Hot Foot Powder is a name for a strong banishing formula found in the practice of hoodoo/rootwork. The name 'hot foot' refers both to the ingredients in the powder which are meant to magically burn and bring pain and suffering to the victim who steps on it as well as to the phrase, 'hot foot it out of town', meaning to leave in a hurry.
Recipes for hot foot powder vary from practitioner to practitioner, but a basic recipe for the mixture is made from the following:
- Powdered Red Pepper
- Powdered Black Pepper
- Brimstone (Sulphur) Powder
- Salt (or Talcum Powder or Corn Starch)
The mixture is ground into a fine powder and is deployed by sprinkling in the path of the victim. When the victim steps on the powder it is believed to magically poison them through their feet. People who have been afflicted will experience bad luck, nervous complaints such as mania, agitation, anger, physical restlessness, and a troubled mind, all of which will work together to force the victim from the worker's life. Unfortunately the effects may be permanent. The afflicted may never again find peace in this world.
Although originating as a powder, the hot foot recipe has been adapted into an oil, incense, and even floor wash form which are sold commercially. Let the buyer beware. Some occult shops sell products with the 'hot foot' label that do not contain any genuine ingredients. A good way to judge if such is the case is to smell the product. If it smells "too nice" then it's probably not the 'real deal'.
Hot Foot Powder
Note: Please use caution when using Hot Foot Powder. If a person has done you no wrong then one may wish to try another less-gently method for magically removing them from your life. The effects of Hot Foot powder may be life-long, so please keep that in mind.