A basic daily necessity for flavouring food, Salt, is also surrounded by many myths and beliefs.
A well-known story related to sacred bonds is there. Exchanging salt represents a deep eternal friendship bond and respect for each other. This ritual is considered the unbreakable bond which is respected for life. So, when anyone spills the salt, it is considered being disrespectful for the person (friend) and to be a bad omen.
In later times this myth changed. It says the demons or witches are afraid of holding, asking and taking salt in their kitchen; salt as it is sacred. Hence they make us spill the salt so that the friendship and the bond can be broken due to the myth of being disrespected. That is why we throw salt back of our shoulder which goes into the eyes of demons and they run away i.e. Nazar.
In ancient times Salt was considered the most valuable thing and given as salary to soldiers because lots of hard work and time is given to gain salt and due to its necessity.
Uses of Salt
According to science, Salt is a preservative and absorbent due to which food does not rot. Because salt sucks all the water out and kills any bacteria.
Water is necessary for life. Since people could not see microscopic organisms before the invention of microscopes, rot, decay and putrefaction were associated with evil spirits. Since salt prevents rot it must logically drive away evil spirits.
Saltworks as an effective yet gentle scouring agent.
Salt also serves as a catalyst for other ingredients, such as vinegar. It boosts cleaning and deodorizing action hence used in home, body and aura cleaning.
Sprinkle the salt on fresh liquid spills (like red wine) to prevent them from staining carpets or clothes.
Pour a bit of salt in moist, stinky shoes, let sit overnight, and find them refreshed in the morning.