Friday, November 8, 2019

13 Essential Herbs Series: Salt


In this series, I will be exploring 13 common herbs you may have in your kitchen or garden, dissecting their meaning from science, history, and culture.  

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SALT


Appearance: Transparent/White Granule Crystals 
Edible? Salt you buy at your grocery store is edible, yes, but there are forms that are not.
Origins: Seawater evaporates into halite formations and is eventually mined.
Other Notable Qualities: One of the oldest seasonings and essential for human health.


Scientific Correspondence:
Cleansing - Balance

Chemically, sodium chloride is used to make a range of products, but particularly chlorine, an effective disinfectant used in household bleach, soaps, and detergents.  Salt itself has also been historically used in household cleansers and as a means of cleansing wounds.  As such, salt can be seen as having cleansing properties.

In addition, salt is essential to maintain electrolyte balance, and thus is important in consumption.  Too much or too little both produce health problems.  Just the right amount is key.  Thus salt is the great balancer of the human body.


Historical Correspondence:
Purity - The Dead - Protection

In multiple cultures, salt has represented purity and blessings.  The Bible, in particular, has over 30 references to salt and it is essential to the creation of purified Holy Water in churches.  Greeks used consecrated salt in rituals and both Shinto and Buddhist practitioners see salt as purifying.

Throughout history, salt has been prized for its ability to preserve, from meats to vegetables, and even the human body.  Ancient Egyptians' discovery of salt's preservation process gave rise to mummification, and salt from a dry riverbed called Natrun was used in the mummification process.  Thus salt can be said to be representative of the dead.

In China, scientists discovered saltpeter, an ionic salt that was extremely susceptible to oxidation.  Combined with sulfur and charcoal, it became a powerful tool known as gunpowder which has been used for centuries in various weapons.  Because of this, salt is also seen as protective.


Cultural Correspondence (USA/Midwest):
Creation

Today, salt is an important component in soda ash, which is used for a variety of creative purposes, from glassmaking to paper, leather tanning and dyeing.  For this reason, salt is useful in spells that aid in creation and creativity.



Sigil to Invoke Salt


Utilize this sigil as a way of invoking the properties of salt if you have none available to you.  You are welcome to print this sigil, place it in a grimoire, use it on a spell or put it in your blog with proper credit.  Do not claim this sigil as your own.

References

Chemistry Explained: Salt
Beyond the Shaker: Salt Guide: History
Time: A Brief History of Salt
EU Salt: Salt Uses
Live Science: How Gunpowder Changed the World

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Coming Soon
Basil
Bay
Black Pepper
Cinnamon
Cloves
Nutmeg
Patchouli
Peppermint
Rose
Rosemary
Sage
Thyme

4 comments:

  1. Oh I'm looking forward to the rest of this series!

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  2. I'm also looking forward to the rest of the series! Also, welcome back! I was so glad to see the update! I'm super glad that you took time for yourself and discovered what makes you happy :) <3

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  3. Welcome Back! I was so glad to see the new content (which hit me right in the feels BTW) I'm very glad that you took the time for yourself. I very much understand and appreciate the need to sometimes step away and figure some things out. Looking forward to the rest of the series <3

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  4. I never thought about associating salt with creativity before, but it makes perfect sense. I'll hold on to that tidbit of wisdom for later.

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