Okay, natron is a naturally occurring substance found in Wadi Al Natrun. Mostly used in ancient Egypt for embalming (it’s a powerful desiccant – i.e. it dries), cleansing, ritual purity and various magical purposes. It’s a salt with a unique composition: sodium chloride (your average table salt), sodium carbonate decahydrate, sodium bicarbonate and sodium sulfate.
I’ve recently found on a few sites guidelines for making natron. Some even shared such ‘recipes and guidelines’ on Facebook. Most of them recommend blending regular table salt and baking soda and perhaps baking the mix for a few minute. What I’m trying to understand is how is that even remotely close to natron? How?
First of all, it doesn’t have the same chemical composition. I suppose you could re-create the chemical mix flawlessly in a lab, but in your kitchen? I don’t think so. Not to mention the whole natural process through which natron is naturally made cannot possibly be reproduced. Nature makes the stuff, not man.
Now the problem gets bigger as last I read, Egypt halted natron exports (something to do with preserving the Wadi Al Natrun area, which is admirable of them).
So buying it is obviously out of the question.
Magically, one can use natron either dissolved in water for ritual ablution or cleansing formulas, or various spiritual herbal bath mixes, etc.
Since we can’t get the genuine stuff, should we mix baking soda and salt and ‘make our own’? I want to hear from those who tried, I haven’t experimented with this at all, I use sea salt, rock salt, Himalayan pink salt, Hawaiian black salt and Persian blue salt for my magical endeavours (in heka workings I’ve used sea salt – either Cornish sea salt or Cyprus sea salt and I haven’t had one problem or setback).
So how do you personally make it? And how do you find it’s energetic resonance and uses in rituals and such?