What is Natron?
Natron is mineralised salt which was found on the dry banks of the Nile in Ancient Egypt. It was used by the Ancient Egyptians to clean, purify as well as preserve. Mixed with water it was used as a cleaning product for the home, temple etc and mixed with oil it was used as soap. Natron was used to preserve foods such as fish and meat, it was used in the embalming process of mummification, mixed with other ingredients it was used in the production of glass and ceramics, fuel, antiseptic, insecticide and bleach. Natron has a protective element and as such was used to project and to strengthen protection spiritually and physically.
Since natron was a natural occurrence found on the banks of the Nile and we don’t have the luxury of being able to collect it this way, I would like to share with you how to make your own natron.
Tina’s Natron Recipe (© T. Georgitsis 2014)
- Baking Soda
- Kosha Salt
- Purified Water
- Mortar & Pestle
- Cooking Pot
- Baking Paper
- Oven Tray
- Food Netting
- Glass Containers with Lids
Mix some baking soda and kosher salt in the blender or in a mortar with a pestle – ¼ part baking soda to ¾ part salt.
- Mix one cup kosher salt and one cup baking soda and place in a cooking pot (shouldn’t be more than ¼ of the depth of the pot).
- Add water until it covers the mixture and heat on low whilst constantly stirring.
- Once it reaches boiling point ensure all the ingredients blend smoothly and take off heat.
- Mixture should be slime like substance which you can now pour and spread over a baking paper lined oven tray.
- You can put it in direct sunlight to dry out covered by netting so it isn’t polluted by grit or bugs (this can take a month or so) or alternatively place in a very low oven for several hours until the mixture dries out ensuring the mixture doesn’t turn brown as it must remain white in colour.
- Store in airtight glass container.
Simple Use for Natron
Take a few small grain sized pieces of natron and mix them with a little purified warm water. Take a cloth sponge and dampen it in this mixture and use to clean your shrine icons. This is a pure way to clear your icons of all pollutants both physical and etheric.
© T. Georgitsis 2014 (recipes first appeared in The Australian Pagan Magazine Issue 6 2014 in article “Purification in Kemet”)