Himalayan salt’s Origin
The popular Himalayan mountain range is in Asia, and passes through China, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bhutan, and India. Most of the people often associate this mountain with the highest peak in the world – Mont Everest, but there is something more spectacular about it – the popular Himalayan salt.
The crystallized sea salt beds, hundreds of million years ago were covered with lava. Now, they lie deep in the Himalayans.
The salt was not just preserved in a clear environment surrounded with ice and snow, but also the lava protected it from pollution. This is the reason why the Himalayan Pink Salt is thought-out to be the purest salt there. Today, the salt is hand-mined from the mountains and after that it is sold on the market.
Why the salt is colored in pink?
The pink color of the salt shows that the Himalayan salt is loaded with many minerals and energy-rich iron.
Same as the minerals and vitamins are packed with veggies and fruits, minerals found in this salt also works in synergy.
Synergy is an interaction of various elements in a certain system, which produces an effect that is different from the other effects.
Iodine – natural salts are rich in iodine, and because of that there is no need to be added in it after that.
Less sodium – Himalayan salt has the same elements like the table salt, but because its crystals are larger than those of the refined salt, this salt contains less sodium per ¼ t serving. This is like that because the sea salt flakes take up less room in one teaspoon in a comparison to the refined table salt.
The Himalayan salt has 80+ minerals and elements
This salt consists of mineral packed crystals which are naturally formed within the earth, and they are made up of 85.62 percent sodium chloride and 14.38 percent trace minerals like magnesium, sulphate, potassium, calcium, bicarbonate, borate, fluoride, bromide, and strontium.
The Himalayan salt, thanks to its very rich mineral content can:
- Balance the electrolytes
- Balance the water content outside and inside cells
- Ease muscle cramps
- Balance pH values and also reduce acid reflux
- Boost the metabolism
- Decrease the blood pressure
- Improves the structure of the bones
- Prevents goiters
- Aids the absorption of the nutrients
- Eliminate and dissolve toxins
- Boost the circulation
Many health experts believe that this salt can prevent premature aging, increase libido, and eliminate heavy metals from the body.
Himalayan salt vs. Sea salt
Even though the pink salt comes from the mountain, actually it is sea salt. The salt comes from salted water – salt-water lake or an ocean.
But, you should know that the Himalayan salt is the purest type of sea salt.
What makes the table salt inferior?
The producers remove all the minerals of the salt, besides chloride and sodium, but the refined salt is also bleached, cleaned and exposed to very high temperatures.
The table salt has anti-caking agents, which prevent it from mixing with water in the salt package. This agents also prevent the salt from dissolving in the body, so it builds up in the tissues and organs, resulting in serious health conditions.
Also, the producers add synthetic iodine, which can’t be digested properly by the body.
The additives make up 2 percent of the table salt.
Uses of the Himalayan salt
Salt Slabs – Slabs will impart better mineral content and better taste. Chilled: use veggies, fruits, sushi, or cheese like a decoration. Frozen: cold delicious sorbets and desserts. Heated: the slabs can be used to sear shrimp, veggies, thinly sliced beef, fish fillets and you even fry eggs. Dense salt blocks conduct the heat.
The Himalayan salt also is a natural anti-microbial product, and the clean up needs a simple rinse or scrub.
Cooking and curing – you should always use pre-ground salt or grinders as any other type of salt.
Bathing – you can enjoy a detoxifying Himalayan salt bath. The nutrients from the salt can soothe sore muscles and stimulate the circulation. This salt has more than 80 skin-friendly and nourishing minerals, so this salt bath will give you a healing and therapeutic experience for both soul and body.
Air purification – you can find crystal rock lamps on the internet stores.
Essential Oil Diffusers and Potpourri Holders – most on-line web pages offer cute home décor with this pink salt as crystal rocks.
Decoration – you can sprinkle the pink salt in containers, sprinkle it on the food or use it as décor crystals.
Confidently, none of the guests will be surprised of the color of your salt.
If you eat meat, brining should always be in your tools. Brining makes the meat succulent and super-juicy. See this simple recipe:
Basic brine for poultry and pork (low sodium) – it is good for up to 8 lbs of protein
- 3 ounces sea salt
- 1 gallon water
- 1 tbsp citrus zest (use orange, lime or lemon)
- 3 ounces sugar – optional
Add the ingredients to the pot and simmer the liquid until the salt and sugar dissolve. Take the pot off the heat, let it cool before you use the brine and let the meat brine for 6 hours. Drain the meat and then let it air dry for 2 hours in the fridge. Grill, broil, roast – use your preferable method of cooking.