and contains no additional anti-caking agents. It is found in white, pink, or blue colour.
It is believed that rock salt has several healing properties. It is used in Ayurvedic medicines, and said to benefit the heart, is good for diabetics, prevents osteoporosis, reduces depression and stress, prevents and heals muscle cramps, numbness and tingling sensations, keeps the blood vessels flexible, maintains the correct acid-alkaline levels, helps in digestion, relieves a number of skin problems, benefits in relieving arthritic problems, to name a few.
Although salt is powerful in historical and metaphorical terms, its spiritual power often goes unnoticed. Spiritually speaking, salt is considered the great neutraliser. It can help cleanse, heal and balance energy, while repelling negative vibrations.
Everything that surrounds us has energy — people, plants, animals; the very environment in which we live and breathe is composed of energy. This energy is constantly bouncing around and leaving a residue on all that it touches. Rock salt helps in clearing up this residue to a great deal.
Besides acting as a potent purifier, rock salt can also help you attract positive energies. It can even aid you in your manifestations. One of the biggest uses of rock salt is to remove negativities and one can follow the below to yield benefits:
- Burn a mixture of rock salt and camphor daily in the morning while performing daily rituals and in the evening during sunset in an aroma oil dispenser in the center of a room. The fragrance should reach all corners of your space. You can also place this combination of camphor and rock salt in a small bowl in the corners of your house and change this everyday for at least 40 days. Any sort of negative energy in your house will be banished completely.
- To remove your own negative thoughts, your ego, one can do the following: take a fresh packet of rock salt and place it in your bathroom, whenever you are taking a bath do the following. After you have taken your bath take some salt and scrub it on to your body from forehead to toe and leave it on for a few seconds and then rinse it off with water (do not apply soap after salt). Do this every time you take a bath. This will not only remove your own negative thoughts but will also prevent negative thoughts from entering you. It is recommended that one can do this eighth days ritual once every 30-40 days.
- One can also take water with dissolved rock salt, the first thing in the morning. This will cleanse your internal system well. Take one teaspoon of rock salt in a glass of warm water and chant the name of any God that you believe in and slowly drink this water (high blood pressure patients should take this under medical supervision).
- Salt water cleansing for home and office can be done continuously for eight days or can be done once every month. Take some rock salt with new cleaning cloth and while sweeping the floor. Add in one tablespoon of rock salt in the bucket of water as well. This will cleanse your space.
The writer is a numerologist, coffee cup reader and rudraksha therapist...