“Himalayan Pink Salt is one of the purest salts on Earth, since it is completely free from modern-day pollutants. It was formed as a result of evaporation of ancient seas over 250 million years ago, and contains all the essential elements of the Periodic Table, in perfect balance with each other, as they were found in ancient seas. It is believed that the human body is the mini-ocean as far as its mineral makeup is concerned, so Himalayan salt is one of the best sources of minerals.
It is being used in baths and foot baths, to soak tired muscles and relieve fatigue, aches, pains, help with infections of any kind. It is also used as a nose rinse for people suffering from hay fever, as well as sinusitis, and as a mouth wash to help with a sore throat and sore gums. The salt can also be added to food and drink of sports people, to replenish body salts and re-balance the system. And of course one should not forget those who lose a lot of fluids through sweating or diarrohoea.
Himalayan salt is also used in salt caves to address respiratory problems. Salt lamps are made out of it to promote release of health-boosting ions into the air. And of course one of the major uses of Himalayan salt is as a food product, as a balanced replacement for sodium chloride and sea salt. Of course, like with any salt, one has to watch its intake, and in cases of kidney problems and high blolod pressure, intake of any salt has to be closely monitored.
And another often overlooked application of this salt is as an additive to animal feed/drinks, especially horses, since they tend to lose a lot of salt during exercise.
So what is the difference between Himalayan salt, sodium chloride (table salt), and sea salt?
The sodium chloride salt which we consume in food contains no other minerals, since it is a purified salt. Sodium chloride is required in large quantities by various industries, so it is produced on a large scale. The remainder ends up in the food industry, as a preservative and as an additive to foods and drinks. This means that when it gets into the body it only replenishes the sodium in it, at the expense of other essential minerals, such as potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, etc. This creates an imbalance in the mineral content in the body, which in turn creates health complications, such as raised blood pressure, fluid retention, joint and muscle stiffness, bone porosity, kidney damage, skin problems, arthritis, gout, etc. The other problem with table salt that it has artificially-added iodine, and it can be toxic to the body in certain cases, such as overactive thyroid.
Modern-day sea salt is also purified of pollutants, which disturbs its balance too. Also, some pollutants are impossible to remove, so they still stay in the salt, even though in “permissible” quantities.
Himalayan salt is unpurified, and gets to us as it is found in nature, replicating the mineral content of a human body. The only processing which it undergoes is mechanical, since the salt needs to be either ground and packaged, or broken into pieces and made into various articles (e.g. salt lamps).
- Poor circulation
- Poor muscle tone
- Skin infections, acne
- Nail infections
- Tiredness, low energy, general weakness, lethargy
- Leg ulcers
- Sore throat & gums
- Blocked sinuses
- Mineral loss due to excessive & diarrohoea
- Physical exertion
- Animals: physical exertion, mineral loss, excessive sweating, diarrhoea.
- Bath: mix 500g in a warm bath, to relieve aches, pains, fatigue, boost circulation.
- Foot bath: mix 200g in about 5 litres of very warm water. Helps relieve tired feet, poor circulation in the legs, ulcers, infections.
- Compress:: mix 10g (1 tablespoon) of Himalayan salt with 100ml of hot water. Soak a cloth, apply on an affected area, cover with clingfilm, wrap up with a warm scarf. Helps with bruised areas, or where circulation is slow.
- Mouth wash: mix 10g (1 tablespoon) of Himalayan salt with 100ml of warm water. Rinse frequently, to help with a sore throat, infected gums.
- Nose rinse: add 1g of salt (1/5 of a tsp) to 100ml of warm water. Use a pipette or a syringe to put a few drops in each nostril, as often as required, for sinusitis, hay fever and allergic rhinitis.
- Cooking salt: add as required”.
Note: All this information is given as information only and should not be treated as medical advice. Please do not resort to self-treatment. Consult a doctor if feeling unwell. We do not diagnose or prescribe any treatments, and cannot give recommendations as to the dosage or frequency of application.
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