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Why is Salt Considered a Good Feng Shui Cure to Remove Negative Energy?

Salt has played a vital part in religious rituals in many cultures. It is an ancient mineral that has and continues to be used for various purposes that include body purification treatments, massages and removing negative, low energies from dwellings. In Feng Shui it's common to place salt in your bedroom, kitchen, living room and especially by the front door. You could also place salt in other areas of your home where you get an uneasy feeling, such as with the attic. 

How you implement the salt purification cure is up to you. Traditionally, people would sprinkle the salt mindfully around the selected room's perimeter. Being practical in the modern world, you may not want to do that as it could erode wooden floors. Instead, you could place the salt in a small bowl and arrange it in the room where it will not be accidentally prematurely thrown out, played with or ingested. 

There is a time-line of expiration for this particular cure. Nine nights (including the first night of the cure's implementation) is when the purification is the strongest. After that, some clients may prefer to keep the salt within their home for 6 months. Traditionally, the Chinese New Year a great time to replace the salt purification cure.

How could you dispose of the old salt?

  • Some may place the expired salt in an outside garbage can, and if you choose this method please be respectful and give thanks to the purification process. 


  • A more preferred method is to bury the salt outside (and not on your property).  Perhaps go to a local park or the beach and bury it. Mother Earth (Gaia) and the ocean will recycle that unwanted energy and transform it into new. 


Quick additional insights:

  • Use organic or kosher salt only.
  • Do your best to blend the salt bowl into the existing decor vs concealing it inside a cabinet or draw. It needs to 'breathe' and have an opportunity to absorb the negative energy.



Laura Cerrano is a second-generation Certified New York City Feng Shui Consultant Expert. As a full-time Feng Shui consultant, Laura provides bicoastal consultations and workshops for residential, commercial, real estate developments, Fortune 500 companies and healing faculties. In addition, Laura is a resident teacher at the Metropolitan Institute of Design in Syosset, NY. She has been featured in highly respected publications and TV networks such as Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen," PBS, CBC Television, BBC Radio and The New York Times. 


Comment balloon 18 commentsLaura Cerrano • May 30 2017 11:37AM


Interesting....I am afraid Dini might decide this was something to play with and explore....but good to know it has an expiration and can be hidden.

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) almost 2 years ago

Good morning Laura Cerrano ,

I've never heard of this practice so I've learned some new today! I enjoy reading your posts..always a nw Feng Shui practice unfolding.

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) almost 2 years ago

You learn something new every day Laura! Thank you, who doesn't want to rid yourself of negative energy?

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 2 years ago

Very interesting!  I have several himalayan salt lamps around, but did not know about this use of salt.

Posted by Susan Haughton, Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results. (Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545) almost 2 years ago

Good morning Laura. Never knew about this. Thanks for the heads-up! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) almost 2 years ago

I don't think I can get onboard with this idea although I get it. Maybe it is the radiation I had in the head and neck that affects my saliva and salt is really bad for me.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) almost 2 years ago

Good morning Laura!  Wow, I had no idea. I think we all need to purify our lives from time to time.

Posted by Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR, Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations (WestUSA Realty) almost 2 years ago

Hi Laura Cerrano 

I don't know all that much about Feng Shui, so I learned something new today

Posted by Doug Dawes, Your Personal Realtor® (Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA) almost 2 years ago

I'd never heard of this before, so thanks!

Posted by Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) almost 2 years ago

This is a new one on me too but I do not waste any salt it gets used all the time in small quantities in my kitchen:))Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) almost 2 years ago

Hi, Laura.  This is good news for me because I just love salt and use it everywhere.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) almost 2 years ago

You taught me something new today. So, organic or Kosher? Regular table salt won't do??

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) almost 2 years ago


You turned into an interesting and informative post.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) almost 2 years ago

Good Morning, Laura! WOW, very interesting - I had no idea!  I suppose it's good that the modern day practice has been modified to protect wood floors. And when you were suggesting how to get rid of it - I wonder if those who live by the ocean can sprinkle the expired salt into the ocean?  Or does it HAVE to be buried?

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) almost 2 years ago

I stay abreast of Feng Shui but by no means am I an expert. I have not heard of this practice of placing salt in various places . I know many clients who place crystals in various places for similar reasons. There are clients who are looking for certain things in a home and will not buy it if it does not meet their minimum requirements. 

Just curious Laura, How do salt lamps play into this?  

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 2 years ago

I have not heard this before. Your detailed instructions are much appreciated! I love the idea of taking the used salt to the beach and having nature renew it!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) almost 2 years ago

Laura, thanks for the Feng Shui practice of using salt in the home. I will put some in my office at home.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) almost 2 years ago

Happy Birthday Laura Cerrano . Hope you have a great day and a great week!!!

Posted by Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR, Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations (WestUSA Realty) almost 2 years ago

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