Facts about Himalayan salts and its importance to our health—Prof. Dr. Hari Badan Pradhan


People are now learning about Himalayan salts, it’s essential and vital benefit to our body. This article is about Himalayan salt with more emphasis on its pink variety; is to make people aware of the importance of this Himalayan salt.

The Himalayan mountain range stretches across Asia passing through China, Nepal, Myanmar, Pakistan, Bhutan, Afghanistan, and India. Most people associate the Himalaya with Mount Everest; the highest peak on this planet; but here we will be talking about the Himalayan crystal salt.

Millions of years ago crystallized sea salt beds, now deep within the Himalaya, 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 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. The            different colors of pink, red, and white are an indication of this salt’s rich and varying mineral and energy-rich iron content. People from ancient times have prized for its healing and restorative power. Only recently we are rediscovering the true value of the Himalayan salt; revealing the health benefits for the human body; which the ancients have long understood.

What is Himalayan salt?

One of the world’s most potent and powerful “hidden secrets” nowadays is the pink Himalayan salt. It is pulled from the world’s most beautiful (and highest) mountain range. This salt is a natural and pure mineral substance that is pink in color and gathered from a giant mine in the Pakistan part of Himalayan Mountains.  People used it for thousands of years as a natural medicine and therapeutic cure. The ancients understood just how powerful and potent this mineral truly is. This is the real reason why words about its power have spread for thousands of years. There are too many significant benefits that your body will enjoy when you start to use the pink salt on a regular basis. The description given here is not  complete or comprehensive. But it should provide you with a “foundational education” as to why it is so prized, sought after, and valued as a natural remedy. As mentioned above, this product of nature is widely regarded as the cleanest, purest, and most “mineral dense” salt available on the planet; with over eighty much needed trace minerals, electrolytes, and other elements.

Minerals & Energy

Himalayan Salt contains the same 84 trace minerals and elements that are found in the human body. When consuming this salt, you are actually getting less sodium intake per serving than regular table salt; because it is less refined and the pieces are larger. Therefore Himalayan salt has less sodium per serving because the crystals or flakes take up less room than the highly processed table salt. Another great thing about this salt is that; because of its unique cellular structure; it stores vibration energy. The minerals in this salt exist in colloidal form; which means they are small enough for our cells to easily absorb.

Benefits of Himalayan salt

Since this salt was formed naturally the minerals within the sodium work in synergy. Natural salts are rich in iodine, so it doesn’t need to be artificially added in. Himalayan salts are 80+ minerals and elements packed crystals which formed naturally within the earth; made up of “85.62% sodium chloride and 14.38% other trace minerals” including: sulfate, magnesium,   calcium, potassium, bicarbonate, bromide, borate, strontium, and fluoride (in descending order of quantity). This reduces the signs of aging and detoxify the body from heavy metals. It has been found to protect against brain and nervous system damage due to its ability to halt degeneration in these areas. It is anti-inflammatory. People who have been using this salt have reported to have better sleep, more balanced hormones, weight loss, decreased cravings, improved pH balance (acid vs. alkaline), better absorption of critical nutrients, better mood, and the list goes on. Even though pink salt come from the mountains; they are technically sea salt as well.

Pink Himalayan sea salt is rich in mineral content that can help balance your body’s pH levels. When your pH has a healthy acid-to-alkaline ratio; it makes a great difference in your overall health. A proper pH helps foster your immunity and encourage good digestion. Since pink                Himalayan salt contains sodium as well as other electrolytes, it has  direct effect on the pH of your blood. If you are looking to promote a true balance between acid and alkaline level in your  body; taking a pink salt bath is the way to go. All you have to do is to follow these simple steps: fill your bathtub with hot water (beware not to burn your skin). Dissolve around one small cup of this salt into it. Submerge as much of your body as possible and soak for at least 20 minutes. The ancients used this approach to detoxify themselves on regular basis. Enjoy this detoxifying Himalayan salt bath. Its nutrients will stimulate your circulation and soothe sore muscles. Himalayan salt contains 80+ nourishing and skin-friendly minerals; so this salt bath will provide a healing and therapeutic experience for both body and soul. Salt and water have always played a vital role in our body; and they continue to play it on a daily basis for each and every one of us. Although water is of utmost importance to detoxify the human body; it is the salt that is the “vehicle”. It allows your body to transfer toxins from healthy cells to your blood stream. From there, it will push them out of your systems much more easily. The sole (maximally saturated   water with Himalayan salt) is extremely beneficial for your digestive system. Daily use of sole is believed to stimulate the peristalsis of the digestive organs, balance the stomach acid, support the production of digestive fluids in the liver and pancreas, regulate the metabolism, and harmonize the acid-alkaline balance.          

Here is the recipe to make your own sole: sole is made by placing several Himalayan Crystal Salt stones or granules in a glass container. Cover the salt with two to three inches of pure water. Let it dissolve for 24 hours If every piece of salt dissolves, add more crystals and let it stay for another 24 hours. Repeat until the water can no longer dissolve the salt. The salt crystals will then drop to the bottom of the container. Keep it covered to avoid dust particles getting in there and water from evaporating. “A teaspoon of sole contains 480 mg of sodium or 20% of the Daily Reference Value of 2400 mg based on a 2,000 calorie per day diet.” If you feel a little bit fatigued; you may have a loss of electrolytes and salt in your body. You can restore and replenish your body with the pink Himalayan minerals. This salt has the ability to be absorbed into the bloodstream more quickly than traditional table salts. All you have to do is to drink a glass of water with a teaspoon of sole prepared according to the instructions given above.

Himalayan salt lowers the blood pressure. The mechanism of lowering the blood pressure by the use of the Himalayan salt is that it contains smaller amounts of this substance than regular table salt. In addition, the pink version includes small amounts of potassium that human body can use for lowering blood pressure. Because Himalayan salt is absorbed into your bloodstream much more efficiently than regular table salt, it can be used in small doses to help modulate your blood pressure much more efficiently. If you replace your regular table salt for its pink version; you should see a slow and gradual decrease in your blood pressure. Obviously, you need to maintain a healthy lifestyle and stay within the recommended maximum daily intake of 2400 mg of sodium (ideally you should stay within 1500 mg limit). This salt can also help you to eliminate all damage done to your arteries that could potentially lead to the creation of varicose or “spider” veins. It is effective at clearing up your arteries. Also this product of nature is great for improving blood circulation across your whole body; which will eliminate the possibility of varicose veins from ever popping up.

Banishes Sinus and Respiratory Conditions

Steam inhalation with Himalayan salt can boost the health of your whole respiratory system  (including asthma). Take 2 and ½ liters of water in a pot and add ¼ small cup of Himalayan salt in it then boil it. Remove your pot from the stove and place it on a pot holder on your table. Lean your face over the pot; but keep the distance of around 12 inches to avoid burning your face with steam. Cover your head with a towel to form a tent that will trap hot steam with salt particles in it. Breathe as you would normally (for 5 to 10 minutes) and breathe slowly and deeply in and out once every minute. “Because these pink crystals emit negative ions, you’ll be able to attack your sinus issues with a full force without ever compromising your respiratory (or any other) system”.

The benefits that you can expect to have by consuming this Himalayan crystal  salt in place of regular table salt include: aids in vascular health, promotes a stable pH balance within the cells, reduces the signs of aging, promotes healthy sleep patterns, prevent muscle cramps, increases hydration, strengthen bones, lowers blood pressure, improve circulation, detoxifies body of heavy metals, and supports lungs and respiratory function.   

The way to use the Himalayan Salt

  Cooking and curing – Always use finely grinded salt.

Use of salt slabs: chilled slabs are used to decorate fruits, sushi, veggies, or cheese; frozen slabs are used to decorate cold delicious desserts; and Heated slabs are used to sear veggies, shrimp, fish fillets, and thinly sliced meat. Himalayan salt is a natural anti-microbial product, and the clean up of these slabs requires only a simple scrub or rinse. Air purification- You can also find crystal rock lamps on-line that will purify the air around. You should be able to find this amazing Himalayan Crystal Salt online or at your local health food store.


Source: Various Himalayan Crystal Salt website.