Wrong. Let’s take a look at what makes Himalayan salt so much different. For starters, this salt is one of the purest salts available, making it perfect for culinary, therapeutic, and cosmetic uses. It isn’t loaded with any other substances like iodized salt and even sea salt can be. The Himalayan salts being mined today are believed to have been deposited as early as Precambrian time, the earliest of geological ages.
This was an era long before life began, an era when the world was covered in primordial seas, rich in minerals from the volcanic vents that decorated the surface. As land masses developed, a mountain range appeared, surrounding a large section of these waters. These waters then slowly dehydrated, leaving the mineral-rich salts behind – where they remained untouched for millions of years.
The common table salt you’re currently using is nothing more than straight sodium chloride. It is mass produced and heavily processed, which strips away any natural minerals before they add supplements like iodine and other chemicals to prevent clumping. Common salts have also been exposed to toxic pollutants from both air and water sources, whereas Himalayan salts have not.
There are several ways to use these salts, other than just replacing the common table salt you’re buying now. Here are a few more:
Himalayan Salt Sole – Simply put, this is nothing more than fully saturated salt water. The process to make it is simple. Using food grade Himalayan pink salt, fill a glass jar 1/4th full, and then fill the jar with purified or distilled water. Cover with parchment paper held in place by a rubber band. Do NOT use a mason jar with a metal lid. Let it sit for a day or so. You now have Salt Sole. One teaspoon of this daily is all you need. Use a PLASTIC spoon to measure it with, and mix the Sole in a small glass with room temperature water.
a. Detoxifying the body and balancing pH levels
b. Improving hydration
c. Balancing blood sugar levels
d. Supporting hormone balance
e. Improve sleep
f. Support weight loss, thyroid and adrenal functions
g. Reduce muscle cramps
Himalayan Salt Inhaler – The benefits of breathing the salt vapors was noticed in a round-about way. The men and women who worked in the salt mines hardly ever had respiratory ailments. Salt inhaling is also believed to drastically reduce snoring. You can buy a salt inhaler like the one shown just about anywhere, including Amazon, just make sure to get a ceramic one and to follow the manufacturer directions. It takes only 10-15 minutes a day to realize the benefits, but you can go for longer periods if you wish. I do mine while reading or watching TV. Again, food grade salts should be used.
a. Improves respiratory system function, especially for smokers
b. Improves skin health and reduces eczema and dermatitis
c. Relieves coughs and chest congestion
d. Cleanses the sinuses and reduces seasonal allergies
e. Reduces asthma symptoms
Himalayan Salt Lamps – Quickly becoming the ‘lava lamp’, these warmly glowing lamps work their magic by attracting the water moisture in the air where the warmer surface temperatures of the lamp quickly evaporates the water, releasing negatively charged ions back into the air. These negatively charged ions grab onto positively charged ions, such as allergens, pollens, dust, dirt and pollutants. The negative ions neutralize the positive ions, which means those items can no longer be airborne. They also neutralize the positively charged ions of electromagnetic frequencies that are emitted from most common electronic appliances, and most specifically from cell phones, computers and etc. Studies have shown these EMF’s not only pollute the air, but can lead to diseases as well.
Himalayan Salt Neti Pot – Perhaps one of the weirdest forms of using these salts is through nasal lavage, a medical term for ‘sinus cavity irrigation’. Simply put, you mix a measured amount of these salts with warm filtered water, and tilting your head from side to side, you pour the water into one side of your nose, letting it drain out the other. Gross? Maybe. But it’s not something you’re going to do every day, just when you need it. Doing it too much can make you more susceptible to sinus infections by stripping away the native microbes that you need in your sinus to fight infection. Here’s when you would want to do it:
a. When you have postnasal drip – to help dry out the sinuses
b. When you have a sinus infection or need to prevent one
c. During allergy season, or just before or after exposure to allergens
d. After travelling any distance by airplane
Himalayan Salt Detox Bath – Far more beneficial and much safer than Bath Salts or Bath Bombs, soaking for 10-15 minutes in a WARM bath with 1 to 2 pounds of food grade Himalayan salts can be extremely beneficial. However, you want to make sure your water temperature is not too hot, and do not stay in the tub for longer than the 10-15 minutes. You will also want to take a quick rinse in the shower immediately after to rinse off not just the salt residue, but any toxins that remain on your skin. This process is best when done once every 2-3 months, but can be done more often, and is especially beneficial right after being exposed to higher levels of toxicity, such as a trip to Vegas, or after a beach vacation that may have included higher exposure to sunscreens and tropical adult beverages.
a. Deep cleanse your skin
b. Draw toxins out of your body
c. Reestablish your energetic balance
d. Relax sore muscles