Himalayan Salt Story

Himalayan Salt

The story of Himalayan salt dates back over 500 million years, in the formative Precambrian era. The gradual evaporation of water from the inland sea left behind expansive mineral salt deposits as its residue. The seabed was led to being hermetically sealed, further with the shifting of continents, the rocks neighboring the seabed were pushed upwards inaugurating the formation of mountain ranges where these Salt Mines are now located and is called Khewra Salt Mine. Khewra Salt Mine is the second largest Salt Mine in the world and is in a city called Khewra in Pakistan, Asia.

The story of how the salt deposits at Khewra were discovered is quite intriguing. In 326 BC Alexander the Great and his entourage were passing through a South Asia region (Pakistan) and when they reached an area now called Khewra the horses began to lick the stones on the ground. This was noticed by the soldiers of Alexander the Great and when the soldiers inspected the stones, they found them to be quite salty and this is how the salt reserves at Khewra were discovered. But it was during the Mughal era that the salt started to be traded in markets and then the mine was taken over by a Sikh Commander – Hari Singh Nalwa and the Raja of Jammu – Gulab Singh. In 1872, under the British Rule the mine was significantly improved to make the process of mining the salt efficient and safe for the miners.

Himalayan Salt Benfits

Himalayan Salt is harvested by hand by skilled workers from the Khewra Salt Mines and it is minimally processed to provide a natural alternative to regular table salt. The salt is unrefined and unprocessed, and this natural organic product contains around 84 different minerals and trace elements such as calcium, potassium, and magnesium.

The following are some of the health benefits of Himalayan Salt:

It can help to lower blood pressure as Himalayan Salt contains less sodium than Table Salt
It can improve the quality of sleep
It helps to regulate blood sugar
Salt therapy can help to support respiratory function
It can increase hydration and boost energy
It improves digestion
A Himalayan Salt bath can help to relax and soothe sore muscles

Uses of Himalayan Salt

Himalayan Salt is manufactured into various products, as it can be used for different purposes such as for cooking and garnishing, platters (plates) for hot and cold food, meat preservation, therapeutic use, licks for animals, and much more. See below for the different categories of Himalayan Salt and its particular uses.

Colours – The colour of Himalayan Salt varies depending on which mine it is extracted from, but the common colours are light pink, medium pink, dark pink, and red. The other less known colours of Himalayan Salt are crystal white and black (Kala Namak).

• Cooking

• Seasoning

• Garnishing

• As an ingredient in chocolates, protein bars, crisps, butter, and more.

• Salt Plates (Blocks) to cook food on

• Salt Plates (Blocks) to serve hot food on, such as grilled meat, pizza, and much more

• Salt Plates (Blocks) to serve cold food on, such as sushi, cheeses, desserts, and much more

• Salt Shot Glasses to enjoy a beverage of choice that gives a hint of salt to the drink

• Salt Bowls to eat salad, pasta, and noodles, etc.

• Salt Granules for a bath soak to help ease and relax tired muscles

• Massage Stones

• Salt Balls

• Aroma Diffusers

• Foot Detoxifiers

• Salt Lamps (Variety of Shapes)

• Salt Candle Holders (Variety of Shapes)

• Used for Meat Preservation

• Spas and Saunas

• Stand-alone Salt Rooms

• Decorating and Architectural Features

• Excellent source of essential minerals and trace elements for animals such as horses, sheep, deer, cows, and ponies etc.