Himalayan Salt: A Tasteful Remedy for your Health

Many people are learning the value of a simple remedy for a variety of health issues, while some may not be aware of the treasure. Himalayan salt is becoming widely known for its health benefits for all ages, and it can be introduced into your home in several ways.

Himalayan salt is a rock salt, often pink in color, mined in Pakistan and other locations along the Himalayan Mountains, such as Poland and Iran. It can be used in food preparation and consumed, and large salt crystals are often made into salt lamps, which have turned into a popular trend in recent years.

According to Dr. Mercola’s website, Himalayan Crystal Salt is by far the purest salt available on earth and is uncontaminated with toxins or pollutants. Containing 84 naturally occurring trace elements in its natural mineral form, the benefits of natural Himalayan crystal salt include:
– Regulating the water content throughout your body
– Promoting healthy pH balance in your cells, particularly your brain cells
– Promoting blood sugar health
– Assisting in the generation of hydroelectric energy in cells in your body
– Absorption of food particles through your intestinal tract
– Supporting respiratory health
– Promoting sinus health
– Prevention of muscle cramps
– Promoting bone strength
– Regulating your sleep – it naturally promotes sleep
– Supporting your libido
– Promoting vascular health
– Essential for the regulation of blood pressure

The salt is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral.

Salt Skill™, one company offering natural Himalayan salt lamps and other products, says the crystals, when lit, create an effect similar to an ionizer. As a bulb slowly heats the salt, it draws humidity, causing the evaporation of water through the salt. This results in the release of negative ions, purifying the air. The salt lamps create a unique, calming glow.

Many sources claim that the Himalayan salt lamps purify the air and reduce symptoms of allergies and asthma. Besides removing contaminants from the air, the salt lamps are known to help the body to filter air more efficiently, so any foreign particles that are breathed in will not go into the lungs.

The salt also is known to enhance the flavor of foods and drinks. Companies like Salt Skill™ offer crystal salt bowls, plates, glasses, cutting board, and grilling and serving plates.

Pure Himalayan salt is known to be rich in minerals. According to online sources, it consists of 95-98 percent sodium chloride, 2-4 percent polyhalite (potassium, calcium, magnesium, sulfur, oxygen, hydrogen), 0.01 percent fluoride, 0.01 percent iodine, and small amounts of numerous trace minerals. Table salt, on the other hand, is 97.5 percent sodium chloride and 2.5 percent chemicals such as moisture absorbents and iodine, according to Dr. Mercola.


Himalayan salt is good for the airways and is actually manufactured into inhalers. It is known to ease coughing; increase energy; neutralize electromagnetic radiation; improve sleep, mood, and concentration; treat Seasonal Affective Disorder, and reduce static electricity in the air.

Salt spas (or salt caves) promote the benefits of salt therapy and use Himalayan salt. The Simply Health Salt Spa in State College, Pennsylvania boasts walls and floors created with the crystals. The salt therapy, they claim, helps with allergies and asthma as previously stated, as well as arthritis, COPD, emphysema, sinusitis, cystic fibrosis, hypertension, sleeplessness, acne, and eczema, weakened immune systems and more. During a session, clients will breathe in a fine salt mist while sitting in the room made from 11 tons of salt from Pakistan and Poland, and take in the 84 minerals and trace elements.

Himalayan salt therapy (or halotherapy) has reportedly been used in Europe and the Middle East for decades to treat problems already mentioned in this article. The history of natural salt caves and salt mines is amazing, including a salt mine turned underground “hospital” in Wieliczka, Poland in 1958. By 1966, the unit legally became part of Krynica – Zegiestow State Health Resort. It is still in successful operation.

Though not widely known, the health benefits of Himalayan salt have been sworn by for decades and present-time naturalists are sharing the knowledge. A grinder or container of Himalayan salt for the kitchen, as well as salt lamps, are affordable and are worth the investment for the claimed benefits. As always, a plethora of information is available at your fingertips. Check it out!

Article by Adeena Harbst