Ingredient Focus: Himalayan Pink Salts
It seems that they are a firm favourite with others too – popping up in kitchens, spas and even in the corner of a living room as a lamp with a warming, pink glow. So, we thought we’d take a moment to find out more…
As the name suggests, Himalayan pink salt is mined in an area close to the Himalayas – usually in Pakistan. Himalayan pink salts are 100% natural and are packed with 84 trace minerals. Its beautiful pink colour comes from the magnesium, potassium and calcium in the salt.
The mines where the salt is harvested contain vast quantities. By some estimates, the largest mine, Khewra, holds 6.7 billion tons, of which about 220 million tons is currently accessible. Khewra harvests about 400,000 tons per year, which means one mine could continue harvesting at a similar rate, without expansion, for about 550 more years.
Himalayan pink salt has been used for centuries as an alternative remedy. Because the salt is so old it is seen as one of the most unpolluted salts out there. Formed millions of years ago, its many millennia under the ground kept it protected from modern-day pollution. So, it is a wonderful natural remedy when it comes to skincare.
The National Eczema Association states that adding salt to bathwater can reduce the stinging that water might cause skin during severe flare-ups. There is also some evidence to show that people with psoriasis can benefit from mineral baths, observing a reduction in redness and irritation. Plus, Himalayan salt contains magnesium which helps muscles to relax and a small scientific review found it could enter the lymphatic system via the skin.
And – of course – taking time out from the busy schedule, to rest in the bath is good for all of us. This is made all the more pleasurable with a sprinkling of Himalayan pink salts blended with essential oils. Plus, the bathroom smells delightful afterwards.
Whether we are using them to dust off dead skin cells in a body scrub or to soak in after a long day of work, we have found Himalayan pink salts to be a great addition to the bathroom cabinet.