Contributed by Dori Cranmore RN
All salt is not created equal! About 250 million years ago, at the base of the Himalayan mountain range, there were crystallized sea salt beds covered with lava. Because this salt was covered in snow and ice it was protected from modern day pollution and preserved in an untouched, pristine environment. Many people believe that this pink salt is the purest salt that can be found on the planet.
What is so impressive about Himalayan salt is that it contains the same 84 trace minerals and elements that are found in the human body. The minerals are in colloidal form, which means that they are small enough for our cells to easily absorb them. The fact that it is less refined gives much less sodium per serving than regular table salt.
When Himalayan salt dissolves in water, it results in a concentrated, electrically charged matrix of the 84 trace minerals in the salt. The ionic salt and trace minerals nourish each cell in your body. This is called Salt Sole.
How to make Salt Sole:
1. Fill a glass jar about 1/4 of the way with Himalayan salt, either ground or in chunks. Fill up with filtered water. Add a plastic lid (not metal!), shake and let sit overnight. You should always have some undissolved salt in the jar, this means the water is fully saturated. Add more salt if needed.
2. In the morning, take 1 tsp. of sole, mixed into some room temperature water, upon waking. Never use metal utensils with your sole!
3. Keep refilling your jar with salt and water when it runs low. It lasts indefinitely.
Common table salt is stripped of the majority of its minerals with the exception of sodium and chloride. It is then bleached and has synthetic iodine added with anti-caking agents. The result of consuming common table salt is excess fluid in the body tissue, holding on to toxins which contributes to cellulite, excess uric acid (gout), arthritis, high blood pressure and kidney or gallbladder stones.
Some of the benefits that you can expect to enjoy by consuming Himalayan salt in place of regular table salt include:
• Supports healthy lungs and respiratory function.
• Promotes a stable PH balance within the cells.
• Reduces the signs of aging.
• Promotes healthy sleep patterns.
• Increases libido, balancing hormones.
• Prevents muscle cramps.
• Increases hydration.
• Strengthen bones.
• Detoxifies the body of heavy metals.
• Aids in vascular health.
• In a neti pot, it can help with seasonal allergies and sinus infections.
Himalayan salt lamps have to be the most amazing of all. They are made from salt crystal rock formed by nature and mined about 300 ft. underground in mines in Asia and Europe. Each lamp is unique and many are hand carved. When heated they produce negative ions into the air helping remove toxic electromagnetic frequencies (EMF’s). They are perfect to have next to computers and TVs, and can make a great night light for infants and children. Since they come in so many shapes and sizes, many keep a Himalayan salt lamp in every room.
Information is for educational use only and not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. Find Himalayan salt and lamps at All About Herbs,Inc in Wasilla. 376-8327.