What Does Table Salt Have in Common with Grief and Depression?

Are you familiar with the old story of Sodom and Gomorrah, when the city was being destroyed, they were told not to look back? And Lot’s wife, looked back and she turned into a pillar of salt. That is exactly what table salt is, looking back, having a hard time letting go of the past. Table salt (Sodium Chloride) or the Latin name Natrum Muriaticum (Nat Mur) made into a Homeopathic remedy; is used for those that dwell on past events. Often, someone that experienced a grief or hurt and has a hard time letting go and moving on. It could stem from a grief, disappointment or right down to what someone said in the last 24 hours.

A typical Nat Mur can’t let go of an incident and has all this chatter in their head. They continue to analyze things forwards, backwards, inside and out throughout the day or at bedtime when the day’s activities are done. They are unable to turn their head off. Either they can’t fall asleep or they wake up in the middle of the night and start thinking.

How does it Start and Develop into Depression?

Example #1: A teenager has her first crush on the star football player. They’ve gone out to the movies a few times. Prom night is coming and she thinks he will ask her to the Prom. Then she finds out that he has asked someone else to the Prom. She comes home from school very upset. When her mom notices she asks her “if she’s ok?” The daughter runs to her bedroom, slams the door shut and cries into her pillow; so, no one can hear her sobbing. The mom knocks on her bedroom door and she says “go away leave me alone.”

Example #2: Your friend’s husband suddenly passes away from a heart attack and she goes into a deep depression from the grief. She has withdrawn from everyone and becomes a workaholic. You see your friend at the grocery store and you ask her how she is doing? She replies “I am doing ok.” You see her holding back her tears as her eyes well up. She continues telling you that there are days that she is so depressed, that all she wants to do is pull the covers over her head when the kids leave for school. She adds that she is having problems sleeping at nights. “I keep going over and over in my head, that if I had just stayed upstairs with him while he was looking up recipes for me; I would have been there when he collapsed on the floor. I could have given him CPR; he may still be alive.“ You give her a hug her to console her and she’s so stiff, it’s like hugging a statue. She continues “I am so frustrated, that I snap at the kids when they ask me questions, while I am in the middle of doing something. I was never like that to the kids.”

Those that need Nat Mur feel guilty, whether it is their fault or not. They want to withdraw from the everyone. They control their emotions, holding everything in. They feel out of control, when someone or something tries to control them. They become frustrated when some invades their space, by coming in and starting a conversation with them. It would be okay, if they started to talk to the other person first, so they can feel in control. They don’t cry in front of others, unless they feel comfortable with them. They are shut down or blocked and can’t express their emotions, because they have walled them off. They put all of their time and energy into their work and become introverted. They need to let go and move on or they will become hard and will lose the ability to ever express their emotions easily. These are people that must wear dark sunglasses, because the sun hurts their eyes; (from a grief).

Example #3: You know when you go to a family function and a particular relative is there and tells the same story; the story they told last year. The one about the co-worked that caused them to lose their job. The boss believed the co-worker and not them on what happened at work. Now, he states, I can’t get a job. All I want to do is play video games all day long. They go on and on like a broken record about what happened. They can’t let go of the hurt, they just can’t move on. They hold grudges and are revengeful to those that hurt them. “I hope that employee gets fired for what he is doing” he tells you.

Not letting go of the past can cause health conditions such as depression, heart palpitations, or high blood pressure.

Nat Mur People are Perfectionists and Procrastinators:

They want to choose what to do and when do it. They like to be in control at all times. They don’t like to be touched/hugged, unless they choose to touch or hug someone first.

Example #4: You ask your Nat Mur teenager to clean their room. They keep putting off cleaning their room (procrastination). Then two days later, they decide to clean their bedroom and everything is placed in its exact spot.

Nat Mur Children are Well Behaved:

They are very smart people, but will not speak up in class or cause anything to draw attention to themselves. They fear making a mistake, being made a fool of and being laughed at or ridiculed. These children can also be very irritable and throw temper tantrums. They are so angry and frustrated inside, that once they get something in their head, they can’t get over it. They will keep repeating the same phrase over and over as they say “like a broken record.” Saying something like, “But why can’t I get that toy” over and over again.

Looking for Their Soul Mate:

They are romantic and sentimental. But they have a fear of rejection and betrayal. They don’t trust people and they don’t believe people. This is because, they have been hurt and the hurt cause them to put a wall around their emotions. They can fall in love with married people, someone that is unobtainable. Why? So, they don’t get hurt again.

Infertility and Nat Mur People:

Remember the example of the teenager’s first crush? The teenage that was so crushed that she was not asked to go to the prom, has vowed to never love again. Then in her 20’s or 30’s she falls in love and finds she is infertile. The doctor can’t find anything physically wrong with her. There is no reason why she can’t get pregnant. This is a case of infertility from a grief. Address the old grief with Nat Mur and she will become fertile and able to get pregnant.

Other Characteristics of Nat Mur

It’s the silent grief, the suppressed, unresolved grief or depression that causes these health problems.

  • Don’t use public bathrooms, can’t urinate in public, turns water on so no one hears them peeing. Afraid to have bowel movement, it might smell when someone else walks in bathroom
  • Constipated; they hold in their emotions, which also means they hold in their stool
  • Can’t cry in public, will cry when alone or with someone they trust
  • Has dry skin and lips. Lower lip cracked down middle
  • Fears bumble bees, because they can sting and hurt them
  • Fears heights, looking down they feel they will lose control
  • Wants to be alone, worse with consolation
  • Claustrophobic, because of the emotional wall around them, they feel more closed in small areas or around a lot of people
  • Speaks in monotone


  • Craves salt (i.e. fish, olives), because their cells are deficient in salt or from the grief/depression.
  • Alternatively, food tastes too salty to them
  • Craves Chocolate, sweets, sour food (pickles) and foods in vinegar
  • Aversion fats, oysters – raw, because slimy

Health Conditions Nat Mur Can Have:

  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Lupus
  • Psoriasis
  • Kidney symptoms
  • Thyroid issues
  • Heart disorders, high blood pressure, palpitations
  • Sore throat
  • Prone to migraines
  • Herpes – genital, cold sores, fever blisters, canker sores
  • Allergies, especially to cats

Homeopathic Potencies Commonly Used

  • Acute symptoms – 30c or 200c
  • Chronic symptoms – 6c or LM’s

When you address these characteristic or health conditions with Nat Mur, you help let go of the grief or depression and gain back health and life. Grief and depression are common and it sometimes takes time to realize that someone is having trouble and is stuck and unable to move on without help. It is always better to address conditions acutely, but it is never too late to help a condition with homeopathy.


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About the Author: Virangini Cindy

Virangini Cindy Rounsaville, C. Hom., is a homeopathic health consultant and educator who has been involved with homeopathy since the early 1980's. She has studied the field extensively with internationally known homeopath and author Dr. Robin Murphy, N.D., among others. She began teaching and consulting in 1983 and, along with her late father Louis Dion, C. Hom. began a homeopathic study group in Hunterdon County, NJ to help people learn and use homeopathy in their daily lives. Virangini Cindy works closely with medical doctors, chiropractors, and other homeopathic and holistic practitioners. She has incorporated Rasavidya Medical Astrology (different than regular astrology) into her practice as well. Having practiced QiGong since the 1980's, she uses medical QiGong poses alongside the medical astrology to help individuals with life issues and chakra balancing.