Himalayan salt , known also as the Pink salt , is now becoming more and more popular among the health-conscious people .
It is all natural , abundant in essential minerals and found to be much better for the body compared to the common table salt , or the sea salt !
But , let’s take a closer look into what Himalayan Salt really is – its properties , benefits for health and uses .
Originated from the high altitudes of the Himalayan Mountain Range in Pakistan , the pink Himalayan salt is formed from the ancient sea beds crystalized during the Jurassic era . Being kept in an unspoiled environment protected by lava rocks , the salt is believed to be the purest salt available . Truly natural and uniquely beautiful , the salt boasts a translucent and gorgeous rose pink tint , indicating its rich iron and mineral content .
In present , Khewra Salt Mine ( or Mayo Salt Mine ) in Pakistan is the world second largest and the oldest salt mine . It is said to be discovered by Alexander the Great , when , with his army stopped for a rest , his horse started licking the stones on the ground . Soon , the soldiers noted that all horses were doing the same , they also tried and found the rocks to be quite salty . And , that’s how the KHewra salt deposits had been discovered .
Today , some 2330 years later , covering an area of 110 sq.km , 228 to 748 feet deep , the mine has over 40 kilometers of tunnels on 11 separate stories and is already a popular tourist destination . Tourists will be amazed seeing a small Badshahi Mosque built out there , or , more recently small salt versions of the Great Wall of China , and the Mall road of Murree that they can visit . At times , the many colors and bricks of light give the mine a sort of disco-Yellow-Brick-Road look .
The Khewra salt mine has its own fully functioning postal office , and a local grocery where people can taste and buy of the various kinds of reddish or pink rock salt .
According to the scientific studies , Himalayan salt is by far the only kind of salt that offers the largest number of natural minerals ( 84 of the 99 natural known elements ) . The elements the Meadow lists as found in Himalayan salt , in addition to sodium and chloride , in alphabetical order are : actinium , aluminum , antimony , arsenic , astatine , barium , beryllium , bismuth , boron , bromine , cadmium , calcium , carbon , cerium , cesium , chromium , cobalt , copper , dysprosium , erbium , europium fluorine , francium , gadolinium , gallium , germanium , gold , hafnium , holmium , hydrogen , indium , iodine ,iridium , iron , lanthanum , lead , lithium , lutetium , magnesium , manganese , mercury , molybdenum , neodymium , neptunium , nickel , niobium , nitrogen , osmium , oxygen , palladium , phosphorus , platinum , plutonium , polonium , potassium , praseodymium , protactinium , radium , rhenium , rhodium , rubidium , ruthenium , samarium , scandium , selenium , silicon , silver , strontium , sulfur , tantalum , tellurium , terbium thallium , thorium , thulium , tin , titanium , uranium , vanadium , wolfram , ytthrium , yttrium, terbium , thallium , thorium , thulium , tin , titanium , uranium , vanadium , wolfram , yttrium , zinc and zirconium .
These trace elements help in maintaining homeostasis , stimulating blood circulation , detoxifying the body , dissolving kidney and gall stones , as well as treating psoriasis .
Himalayan salt has been used to help detoxify the body in the form of brine treatment , most commonly done in the form of a bath .
Himalayan salt is most commonly found as coarse grains , fine grains , or large blocks making it perfect for cooking and seasoning as well in any of the forms . Salt blocks can be used as serving platters that delicately “season” the food they serve . They make a gorgeous presentation for sushi , savory tapas , grilled meats , seafood , and even fruits . Simple and easy to use , they only need to be wiped clean with damp cloth .
The more common way to enjoy the salt is by simply sprinkling it on your favorite soups , pastas , and sauces . Rubbing it on meat also helps to reduce the gamey taste and aroma and makes it an excellent food preservation method .
Besides flavoring the food , gargling with a mixture of Himalayan salt and water every morning can improve gum health and eliminate bad breath .
More recently , in a world overrun with stress and anxiety – like the world of the times we are living in – the benefits of the Himalayan salt in the form of salt lamps are becoming more and more clear as having a great impact on health . As an agent able to clean the air around or by increasing the emission of negative ions , increasing the oxygen flow in the brain , and fighting diseases – these lamps become a simple solution to bolster your health , lower the anxiety levels and protect you from the damaging effects of the technology surrounding us – like cellphones , laptops , televisions , or microwaves – making you feel really rejuvenated .