Himalayan salt products are beautiful, relaxing and, best of all, natural. Find 8 facts about them below and find out just how many Himalayan Salt products there are!
1. THEY’RE OFTEN MILLIONS OF YEARS OLD
Himalayan salt products are carved from natural Himalayan salt rock which was formed over 200 millions of years ago in the foothills of the Himalayas in the Punjab region of modern Pakistan. The rocks form in the salt water at the foot of the mountains. That area of the world is undeveloped which means that the salt rocks originating from there are among the world’s purest.
Himalayan salt rock comes in a variety of colours, from dark brown to off white, but pink and orange is the most popular.
2. THEY’RE HEALTHY
The warm yellow-orange given off by Himalayan Salt products when they are lit up with a candle or bulb is more than just beautiful – it’s healthy too! They improve and purify the quality of the air and are ‘natural ionisers’ due to them producing healthy negative ions.
The heat from lamps and tea light holders activate negative ions which neutralise the electrical charge of the positive ions in the air which circulates your home. Ions are compounds that carry a charge because they have an unbalanced number of protons or electrons and negative ions are created by things in your home such as dust, pollen and electronics. These ions effectively become heavier, so they drop towards the ground and are less likely to be breathed in.
It has been suggested that smaller lamps and tea light holders aren’t large enough to change the air quality of an entire room and therefore only affect the surrounding area but they still look beautiful – keep a tea light holder on your coffee table instead of on the other side of the room to get the most from its healthy benefits.
3. THEY ARE MOOD BOOSTING
The majority of Himalayan salt products report that when their lamps and tea light holders are producing a gorgeous orange glow, the ambience makes them feel genuinely happier and more relaxed.
The shade of the light created varies due to salt impurities causing subtle colour alterations. Whatever the shade, the warm glow generates a soothing atmosphere which helps to lower stress and anxiety.
Each lamp and tea light holder is unique since they are carved from natural rock. The variety of colours and shapes means that you could order 10 tea light holder from us today and they will all be slightly different.
4. THEY EASE BREATHING PROBLEMS
By purifying the air in your home or office and adding more negative ions to the air, salt lamps create a healthier atmosphere which can help to ease asthma and breathing difficulties while soothing the effects of allergies such as hay fever. There are even salt inhalers available to ease breathing difficulties!
Many users of Himalayan salt inhalers report no longer needing their asthma inhalers after using them for a while. They also cleanse the sinuses to reduce seasonal allergies, ease coughs and ease chest congestion. They improve the respiratory systems of snorers and smokers and improve lung function, including in people with cystic fibrosis.
5. THEY CAN HELP YOU TO SLEEP
Himalayan salt lamps and tea light holders create a relaxing atmosphere which helps you to relax and unwind after a long, stressful day. It has been suggested that the dim light from a Himalayan salt lamp can aid a peaceful night’s sleep due to it being more relaxing than bright electric lights.
The lights in our home and the light produced by electronics such as phones and TVs can give us headaches and delay the production of the sleep hormone melatonin which helps us regulate our sleep cycles. Himalayan salt lamps and tea light holders can also help to ease the effects of sleep apnea.
6. OTHER HEALTH BENEFITS
By purifying the air, Himalayan salt products can help with skin conditions such as eczema. They can also soothe allergies and are believed to fortify the immune system.
Other medical conditions which Himalayan salt products have been claimed to ease include:
- Sinus problems
- Migraines and headaches
- Hormonal imbalances
- Liver and blood problems
7. THEY’RE USED IN FENG SHUI
Himalayan salt products are often used in eco-friendly homes and are a staple for meditation spaces. They are often used in feng shui to achieve energy balance in a room due to their calming atmosphere.
8. IT’S AVAILABLE IN A VARIETY OF FORMS
Pretty much everyone has heard of Himalayan salt lamps and tea light holders and obviously it can simply be used as salt to season your meals! But did you know there is also Himalayan salt soap and nasal inhalers? Large slabs of it are also available for putting your food on to give it a fresh salty taste.
8.1 OIL BURNERS
If you have a spare metal stand leftover from an oil lamp which you can balance a glass dish on, find a tea light holder which will fit underneath it. Light the candle, put some oil in the dish and watch the beautiful tea light holder light up as the scent of the oil begins filling your home.
8.2 HIMALAYAN SALT SOAP & BATH CRYSTALS
Try something new next time you have a bath and fill your tub with Himalayan salt!
Naturally rich in 80+ nourishing and skin-replenishing minerals, pink Himalayan salt creates a healing and therapeutic experience for the mind and body when you bathe in it.
Bathing in Himalayan salt cleanses and detoxifies to leave your skin feeling smooth, soft, rejuvenated and re-mineralised. It provides extreme relaxation.
The replenishing nutrients stimulate circulation and soothe sore muscles while also being detoxifying. By drawing out toxins, the salt deep cleanses the skin and helps cleanse the body energetically, making you feel energised and stimulated.
Himalayan salt soap can be used either in the shower or dissolved in the bath and bath salts are also available – they are larger than standard salt and dissolve into the water. It is ideal for all skin types, whether you have dry skin, are acne-prone or have any form of dermatitis. Himalayan salt soap is safe to be used by people who are sensitive to the dyes, chemicals and fragrances in regular soap products.
The high salt content of the soap is purifying and instantly kills bacteria to remove body odours. The soap bars even halt the growth of new bacteria, making it an ideal solution for people suffering from skin infections such as athletes foot.
If you want to feel seriously detoxified, make yourself a powerful Himalayan salt ‘brine’ by allowing between 1 to 2 pounds of Himalayan salt to dissolve in the water before getting in to soak your skin.
Using Himalayan bath salts in a sauna
Himalayan bath salts can also be used in saunas! By sprinkling a few crystals on the top of the steaming rocks the atmosphere will be enhanced as the negative ions are released. The crystals will evaporate into the air and fill the room.
Using Himalayan bath salts in humidifiers
They can also be used in humidifiers – sprinkle a few crystals into your humidifier and let the moist, salty air help to ease your breathing difficulties.
8.3 NASAL INHALERS
The inhalers should only be used with larger chunks of Himalayan salt rather than the tiny pieces you will find in most stores for seasoning your food with.
Remove the plastic cap and fill your inhaler with Himalayan salt. Breathe in deeply through your mouth and exhale through your nose. Use the inhaler for between five to ten minutes daily or according to your needs.
8.4 HIMALAYAN DRINKING WATER
Ok, the people who will happily wash their mouth out with salt water are few and far between, but Solé Detox is water saturated with pure himalayan mineral salt and it has some serious health benefits.
Despite salt water being associated with dehydration, Himalayan salt water in the right quantity actually aids hydration while helping the body to detoxify due to the minerals in some products making it useful in the natural detoxification process of the body. It is naturally antibacterial so helps remove the bad bacteria in our systems.
Himalayan salt water is a great antihistamine to help with allergies and has even been known to help reduce muscle cramps.
How to make salt water sole
- Fill a glass mason jar with roughly 1/3rd of unrefined, natural Himalayan salt.
- Fill the jar with filtered water and leave at least a 2 inch gap at the top.
- Screw the lid back on the jar and leave the solution for 24 hours.
- When you return to it, make sure that all the salt crystals have dissolved, add a few more salt crystals to the water.
- When you’re not drinking it, keep it covered and store it on the side or in a cupboard.
8.5 HIMALAYAN SALT SLABS AND PIECES
Himalayan salt is available as large slabs and smaller chunks. They can be used as a serving platter to impart an enhanced taste and mineral content to your food.
- Chilled: decorate with fruits, sushi, vegetables or cheese
- Frozen: present cold desserts or even sorbets
- Heated: heat large slabs and use them to sear vegetables, shrimp, fish, etc.
Best of all, Himalayan salt is naturally antimicrobial so to clean up after your meal you simply need to give your slabs or pieces a quick scrub or rinse.