As far back as 6050 B.C., salt has been an important and integral part of the world’s history as it has been interwoven into countless civilisations. Even today, the history of salt touches our daily lives. The word “salary” was derived from the word “salt” as in ancient times, salt was highly valued, and its production was legally restricted, so it was historically used as a method of trade and currency.
Salt or sodium chloride is an essential element in the diet of not only humans but of animals, and even of many plants. The human body needs sodium for respiration and digestion and without it, we would be unable to transport oxygen or nutrients, transmit nerve impulses or move muscles. The human body regulates how much sodium it contains – if levels are too high, we get thirsty and drink, and the kidneys speed up the process of getting rid of it. Too much sodium has been linked to kidney stones, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease while too little sodium can lead to hyponatremia and symptoms of dizziness, confusion, muscle twitches and seizures.
When humans ate primarily wild game, we ingested enough salt to meet our dietary needs; however, as our diet changed to mostly cultivated crops, we needed to supplement salt. Salt has long been used for flavouring and for preserving food. It is undoubtedly a vital element to the preparing and cooking of food but there are many other uses for salt. Salt is also used in tanning, dyeing and bleaching, and in the production of pottery, soap and chlorine. Today, it is widely used in the chemical industry. From organic home-cleaning and stain removal hacks to beauty scrubs and throat gargles, there are so many practical applications for salt.
Himalayan Pink Salt is a salt with many health benefits. It’s pure and natural and contains over 80 trace minerals that the body needs. Found near the Himalayan foothills in a region of Pakistan, pink Himalayan salt gets its characteristic rosy hue from a wide range of trace minerals including iron, manganese, magnesium and potassium.
Because Himalayan Pink Salt is so mineral rich, soaking in a solution of salt and water helps to instil the skin and body with minerals. The Himalayan Bath Salt Crystals help to relax and unwind, while absorbing all the valuable minerals. Those who suffer with arthritis, sore muscles, stiff joints or a variety of other aches and pains will benefit from a Himalayan saltwater bath.
Himalayan Salt Lamps are large pieces of pure Himalayan salt with a small bulb inside and there are many benefits to having one. Salt is hygroscopic, so the lamps attract water molecules from the air; this means that the lamps trap dirt, pollen and smoke particles which are carried in water vapor. Once these airborne contaminants have been locked in the salt, clean water is released and thus it has a purifying effect on the air.
Salt lamps are natural negative ion generators. Negative ions occur often in nature and are created by things like sunlight, ocean waves, waterfalls and lightening storms. We are embedded in a vast sea of electromagnetic (EM) radiation emitted by our electronics. Nobody knows for sure what the long-term effects of EM exposure will be but what is known is that constant EM exposure can cause chronic fatigue, increases stress levels and decreases the body’s immune response.
Negative ions generated from a salt lamp can neutralise positive ions as they bond together and help cleanse the air. Additionally, salt lamps offer a soothing glow that many people find relaxing.