This Amazing Himalayan Pink Salt Mixture That Can Help Treat 14 Health Conditions

SOURCE: WWW.MERCOLA.COM  APR 22, 2009

Your skin is an excretory organ that mirrors the condition of your intestines. When you take a salt water (brine) bath, the salt minerals penetrate your skin in form of ions. This stimulation will cause natural cell growth in your living cell layers. Bio-energetic weak points will be balanced and your body's energy flow will be activated. While anyone can benefit from a brine bath, it is particularly soothing for those with:

  • Various skin diseases
  • Rheumatism and joint diseases
  • A post-operative care regimen
  • Gynecological diseases
  • Recurring infections
  • Severe insect bites, blisters or wounds
  • Skin irritations from poison oak, ivy or sumac

The detoxifying effect of a brine bath can be compared to a 3-day fast. Since salt is also a disinfectant, several people can safely use the same water. To get the full benefits of a therapeutic natural crystal salt bath, the right salt concentration is critical. The salt concentration has to be at least the same as the one of your body fluids (approximately 1%) to activate the osmotic exchange ratio.

The formula for a 1% solution is 1.28 ounces of salt per gallon of water. Since a full tub normally takes from 100 to 120 liters (27 - 32 gallons) of water, at least 1.2 kg. (2.6 pounds) of natural salt is required. To avoid using body energy to balance the temperature, the water should be approximately 37° Celsius (97° Fahrenheit).

Your bath will remain at a constant temperature because the biophysical composition of the salt is so strong - it causes the molecules to move in a constant rhythm. 

Do not use any bath additives, soaps, or oils. Your bath should last 20 to 30 minutes. During this time, the temperature and the makeup of the brine bath is comparable to the amniotic fluid in which the embryo floats in the prenatal state. Do not shower off, simply dry off with a towel. After your brine bath, you should rest for at least 30 minutes.

WARNING: While brine baths have a positive effect on many ailments, they are also demanding on your circulatory system. If you suffer from weak or poor heart circulation, always consult your doctor first.

To Use The Himalayan Bath Salt For Therapies You Can Follow These Steps

  • Loosely fill a closable glass container (Mason jar) with several crystal salt stones. Add natural spring water or purified water, completely filling the container.
  • After approximately 24 hours, look to see if the salt crystals have completely dissolved. If so, add a few more crystals. When the water can no longer dissolve any more salt, the salt crystals will sit at the bottom of the jar without dissolving. At this point the solution will have become saturated at 26%, and is ready for use.
  • The glass can be refilled again and again with water and salt, continuing this process. This brine solution is completely sterile and germ-free allowing it to be stored for years in a closed glass container without changing or decomposing.
  • There are many ways to directly experience the natural medicinal potency of brine including drinking it and seasoning your favorite foods with it, bathing in the brine solution, and inhaling steam from brine. You can also use the Himalayan Crystal Salt to substitute for cooking salt, but it should not be heated over 42º Celsius.

 

While you will certainly find many other beneficial uses for sole (brine) made from Himalayan Crystal Salt, here are some common problems that the sole may help with:

  • Acne - Try a brine face wash, or the Himalayan Crystal Salt mixed with fragrance free, natural soap as a face or body scrub.
  • Ear Infections- Use the brine as eardrops for ear infection.
  • Foot Fungus- Soothe your feet with a brine foot soak.
  • Motion Sickness - Try wearing salt in a pouch around your neck for its energetic balancing properties.
  • Nasal Congestion - Try a nasal wash with a few grains of crystal salt in ¼ cup of warm water.
  • Psoriasis - Rub brine directly on the affected skin and let dry.
  • Sore Throats - Gargle with warm brine solution, but don't swallow.

Himalayan Sea Salt Body Spray- Do It Yourself

Originally posted on The Chic Site

There are so many benefits to making beauty products at home. Not only are they healthy for your skin, it’s less expensive and most of the time you already have all the ingredients stocked in your pantry or fridge! This time we are making a sea salt body spray with my favorite essential oil. When testing this homemade body spray I tried several essential oils, so you can substitute for your favorite,  just be sure to choose one that is made for topical use so it won’t irritate your skin. You can use this homemade body spray anytime you need a little pick me up and it’s perfect for after the gym. The sea salt is rich in essential minerals and helps refresh and nourish your skin. 

DIY PINK HIMALAYAN SALT SPA: SCRUB, SOAK, SPRAY + CANDLE

January 21, 2017 By Jennifer 32 Comments

My sister Kim gave me a Himalayan salt lamp for my birthday this year. She has one and she loves hers so much that she thought I would also like it. And I do! I keep my salt lamp next to my desk and enjoy its warm, happy, salty glow all day long. So when it came to giving her a present, I decided to make a DIY Pink Himalayan Salt Spa for her. I researched all the different ways you can use pink himalayan salt to relax and feel good, and I came up with four things: a bath soak, a foot scrub, a body spray, and an aromatherapy candle. I put it all together in a gift basket for her (and one for my mom, too). You can make all these things from one 2 lb. bag of Himalayan sea salts plus a few other items. Let me show you how!

DIY PINK HIMALAYAN SALT SPA MATERIALS

Here’s a shopping list of what you need if you want to make the whole DIY Pink Himalayan Salt Spa gift basket (I’ve linked some Amazon affiliate items below for your convenience):

  • 2 lb. bag of pink Himalayan salt
  • 3 Mason or Ball jars (I recommend the wide-mouth pint size jars)
  • 1 spray bottle
  • Essential oils (peppermint, orange, eucalyptus, lavender)
  • Small jar of coconut oil
  • Small jar of sweet almond oil
  • Baking soda (small box)
  • Epsom salt (small box)
  • Distilled or boiled water
  • Votive candle with holder (small enough to fit in your jar)
  • Foot soaking tub or other basket that holds your spa products (I used a white foot soaking tub from my dollar store)
  • Tissue paper, shredded paper, or something to put between your jars so they don’t break in your gift basket
  • Fat square of fabric
  • Matching ribbon
  • Labels (free to download in my Resource Library)
  • Glue gun (or glue)

DIY PINK HIMALAYAN SALT BATH SOAK RECIPE

  • 1 cup of Epsom salt
  • 1 cup of pink Himalayan sea salt
  • 15 drops of essential oil (I used eucalyptus)
  • Mason jar (I used a regular pint jar, but the wide-mouth pint jars would work great, too)

Step 1: Mix everything in large bowl. Don’t try to mix it in the jar — the jar is not big enough to mix everything properly.

Step 2: Pour it in your jar.

Step 3: (Optional) Decorate and label. I explain how I did mine at the bottom of this post.

 

DIY HIMALAYAN SALT FOOT SCRUB

  • 1 cup of Himalayan Sea Salt
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon of sweet almond oil
  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda
  • 20 drops of essential oil (I used peppermint)
  • Wide-mouth pint-size jar

Step 1: Mix everything in large bowl. Don’t try to mix it in the jar — the jar is not big enough to mix everything properly. You want a clumpy consistency, similar to what is shown in the photo below.

Step 2: Put it in your jar.

Step 3: (Optional) Decorate and label. I explain how I did mine at the bottom of this post

DIY HIMALAYAN SALT BODY SPRAY MATERIALS

  • 1 cup of distilled or boiled water
  • 1 tablespoon of Himalayan Salt
  • 1 pinch of Epsom Salt
  • 5-7 drops of essential oil (I used orange)
  • Spray bottle

Step 1: Add salts to warm water and stir until dissolved.

Step 2: Add essential oils and put in a spray bottle.

DIY HIMALAYAN SALT CANDLE HOLDER

  • Pink Himalayan Salt
  • Wide-mouth pint-size jar
  • Votive holder
  • Votive candle
  • Essential oil

Step 1: Put a little pink Himalayan sea salt in the bottom of your wide-mouth jar.

Step 2: Put the candle and votive holder into your jar.

Step 3: Spoon the pink Himalayan salt all around your candle. Drop some essential oil into the salt around the candle.

Khewra Salt Mines- the original salt therapy

Originally posted on atlasobscura.com

In 326 BC, Alexander the Great, the Greek King famous for conquering an empire ranging from Asia into Africa and Europe, was making his way across Pakistan. Stopping his army for a rest in the area now known as Khewra, Alexander’s horse began licking the stones on the ground. Seeing that all the horses were doing so and taking note, a soldier himself tried one and found that the rocks were quite salty. The Khewra salt deposits had been discovered.

Today, some 2330 years later, the Khewra salt mines are the second largest in the world — behind the Sifto Canada, Inc., salt mine in Goderich, Ontario — turning out 325,000 tons of salt per year, and an estimated 220 million tons over its lifetime. This is barely even a dent in the massive salt stores here, which are said to be 6.687 billion tons. Officially, salt mining wasn’t recorded until the 1200s under the Janjua-Raja’ tribe, but salt has probably been mined and traded here since Alexander’s time.

Covering an area of 110 sq. km, 228 meters or 748 feet deep (with 11 separate stories), the massive mine has over 40 kilometers of tunnels running some 730 meters, or nearly half a mile into the mountain under which the salt deposits are found. To keep the huge space from collapsing in on itself, only fifty percent of the salt found is mined; the other half serves as support columns to hold up the mine. With such a massive area, a large workforce, and the ease of carving and building with salt bricks, some interesting sights have been built within the salt mine.

Among the earliest structure built within the mine is the small Badshahi Mosque, complete with a small salt minaret. Built more recently, specifically to attract tourists, are small salt versions of the Great Wall of China, the Mall road of Murree, Lahore’s Shimla hill, and the Minar-e-Pakistan in Lahore. Both the mosque and the miniatures are built from salt bricks, which vary in color from red to pink to white, and which are now lighted electrically and radiate a beautiful warm glow. At times, the many colors and bricks of light give the mine a sort of disco-Yellow-Brick-Road look.

Other sights — and there are many — include a 75-meter-tall “assembly hall” chamber with stairs spiraling up the walls, a 25-foot-long Salt Bridge called the Pul-saraat (an allusion to the Islamic “Pul-e-Saraat,” a bridge you must cross on Judgment Day which is described as “thinner than a strand of hair and sharper than a sword”), brine ponds, and beautiful salt-crystal formations such as stalactites. Much of this can be seen from the narrow gauge electric railway, in place since the 1930s, which once extracted salt from the mines and now brings tourists into them.

The Khewra salt mine even has its own fully functioning postal office, for use by the workers. The post office is built entirely from salt bricks and is the only post office built out of salt in the world.

While a popular tourist destination today, the salt mines were the scene of brutal oppression and forced work by the British in the 1800s. Miners were locked into the mines and not allowed to leave until they fulfilled their quotas. This included pregnant women and children, and a number of children were born within the mine. Strikes were met with violence from the British, and in 1876, twelve minors were shot and killed at the entrance to the mines. Their graves can be seen at the middle gates of the mines.

One can taste the output of this salt mine by going to their local grocery and looking for “Himalayan Salt,” a reddish or pink rock salt. It is significantly more delicious then your average table salt, and comes with a much more interesting back story.

The Adrenal Cocktail - Three Ingredients Could Help You

originally posted on HealthyHappyBeautiful.com

Do you find yourself dragging in the morning, or even experiencing that "afternoon" brick wall when you suddenly feel fatigued and worn out? Or perhaps you find yourself feeling like you are dragging during the day, but at night, your energy seems to suddenly return when you ought to be sleeping?

You could be suffering from adrenal fatigue and/or the "cortisol switch," or as sometimes referred to as the cortisol flip. Often, people who experience the cortisol switch can experience high levels of energy which then suddenly decrease and the feeling of "hitting the wall" occurs. Sometimes, it is accompanied by anxiety and other negative symptoms.

What can you do if this frequently occurs to you? One of the first thing is to check your diet! While caffeine may initially help with a short time burst, it can contribute to the cortisol switch, almost like coming down fast after the caffeine wears off, quickly. Reducing caffeine and focusing on high nutrition foods while eliminating those high in sucrose have enabled many people to battle the fatigue and anxiety.

 

Another tool that there is a great deal of anecdotal evidence for is to start drinking the "adrenal cocktail." Originally credited to Dr. Larry Wilson, MD (a specialist in adrenal fatigue syndrome), this cocktail consisting of three simple ingredients, have helped change many people's lives. What is the adrenal cocktail?

The ingredients are quite simple:

4 ounces of orange juice
1/4 teaspoon Himalayan salt
1/4 teaspoon Cream of Tartar

Mix well and drink on an empty stomach, either an hour before or after a meal, twice a day.

Often, we need sodium as well as the trace minerals that Himalayan salt provides and combined with Cream of Tartar (which is Potassium bitartrate) and orange juice, provides the adrenals with essential nutrients to combat stress, increase energy levels, and can help lift us back up over that wall instead of just hitting it head on.

Some of the benefits that have been reported by those who have used The Adrenal Cocktail are nothing short of amazing. While reducing fatigue is a major benefit that has been reported, it has also helped many who have suffered with anxiety, with some expressing amazement that within 15 to 20 minutes, signs of anxiety totally disappear.

Adrenal fatigue can also be a cause for panic attacks, insomnia, water retention and many other symptoms that sometimes are not recognized immediately as being a sign of a disorder with the adrenals that are not being supported nutritionally.

Often, people who complain of racing thoughts or a mind that won't stop thinking at night (which causes their insomnia), discover that taking the Adrenal Cocktail twice a day and then taking a magnesium supplement at night before going to bed provides them with relief. It may take a week or more to see results, however. It is no surprise as most people on a processed food diet that does not include much attention to ensuring a good balance of minerals, are lacking in a good mineral balance.

If you suffer from symptoms of insomnia, anxiety, panic attacks and other symptoms which may be a sign of adrenal fatigue, consider this cocktail

Detox Diary: Why You Should Be Drinking Pink Salt Water

Posted by Ilana Saul January 14th, 2016 on LaurenConrad.com

Until recently, I was under the impression that salt was something to be avoided as much as possible. I filed it under the same category as sugar, trans fats, and prolonged exposure to UV rays. In a word: bad. But while white table salt gets a bad wrap for a reason, I was surprised to learn that natural unrefined salts, like Himalayan pink salt, have a much different mineral composition.

Himalayan pink salt is packed with over 84 trace minerals and elements that make it incredibly nourishing for your body. Pink salt has numerous benefits from helping the body detoxify to boosting energy to improving digestion to promoting healthy hair, skin, and nails.

So how do you use it? Of course you can use pink salt in any dish you would use regular salt in, but it goes beyond that too. To get a boost of caffeine-free energy, you can add a pinch of pink salt to your morning lemon water or smoothie each day (this Dark Chocolate Salty Maca Crunch smoothie is a favorite of mine). To experience the full benefits of Himalayan pink salt, you can also make salt water sole (pronounced so-lay), which is water that has been fully saturated with natural salt to the point where it won’t absorb anymore. This is the form of the salt that is easiest for the body to absorb.

According to holistic nutritionist Kelly LeVeque, pink salt water makes a great sports drink: When we sweat and workout we lose minerals (or electrolytes), and sole is a great way to add them back in the body with water. Himalayan Pink Salt is packed with over 84 trace minerals and elements, as opposed to table salt that is 97.5% sodium chloride. Excess sodium increases your risk of hypertension, osteoporosis, and kidney disease, whereas the diversity of elements in Himalayan pink salt is shown to create an electrolyte balance within your body, strengthen bones, lower blood pressure, and improve circulation. It also helps to protect the delicate balance of minerals in your cells, avoid excess water retention, and prevent premature aging. Every cell needs a balance of potassium and sodium.

Here is how to make and use your salt water sole:

  1. Fill a jar about ¼ of the way with pink salt.
  2. Add filtered water to the jar, leaving a bit of space at the top in case you need to add more salt later.
  3. Put a lid on the jar and shake gently. Leave it on the counter overnight to give the salt time to dissolve. The next day you should still see some salt at the bottom of the jar that can’t be absorbed by the water. This is how you know you have a true “sole” solution. (If you don’t see any salt at the bottom, simply add a couple teaspoons more and let it sit for another day.)
  4. To use your sole, add up to 1 tsp of the salt water to another glass of filtered water first thing each morning. Drink up!

Are you going to give Himalayan pink salt a try?

Let me know your favorite healthy habits in the comments.

xo Ilana
Team LC

Himalayan Salt Recipes – The Ultimate List

By Kyle Dammann  originally posted on SaltSkills.com

 

Watermelon Skewers on Himalayan Salt

Ingredients

Organic watermelon (seedless if possible)
4 organic cherry tomatoes
1 organic lemon
4 tbsp organic olive oil
Several sprigs organic rosemary with blossoms
Organic Tellichery Pepper
4 sprigs organic chives
1 tsp Yuzu juice (or substitute fresh lime juice)
Himalayan Salt Plate (chilled for one hour in freezer)
Short bamboo skewers (enough for each watermelon cube)

Directions

Chill watermelon and cube to bite size pieces (approx 1 ½” cubes). Cut cherry tomatoes in half and scoop out seeds, set aside for garnish. In a bowl, add olive oil and yuzu or lime juice, and a pinch of Himalayan salt. Whisk with a fork to form an emulsion. Zest the lemon with long curls for visual appeal, set aside for garnish. Pick leaves, buds, and flowers off rosemary, set aside. Chop chives, set aside.

Arrange watermelon cubes on chilled Himalayan salt plate, spoon 1 tsp of tomato seeds on top of watermelon cube, drizzle olive oil emulsion over cubes, give about 3-4 grinds of organic Tellichery pepper. Place bamboo skewers into the center of each cube. Garnish by sprinkling with chives, rosemary leaves and blossoms, and finish with lemon zest.

Himalayan Salt Pretzels

Makes 12

Ingredients

3 cups whole wheat flour, add extra if needed
1 package fast rise yeast
1 tsp. Fine Grain Himalayan Sea Salt
1 1/3 cup warm water (125 to 130 degrees F)
3 tbsp. Canola oil
1 tbsp. honey
1 egg white, slightly beaten
Sesame Seeds
Course Grain Himalayan Sea Salt

Directions

1. Mix 2 cups flour, dry yeast and salt in a large bowl. Stir in water, oil and honey and beat until smooth. Mix in enough remaining flour (extra if needed) to make dough easy to handle.
2. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead about 5 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes.
3. Heat oven to 400 degrees F and Grease a cookie sheet.
4. Divide dough into 12 equal parts. Roll each part into a rope about 17 inches long. Twist each rope into a pretzel shape and place on the cookie sheet. Brush pretzels with egg white and sprinkle with coarse sea salt and sesame seeds.
5. Bake about 15 minutes or until pretzels are golden brown and crust is crisp. Immediately remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.
6. Serve warm with your choice of mustard.

Grilled Himalayan Salt Pineapple Chicken Skewers

Prep Time: 30 Min.

Ingredients

4 skinless, boneless chicken breast fillets, cut into 2cm pieces
Pineapple cut into 2cm pieces
2 small zucchini squash cut into 2cm pieces
1 yellow onion cut into 3 cm lengths
Himalayan Salt Grill
Pepper
Parsley

Directions

1. Slowly heat Himalayan Salt Block/Grill/Tray to 450 degrees on BBQ grill.
2. Soak skewers in cold water for 20 Minutes then remove from water.
3. Alternate chicken, pineapples squash & onions onto the skewers.
4. Place skewers on salt grill, sprinkle with Parsley & Pepper & grill, turning occasionally to cook all sides until chicken is done.
5. Serve hot & enjoy.

Himalayan Salt & Indian Black Pepper Squid

Prep Time: 20 Min. | Serves 4

Ingredients

20 oz. squid
2 cup flour
2 cup corn flour
4 tbsp. Himalayan sea salt
4 tbsp. Indian Black Peppercorns
1 1/2 cups sesame or peanut oil

Directions

1. Cut the squid tube to open up flat and remove any skin or tough inside bits. Cut across into 2cm wide strips and put aside.
2. Heat a small frying pan over high heat with no oil. Roast the peppercorns for a few minutes until they start to sizzle and pop, then remove from the pan and set aside. Add the Himalayan sea salt to the pan and cook over high heat until the salt has turned a grey color then remove from heat.
3. Grind the salt and pepper mixture into a fine powder.
4. Heat a wok or deep frying pan with your choice of oil over high heat.
5. Combine equal amounts of corn flour and flour, in a plastic bag, with the salt and pepper mixture. Place the squid in the bag in small amounts, seal and shake until thoroughly covered in the spice mix. Shallow fry the squid in batches until just cooked, about 30 seconds.
6. Serve and eat while hot.

Himalayan Salt Indian Peppercorn Crab Boil Spice Mix

This easy crab boil spice mix may be used for shrimp, crayfish, lobster or crab.

Ingredients

1/4 Cup Fine Grain Himalayan Sea Salt
2 Tbsp. whole Indian Black Peppercorns
4 Tbsp. fresh Parsley or Parsley flakes
3 Tbsp. Old Bay Seasoning
5 bay leaves

Grilled Eggplant with Pink Sea Salt

Prep Time: 40 minutes | Cook Time: 10 minutes | Makes 6 to 8 servings

Ingredients
2 Tbsp. Himalayan Salt, plus more for sprinkling
3 medium eggplants
About 1/3 cup olive oil

Instructions
1. Dissolve 2 Tbsp. salt in 1 cup warm water in a large mixing bowl, then add 3 quarts of cold water and set aside.
2. Cut the Eggplant into ¾-inch thick diagonal slices and soak in salt water solution for 30 minutes. (Be sure to weigh the slices down with a plate to ensure that they are fully submersed in the salt water.)
3. While the slices are soaking heat your grill to medium-high heat.
4. Drain eggplant and pat dry with paper towels, then place the slices on a large baking sheet or tray. Brush one side with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Lay the slices on the grill with the oiled side down. Grill with lid closed for about 5 minutes or until grill marks appear.
5. Brush the tops with oil and sprinkle with salt, then turn slices over and grill until grill marks appear and the eggplant is soft and tender, about 5 minutes.
6. Serve hot or at room temperature.

Himalayan Sea Salt Garlic Shrimp

Prep Time 15 min. | Cook Time 10 min.

Ingredients
25 -30 large shrimp, raw and peeled
3 tablespoons freshly chopped garlic
1 cup freshly chopped parsley
2 teaspoons paprika
Fine Grain Himalayan Sea Salt to taste
Fresh ground pepper to taste
1/2 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons butter

Directions
1. In a large Ziplock freezer bag, mix all ingredients except the butter together, add shrimp and coat well. You can also mix together in a large bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap.
2. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
3. Preheat large heavy bottom pan and melt butter on medium heat. Fry shrimp for about 10 minutes or until pink and lightly browned.
4. Serve hot over rice. Also goes great with steak!

Sweet and Salty Strawberry Daiquiri

Makes 1 Daiquiri

Ingredients
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
4 ice cubes
1/8 teaspoon Pink Sea Salt
1 teaspoon white sugar
1.5 oz rum (your choice)

Directions
1. Blend all the ingredients together in a blender until smooth.
2. Rim serving glass in sugar, pour daiquiri into glass & enjoy!

Amaretto Margarita

Serves 1

Ingredients
1 1/2 oz. Tequila, your choice
1/2 oz. Triple Sec
1 oz. Lemon Juice
1/2 oz. Amaretto
Himalayan Salt Glass

Instructions
1. Pour Tequila, Triple Sec, lemon juice and Amaretto into a cocktail shaker and shake with ice.
2. Pour into a Himalayan Salt Glass and enjoy!

Salmon Cooked on Himalayan Sea Salt

Prep Time: About 20 Min. | Serves 4

Ingredients
• 2 cups Course Himalayan Sea Salt
• 1 (1 1/4-pound) center cut salmon fillet

Directions
1. Spread salt evenly in a dry, 10-inch, heavy skillet (preferably cast-iron) and heat over moderately high heat until salt is hot to the touch and just beginning to smoke (about 4 minutes).
2. Pat salmon dry and season flesh with salt and pepper, then lay the fish on the salt, skin side down. Cook salmon, covered, without turning, until almost cooked through (8 to 12 minutes). Remove from heat and let stand, covered, until salmon is just cooked through (1 to 2 minutes).
3. Slide a spatula between salmon skin and flesh and transfer salmon to a platter (salmon skin will be too salty to eat).

Pink Salty Dog #1

Serves 1

Ingredients
• 5 oz grapefruit juice
• 1 1/2 oz gin
• 1/4 tsp Himalayan Salt, fine grain

Directions
Pour juice, gin and salt over ice in a highball glass, stir well and serve.

Salt Brick Grilled Chicken

Makes 4 Servings

Ingredients
2 (4 by 8 by 2-inch) salt blocks
1 (4-pound) chicken, preferably free-range
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 garlic cloves, halved lengthwise
½ teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
Juice of ½ lemon

Directions
1. Place the salt blocks on a grill grate of a gas grill over low heat, close the lid, and warm for 10 minutes while you prepare the chicken. Turn the heat to medium and heat the block for 10 more minutes. Its surface should be about 375°F. If you are using a charcoal fire, set up a bi-level fire with half the grill set up for low heat (one layer of coals) and the other half set up for medium heat (two layers of coals).
2. Remove and discard the neck and package of innards from the cavity of the chicken. Place the chicken, breast side down, on a cutting board. With a large knife or poultry shears, cut down the length of the spine on both sides. Remove the spine. Cut the breast side of the chicken in half lengthwise. You will now have two chicken halves.
3. Wash the halves in cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Coat with the olive oil and rub all over with the cut sides of the garlic cloves; afterward tuck the pieces of garlic under the edges of the skin. Season all over with the pepper.
4. Clean the area of the grill grate not occupied by the salt block with a wire brush. Put the chicken halves, skin side down, on the grill grate and, using grill gloves or thick oven mitts, put a hot salt block on top of each half. Close the lid and cook until the chicken skin is crisp and deeply grill-marked, about 15 minutes.
Remove the blocks using the grill gloves, flip the chicken halves with tongs, put the blocks back on top of the chicken, close the lid, and cook until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the inside of the thicker thigh registers 170°F, 10 to 15 minutes.
5. Remove the salt blocks, transfer the chicken to a clean cutting board, and let rest for 5 minutes before cutting into parts. Drizzle with the lemon juice and serve.

Watermelon and Feta on a Salt Block

Makes 2 Servings

Ingredients
1 (8 by 12 by 2-inch) salt block platter, or 2 smaller blocks
4 (½-inch-thick) quarter slices large watermelon, rinds removed, or 8 (½-inch-thick) quarter slices small watermelon
3 ounces feta, crumbled
6 fresh mint leaves, slivered

Directions
1. Chill the salt block platter in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
2. Arrange the melon slices on the block, slightly overlapping—the more the overlap, the less salt imparted to the melon. Scatter the feta and mint leaves over the top. Serve immediately. For added pop, allow the dish to stand 20 minutes before serving.

Himalayan Salt Block Salmon

Ingredients
2 Lb. Salmon Fillets (skin on)
Salmon Seasoning
Unsalted Butter
Extra virgin olive oil
1 Large Lemon, sliced thin

Directions
1. Fire up BGE and bring salt block up to approximately 350 to 400 degrees slowly.
2. Cut salmon into 1 ½ – 2” slices and coat with butter
3. Sprinkle on Salmon Seasoning to taste then add a slice lemon to each serving
4. Once you’ve thoroughly heated your Himalayan salt slab, you’re ready to bake your salmon. Drizzle the slab with EVOO (note that less oil will cause more salting and vice versa). Place directly onto the heated salt slab, then cook to desired doneness
5. Close lid and let cook (approximately 10 minutes); remove and serve.

Himalayan Pink Salt Cupcakes

Ingredients
1 can Nestle Cream
400 grams dark chocolate

Directions
1. Chop chocolate and transfer into a bowl.
2. Heat cream (in the can, there will be a liquid at the bottom, don’t include that, just the cream) until it simmers (do not allow it to boil), pour cream over the chocolate.
3. Let sit for one minute then stir until combined.
4. Let it cool in the fridge. From time to time, mix it well to cool it evenly to a piping consistency. Note that we won’t we whipping up this one. Just cool it.

Happy cooking!

Himalayan Salt Lamp Benefits + Real vs. Fake Salt Lamps

Originally posted on DrAxe.com

What on Earth is a Himalayan salt lamp? Himalayan sea salt is believed to be composed of dried remnants of the original, primal sea dating back to planet Earth’s creation. I’ve talked before about the health benefits of Celtic sea salt and Himalayan salt, but what if I told you that there are actually lamps made from Himalayan salt?

It’s true! They’re called salt lamps or salt rock lamps, and yes, they’re actually made from pink Himalayan salt and are able to light your surroundings — but they’re really not bought for their moderate lighting abilities. There are major claims that a Himalayan salt lamp does much more than provide you with a pretty glow. Himalayan salt lamp benefits supposedly include decreasing air pollution, negative ions and electrosmog caused by electronic devices in addition to symptom reduction for people suffering from from asthma, allergies and other illnesses.

Are there really healthy Himalayan salt lamp benefits, or are they just a glowing, earthy addition to your home? And how can you tell if your salt lamp is the real deal or a fake? I’m glad you asked.

What Is a Himalayan Salt Lamp and Does It Work?

Real Himalayan salt lamps are actually solid blocks of Himalayan salt that have been hand-carved. Deep underground mines in Khewra, Pakistan, located on the western edge of the Himalayan Mountains, are the only source of true Himalayan pink salt. The color of Himalayan salt lamps ranges from a light pink to a pinkish orange with the hue a result of the mineral concentration. Within the hollowed-out center of this block of salt is a light bulb that emits both light and heat. A salt lamp is not a lamp at all if it doesn’t have the light and heat source within it. Without that, it’s just a block of salt.

Salt is hygroscopic, which means it attracts water molecules to itself. Being the big hunk of salt that it is, a Himalayan salt lamp is believed to work by attracting the water molecules. This water vapor can also carry indoor air pollutants like mold, bacteria and allergens. Once the water vapor comes in contact with the salt lamp, the pollutants are believed to remain trapped in the salt. Since the lamp is heated, the salt dries out and is able to continue the cycle of attracting water vapor and pollutants, releasing the water vapor back into the air but holding on to the health-hazardous pollutants.

Just looking at the glow of a Himalayan salt lamp can be calming, which is therapeutic in and of itself, but what about the other health claims? To date, there aren’t any scientific studies focusing specifically on Himalayan salt lamp benefits. However, there is good reason to believe that a real Himalayan salt lamp may provide some health benefits given the other salt research out there as well as many encouraging user testimonies.

According to the Lung Institute, salt (in general) has the following health properties: (1)

  • Antibacterial
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Loosens excessive mucus and speeds up mucociliary transport
  • Removes pathogens (ie., airborne pollen)
  • Reduces IgE level (immune system oversensitivity)

Himalayan Salt Lamp Benefits

1. Air Purification

Out of all of the possible Himalayan salt lamp benefits, air purification is often the quintessential goal for most buyers. Air-purifying house plantsare often bought for this reason as well. There is not doubt that cleaner air in your home is better for your health.

According to research published by the American Society for Horticultural Science, the main component of air pollution or smog is ozone, which is most commonly linked with outdoor air, but it also makes its way into indoor living spaces like your home or office. (2)

As I described earlier, a Himalayan salt lamp by its salty nature is able to easily attract water vapor to it. With this water vapor often comes indoor air pollutants, including allergens, mold and bacteria. When the water hits the heated lamp, the salt traps the pollutants but releases the water vapor. This cycle repeats while the lamp is on and warm. By removing pollutants from the air, the salt lamp leaves you with cleaner, healthier air.

2. Reduction in Electromagnetic Radiation and Airborne Infections

So many things around us nowadays release electromagnetic radiation in the form of unhealthy positive ions — things like your cell phone, computer and television, just to name a few.  This electromagnetic radiation (EM), aka electrosmog, may be invisible but is believed to cause some serious long-term effects. Constant exposure to EM radiation is known primarily to cause fatigue, increase stress and weaken the immune system.

There have been more than 2,000 studies exposing the toxic effects of electromagnetic fields from all sources. Scientists have come to the scary conclusion that “chronic exposure to even low-level radiation (like that from cell phones) can cause a variety of cancers, impair immunity, and contribute to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, heart disease, and many other ailments.” (3)

An awesome way to increase exposure to negative ions is to spend more time in nature, especially around water. Himalayan salt lamps are said to emit negative ions in small amounts and cancel out positive ones. By neutralizing electromagnetic radiation, they may help reduce the negative health effects of harmful electrosmog. Balancing positive and negative ions also may help reduce airborne infections. (4)

3. Eases Asthma and Allergy Symptoms

Himalayan salt is now used in inhalers to bring relief to asthma and allergy sufferers. Salt therapy is also used to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients. COPD is a debilitating and degenerative lung disease characterized by the restriction of airflow in and out of the lungs. According to the Lung Institute, “Some people have found salt therapy to be an effective option for relieving symptoms of lung disease, resulting in easier breathing.”

Numerous clinical studies have demonstrated highly impressive salt therapy benefits, including helping: (5)

Salt therapy for breathing problems is said to have begun with Siberian salt mine workers in the later 1800s who had a surprisingly small number of respiratory problems compared to people around them with less salty professions. Nowadays, you can find salt caves at various spas, and this salt cave experience is also trying to be re-created with the invention of salt pipe inhalers. Salt lamps are another smaller-scale way to bring the salt cave experience (and hopefully the health benefits) home. (6)

4. Mood Booster and Sleep Promoter

Another possible health benefit of the Himalayan salt lamp is a reduction in anxiety symptoms. According to color therapy as well as general human enjoyment, the warm pinkish to orange glow of the salt lamp is a calming and happy presence in a room. Additionally, as a real piece of nature, Himalayan salt gives off negative ions like a waterfall (but in much smaller amounts). Since Himalayan salt lamps release negative ions into the air, they can help reduce anxiety and also encourage a relaxing atmosphere for sleep. (7) Many people like to keep salt lamps in their bedrooms for their calming effect.

Why are negative ions so great? You can’t taste, smell or see them, but they’re some impressive molecules. Once negative ions reach the bloodstream, they’re believed to produce biochemical reactions that increase levels of the mood chemical serotonin, helping alleviate depression, relieve stress and boost daytime energy. (8)

How to Tell a Real vs. Fake Himalayan Salt Lamp

If you’re in the market for a Himalayan salt lamp, you want to do your homework to make sure you choose the best option possible. There are said to be several ways to tell if you have a salt lamp that’s the real deal. Unfortunately, some of these characteristics will only be made known to you if you read reviews very carefully or, the less desirable scenario, once you’ve been actually using it in your home for a while (so hang on to that receipt!).

Top signs that your Himalayan salt lamp is a fake include: (9)

1. Poor Return Policy

Real Himalayan salt lamps are made of salt so it’s not surprising that they’re fragile objects. A good manufacturer knows this and has return policies that are flexible since there could be some damage in transit. If a salt lamp’s maker is extremely strict (like a “NO RETURNS” policy), then it makes you wonder if it’s a scam operation. This might not necessarily be the case, but some fake retailers have been known not to permit any returns because they know they’re not giving you the real thing.

2. Highly Durable

As I just said, Himalayan salt lamps are inherently fragile. Once you own one, you definitely need to be careful not to drop it or bang it into other solid objects because the salt crystal can be damaged very easily. This is actually a rare time when durability is not desirable. If your salt lamp is unaffected by a collision, it could likely be an imposter.

3. Very Bright Light

If all you’re looking for is a bright light source, a salt lamp is not the way to go. Due to its high content of numerous minerals, a Himalayan salt lamp gives off light in an irregular and muffled manner. A true salt lamp does not give off enough light to completely illuminate a room. If yours does, then it’s most likely not the real deal.

4. Inexpensive White Crystal

You’ll typically find Himalayan salt lamps that give off a warm pinkish or orange hue. There is such a thing as a white Himalayan salt lamp, but it’s extremely rare and a lot more pricey than the colored ones. So if you find a white salt crystal lamp that’s not substantially more expensive than the pink/orange versions, steer clear because this is likely an imposter.

5. No Mention of Pakistan

Deep underground mines in Khewra, Pakistan, are the only source of true Himalayan pink salt. If you’re questioning whether you have a real Himalayan salt lamp, look for mention of Pakistan as the salt crystal’s country of origin. You can also ask the lamp’s maker about the salt’s origin, keeping in mind that it may list the country of origin as the location of the lamp’s assembly.

6. Moisture-Resistant

By its inherent nature, salt is an absorber of water. If your salt lamp has no problem being near a moisture source (like a shower), this is a good sign that you own a fake. A true salt lamp is prone to some sweating when exposed to moisture.

7. Not Experiencing Any Benefits

If you’re sure that you bought the appropriately sized salt lamp for the space you’re using it in and you’ve also been exposed to it on a regular basis and don’t see any positive effects whatsoever, then you may not have a real Himalayan salt lamp.

Why Himalayan Salt Is Good for You

Himalayan pink salt is an extremely pure, hand-mined salt that comes from ancient sea salt deposits in the Punjab region of Pakistan. It’s believed to be the purest form of salt available. As a pink salt, Himalayan salt is rich in iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium and copper. All these nutrients are actually what give Himalayan salt its pretty pink color. (10)

When ingested, real Himalayan salt is said to:

  • Make drinking water alkaline water
  • Provide essential minerals and trace minerals
  • Balance the body’s pH
  • Normalize metabolic functions
  • Be readily absorbed by your body’s cells
  • Increases energy flow and circulation

Himalayan Salt Lamp Buying Tips and Precautions

When it comes to buying Himalayan pink salt lamps, take into consideration the size of the room in which you wish to use your lamp. The coverage of a salt lamp is determined by the size of the salt crystal. For the average-sized bedroom, a smaller lamp is usually adequate, but if you’re looking to use it in a larger area like your living room, you want to go bigger. On average, to effectively cleanse the air of a space, you need one pound of salt rock for every 16 square feet (four feet by four feet) area. If needed, you can always use multiple salt lamps spread out in a single room.

Salt is hygroscopic, which means it absorbs water. This is why Himalayan pink salt crystals start to melt with prolonged exposure to high humidity. Thus, you should keep them away from household moisture sources like showers, dishwashers and laundry washing machines. It can be dangerous if the salt begins leaking onto the lamp holder. To avoid buying a substandard lamp holder, purchase a salt lamp that’s firmly connected to the base. It’s also ideal to find a salt lamp that has UL certification, which is an extra measure of safety assurance. (11)

As with any lamp, always practice proper fire safety, including keeping it in a place where a child cannot pull it down or knock it over.

Final Thoughts on a Himalayan Salt Lamp

So far, scientists don’t seem to be too interested in the therapeutic glow of Himalayan salt lamps. Hopefully some specific studies on the benefits of salt lamps will be conducted soon, but in the meantime, the other salt research that’s out there is quite impressive and encouraging.

If you’re looking to make a Himalayan salt lamp the newest addition to your home or office, just make sure you get the real thing. If you buy a true Himalayan salt lamp and use it regularly, you may just notice easier breathing, a calmer demeanor and better sleep in your near future.

 

DIY Himalayan Salt Scrub Recipe + Tutorial

Katie - Wellness Mama 23 Comments originally posted on WellnessMama.com

t’s always nice to get a little pampering in, especially as a busy mom. It’s even better when your pampering time nourishes your body, eliminates toxins, and even fights cellulite. With this grapefruit mint Himalayan salt scrub, you can accomplish just that.

Why a Scrub?

Just the act of rubbing the skin helps to stimulate fluid flow, reduce cellulite, and improve the overall tone and health of your skin. Dry brushing is a great way to accomplish this, but a Himalayan salt scrub will also stimulate your skin and provide even more benefits. By adding some essential oils, you’ll up the skin benefits even further and add a hearty dose of mood-improving aromatherapy.

Most scrubs include a carrier oil of some kind to help the scrub glide over the skin. This recipe uses coconut oil for its amazing skin benefits, and some lighter sweet almond oil to tone it down while still moisturizing. I’ve also included a small amount of castile soap to help cleanse the skin as you moisturize, for a truly all-in-one scrub.

Himalayan Salt Benefits

Himalayan salt is my favorite sea salt to keep around because it’s so rich in minerals and trace elements, like calcium, magnesium, and iron. When consumed it can help to eliminate toxins, balance electrolyte and pH levels, strengthen bones, and support circulation to name a few things. In this scrub you’re nourishing your skin with all of the minerals and trace elements of the salt (source).

Why Grapefruit Essential Oil?

Grapefruit essential oil helps to stimulate the lymphatic system and eliminate excess water weight. It also helps to boost circulation and diminish the appearance of cellulite. This studyfound that even smelling grapefruit can boost metabolism and speed weight loss. It’s also very high in limonene, which helps protect cells from free radical damage (source).

Soothing Peppermint

Although more commonly used for digestion and to aid in clear breathing, peppermint oil with its menthol content also makes an invigorating salt scrub. Peppermint helps wake you up and increases energy. It can also help to balance oil production for clearer skin. I like using it to help soothe headaches. Being a very strong oil, make sure that you only use it properly diluted, and not on little children.

Himalayan Salt Scrub Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a small glass bowl add the coconut oil, essential oils, and sweet almond oil. Mash it all together with a fork or rubber spatula.
  2. Add in the castile soap, and the Himalayan salt.
  3. Store your Himalayan salt scrub in an 8 oz glass jar. To use, rub all over your body to cleanse and exfoliate, then rinse off.

Tips for Using

  • Since this product is made with oil, be careful when using it in the shower as it can make the floor slippery.
  • Some aromatherapists consider grapefruit essential oil to be phototoxic, which means it can cause sun sensitivity if left on. There shouldn’t be a concern since the product is washed off, but if you are sensitive to sun or going out in the sun right away, use caution.

Pink Himalayan Sea Salt…

June 9, 2015 by Jenni originally posted on JenniRainCloud.com

I live in a land locked state.  Going to the beach is a RARE occasion.  To drive to an ocean takes at least 9 hours.  Last year my family and I went on a beach vacation to Galveston, TX.  It was seriously one of the best vacations I’ve ever had for many reasons.  For one reason in particular, I felt so good.  I spent my days wading in the ocean with my girls, digging up hermit crabs and just “being” in the ocean.  At the risk of sounding lame-it was magical.  There is such an energy in the ocean and the benefits are immense.  The whole trip I had zero digestion issues-coming from a recovering IBS victim and an all around nervous Nelly on vacations-this is a miracle.  I felt beyond relaxed the entire trip-you might think that’s normal, it was a vacation-but honestly, I truly suck on vacations.  I get bogged down with not being at home and living out of a suitcase.  I’m seriously the queen of the “staycation”.  Once I got home, I really thought about why this trip was so different from the rest.  It dawned on me the immense benefits I must have been receiving from those long soaks in the salty ocean water.

I’m always looking for easy ways to improve my health.  Sometimes, easing into healthy habits is just what’s necessary to have success in improving your health.  Today, I want to tell you more about the importance of salt in our bodies.  You might be thinking, WHOA, shouldn’t I be cutting way back on my salt intake??  That’s exactly why I wanted to do this post.  So many organizations out there are telling us to cut back on salt claiming that it clogs the arteries and causes detrimental health issues when consumed in excess.  This is all true if you are consuming table salt.  Table salt is horrible for you but let’s face it, salt can really liven up a normally bland meal.

Luckily, by consuming the right kind of salt, you can let go of the fear of health risks that come along with salt!  In fact, you can actually improve many of your body’s functions by using pure, unrefined salt!  I’ve been using Pink Himalayan Sea Salt for quite sometime now and by far, this is the easiest healthy habit you can pick up.  It tastes amazing and you just won’t believe all the health benefits you can enjoy just by switching your brand of salt!

Why We Need Salt:

Believe it or not, our bodies actually need salt to function.  It is a vital part of what keeps us healthy.  Below is a list I compiled of all the ways our bodies can benefit from daily salt intake-

  • Improves digestion
  • Improves sleep
  • Nervous system support
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Regulates water content in the body
  • Improves blood sugar levels
  • Helps to balance the bodies pH
  • Helps bone strength
  • Balances electrolytes
  • Helps intestines absorb nutrients
  • Improves circulation
  • Dissolves toxins

 

Why Pink Himalayan Sea Salt is My First Choice:

  • Unrefined
  • Uncontaminated by pollutants or chemicals.
  • Contains 84 trace elements
  • Contains minerals such as potassium and magnesium
  • It’s 100% natural allowing our body to benefit from it’s composition rather then fight to metabolize it.
  • It is the highest grade of natural salt

 

Ditch the Table Salt!

Table salt is 95% sodium chloride and 5% chemicals.  That 5% contains chemical iodine, aluminum and fluoride!  Table Salt is basically the chemical form of real salt.  Our bodies don’t recognize it.  In order for your body to metabolize table salt, your body must spend a large amount of energy.  Inorganic sodium chloride can screw up the water content in your body, making you dehydrated and in turn causing digestive issues like constipation and bloating.  Basically your body’s water molecules are needed to metabolize table salt.  All your water is wasted on trying to get rid of this chemical from your body.   Eventually, this can cause cellulite, arthritis and kidney stones!  Table salt is stripped of any nutritional value.  Because of the unhealthy chemicals added to preserve, bleach and avoid clumping, it can build up in your body and cause major issues.

Most sea salts you find in the grocery store seem to be a healthy alternative to table salt but that has turned out to be false.  Sadly, our oceans have become dumping grounds for toxic poisons like mercury, PCBs and dioxin.  Sea salt companies now must refine their salt in order to filter out these toxins.  Refined sea salt taxes your bodies water supply because it’s just not the natural source it used to be that your body will recognize.

I use pink Himalayan Sea Salt in all my cooking.  The taste is amazing and seriously, going to a restaurant with regular table salt sucks now.  My girls don’t taste a difference and since they love salt, I don’t have to worry about overloading them.  The hardest part in switching out salt is ditching the processed food.  Most food is heavily salted with regular, processed salt.  Just another reason to avoid food you don’t prepare yourself!

Himalayan Salt Baths:

I talked more about salt baths HERE.  Just to refresh, getting in the habit of taking a bath in “brine” water is incredibly beneficial for the body.  Not only are you soaking up important minerals through the skin, you are also detoxing.  Think, less cellulite, glowing skin and a deep sense of relaxation!

It is recommended that the salt soak be as close as possible to normal body temperature, around 97 degrees Fahrenheit, and that you use 2 cups of Himalayan salt and/or Epsom salt.  Now the hard part is that you need to soak for at least 20 minutes.  40 minutes is preferable.

I currently am using and prefer Tropical Tradition’s Himalayan salt.  I have used Dr. Mercola’s Himalayan Salt, REAL SALT (which is nice because it’s already ground and I can find it at Target) as well as Mountain Rose Herb’s salt and recommend them both.

Are you excited??  This little post is great news.  Like I stated earlier-this is such an easy switch.  In fact, it’s an upgrade, taste wise!  You are seriously going to love pink Himalayan salt!!

xx, Jenni