Himalayan salt is a mineral salt mined from the foothills of the Himalayas in the Himalayan region of northern Pakistan. The mineral impurities in the Himalayan rock have caused the rock to become soft, malleable, and almost transparent, making it ideal for use in many applications. Himalayan sea salt has long been recognized for its beauty and functionality.
Pink Himalayan sea salt comes from the same source as white Himalayan sea salt, though it has a slightly different composition. Himalayan pink salt is formed in anaerobic microorganisms, so it contains very little oxygen-bearing minerals. As a result, pink Himalayan sea salt has a pleasant, light pink color. Himalayan salt also contains calcium, manganese, potassium, sodium, phosphorous, and zinc. Pink Himalayan salt does not contain any trace minerals.
Himalayan sea salt has been used for centuries as a table salt by the Hindus of India, the Chinese, and the Persians. In recent years, pink Himalayan sea salt has become popular worldwide because of its health benefits. Pink Himalayan sea salt is often used in the United States, particularly in Europe and Australia. It has become especially popular for use as kitchen salt and in spa treatments in the United States, though there are no scientific studies supporting this claim. Himalayan pink salt has also become popular as a cosmetic ingredient in products ranging from soap to makeup.
The most famous form of pink salt in the U.S. is Pink Himalayan sea salt. This pinkish color comes from sodium hechiate and sodium sulfate. Both ingredients are naturally occurring, but the amount of sodium sulfate in the salt makes it desirable as an added health benefit.
Hechiate is a by-product of the distillation of seawater. Heciate is a by-product of the chemical process used to make salt by boiling seawater and concentrating it into a solid form. Salt is then distilled further to produce the salt that is commercially available today. Sodium sulfate is often used as an antioxidant in cosmetics as well as a natural preservative, and deodorantagens for shampoos, toothpaste, and laundry detergents, and as an antibiotic.
Sulfate and hechiate are both highly toxic. They are so toxic that exposure to even small amounts of either substance can cause death. If inhaled, both substances can cause breathing problems, swelling of the throat and bronchial tubes, coughing, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, and vomiting. Exposure to herniate can also cause respiratory problems like difficulty breathing, constriction of the chest, fever and excessive salivation. Ingestion can cause liver failure and pulmonary hemorrhaging.
Sodium hechiate also causes eye irritations, which may be painful and even result in blindness. People who suffer from chronic eye infections should never touch or apply any product that contains this ingredient to the eyes. The effects of high doses of sodium sulfate are similar to those of alcohol, though there is no evidence to suggest that they cause permanent damage. The eyes will develop redness, puffiness, dryness and irritation. A product that contains this ingredient can even cause irreversible damage to the cornea, which is why it is not suitable for contact with the eyes and eyes must be washed out carefully before drinking or eating.
Himalayan pink salt has been proven to lower blood pressure, a common disease known as hypertension. High blood pressure is one of the leading causes of stroke and heart attack in North America. Studies conducted on mice exposed to low doses of sodium sulfate showed significant improvements in the animals' hearts. A supplement containing pink Himalayan sea salt can help reduce hypertension and improve overall cardiovascular health, according to researchers. The supplement also shows promise for treating asthma and certain types of arthritis. The ingredient can prevent and control a condition called carpal tunnel syndrome as well.