Today, the average person can fall prey to a variety of illnesses and minor complaints because of faulty food habits and busy, stressed lifestyles.
There are many store-bought chemical potions and drugs, and herbal home remedies from the kitchen and garden that can help to tackle such issues.
However, Himalayan salt-the pure, natural storehouse of essential minerals, with almost no exposure to any kind of toxin for millions of years–from the Himalayan foothill mines can cure a variety of health-related problems.
Himalayan Salt is dissolved in water to create a brine, which is often referred to as “energized water”. This brine is used for a plethora of physical ailments including arthritis, rheumatism, osteoporosis, gout, kidney and gall bladder stones, skin diseases, psoriasis, and for toxin elimination.
The proper way to consume the brine is in the morning on an empty stomach, taking one teaspoon of Himalayan Salt Brine with a glass of water. Wait 10 minutes before eating or drinking anything else.
Externally, a brine bath is recommended for detoxification, to strengthen the immune system, heal skin diseases, for rheumatism and joint diseases, to balance the skin’s pH, and for recovery after surgery.
Studies have revealed that you can attain even better detoxifying and mineralising results by bathing with Himalayan Salt according to the cyclic phases of the moon. Himalayan Salt Baths taken at these specific times are referred to as Moon baths.
2. Phase Sole Bathing
During a Full moon, the minerals and energies in Himalayan Salt are optimally absorbed by the body and healing potential is at its peak, bio-energetic weak points can be harmonized, and the body’s own energy flow can be activated.
This is a superb opportunity to use the attractive energy of the full moon and lay in this ocean of unlimited possibility. Let the water absorb the vibration of your heart’s desires and magnify them through the creative juice of the universe – water. When you drain the tub, send the vibration of your intentions out into the world to be manifested.
During a New moon, the cleansing effects are optimised because the body’s capacity for detoxifying is at its peak. A Himalayan Salt bath taken at this phase of the moon has a detoxifying effect similar to a three-day fast, good for focusing on what you would like to eliminate from your life such as destructive behaviours or addictions. The New Moon is the traditional time to balance your body and catch up on rest.
The Sole bath will help the body heal from strains, sprains and broken bones. It soothes many skin conditions including psoriasis and allergic rashes. A sole bath will enhance meditation and will lighten negativity and depression. Try a Sole bath for restoring your personal harmony and physical well being.
Sole Bath Instructions
1. Put up to 1/2 to 1 kg of crystal BATH salt in your tub. Don’t add any fragrances or other oils.
2. Add a layer of water just enough to cover the salt.
3. Let it sit for about 30 minutes until it’s dissolved, then add the rest of your bath water. It is important to make your tub water approximately at body temperature around 36º C, so your body doesn’t have to waste energy regulating body temperature during bathing.
4. Soak in the tub for 20-30 minutes. The bath water will stay close to your body temperature.
5. Don’t shower, wrap up in a warm housecoat and rest for at least 30 minutes.
6. Your whole family can use the same water – just add a little hot water as needed.
Sole bath therapy is demanding on the circulatory system, so be aware of this if someone suffers from weak or poor heart circulation and consult doctor beforehand. If a full bath would be too strenuous, you can take a foot bath.
(Sole/So-Lay) Making the Brine Solution
Mix some Himalayan salt with 1 litre of water (preferably ozonated) and stir constantly until all the crystals dissolve. Keep adding salt and stirring until the water can dissolve no more salt. This resultant brine solution can be used for a variety of Himalayan salt cures for the body.
The Applications “Practical Examples of Salt Applications”
- The Skin
- Coughs and Colds
- Diseases of the Locomotive System
- Kidney and Bladder Problems
- Heart-Circulatory Diseases
- Poor Concentration
- Sleeping Disorders
- Female Related Ailments
- Diseases of the Eye
- Oral Hygiene
- Heavy Metal Removal
3. Ear and Mouth
Apply two drops of the Himalayan solution every four hours to an aching ear to cure any infection inside. You can mix a tsp. of this same brine solution with a litre of water and make a mouthwash or mix with your toothpaste and use while brushing your teeth. This will improve your dental hygiene while preventing bleeding gums and malodorous breath.
4. Throat and Skin
You can use a Himalayan salt treatment for your sore throat. Gargle with the tepid brine solution without swallowing it at least twice a day for a week. If you experience acne attacks, a face wash made with two tbsp. of Himalayan brine solution, diluted with a tbsp. of spring water. You can also mix a pinch of the crystalline salt with your organic soap and scrub your face. A Himalayan salt remedy for foot fungus could include soaking your affected foot in the brine solution, leaving undisturbed for about 10 minutes and patting it dry. The same treatment would work for treating psoriasis.
5. Acid Balance and Respiratory Tract
Take three tbsp. of Himalayan brine solution a day for a week to cleanse your system of heavy, dangerous metals like arsenic, lead and mercury and gain a well-balanced body pH factor. You can be cured of any recurring respiratory disease such as asthma or bronchitis and sinusitis by inhalation of the Himalayan brine. Boil the brine, remove from the flame, cover your head with a towel and inhale the emanating hot vapours for 15 minutes.
6. Menstruation and Headaches
Heat some brine solution and soak a piece of thick cloth in it. Remove the cloth from the solution, squeeze off excess liquid and place directly on the abdomen, covering it with a towel if you are suffering from menstrual cramps. Remain this way for about 30 minutes. You can get relief from headaches with the Himalayan salt treatment of massaging the concentrated brine onto your neck and head.
7. Saltwater Flush
There is an excellent method of cleansing the intestinal tract that is less difficult than colonics and enemas. This method will cleanse the entire digestive tract, while colonics and enemas only reach the colon. The Saltwater Flush provides an internal bath for the body, drawing out toxins as it cleanses the entire intestinal tract. When your digestive tract needs a good washing, do it the natural way with a flush.
How to do a saltwater Flush
Dissolve 10ml (2 teaspoons) of fine ground Himalayan Salt (or 40ml of saturated brine) in 1 litre (quart) of room temperature water. Use only unrefined Himalayan Salt, not ordinary iodised salt.
Drink the entire 1 litre quart of salt water first thing in the morning. This must be taken on an empty stomach. A straw makes it easier to drink.
Your body will not be absorbing the salt from this brine; it will quickly and thoroughly wash your entire digestive tract in a few hours. Multiple eliminations will likely occur. The saltwater has the same specific gravity as the blood, hence the kidneys cannot pick up the water and the blood cannot pick up the salt. This may be taken as often as needed for proper washing of the entire digestive system. Use it on an empty stomach whenever you need help with elimination.
After drinking the saltwater, lie on your right side for 30 minutes. After the 30 minutes, you are free to get up and go about your day. You should have an elimination in 1 to 2 hours, though everyone is a little different. Be careful not to pass gas, except on the toilet, since it may be liquid coming through.
How it Works
The exit from the stomach into the small intestine in on the lower right hand side of the stomach. When you drink, the saltwater goes to the bottom of the stomach, below the opening. To get the saltwater into the small intestine, you need to tip the stomach like a teapot so the saltwater flows out. That’s why you lie on your right side.
Once the saltwater is in the small intestines, the muscle contractions will carry it down the rest of the way. In about an hour you should be able to massage the left hand side of your lower abdomen and hear liquids gurgling. These are liquids that have flowed into the large intestines almost ready for evacuation.
8. Facial Steams
Recommended for those with asthma, bronchitis, sinus infections, ear infections, and for all acute, chronic, and specific illnesses of the upper and lower respiratory tracts. Simply boil water, add salt to water, cover your head with a towel to create a “tent”, and inhale the vapours for 10-15 minutes.
Made with the brine are used to treat open wounds, and pain from arthritis, gout and osteoporosis. Simply soak a cloth with body temperature brine, and apply the cloth to the affected area. Wrap this poultice with a dry cloth.
10. Salt Water Nasal Rinse
Why should you do a nasal wash?
Many people with allergic rhinitis, allergic asthma, or other lung problems also have nasal and sinus symptoms. Drainage from your nose and sinuses can make rhinitis and asthma worse, especially at night. A salt-water nasal wash, or nasal irrigation, can help reduce this.
A nasal wash:
- Cleans mucus from the nose so medication is more effective.
- Cleans allergens and irritants from the nose reducing their impact.
- Removes bacteria and viruses from the nose reducing the frequency of infection.
- Decreases swelling in the nose and increases air flow.
What is the correct nasal wash technique?
- Wash your hands.
- Make the nasal wash solution.
- Make the saltwater, or saline, solution fresh for every nasal wash, using a clean glass.
- To make the saltwater solution, mix one-half teaspoon uniodised salt in an 240-ml glass of warm water, uniodised salt is used because iodised salt may be irritating when used over a long period of time.
- Add a pinch of baking soda. A pinch is a small amount you can pick up between two fingers.
- If you are congested, use the entire 240 ml of saltwater during the nasal wash; otherwise, 120 ml should be enough.
- Discard any unused saltwater and prepare a new saltwater solution before the next nasal wash.
What is the correct position for the nasal wash?
- Adults and Older Children – Lean far over the sink with your head down.
- Younger Children – If possible, have your child lean as far over the sink as possible. A small child may have trouble cooperating with a nasal wash and may need to be held and assisted. Ask your healthcare provider about ways to hold a small child when doing a nasal wash. One technique is to wrap your small child in a blanket or towel with arms down while holding him/her on your lap.
- Ask your healthcare provider to discuss which of these techniques may be best for you.
Why Himalayan Salt?
Himalayan Salt has been used throughout the ages as a preservative and to draw out poisons. Salt will not do harm when used this way and will sterilize and make it possible for the body to repair itself. When you have a wound on your arm that gets infected, soaking the arm in saltwater draws out poisons. If you have damaged the intestinal tract with fissures or diverticula (small pouches in colon), the salt will cleanse in a similar way.
Salt is an essential element in the diet of not only humans but of animals, and even of many plants. It is one of the most effective and most widely used of all food seasonings and natural preservatives.
Salt’s Hidden Powers by Jacques de Langre, PhD.
Regular over the counter table salt is one of the worst things for you! It is mined from large natural deposits underground where they take the natural salt and basically take out everything that is good, and we are left with Sodium Chloride (common table salt). This is ideal for melting snow and other industrial uses all which leave eating it a minority. Eating too much refined salt can be hazardous to your health. However all the minerals your body needs are in Himalayan Salt, there is no need to worry about eating too much. Your body will use the minerals it needs and instead of trying hard to find more, as would be the case with regular refined salt, it just disposes of any excess it doesn’t want. As a result, it really isn’t bad at all for you. The bad salt is the store bought refined salt. All they try to do is make it look good and flow through a saltshaker. The makers of table salt do a good job at one thing; they remove the things that are good in salt! All of the minerals that were in it, of approximately 84, only 2 remain.Book Excerpts from Chapter 1 “Definition of Good Salt”
Even many salts labelled “sea salt” are washed or boiled, which removes minerals and trace elements from the salt.
Low-Salt Diet a Risk?
London, March 12 – A low-salt diet may not be so healthy after all. Defying a generation of health advice, a controversial new study concludes that the less salt people eat, the higher their risk of untimely death.
The study, led by Dr. Michael Alderman, chairman of epidemiology at Albert Einstein School of Medicine in New York and president of the American Society of Hypertension, suggests the government should consider suspending it’s recommendation that people restrict the amount of salt they eat.
“The lower the sodium, the worse off you are,” Alderman said. “There’s an association. Is it the cause? I don’t know. Any way you slice it, that’s not an argument for eating a low sodium diet. Natural salt is not white and it is not dry. It is a little gray with minerals and feels damp or clumps in humidity. It must be labelled UNREFINED, NO ADDITIVES ADDED.
About the minerals and trace elements:
Although certain body processes are attributed to certain minerals, each mineral needs one or more other minerals to properly function.
For instance, a proper calcium-phosphorus balance is necessary to the body in that an imbalance reduces resistance to disease, increases fatigue, weakens intellectual faculties and leads to premature ageing.
Magnesium can only be used if calcium and phosphorus are in a proper balance. An overabundance of one mineral can result in a deficiency of another. Obtaining minerals from whole food sources provides the body with the wide variety of minerals it needs.
Supplementing with one or two minerals is rarely a good idea unless it is under the supervision of a doctor or nutritional counsellor.
Chloride, along with sodium, regulates the acid/alkali balance in the body. It is also necessary for the production of gastric acid, which is a component of hydrochloric acid (HCl).
Sodium regulates the pH of intracellular fluids and with potassium, regulates the acid/alkali balance in the body. Sodium and chloride are necessary for maintaining osmosis and electrolyte balance.
Sulphur is found in all cells, especially in skin, connective tissues, and hair. Inadequate dietary sulphur has been associated with skin and nail diseases. Increased intake of dietary sulphur sometimes helps psoriasis and rheumatic conditions.
Magnesium is a mineral of primary importance in the body because it aids in the activation of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the main energy source for cell functioning. Magnesium also activates several enzyme systems and is important for the synthesis of RNA and DNA. Magnesium is necessary for normal muscle contraction and important for the synthesis of several amino acids.
Potassium exists primarily in intracellular fluids (the fluid inside cells). Potassium stimulates nerve impulses and muscle contractions and is important for the maintenance of osmotic pressure. Potassium regulates the body’s acid-alkali balance, stimulates kidney and adrenal functioning, and assists in converting glucose to glycogen. Also, potassium is important for biosynthesis of protein.
Calcium is necessary to build healthy bones and teeth. Calcium influences blood coagulation, stimulates muscles and nerves, and acts as a cofactor for vitamin D and the function of the parathyroid gland. Muscles cannot contract without calcium. Calcium is essential for the regulation of the heartbeat. Calcium depletion can result in a number of symptoms, the most notable is osteoporosis which results in decreased bone mass and increased chances of bone breakage.
Silicon is necessary for normal growth and bone formation. With calcium, silicon is a contributing factor in good skeletal integrity. Silicon is a main component of osteoblasts, the bone forming cells. Silicon may help to maintain youthful skin, hair and nails.
Copper facilitates in the absorption of iron and supports vitamin C absorption. Copper is also involved in protein synthesis and an important factor in the production of RNA.
Small amounts of tin appear to be necessary for normal growth. Because tin is common in soil, foods, and water, deficiencies are rare. Because of poor absorption, low tissue accumulation and rapid tissue turnover, tin has a low level of toxicity.
Manganese is essential for glucose utilization, for lipid synthesis and for lipid metabolism. Manganese plays a role in cholesterol metabolism and pancreatic function and development. Manganese in involved in normal skeletal growth and it activates enzyme functions.
Only trace amounts of iron are essential for living cells of plants and animals. Iron has the ability to interact reversibly with oxygen and to function in electron transfer reactions that makes it biologically indispensable. Iron is necessary for cell function and blood utilization. Blood loss is the most common cause of iron deficiency. Pallor and extreme fatigue are the symptoms of iron deficiency anaemia.
Aluminium is a natural component of many foods. Although it is found in small quantities in plant and animal tissues and in blood and urine, there is no evidence that this element is essential for any metabolic function in humans or animals.
In fact, there is evidence that elevated aluminium can result in neurological disorders, bone disease, gastrointestinal irritation, loss of appetite and energy. Because aluminium is a natural constituent of some foods and is in a growing number of modern foods and pharmaceutical preparations, an understanding of aluminium and aluminium containing foods and cooking utensils can benefit all people.
In healthy people, more than 98% of the ingested aluminium is passed through the gastrointestinal tract. Silicon, a constituent of Celtic Sea Salt (see above), prevents the absorption of aluminium and actually helps the body eliminate aluminium that is bound in the tissues.
Strontium (not Strontium 90, the radioactive form of the element) may help harden the calcium-magnesium-phosphorus structures of the body. Strontium may influence the intake or structural use of calcium, according to Bernard Jensen, Ph.D.
Although adults only require an average of 15 mg of zinc per day, zinc is a very important trace element that is essential to many biological factors. Zinc is required for growth, for immune system function, and for sexual development.
Zinc is a cofactor in over 90 enzymes. Zinc is required for the synthesis of insulin. Proper zinc metabolism is needed for wound healing, and carbohydrate and protein metabolism. Zinc is considered an antibacterial factor in the prostatic fluid, and may contribute to the prevention of chronic bacterial prostatitis and urinary tract infections.
Gallium has no known biological role, although it may stimulate metabolism. Small concentrations of gallium are normally found in human tissue.
Titanium is an abundant mineral, yet it appears to have no function to plant and animal life. In general, humans may eat and excrete titanium with no side effects as it is considered non-toxic. Titanium may be carcinogenic, but not at the levels humans are generally exposed to.
Fluoride has a direct effect on the calcium and phosphate metabolism and in small amounts may reduce osteoporosis. Trace amounts of fluoride produce stronger tooth enamel that is more resistant to bacterial degradation. However, an increased intake through fluoridated drinking water can potentially overload the human system.
Rubidium has a close physiochemical relationship to potassium. In fact, it may have the ability to act as a nutritional substitute for potassium. Although rubidium is not considered “essential,” some evidence suggests that rubidium may have a role in free radical pathology and serve as mineral transporters across defective cell membranes, especially in cells associated with aging.
Clinical studies have suggested that rubidium increases memory and mental acuity in the elderly.
None known, though high consumption of salt may result in numerous negative health effects. For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by any Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
- Blaurock-Busch, E. Ph.D. Mineral and Trace Element Analysis. Boulder, CO. TMI/MTM Books. 1996.
- Jensen, B. DC, Ph.D. Come Alive! Total Health through an Understanding of Minerals, Trace Elements & Electrolytes. Escondido, CA. Jensen. 1997.
- Bergner, P. The Healing Power of Minerals, Special Nutrients, and Trace Elements. Rocklin, CA. Pima Publishing. 1997.
- Fallon, S. Nourishing Traditions. Washington D.C. New Trends Publishing. 1999.