10 Amazing Benefits of Pink (Himalayan) Salt

Himalayan salt

Written by Amanda Ennett

Imagine everyone sitting down for a big family feast. The best china set gently upon silk cloth, crystals brimming with fresh apple-cinnamon-ginger juice. An array of baked, steamed and sautéed vegetables decorate the table. Suddenly Grandma reaches for the salt, startled she rears back and exclaims, “Why is the salt PINK?!”

Oh Grandma, “Its Himalayan salt, and it’s wonderful!”

Origins

The Himalayan mountain range stretches across Asia passing through China, Nepal, Myanmar, Pakistan, Bhutan, Afghanistan, and India. Most people associate the Himalayans with Mount Everest, the highest peak on this planet, but here is something new to think about- salt.

Once upon a time (a couple of hundreds of millions of years ago) crystallized sea salt beds, now deep within the Himalayans, were covered by lava. Aside from being kept it in a pristine environment that has been surrounded by snow and ice year round, the lava is thought to have protected the salt from modern-day pollution leading to the belief that Himalayan Pink salt is the purest salt to be found on earth. It is now hand-mined from the mountains and brought to the culinary market.

Why Pink? 

The many hues of pink, red and white are an indication of this salt’s rich and varying mineral and energy-rich iron content.

Benefits

In the same manner that vitamins and minerals are perfectly packaged in fruits and vegetables, because this salt was formed naturally the minerals within the sodium work in synergy.

(Synergy is the interaction of multiple elements in a system to produce an effect different from or greater than the sum of their individual effects.)

Iodine- Natural salts are rich in iodine, so it doesn’t need to be artificially added in.

Less sodium consumed per serving- Himalayan salt is made of the same components as table salt but since the crystal structure is larger than refined salt, and by volume- this salt therefore has LESS sodium per 1/4 t. serving- because the sea salt crystals or flakes take up less room on a teaspoon than highly refined tiny table salt grains.

Packs a hearty 80+ minerals and elements- Himalayan salts are mineral packed crystals which formed naturally within the earth made up of 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).

27Because 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 goiters
  • 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.

Pink Salt vs. Sea Salt

Even though pink salts come from the mountains, they are technically sea salts as well. All salt comes from a salted body of water—namely, an ocean or salt-water lake. However, Himalayan salt is said to be the purest form of sea salt.

Why Table Salt is Inferior

Commercial refined salt is not only stripped of all its minerals, besides sodium and chloride, but is also chemically cleaned, bleached and heated at unnecessary high temperatures.

In addition, it is treated with anti-caking agents which prevent salt from mixing with water in the salt container. These agents also prevent dissolving within our system leading to build up and then deposit in organs and tissue, causing severe health problems.

Finally, the iodine that is added into salt is usually synthetic which is difficult for your body to process properly. Shockingly under U.S. law, up to 2% of table salt can be additives.

The Many Uses of Pink Salt

Cooking and curing- use pre-ground salt or grinders like any other salt.

Salt Slabs- used as serving platters, the slabs will impart an enhanced salt taste and mineral content. Chilled: decorate with fruits, sushi, vegetables or cheese. Frozen: present cold desserts and even sorbets. Heated: use the slabs to sear vegetables, shrimp, fish fillets or thinly sliced beef or even to fry an egg. The dense salt blocks conduct heat beautifully with near perfect heat distribution.

Best of all, Himalayan salt is naturally anti-microbial, so clean up requires just a quick scrub or rinse.

Decoration- use the salts in containers, as décor crystals and sprinkled on food for presentation.

28Bathing- throw in the tub for a detoxifying Himalayan salt bath. The replenishing nutrients stimulate circulation and soothe sore muscles. Naturally rich in 80+ nourishing and skin-replenishing minerals, bathing with pink bath salt is a healing and therapeutic experience for mind and body.

Potpourri Holders and Essential Oil Diffusers- many on-line sites sell beautiful home décor featuring the pink salt as crystal rocks.

Air purification- crystal rock lamps for air purification are also found and sold on-line.

Hopefully now you will not be as shocked as Grandma when you reach for the salt shaker and find pink crystals staring back at you!

If you eat meat, brining should be in your bag of tools. Brining makes meat very juice and succulent! Here’s is an extremely simple recipe for it.

Basic low sodium brine for pork and poultry. (Brine will work for up to 8 lbs. of protein.)

Ingredients

  • 1 gallon water
  • 3 ounces sea salt
  • 3 ounces sugar (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp. citrus zest (lemon, lime or orange – optional)

Instructions

  • Add the salt, sugar and other aromatics to a pot and bring the water to a simmer until the salt and sugar have dissolved.
  • Remove the pot from the heat and chill before using the brine.
  • Let your protein brine for 6 hours.
  • Drain the protein, and let it rest and air dry in fridge for 2 hours.
  • Roast, broil or grill as you would!

By Amanda Ennett

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103 thoughts on “10 Amazing Benefits of Pink (Himalayan) Salt

  1. I put it in my toothpaste (recipe I make) because my teeth were cracking, I figured it would help reminalise them :) just an idea.. seems to be working so far :E.

  2. I got my Himalayn salt from the health food store. You can get it at Yolk's grocery store too.
    I use it for every thing I use to use table salt for.

  3. Tom Cox I get 1kg for around 1$ in India.Thinking of starting a business to export it to americas

  4. Table salt is toxic. Fluoride displaces iodine. That is the main reason we have goiter and hypothyroidism. Our water is contaminated with fluoride and folks use fluoridated toothpaste and eeeek many folks are unaware that pink salt is HIGH in fluoride! yikes! not good! I'll stick with Celtic Salt and the Real Salt Brand.

  5. This salt contains high levels of fluoride. Even though it is naturally occurring, the levels are high and it is widely known that fluoride displaces iodine causing hypothyroidism. Our thyroid needs iodine not fluoride. I will stick with Celtic Salt and the Real Salt brand.

  6. You can buy it at Trader Joes and the grinder is reusable. Its like 1.99 there. Then buy Himilayan salt to refill. Cheap

  7. I find it hard to believe that all the pink salt I'm seeing is Himalayan sea salt. Someone probably found a way to make pink crystals and that are plain old regular salt, and who would ever know? It it were really mined in another country and imported, it wouldn't be found anywhere and everywhere, would it? Just wondering how I can find some that's for sure the real deal.

  8. That's pretty closed minded. So what? If you don't eat meat, don't use it. Some people do eat meat and do like the information. Use what information you can, and ignore the rest of it. Simple!

  9. Is there any difference between Himalayan salt and Redmond, which is mined in Utah. It also comes from ancient seabeds and is pink.

  10. Parikshit Jaiswal I would love to purchase some pink salt from you. Maybe we can start a business together. Please message me back.

  11. As an Adventist I am anti pork but that wouldnt let that stop me from sharing. If you read it carefully it said 'pork or poultry' it would be sad for one of your friends to miss out on the benefits just because you didn't like the recipe at the end.

  12. We are direct manufacturer, importer and distributor of premium quality Himalayan salt, cooking blocks, candle holders, salt lamps, massage stones, edible salts (coarse & fine), mud masks, massage pillows, salt licks, bath salt range and many more to choose from. Visit us today at http://www.saltpur.co.za for retail, wholesale and information on importing these beautiful products directly. Tnx Salman

  13. Naturestherapy.co has himalayan salt that is mined 5,000 ft below the himalayan mountains in Pakistan... There is ( like most things) a difference in quality. The deeper towards the center of the mountain they mine for the salt, the higher the quality. Any questions ,I would be honored to help. 239-682-8738. I started this business to help myself from a 1 in 30 million autoimmune disease, i never thought i would feel normal again, i send free samples for SOLE Solution with directions and testamonials .... I believe it saved my life. Call or e-mail naturestherapy1@gmail. Com, Be Well, Mel

  14. Susan Hundley You're so typical - No wonder America is hated by other countries; we're arrogantly ignorant.

  15. Hi Melanie
    I will really appreciate if you can send me the SOLE solutions of Himalayan pink salt since I am suffering from auto immune disease. I am sure one day I can get cured. Kindly send the directions on to my following email:
    mjrpk@yahoo.com

  16. The added iodine is synthetically produced which our body does not absorb where as the pink Himalayan salt has this naturally added by the nature.

  17. i am sure that the author is very sorry they did not take YOUR dietary needs into consideration while writing THEIR article. you are a pompous bitch and need to get off your high horse.

  18. Sounds great. However, it just occurred to me that many foods have salt added to them...and that salt is NOT pure, healthy sea salt or Himalayan salt. Any thoughts or suggestions?

  19. I get mine in the bin's at Sprouts Farmers Market - KATY it is awesome and the flavor is great I have Ringing in the ears and I am suppose to keep my sodium intake down to 800 mg a day and this helps me get the iodine and minerals I need and my food has a wonderful flavor! 2.99 lb at Sprouts

  20. DO NOT BUY!!! Beware your Himilayan Pink Salt probably came from a mine in Pakistan and contains large ammounts of Flouride and Bromide. In the table at the bottom you can clearly see that it contains over 4 Grams of Bromide per Kilogram

  21. Mayra Mora Like anything else, fluoride found naturally in sea salt is a totally different kind of fluoride that is put in toothpaste and into our water supply. Some people may have a problem metabolizing one but not the other. Same principle with iodine...best source is from sea vegetables. Readily absorbed and assimilated better than iodized table salt. Something to keep in mind.

  22. I would be weary of taking this article out of context. Any kind of salt whether it is sea salt, table salt, or pink salt will increase blood pressure for people who are sensitive to salt.

  23. Why would that never help?? With so many essential minerals packed in and one of the minerals listed is borate, borate salts are a good source of boron which is found naturally in fruits and vegetables. Boron is proven to help the uptake of calcium in the body and also repair tooth enamel. Fluoride in water and toothpaste has no health benefits but has been proven to deteriorate health and be responsible for many diseases, google fluoride truth.

  24. Yes its true some people are a little more sensitive to salt, but remember, everything in moderation. By simply cutting down the processed foods in your diet your sodium intake will go way down. By supplementing your diet with an unprocessed natural sea salt everyday, like drinking sole, you will get all the minerals you need combined together.

  25. I had wondered why the salt was pink. I appreciate this article sharing some information. I will read the containers closely to see where it comes from and who it is distributed through. We switched to sea salt a few years ago and my sodium level has fallen to the low end of "normal" in my labs. I am a believer.

  26. Oops got cut short..I suck on the crystals instead of lollies..crush it and use as a face scrub..dissolve in water add lemon and ginger and drink it..pour essential oil on it and use as air scented..lets face it our soils are so mineral depleted and likewise our veges can be too..this is a cheap beautiful way to optimal health...my most favourite health supplement of all time.

  27. I am over 75 and take no pills and am healthy and I use trace amounts of this salt in everything, including mycoputer. We are virus free and also free of tha autismz.

    75kg

  28. Debbie Guthrie Allen I make toothpaste with 1/3 cups baking soda, 1/4 cup organic extra virgin coconut oil, 2 TBS peroxide and 1 TBS Himalayan Crystal Salt (pink) from evolutionsalt.com you can adjust amounts to make the consistency that you like with the baking soda. Add some peppermint oil if that sounds good.

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