What is Himalayan Salt?

Himalayan pink salt is mined in the Salt Range mountains in the remote Punjab region of Pakistan, south of Islamabad, the capital city of Pakistan. Himalayan pink salt has been mined for hundreds of years, since at least the 1200s, and historically has been used for culinary purposes and food preservation. The trace minerals in Himalayan pink salt give the salt its unique pink tinge, which can range from a subtle pink color to a much more vibrant pink.


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. Hence the Khewra salt deposits had been discovered. Today the Khewra salt mines are the second largest in the world yielding 325,000 tons of salt per year.


Himalayan Pink salt is a better and healthier substitute for table salt as it does not contain any additives, rather it is consumed in its ultimately natural form. There are 84 mineral traces in Himalayan salt, which makes it a highly nutritious culinary ingredient. Apart from its culinary uses, the Himalayan salt holds remarkable healing and therapeutic properties, it has a soothing and calming effect on the human body, for years Himalayan salt is known to treat and soothe asthma patients, it also helps improve blood pressure and detoxifies the human body. The Himalayan salt, combined and infused with various organic essential oils, also works as excellent exfoliators and treats many skin conditions as well.


Since Himalayan pink salt can be used in cooking and preserving food. It’s possible to purchase finely ground pink salt, which you can use in any salt shaker. However, many people prefer the coarser grind. Coarser salt can be used as part of a rub for meat, to sprinkle over vegetables as they are being sautéed, or in a decorative salt grinding mill.