Updated: Mar 21, 2019
Pink Himalayan salt is believed to be the purest and healthiest form of salt available. Its uses range from cooking and food seasoning as well as for producing body scrubs, bath salts, rock salt lamps, tealight holders, cooking blocks and more.
Pink Himalayan salt contains more than 84 minerals and trace elements, adding more than just flavour to your food. The Pink salt is also referred to as Himalayan salt, Himalayan sea salt, rock salt and Himalayan crystal salt. This rock salt or halite, primarily comes from the salt range of the Punjab region of Pakistan - about 300 km from the Himalayas – second largest and one of the oldest salt mines in the world.
Where does Pink Himalayan Salt come from?
As we mentioned, Himalayan salt comes from the Salt Range, situated in the Punjab province of Pakistan. This is also home to Khewra Salt Mine, world’s second largest salt and Pakistan’s largest mine which rises from the Indo-Gangetic Plain. The Salt Range is said to have been unexplored for millions of years until 1849. It is now spread over 111 square kilometers with tunnels almost a kilometer into the mountain with 82 to 600 million tons of salt reserves.
Himalayan salt rocks from the Khewra Mine can be red, pink or white shades and are highly rich in beneficial minerals. With recommended daily per capita consumption of sodium at 2300mg, salt is essential for sound health of body cells and nerves as well as good digestion.
Pink Himalayan Salt vs Table Salt
While table salt is produced through extensive processing, Pink Himalayan salt is one of the purest forms of salt available on the planet. Typically mined by hand, it is high quality, unrefined and composed of about 85% sodium chloride.
Secondly, most table salts have only one natural mineral – Sodium (aside from iodine in iodized salts) - while sometimes toxic anti-clumping agents, bleaching agents and aluminum derivatives are also found in these salts that can be dangerous for health.