Himalayan Salt -
Beautiful Pink Salt
I have been using Himalayan salt for many years now. This beautiful pink salt is mostly extracted from the Khewra Salt mine, which is 100 miles south of the city of Islamabad in Pakistan.
Himalayan salt enhances the flavours of food and has no bitter aftertaste like processed table salt. The amount of Himalayan salt I use to flavour food is also a lot less to what it used to be! I put this down to the wide range of minerals found in this salt.
Regular processed salt is around 95% sodium chloride with 5% additives like anticaking agents, iodide and fluoride. Himalayan salt is around 85% sodium chloride and 15% trace elements and minerals like magnesium, phosperous, calcium and iron.
Many processed salts have added iodide to prevent goiter developing. Dietary iodine is often low, so processed table salt is one of the main sources for dietary iodine. Himalayan salt doesn't contain iodine, so an alternative dietary source for iodine is required. I like to use kelp in broths, soups, stews and curries as a source of iodine in my diet.
When I introduced Himalayan salt to my mum, she instantly recognised this salt from her childhood in Pakistan. Living in the UK, I found another therapeutic food from my ancestral roots!
Himalayan salt is available in ground up form but I personally like to grind the crystals in my stone pestle and mortar. I find it therapeutic breaking the crystals down to flavour food. When you grind something yourself, you can be sure that there will be no additives and there has been no risk of contamination from fillers, additives etc which may be in the ready ground products!
In the UK we have a large South Asian population, so there are many ethnic foodstores where Himalayan salt is widely available and at a much lower price than Health Food Shops. I have been shocked at the high prices that some online health food suppliers charge for this salt!
Aside from flavouring food, Himalayan salt has many other benefits and may be used therapeutically in the bath. During the Winter the lymphatic and circulatory systems are prone to becoming more sluggish. This is usually from reduced movement and a more dehydrating diet. A Himalayan salt bath can give your body a boost and improve movement.
To get a drawing in of minerals from the salt into the body and a drawing out of toxicity like excess acidity, the concentration of the bath needs to be around 1% Himalayan salt. This usually equates to 1-1.25 kg of Himalayan salt mixed into an average bathtub of water.
How To Do A Himalayan Salt Bath
- Fill the bathtub with enough warm (not hot) water to soak in.
- Mix in 1-1.25 kg of Himalayan salt
- Soak for 20-30 minutes. Do not use oils or soaps. Useful to keep a glass of water near by, in case you feel thirsty.
- Do not shower off, just pat dry
- Hydrate by drinking water and then rest for an hour. Ideally do this bath before you go to bed.
Himalayan salt solution has a multitude of therapeutic uses such as: antiseptic/antibacterial wash for cuts and stitches, foot soaks, nasal washes, eye washes, easing sore throats by gargling and as a natural deoderant to name a few.
If you are pregnant or have heart or blood pressure issues then consult your doctor before using Himalayan salt as a therapeutic bath soak. Also, avoid this bath if you have any cuts or broken skin as it may sting too much!
Take a look at the Himalayan Salt Mine in Pakistan