Do you think black salt regular salt but black in color? If yes… How come its black and not white? And… Where and how to use it?
For these and many other interesting facts let’s explore black salt together…
Black salt is a popular condiment in India. It is also known as Himalayan Black Salt or Indian Black Salt. It is harvested from the natural salt mines in Northern India and Pakistan. It is a type of rock salt normally dark reddish black in color and has pungent, sulfurous odor. It smells muck like eggs due to its natural Sulphur content. It appears pinkish gray or light purple color in powder form.
Black salt has great importance in Ayurveda. It is a key ingredient in many Ayurvedic remedies especially those used in curing digestive issues.
1. Black salt may prevent muscle cramp or spasm.
Black salt contains adequate amount of potassium. Mineral potassium is not only crucial in regulating muscle functioning but also helps absorb other minerals well. Thus, it may effectively help reduce muscle cramps and spasms by relaxing them.
2. Black salt is used in digestive problems.
Black salt is very commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat indigestion, constipation, gas, and heartburn. It is also used to treat high blood pressure and anemia.
Black salt is excellent on reducing heartburn. Access of stomach acid causes heartburn. Fortunately, black salt is loaded with alkaline minerals, due to its exposure to high temperatures. This helps balance out the negative effects of stomach’s acid production.
3. Black salt is used for skin care
Anti-inflammatory properties and rough texture of black salt helps heal cracked heel, swollen foot and even sprain. It also acts as a cleanser helping in opening clogged pores and providing a gleaming skin.
How to use black salt for cleansing?
1.Mix some black salt and distilled water in a bowl; let the solution rest overnight. The salt will absorb water completely. Apply it on the affected areas.
2. Add black salt in your bath water instead of chemical peels, soaps or solutions. It is excellent for rejuvenating skin. It also heals cracked and swollen feet, athlete’s foot and sprains.
Using black salt
- Black salt is used as a condiment in Indian cooking. It's added to chaat and chutneys.
- It can be sprinkled on fruits and other snacks before eating.
- It can be added to boiled or sautéed vegetables as well.
Make a salad interesting salad dressing with Black salt, lemon and cilantro and use it over spicy fruit salsa or chickpea salads.
Continuing with Himalayan Pink salt…
Himalayan pink salt is popularly known as Sendha namak is the Indian. It is a coarse salt, also called halite or land salt. Its available in many grocery and health food stores. Here are some interesting things to know about this delicious salt:
- Himalayan Pink salt is extracted from underground deposits of dried lakes in the Punjab region of Pakistan. It is unrefined, non-iodized and has no additional anti-caking agents. It can be white, pink, red, or even blue in color.
- Himalayan Pink salt is lower in sodium than regular table salt and contains 94 trace minerals compared to only 3 in common table salt. Since this salt is pure, it is used during religious fasts in India.
- It is used in Ayurvedic medicine. It is believed to be good for the heart, beneficial for people with diabetes and to prevent osteoporosis. According to Ayurveda, this salt reduces depression and stress, prevents and treats muscle cramps, regulates blood pressure, aids digestion, and relieves skin problems and arthritis.
- In India, it is used in making chutneys, raita (yogurt sauces), chaats, snacks, and other dishes.
- This salt lowers the freezing point of water and can be used in ice cream machines.
- Research has shown that Himalayan Pink salt is more beneficial than other edible salts for the patients with chronic kidney disease.
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