Himalayan Pink Salt contains an abundance of ionized, trace minerals that were encrusted into the earth more than 250 million years ago. It’s color ranges from clear white to gray, to varying shades of pink to deep shades of red. Himalayan pink salt is mined by hand, without the use of mechanical devices, preserving a rich long standing tradition in the Punjab Region of South Asia. After the harvest, it is then hand crushed, washed and dried in the sun.
If you do not have access to Himalayan Pink Salt, you can alternate with Real Salt, mined from Utah beds or Celtic Sea Salt, found off the shore of France. All three of these options contain a higher trace mineral content than common table salt which is denatured, bleached and stripped of minerals. The key to salt is that it remains unrefined.
Over the past fifty years, salt has gotten a bad rap in America, but most people are not aware that the table salt we eat today is far from what our bodies have been programmed to biologically crave and rely upon. Present day salt cravings could very well be attributed to the same lack of wholeness, where we crave more as an effort to capture what we know should be there.
Contrary to popular belief, untouched forms of salt have many benefits. Unrefined salt supports electrolyte balance, hydration (surprisingly!), and detoxification. It also contributes to and supports the cardiovascular, endocrine, musculoskeletal, nervous, digestive and respiratory system. Interestingly enough, unrefined sea salt has a similar mineral profile to that of our blood.
Unrefined salt was recorded by the Chinese to be used therapeutically in 500 A.D. in the Ming Yi Za Zhu (aka Miscellaneous Records of Famous Physicians) by Tao Hong-Jing, a Physician and Herbalist. He found that salt had ‘bitter, cold and salty’ properties that drew downward and inward and could be used to clear the Respiratory system and the Gastrointestinal tract of toxins. The Chinese found that unrefined salt detoxified these organ systems through a marked purgative effect, most effective when taken with a large amount of water. The Inner Classic, also known as the Huangdi Neijing, also states that salt used in moderation strengthens the heart and mind, acting as an anchor while increasing clarity and focus.
In Ayurvedic tradition, salt is used to strengthen one’s energy, ground, and center in the same way due to its inherent descending function. It is also traditionally used to cook with for this same reason, to enhance digestion and descend.
Although Himalayan Pink Salt can be used in many ways (sprinkled onto food, as a herbal inhaler, bath soak, or an air purifying mantel piece), today I am only going to focus on how to make “Sole”.
I recommend “Sole”, pronounced so-lay, as a gentle, daily detox and therapeutic addition to a healthy diet and lifestyle. Sole is simple and easy to make by following the steps below.
First, fill up a mason jar a quarter of the way with Himalayan Pink Salt crystals.
Then, add filtered or spring water to the shoulder of the jar.
Let it sit overnight, in the fridge or on the counter.
Place one to two tsp in 8 oz. of room temperature water in the morning and drink.
To ensure full saturation, make sure there is always some undissolved salt in the mix and continue to fill the mason jar up to the shoulder with water. This saturated mixture can last for a very long time, some say indefinitely.
As you try out this saturated mixture, make sure to monitor your body, notice its response, and evaluate accordingly! Remember that nobody knows your body like you do, so stay intuitive my friends.