Salt water cures are used extensively in feng shui to remedy negative feng shui. Many people believe that they help to absorb negative energy, especially after an illness (or if you have a problematic 2 or 5 flying star at your front door).
Some cures may sound strange, but feng shui is about harmonising the five elements.
- For best results your salt cure should be open to the air (not in a cupboard), but placed in an out-of-the-way position where it won’t be disturbed.
- Start by filling a glass with sea or rock salt until it’s third to half full. To protect your furniture, be sure to place it on a disposable coaster or mat.
- Next, place six Chinese coins on top of the salt – make sure the four Chinese characters are facing upwards – and fill the glass near full with water to activate.
- As the water evaporates, top it up. Over time, the salt will crust around the top – and you’ll know that it’s working well. Above, see one after less than two months!
TIP: Turn your salt water cure into a feature by using a glass vase instead. Anything from a simple round vase to a more ornate style should work well. Just check that it’s stable, and make sure animals can’t drink from it.
Simple salt water cure
For simplicity, I’ve been using sugar or salt shakers from discount shops. Glass herb jars can also be used, as long as a small opening is cut into the lid.
Half fill with rock salt then activate with copper and water. Copper pieces can be found in the plumbing section of most hardware stores. As the water evaporates, top it up.
IMPORTANT: Just before the Chinese New Year in February, your salt water cure should be wrapped up and thrown away (don’t reuse the glass). It can then be replaced with a fresh salt water cure.