Pink Himalayan salt is one of the best types of salts in the world. Its health benefits have been raved about everywhere. Here, on this website, we love to talk about how we can boost our health mentally AND physically.
I am going to give you all the reasons why you need Pink Himalayan salt in your life and explain some of it’s remarkable healing and preventative qualities.
I will also go into some detail as to why salt lamps work and why you need them in your home or work space.
What is Pink Himalayan Salt?
Pink Himalayan salt is a special type of naturally occurring pink-colored rock salt that is extracted from Khewra Salt Mine in the Punjab region of Pakistan, nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas.
According to popular belief, The salt mine, from which Pink Himalayan salt was found, was said to have been discovered by Alexander the Great when his army had stopped to take a rest in the village of Khewra a few of the soldiers’ horses began licking nearby rocks. Puzzled, a soldier tried one himself, and, to his astonishment, found it tasted salty. Years later, the Khewra salt mines were born which is now one of the biggest and oldest mines in the world.
The reason why the rocks contained salt, was because millions of years ago are formed as a result of seas that dried up, leaving behind a deposit of sodium chloride and other minute amounts of minerals. This does not exclude the Salt Range or Khewra Mines where Himalayan Pink Salt is mined, 5000ft below the Himalayan Mountains.
What does this salt do for my body?
Pink Himalayan salt is one of the purest salts available, and says it can boost your health in several ways.
Aside from it’s visual attractions; Whether you add it to your meals, add it to your drinks, apply it to your skin, or even add it to your bath, pink Himalayan salt can benefit your body in incredible ways.
Pink Himalayan salt can be used in bath salts, which has been proven to relieve muscle tension and help with skin problems. Even soaking your feet, hands or face in pink salt water can help give you incredible benefits of drawing out your body’s impurities via the skin.
Salt lamps (which are blocks of pink salt warmed by a light inserted in the middle of the block) are also highly popular and have the ability to clear the air of any pollutants which can help people suffering from allergies or skin irritations. (read on to see how salt lamps work to improve your health)
The Science Behind the Salt:
Pink Himalayan salt, as the name suggests, is a type of salt that is chemically similar to your regular table salt as they are both mainly composed of sodium chloride.
Pink Himalayan Salt contains 98% sodium chloride while the other 2% consists of trace minerals, such as potassium, magnesium, and calcium. These 3 minerals are the reason for the salt having it’s distinctive pink color and can also be credited for the profound health benefits found in this salt.
Sodium chloride plays a critical role in various biological functions, including the restoration of fluid balance, nerve conduction and muscle contraction.
Benefits of potassium, magnesium and calcium include:
- maintains healthy blood pressure,
- prevents risk of heart disease,
- prevents risk of stroke,
- prevents certain cancers,
- aids in the digestive system
- helps maintain proper fluid balance and thereby prevents dehydration.
- helps the nervous system
- prevents fatigue. – In fact many people who get tired often think it’s because they are not eating enough when it can actually be due to being deficient in salt! Check out this article on fasting if you want to find out more!
- Increases energy
- reduces inflammation
- boosts immune system.
Taking a pinch of pink Himalayan salt can also help to restore your body’s electrolyte balance. This is particularly important for those of us who do quite a lot of exercise during the week. When we sweat during physical exertion we lose these vital salts through our sweat so we must replenish them. Otherwise, we risk deficiency.
Why is Pink Himalayan Salt better for you than regular table salt?
The reason why pink Himalayan salt is better for you than regular table salt is because it is a more natural form of salt.
Table salt is usually heavily refined and mixed with anti-caking agents to prevent clumping, such as sodium aluminosilicate or magnesium carbonate, which can be detrimental to one’s health.
Himalayan salt is less artificial and does not usually contain additives.
Here I have inserted a very helpful video on why you need to start taking Pink Himalayan Salt:
Can a Pink Himalayan Salt Lamp Improve your mental health?
The short answer is – YES!
Pink Himalayan salt gives out negative ions particularly when heated. These negative ions can have a profound effect our mental state as well as on our physical state.
One study published in 2013 titled ‘Air Ions and Mood Outcomes‘ found that when people suffering from a variety of mental ailments such as anxiety and or depression were exposed to a large enough quantity of negative ions they showed signs of improvement.
Regardless of whether you believe that having a salt lamp can improve your mood or help fight against depression, stress and anxiety – having a salt lamp in your home can induce a powerful calming affect – and looks pretty too.
How it can also alleviate allergies caused by air pollutants.
Since salt lamps give off negative ions, they have the unique natural ability to draw air pollutants such as dust particles, molds and mildew, pet hair etc to the lamp. This phenomenon is known as hygroscopy. Hygroscopy’s literal meaning is ‘water seeking’. This means the lamp, being hygroscopic, attracts water molecules from the air.
Since water is the best known solvent in the world according to scientists, air pollutants will dissolve in these microscopic water particles found in the air.
Himalayan Salt Lamps,as mentioned before, give off naturally occurring negative ions that attract irritants that usually give off positive ions. This may help those that suffer from allergy symptoms during specific seasons or anyone who has any indoor pets.
Himalayan Salt Lamps, due to the fact that they give out negative ions, can attract positivity which can heighten your overall vibrations which is great if you are practicing the law of attraction.
In my own opinion, having these salt lamps around the house has definitely increased the overall mood. I highly recommend anyone who suffers from allergies, skin irritations, mood issues or suffers from any kind of stress to invest in a salt lamp and let me know if it has helped you!
Salt is an ancient healing ingredient that has been known to treat a variety of ailments. I encourage you guys to please include some pink Himalayan salt into your diets. And, if you wish you can invest in salt lamps to keep those moods
I hope this article has helped you in some way! Let me know what you think in the comments below and I will be happy to get back to asap. Have a wonderful day 🙂