So you’ve been hearing about this amazing Himalayan crystal salt for the last few years, and now you’re wondering, is it really better than sea salt or table salt? How does it benefit my body compared to those other salts? Boasting a huge variety of minerals and impeccably clean, it’s a wonderful alternative to table salt and an exciting new staple to add to your pantry.
Himalayan salt is rock salt or halite from the Punjab region of Pakistan. It was named “Himalayan Pink Salt” after the iron rich pink clay ore found in the Himalayas.
The concentration of salt near Khewra, Punjab is said to have been discovered around 326 BC when the troops led by Alexander the Great stopped to rest there and noticed their horses licking the salty rocks. Salt was probably mined there from that time, but the first records of mining are from the Janjua people in the 1200s.
Himalayan salt is mostly mined at the Khewra Salt Mine in Khewra, Jhelum District, Punjab, which is situated in the foothills of the Salt Range hill system in the Punjab province of the Pakistan Indo-Gangetic Plain. It is located about 310 km (190 mi) from the Himalayas, 260 km (160 mi) from Lahore, and 298 km (185 mi) from Amritsar, India.
Himalayan salt is chemically similar to table salt plus mineral impurities like chromium, iron, zinc, lead, and copper; some salts mined in the Himalayans are not suitable for use as food or industrial use without purification, due to these impurities.
Some salt crystals from the Himalayas have an off-white to transparent color, while impurities in some veins of salt give it a pink, reddish, or beet-red color.
Himalayan salt is used to flavor food; there is no evidence that it is healthier than using common table salt.
Blocks of salt are also used as serving dishes, baking stones, and griddles.
A salt lamp consists of a large salt crystal, often colored, and lit with an electric light or candle inside. Numerous health claims have been made concerning salt lamps, but no scientific evidence supports these claims.