These beautiful pink salt crystals are mined from the great Salt Range of the Himalayas, an area that geologists estimate could be 800 million years old. You could be eating a salt crystal that was actually formed in the Precambrian era — around the same time the first multi-celled life began (we’re talking little tiny organisms that were the first sign of life on this planet). In all senses of the word, this salt is a truly old spice.
The Khewra Salt Mine is located just north of Pind Dadan Khan, a district of Punjab in Pakistan. It’s the world’s oldest salt mine (and still the second largest). It is world famous, annually attracting 250,000 tourists, who come to see the unearthing of huge bricks of this unique pink salt.
Geologists believe that the Great Salt Range was formed when tectonic plate movements formed a mountain range that trapped a shallow inland sea, which was slowly dehydrated and buried deep in the earth, forming thick, mineral-rich sea salt deposits. For millions of years the Salt Range went untouched as animal and human species developed all around it.
In 1849, a British mining engineer named Dr. Warth helped design and build a tunnel into the salt range, allowing better access to the salt deposits. His “pillar and chamber” mining method — still in use today — called for the excavation of 50 percent of the salt, while the remaining 50 percent was left as structural support for the mine.
Most people probably think of salt as simply a white granular food seasoning. In fact, only 6% of all salt manufactured goes into food. Apparently we use salt in more than 14,000 different ways from the making of products as varied as plastic, paper, glass, polyester, rubber and fertilisers to household bleach, soaps, detergents and dyes.
Everyone uses salt, directly or indirectly.
Himalayan Salt has usage in many fields
Himalayan salt was formed naturally from hearty 80+ minerals and elements – 85.62% sodium chloride and 14.38% other trace minerals including sulphate, magnesium, calcium, potassium, bicarbonate, bromide, borate, strontium, and fluoride (in descending order of quantity).
Because of these minerals Himalayan pink salt can:
- Create an electrolyte balance
- Increases hydration
- Regulate water content both inside and outside of cells
- Balance pH (alkaline/acidity) and help to reduce acid reflux
- Prevent muscle cramping
- Aid in proper metabolism functioning
- Strengthen bones
- Lower blood pressure
- Help the intestines absorb nutrients
- Prevent goitres
- Improve circulation
- Dissolve and eliminate sediment to remove toxins
It is even said to support libido, reduce the signs of aging, and detoxify the body from heavy metals.
The Many Uses of Pink Salt
Cooking and curing – use pre-ground salt or grinders like any other salt. The health benefits of Himalayan salt include:
- Supporting thyroid and adrenal function
- Aiding in overall hormone balance for men and women
- Supports a healthy and fiery metabolism
- Contains 84 trace minerals vital for wellbeing
- Is required to make adequate stomach acid
Industrial salt is used for manufacturing and other industrial process and sodium chloride is one of the largest inorganic raw materials used by volume. Industrial salt sets the dye fabric and is used to produce glass, polyester and plastics. Salt assist in cleaning gas and oil wells and is an essential component in the manufacture of paper, tires, brass, bleach and case-hardened steel. It is the main raw material of Chlor Alkali industry as well. Practically the salt has numerous industrial applications
Edible salt also known as table salt, are derived from natural lakes, mining (rock salt) or evaporation (including sea salt). Edible salt is a mineral composed primarily of sodium chloride (NaCl). We use in our food on daily basis and almost salt is used in every dish