Himalayan pink salt has been a popular addition to the culinary world for hundreds of years. While its origin is most likely from ancient India, the salt has made its way into popular cuisine in various parts of the world including Turkey, Tibet, China, Nepal and Pakistan. It first gained popularity as a salt for culinary use back in the 1800s when it was discovered by Sir Richard Branson who became known as a lover of natural foods. Since then, Himalayan salt has become known for being used for various purposes in the kitchens of different countries. The salt was even used as an alternative to table salt in some countries.
Himalayan pink salt comes from the Punjab region of Pakistan. The salt, which tends to have a bright pinkish hue because of trace minerals, is mainly used as a cooking agent in restaurants and as a natural food seasoning for non-vegetarian dishes, however, it is also used for food presentation and decorative lamps. In Pakistan and neighbouring areas, there are many old salt mines that have yielded a rich harvest of this gemstone. However, because of the illegal mining and export of this salt in the past few decades, it is very hard to obtain these treasures from Pakistan.
One indication of the popularity of Himalayan salt lamps comes from the fact that these lamps have become a hot commodity in many households in the western parts of the globe. Indeed, it is these salts that are credited with promoting good health because of its healthy effects on the blood vessels. Because of this, they are recommended for use in cooking as well as other cooking processes.
Apart from the many health claims attributed to Himalayan salt lamps, this mineral is known to have many positive effects on one's appearance. It is popularly used as a natural beauty accent by many people. This is because of the translucent shade it lends to the objects and items used in the kitchen, such as tableware and utensils. Its colours range from light orange to pale pink in different tones. They make beautiful additions to many home decors, especially those with a rustic or Native American theme. The warm glow that they emit naturally makes these accents very inviting to guests.
Salt lamps also claim to have many health benefits. For instance, they have been known to increase libido by helping increase blood circulation. Their purported healing properties have also been backed by research. For instance, Indian scientists have found out that Himalayan salt contains a substance that is capable of boosting the immune system.
When it comes to treating various health conditions, Himalayan salt is said to be more effective than sodium chloride solutions. For instance, there are reports that state that salt lamps can treat edemas, ulcers, burns and coughs. In addition to that, calcium deficiencies are prevented when salt is used. The substance is even said to be able to prevent the onset of Alzheimer's disease, which is why it has been introduced in schools as a natural remedy for learning disabilities and psychological problems.
Despite the health benefits attributed to Himalayan salt lamps and their use as natural remedies, many experts still insist on the fact that common table salt is still better. The argument goes something like this, although Himalayan salt produces less negative effects than regular table salt does, it still contains trace amounts of sodium and chloride. And because both sodium and chloride are needed for the human body, taking them in excessive amounts can lead to negative effects. For instance, excess sodium can lead to high blood pressure, weakness, muscle cramps and gastric discomfort. On the other hand, too much chloride can cause diarrhoea and vomiting.
But according to studies, Himalayan salt does not produce such negative side effects. It is known to promote water retention, thus helping the body retain water and fluid. This, in turn, helps flush out wastes and unwanted substances. And since sodium is known to help maintain normal water levels and prevent fluid loss, excess sodium stays in the cells of the body where it does no harm.