Ingredient Spotlight: Himalayan Salt
Do you remember your first time strolling through the aisles of the supermarket, glancing at your regular table salt and just as you were about to put it into your cart, you saw a few new additions to the shelf and wondered – What are these pink crystals? Pink Himalayan salt has found its way into our kitchens, bath routines, and our living spaces – most recently blending in as a tasteful piece of home decor. Its pink color and eastern origins have since made this natural ingredient an apparent lifestyle staple.
Himalayan Salt is mined from the Khewra Salt Mines in the Punjab region of Pakistan. It is pink in color because it contains very small mineral deposits of iron, calcium, copper, potassium, and magnesium. Sound’s super healthy – right? Like other types of salt, it’s traditionally been used as a food additive as well as to preserve foods such as fish and meats, and to help treat wounds. Today, Himalayan Salt has captured our hearts mainly because it is one of the purest forms of rock salt available – free of pollutants and preservatives.
In need of therapeutic relief? A salt bath might be just the thing you need to relax your mind, relieve your sore muscles, and soothe your troubled skin. Mineral baths are a well-known remedy for alleviating skin and body ailments thanks to their antibacterial and astringent properties. They’re known to help improve blood circulation and relieve stiff joints. You can even pair your Himalayan Salt bath with Rose or Peppermint Oils to “zhuzh” your me-time.
Another reason we love Pink Himalayan Salt? Its impressive exfoliating powers! You can easily add this aesthetic ingredient into any DIY face, body or scalp scrub for a natural touch. It lifts dead skin cells, reduces inflammation, rebalances your natural pH, and stimulates blood flow all in one go. A Himalayan Salt scrub is your key to healthier skin and luminous hair.
The Long and Short
Himalayan Salt is here to stay. While there are loads of benefits to be enjoyed with this natural ingredient, let’s be mindful of its use as it is a non-renewable resource. We should also note that often, moderate use of any ingredient can go a long way as long as we stay true to our health and wellness goals.