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The History of Pink Himalayan Salt

Updated: Jun 8

🌟 The History of Pink Himalayan Salt 🌟

Scientific Names: Mineral Halite or Pink HaliteCommon Names: Pink Himalayan SaltOther Names: Himalayan Crystal Salt, Himalayan Sea Salt, Pink Salt, Rock Salt


Himalayan sea salt has a fascinating history. It is estimated to have formed over 300 million years ago during the Jurassic era. This salt is found preserved naturally within the Himalayan Mountains. The crystalized sea-beds where this salt is mined by hand were once covered by lava. The salt remained buried under snow and ice for millennia, preventing toxins and other pollutants from reaching it. 🌋❄️

Remember Alexander the Great, the ruler famous for conquering half of the world? Well, Himalayan salt is said to have been discovered around 326 BC by Alexander the Great’s horses. Alexander was passing through the region of Khewra in Pakistan and stopped to rest. One of the soldiers noticed the horses kept licking the rocks near the resting place. The soldier tried it for himself and found the rocks to be salty. This is how Himalayan salt was discovered. 🐴🧂

The Khewra salt mine is the most talked-about salt mine and is the world's second-largest salt mine, located in Pakistan. Because it is in Khewra, Pakistan, it belongs to the Jhelum District, Punjab region in Pakistan. This mine is located near the foothills of the Himalayas, about 125 miles (200 km) from Islamabad and Lahore, within a mineral-rich mountain extending throughout Pakistan from the Jhelum River to where it joins the Indus River. The Khewra salt mine is definitely a must-visit place in Pakistan. 🌄🏔️

Today, Himalayan salt is considered the purest and healthiest salt on earth. No two crystals are exactly alike. The Himalayan pink and white salt crystals sparkle like diamonds, attesting to their natural purity. This natural salt contains over 84 trace minerals, including all those known to be essential for good health and vitality for the functioning of the human body. For example, Himalayan Rock Salt contains minerals such as:

  • Calcium

  • Magnesium

  • Potassium

  • Sulfur

Food-grade salts and other sea salts do not contain all the minerals present in Himalayan salt. Himalayan salt is not processed with chemicals and does not contain preservatives or additives. The unique sparkling crystals of Himalayan salt offer the perfect salt condiment for gourmet cooking and provide a clean, pure taste that enhances the natural flavor of food. In the U.S., Himalayan Pink Salt has become popular for a variety of uses, from cooking to spa treatments and medical uses. 🍽️💎

Did You Know?

Around 200 million years ago, crystallized sea-salt beds in the Himalayas were drowned in lava. The salt remained buried under snow and ice for millennia, which protected it from modern-day pollution. Now it is unprocessed, unrefined, and mined by hand, making Himalayan salt one of the purest salts on earth. In the U.S., Himalayan Pink Salt has become popular for a variety of uses, from cooking to spa treatments and medical uses. 🌊🔥


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