From a reader:
Is it a respectful and proper use of the sacramentals of Holy Water and Blessed Salt for a pious Catholic to either consume or cook with them, for the purpose of (without superstition) restoring and promoting health of mind and body for themselves and their loved ones?
I have heard differing opinions on the matter, both from priests and laity, and was wondering if Canon Law or other documents spoke to their proper usage. Your personal opinion would also be most appreciated.
I think it is proper to use blessed salt also for cooking.
The prayer for the blessing of salt refers to its consumption.
O you creature of salt, I purge you of all evil by the living + God, by the true + God, by the holy + God, who commanded by the Prophet Elisha that you be put into water in order that the sterility of the water would be healed: so that you might be rendered a purified salt for the salvation of believers, and so that you might be a healthiness of soul and body to all who consume you, and so that you may put to flight and drive out from a place in which you will have been scattered every phantom and wickedness, and cunning trap of diabolical deceit, and every unclean spirit be solemnly banished by command through Him Who shall come to judge the living and the dead, and the world by fire. R. Amen.
As you can see, blessed salt is for the blessing of holy water, for sprinkling in places, and for consumption.
Using Holy Water? I don’t see why not. However, sometimes it is old. If it wasn’t perfectly fresh I would hesitate to use it.