Rose Pink Himalayan Salt

Himalayan pink salt is formed over 300 million years from unpolluted seas that once sat at the foothills of Himalayan mountain range. It is mined in salt range mountains (South of Himalayas in Pakistan). The region is known as Punjab, named by the Persians when they used to rule the region.

The word Punjab comes from the Persian (Farsi) word Panj Ab, which means five waters. The region was given this name because it contains five rivers that lead into the great Indus River.

Map of Pakistan

Concise History of Himalayan Pink Salt

It is widely believed Himalayan rose pink salt was discovered by Alexander the Great’s army. Although local tribes and cultures are believed to have been using the salt in the region before Alexander the Great arrived in the region, but we accept the history of this salt began with the Macedonian army. 

The legend says, Alexander the Great was resting his army in northern Pakistan Khewra region when some soldiers noticed the horses were licking the rocks in the area. After investigating it, they found out the rocks were actually salt. This turned out to be a small surface area of the word’s biggest rock salt mines today. 

What is Pink Himalayan Salt?

Himalayan Salt is a rock salt that has a natural pink hue, this is due to minerals like magnesium, potassium and calcium. Because of this wonderful appearance it has also made its way into our home decor. 

Himalayan pink salt has a more salty flavour than table salt therefore we should be more attentive and use less of it. 

Another characteristic of Himalayan salt is its low sodium content, this is due to it being large crystals. 

Is Himalayan Pink Salt Healthier than refined salt?

In order to refine salt, it must be put through heavy processing such as mixing it with anti-caking agents. If you want to avoid these additives then yes, Himalayan Rose Pink salt is a better alternative. But remember Himalayan pink is still salt, and one must always watch their salt intake. 

Salt mine in Khewra Pakistan.

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