Thursday night I couldnt fall asleep. Id been reading my
new rock book
and then started thinking about my next trip to Michigans
U.P., and the mines we were going to explore...then I started thinking
about putting together a display for the next Michigan Mineralogical
Societys rock & mineral show in October... By this point I
was far too excited to go to sleep. And then it occurred to me: I have
a newsletter to write this weekend! I had completely forgotten about
it. And I certainly didnt have a topic planned. Then, suddenly,
it popped in my head: salt, Ill write about salt. And then, I
Even though it took me a few days to get the newsletter sent out, I
actually did write it on Sat. Feb 28. Saturday was the 2nd full moon
during February. So thats why there are 2 newsletters going out
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Halite is Salt
Naturally occurring salt is a mineral, as is naturally occurring ice.
Salt actually occurs as the mineral Halite, and in massive
forms it is considered a rock, called Rock Salt. Halite
is sodium chloride (NaCl). If you have a mineral that you suspect may
be Halite, the best way to test it to see if it is indeed Halite is
to lick it! Seriously. If it tastes like salt, its Halite.
Halite forms as a result of the evaporation of saline water. For example,
an ancient salt-water sea could be completely or partially cut off from
the greater ocean, though movement of the continents during the formation
of the Earth. Sometimes the isolated salt-water continued to exist in
liquid form. An example of this is Utahs Great Salt Lake. Other
times, if the conditions are just right, the liquid water evaporates
leaving behind solid salt, Halite. Halite is highly soluble in water,
and should be stored in dry low-humidity conditions if you want to keep
your Halite crystals intact. Halite occurs in cubic crystals, and is
actually quite soft only 2 ½ on the Mohs hardness
scale, meaning it can easily be scratched by a copper coin.
Halite from Detroit Salt Mine
Although commonly white or colorless (actually the purest Halite) it
can occur in other colors: blue, brown, grey/black, orange, pink, and
violet. Various colors can be caused by chemical impurities in the mineral,
or by the structure of the crystal system itself. For example, Hematite
creates the orange color. Blue occurs because of irregularities in the
crystalline structure, which reflect light differently from the adjoining
white or colorless crystals.
Grey/Brown Rock Salt
Halite often occurs in desert areas, in combination with other evaporate
minerals like Gypsum and Anhydrite. It can be exposed as rock salt
caverns; often these become mines. The worlds largest salt mine
is in Retsof, New York. Poland also has large salt deposits underground.
In the Wieliczka Salt Mines , in the Krakow region of Poland, an entire
chapel was carved out of the rock salt by the miners, so they would
have a place to worship. This mine dates from the 13th century. Polish
salt is so pure it can be marketed without further processing to eliminate
impurities. The city of Salzburg, in Austria, is also famed for its
salt deposits. Its name actually means city of salt.
Salt deserts occur in Americas Southwest. Salt domes occur in
the Gulf of Mexico and in the Middle East. The Dead Sea, in Jordan,
has the highest saline concentration of any body of water. People
easily float on the waters of the Dead Sea, because the salt is so
densely concentrated. Salt form the Dead Sea is extremely healing
and restorative to the body. Locals and tourists bathe in the salty
water to refresh their skin, release tension in their muscles, and
even to treat dermatological conditions.
Peach Himalayan Salt
There is even a salt mine in Detroit, Michigan. It is no longer open
to the public, however, as far as I know it is still a working mine.
When I was younger, about 7 or 8 I think, my Mom and my Grandma and
I took a trip to visit the Detroit Salt Mine. We actually got to go
down into the mine, ride a tram, learn how the mineral was gathered
and transported to the surface, and the coolest thing of all: we got
to take samples. I still have 3 pieces of Halite from the Detroit mine
2 small colorless well formed crystals, and one grey/brown piece
of Rock Salt, which is about hand-specimen size.
Detroit Salt Mine Hoist
Yes, these are the kinds of vacations I went on when I was a kid...how
geeky is that?! And I loved it! How many 7 year olds get to say they
visited a working mine
? Personally, I think its pretty cool.
I had always picked up rocks and seashells when I was little, and was
digging in the dirt looking for treasures when Id go outside;
I had a little rock tumbler, and one of those make-your-own-volcano
kits; and I actually started collecting rocks and minerals when I was
about 6 years old
so my interest was there at a very young age.
And I often cite the Detroit mine trip and my vacation to the Mammoth
Caves in Kentucky I was around 11 or 12 then as the two
experiences that solidified my interest in geology and the wonders of
My Grandmother and me collecting salt in the Detroit
Halite has been harvested since Neolithic times. It has been used as
currency, to preserve food (in warm climates without ice and snow, and
before commercial refrigeration it was the only way to preserve food),
to flavor food, to heal the body. It is used in cosmetic products and
lotions. It is used by farmers for their animals. It is used as a flux
for melting metal. It is put in glaze for coating porcelain. The chlorine
is extracted from Halite and used in the formation of hydrochloric acid.
It is used in the manufacture of glass, and the making of soap. It is
the source of sodium carbonate (soda ash) and sodium bicarbonate (baking
powder). And from around November to March, here in Michigan and in
other states with harsh Winters, salt is commonly used to melt ice on
the roads. Besides it industrial and culinary uses, salt has been and
still is, used as spiritual offerings in religious ceremonies and spiritual
Salt Crystals forming on ceramic.
Just think of all the things we could not do, and foods we could not
eat, if we did not have this precious mineral. Halite is as important
to human culture as agriculture or the smelting of metal.
Metaphysical Properties of Halite
First and foremost, Halite is a spiritual cleanser. It easily clears
our auric fields of negative energy. It is excellent to use in grids
especially effective used in combination with Selenite
(another great cleanser) and colorless Quartz (which enhances
and amplifies energy) to clear stagnant energy in ones
environment. It is a purifier of energy. It removes dense energy and
obstructions in ones auric field, and anything that cannot be
removed, it can transform into lighter energy that vibrate at a higher
level. Being a wonderful cleanser, Halite helps to dissolve old habitual
negative thought patterns that are harmful to ones growth.
Pink Halite and Blue Halite are the most
widely used in spiritual cleansing, ceremony, and crystal healing.
Blue Halite cleanses the Third Eye & Ajna Chakras,
and the Throat Chakra. Used with indigo, violet, and colorless crystals
it clears debris from the Crown Chakra as well. A trio of Quartz,
Amethyst, and Iolite, accompanied with Blue Halite acts as
a triple activation on the Crown, Ajna, and Throat Chakras, increasing
psychic awareness and clearing ones mind to better receive spiritual
messages. When used in a layout on the Third Eye Chakra is can eliminate
a block that hinders one from seeing ones true path in life.
The Pink variety of Halite, as well as being used for
the usual cleansing, is an ideal mineral to manifest self-love. It clears
out feelings of guilt, unworthiness, and un-forgiveness of ones
own mistakes, and helps to replace these detrimental thoughts with acceptance,
self-worth, and forgiveness. It helps to dissolve disorderly, cloudy,
or foggy thinking. It helps one to see truth more clearly and accept
it more easily. Dissolving some Pink Halite in a cleansing bath is a
relaxing and therapeutic experience. As well as softening the skin and
relaxing the muscles, it also clears the etheric field. It has a calming
effect on the mind and relaxes the body. It is also used in detaching
unhealthy spirit entities from ones energetic field.
Grey/Black Halite is used when clearing the densest and
most negative energies from ones environment. It can be used in
home clearings and blessings to eliminate the stagnant and residual
negative energies from previous occupants before moving into a new house.
Red Halite draws out infection from the physical body
and impurities from the etheric body. Someone undergoing any type of
detoxification may want to carry this type of salt with them to help
them detox, and give them the added vitality their body would need while
going through the process.
Violet Halite actually helps to eliminate unpleasant
dreams. Place a piece under your pillow with a piece of Amethyst
to help counter any disturbing nightmares and relax into a deep restful
Yellow Halite increases physical vitality. It helps one
with retaining knowledge, and encourages self-discipline when learning
a challenging task.