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The Feng Shui Salt Water Cure: Does Your Home Need It?

How to make and use the feng shui salt water cure


The Feng Shui Salt Water Cure: Does Your Home Need It?

Salt has long been used as an ancient aid to cleanse and purify the energy; be it the feng shui energy in a building or the energy in one's body. To see a feng shui salt water cure and how this feng shui cure changes in time, check the next two photos.

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The feng shui salt water cure is a popular feng shui cure used to neutralize the potentially negative effects of challenging feng shui annual stars in a home or office.

This feng shui cure is usually used for feng shui star # 2 and star # 5 (some feng shui practitioners also use it for star # 3). As each of these negative feng shui stars are of a feng shui element that is weaker than metal - # 2 and # 5 are earth, while # 3 is wood - a strong metal cure is used to weaken their energies, thus their negative effects.

Be sure to understand the annual stars feng shui info, as well as the basics of the flying star school of feng shui, as this will give you a better feel for the use of the salt water cure.

Basically, if in any given year these inauspicious stars - # 2, #3, or #5 - are located in your bedroom, your kitchen, your living room or your front door (as well as any other areas you spend a lot of time in, such as the home office, for example), then you can use the salt water feng shui cure to negate the bad energy.

However, if these stars are located in an area with a closet, a bathroom, a storage area, or just an empty, unused space in your home or office, then you might not need to apply the feng shui salt water cure.

In order to avoid confusion, it is important to understand that this cure is used by the Flying Star school of feng shui which calculates the yearly movements of the beneficial and not so beneficial feng shui energies (stars). This cure is rarely used by other feng shui schools.

However, as with any other popular cure, understanding its essence is a big part of achieving success with feng shui. So, why is the salt water cure considered powerful?

Salt is an ancient mineral with precious properties, including strong cleansing properties, and it has been used in various cleansing rituals since very old times. Salt is also used in various body purification treatments and massages, as it has the ability to absorb the negative, dull, low energies, thus leaving the energy fresh and pure.

In simple terms, the salt water feng shui cure combines the strong purifying effects of salt and water combined with the chemical reaction between metal and salt (as you will see, the metal element is present in this cure with the use of Chinese coins.)

Salt that is used for purification is not to be consumed; and in feng shui this cure is discarded after a specific amount of time, usually after one lunar year. A new salt water cure is usually placed in a home or office before the Chinese New Year.

The look of this feng shui cure will change in time, especially if there is a lot of negative energy in the space. The container will have a build-up of salt crystals overflowing its edges, in some cases quite a thick build-up, so many people change this cure more than once a year.

If you are interested in the salt water feng shui cure, and feel that your home might benefit from it, here are the basic instructions for creating and using one.


- Salt (ideally high quality rock salt)
- A Container (glass, porcelain or metal)
- 6 Chinese Coins (made from brass)
- Water (to fill 3/4 of your chosen container)
- A protective mat, or a stand.


1. Fill your chosen container with salt up to 3/4 of its capacity.
2. Place the 6 Chinese coins on top of the salt; the coins should be placed with the Yang side up (the side with the four Chinese characters).
3. Add water to fill the container to the top.
4. Place the container on a protective mat, or stand in the home area where you need it.
5. The salt water cure container should be left open, do not cover it or place it in a covered space, such as a kitchen cupboard, for example.

  • Place your salt water cure in an area where you know the container will be safe, i.e. not tipped over, moved or otherwise tampered with. Usually a room corner works well.

  • If you do not like the look of the salt water cure (it will change even more in time); be sure to place it behind a decor object so that your feng shui cure is not visible. For example, you can have your salt water cure behind the sofa, a screen or a big lush plant.

  • You should be able to have access to you salt water cure in order to add water as needed.

  • Because the feng shui salt water cure will absorb and accumulate a lot of negative energy, care should be taken with its disposal. Do not cleanse the bowl and the coins, but rather properly discard the whole cure.

The feng shui salt water cure is usually used in tandem with other metal cures, because the ill effects of the flying stars # 2, # 3 and # 5 are destroyed by metal. So, feng shui cures such as a 6 hollow metal rod wind chime, a metal Wu Lou (Chinese gourd) or metal bowls are often used in addition to the salt water cure in order to achieve best results.

The use of number 6 - as in the number of Chinese coins for the salt water cure, as well as the number of metal rods in the wind chime - is based on the fact that in feng shui, 6 is considered to be a number with strong metal essence. (See the I Ching trigrams of the Bagua with 6 in the Chi'en trigram, a metal element trigram).

This is about all you need to know to create a feng shui salt water cure! To see how this cure transforms in time, check photo # 3 above (courtesy of FengShuiBestBuy.com).

If you have a question about the salt water cure, or any other feng shui applications, ask your question at the feng shui forum.

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