Himalayan Pink Salt – Bursting With Health Benefits
What Is Himalayan Pink Salt?
As the name suggests, Himalayan Pink Salt is naturally pink in colour due to the presence of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, copper, etc. It is harvested from the Khewra Salt Mines in Pakistan. These mines are believed to be formed millions of years ago from the evaporation of ancient bodies of water. It is used in its natural form with minimal processing.
Why Is Himalayan Pink Salt Good For Health?
Himalayan Pink Salt does not contain any of the additives that are present in regular, processed salts. Check out these 10 awesome benefits that Himalayan Pink Salt has for you:
- Contains 80+ minerals
Himalayan Pink Salt contains 98% sodium and trace amounts of iron oxide which gives it a hint of pink. It also has many other minerals such as calcium, iron, potassium and magnesium that are required by the human body.
- Balances hydration
Minerals and elements found in Himalayan Pink Salt regulate the water content in the body and keep it hydrated. Drinking lemon water with a pinch of Himalayan Pink Salt helps to detoxify, increase energy, balance pH and boost immunity.
- Promotes healthy sleep
When in stress, your body produces a hormone called oxytocin to fight stress. Himalayan Pink Salt increases your oxytocin levels helping you to feel calmer, more relaxed and prepare you for a good sleep.
- Boosts Immunity
Himalayan Pink Salt has antimicrobial, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that strengthen your immune system to fight germs and bacteria.
- Regulates Blood Sugar
Chromium, vanadium, manganese and magnesium are four minerals in Himalayan Pink Salt that are very effective in maintaining blood sugar levels. These minerals turn carbohydrates into glucose, regulate insulin, maintain glucose levels and help in digesting sugar, starch and fat.
- Cures Respiratory Ailments
Himalayan Pink Salt is also used as an inhaler and helps fight sinus infections, mucus build up, cold, congestion and asthma. The natural moisture in the air helps absorb the salt particles into the lungs.
- Keeps Bones Healthy
High sodium intake causes calcium loss resulting in the weakening of bones with time. Himalayan Pink Salt has a lower level of sodium and a range of different minerals and electrolytes that make bones stronger and reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
- Supports Kidney & Gallbladder Function
Himalayan Pink Salt removes the harmful residues and toxins from the kidney that do not get properly flushed out. It also breaks down and dissolves kidney and gallbladder stones and clears calcification that leads to the formation of such stones.
- Cures Headaches & Menstrual Cramps
Ditch painkillers and go for an all-natural treatment of headaches. Mix the juice of one lemon with two teaspoons of Himalayan Pink Salt crystals in a glass of water. You’ll feel the pain becoming less intense after drinking the entire glass. Himalayan Pink Salt is effective in treating menstrual cramps too. The common cause of cramps is a deficiency of magnesium. This is why there is an intense craving for chocolates – which are rich in magnesium – during periods. To relieve cramps, put half a cup of Himalayan Pink Salt in warm water and add it to your bath water for a few days before cramping usually occurs.
- Kill Acne-Causing Bacteria
Himalayan Pink Salt is a natural antiseptic, removes excess oil and balances the pH levels of the skin. Take half a cup of water in a container and add two teaspoons of Himalayan Pink Salt. Shake well until salt is completely dissolved. Apply this salt water on your face daily for great results. One can also take a salt bath for healthy skin.
Himalayan Pink Salt is a great alternative to regular salt but does not contain enough iodine content as is required by our body. So, one needs to consume iodine-rich foods such as dairy products, eggs, fish such as tuna and cod, grains and cereals to prevent iodine deficiency. Experts suggest that it is perhaps best to use Himalayan Pink Salt along with regular salt to maintain a balance of essential minerals.
Himalayan Haat’s Herbed Himalayan Pink Salts
At Himalayan Haat, our ladies grind chunks of salt on a traditional sil batta (stone grinder) by hand. It is then infused with different herbs and spices that we grow on the farm, including rosemary, garlic, lemon, chilli and basil. The end results are delicious and versatile seasoning salts that add a spicy, tangy twist to any dish!
How To Use Himalayan Haat’s Herbed Pink Salts?
Our flavoured salts work well on eggs, pasta, stir-fries, salads, soups, potatoes and meat dishes.
Try this easy and delicious recipe of Roasted Potatoes with our Garlic and Roasted Chilli Salt.