The Purpose of Salt and Bay Leaves in a Glass

Purpose of Salt and Bay Leaves in a Glass spices in jars

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You may have heart witches talk about herbal combinations like salt and bay leaves. Why would witches put these two herbs together? What does it accomplish. Let’s learn about the purpose of salt and bay leaves in a glass.

The answer? It’s a literal spring cleaning! They protect your home and send away bad energy. Bay leaves are protective and dispel negative energy. Salt eliminates negative energy and bad feelings. Together, they cleanse both you and your home of bad energies.

Historically, people would do a “spring cleaning” and place the salt and bay leaves around the home. Simply place 9 bay leaves in a glass half full of salt in your home. You will clean and bless your home and celebrate the coming of spring! In Wicca, it’s also a useful way to bless your home at ImbolcOpens in a new tab..

What is Imbolc?

ImbolcOpens in a new tab. is a sabbat that occurs every year around February 1st to celebrate as the first day of spring on the Wiccan Wheel of the Year. It is a time for new beginnings and purification, both inside and out, as we celebrate the promise of spring. More light will shine, warmth will come, new life will grow, and new opportunities will present themselves.

Why bay leaves?

Bay leaf is a powerful protector, healer, and purifier. It keeps away negative energies. (It also aids psychic abilitiesOpens in a new tab..) In fact, it also actually empowers personal strength and achievement. Bay leaf has been used for thousands of years as a potent purifier in smudging.

Why salt?

Salt is highly tied to the Earth and is a useful tool in fundamental magick like cleansing, purification, grounding, and healing. Its energy is a powerful complement to bay leaf.

Now that you know the purpose of salt and bay leaves in a glass, read more about Wiccan herbal magick.

Luna Clarke

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