Himalayan Rock Salt: An Ancient Source of Health & Beauty

photos courtesy of Salt Works, Tree Hugger, Sur la Table

Did you know that our word “salary” is form the Latin word for Salt? Ancient Romans were sometimes paid partly in salt…must be an important natural mineral. The key word here is NATURAL. Common table salt is manufactured, not natural. A microscopic view of table salt shows strange square-shaped molecules that are foreign. Sea Salt and Himalayan Salt (natural salts) are vital for health as they provide essential minerals for digestion, water absorption, brain development, and heart health!

We add some of these minerals, like fluoride into products and water – but this fluoride, again is synthetic and isolated – which can cause many problems. I highly recommend avoiding common table salt and replacing it with natural, unrefined salt.

Himalayan Rock Salt has been used for centuries in food preservation, cooking and seasoning. This ideal salt contains 84 trace elements / minerals and has known cleansing effects on the air we breathe. However, its not just ingesting the salt that reaps the health benefits. Just standing near a chunk of Himalayan rock salt can improve the quality of the air you breathe, thereby improving your overall health. Sounds pretty cool, huh?

Within the Himalayas there are beautiful, fresh flowing rivers and pristine lakes, each a product of glacial activity. These waters produce the salt that has been admired for its beauty and healing properties for years.

“Millions of years ago, water within the Himalayan mountain range evaporated under the hot sun and left pure, beautiful crystals of salt behind. The salt formed when the earth was pristine and free of toxins, and today, each grain of salt remains untainted and clean.” ~Salt Cave Inc

Here are some of the ways Himalayan Salt can benefit your body: ~Courtesy of mercola.com

  • Regulating the water content throughout your body.
  • Promoting a healthy pH balance in your cells, particularly your brain cells.
  • Promoting blood sugar health and helping to reduce the signs of aging.
  • Assisting in the generation of hydroelectric energy in cells in your body.
  • Absorption of food particles through your intestinal tract.
  • Supporting respiratory health.
  • Promoting sinus health.
  • Prevention of muscle cramps.
  • Promoting bone strength.
  • Regulating your sleep — it naturally promotes sleep.
  • Supporting your libido.
  • Promoting vascular health.
  • In conjunction with water it is actually essential for the regulation of your blood pressure.

Aside from using this pink salt in cooking and food seasoning, you can purchase salt lamps for home and office (especially recommended for near the bed or electronic devices.) We’ve added this Himalayan Salt Lamp to our treatment room at bien-etre skincare studio, and encourage you to try using one at home. Each pound of salt can help purify 10 square feet of living space. They are also really lovely!

The salt can be added to your bath in place of Epsom salt to aid in soothing muscles, nourishing skin and detoxifying the tissues.

Himalayan salt can also be used in lieu of sea salt or sugar in body scrubs.
Himalayan Salt Scrub Recipe:

½ cup Himalayan rock salt (small granules)
5 drops lemongrass and 5 drops lavender essential oil
¼ cup organic coconut oil

Blend all ingredients in a small bowl and take with you to the shower so that you can gentle rinse skin, massage scrub into skin and then rinse again in shower.

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