Pink Himalayan salt is pink salt mined in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains in India. The salt is harvested along the valleys and plateaus of the Himalayan Mountains. The name Himalayan comes from the word "ha" meaning "high" and "l pink" meaning "salty". This pink crystal salt is extremely salty with a mildly abrasive texture and excellent in taste, used both for cooking and in table salt.
Pink Himalayan salt has a mineral content of more than 300 different minerals, making it the most mineral-rich natural salt in the world. The Himalayan pink salt mines are scattered in four countries like India, China, Pakistan and Tibet. Although the mineral content is highly diverse, most of the salt mines are concentrated in areas that are low in oxygen.
Most of the salt is mined while the mine is in production, so that the water can remain clean and fresh. When the mine is closed, the only way to get fresh water is by pumping it from wells deep in the mountains. To extract the minerals from the earth, a water-powered conveyor belt is used in the mining process. This equipment has to be specially designed for this purpose, since the high incline and heavy traffic of the Himalayan Mountains make conventional conveyor belts unsuitable.
When there is enough gold to go around, Himalayan pink salt is transported to sea and sent to salt mills where it is converted into the salt it is used to sell on the market. Many of the salt mills are situated near the sea, where they can easily access water and use it to grind the salt. Many of them are operated by solar power, since sunlight is free during the day. Industrial pollution and waste from other sources do not affect the health of the people using these salt mills, as they are located far from the sea.
Himalayan sea salt is widely used to make Himalayan pink salt shampoos and soaps. The chemical structure of the mineral makes it ideal for the formulation of such health food products, since it does not contain any lathering agents. However, its unique chemical composition also renders it harmful when swallowed. Most mineral salts are neutralized in the stomach by acids produced in the digestive system or kidneys, and this causes them to leave the body almost immediately. Seaweed was originally used to prepare this type of sea salt, but it caused so many side effects that it was abandoned in favour of the more harmless Himalayan pink salt.
A lot of health food stores sell Himalayan pink salt as a health food supplement, since the salt has many positive effects on the human body. It increases the energy of the body, makes the skin firmer and smoother, promotes good vision and increases the production of sperm. Himalayan salt also contains vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids. It is used to make natural salt lamps, since the colour of the salt lamp is the same as that of the Himalayan sea salt.
Himalayan pink salt and kosher salt are the only two kinds of salts that are not derived from fossils. Sea salt comes from fossilized fish and other ocean creatures, while kosher salt comes from the shells of animals that have been dead for millions of years. Sea salt is the lowest in the food chain, since sea animals generally die off in very large numbers relatively quickly. Kosher salt is higher on the food chain because its decomposition rate is slower than sea salt, and it is made from the remains of animals that are still alive today. There is a difference however between kosher salt and Himalayan pink salt, and hence the need to purchase them from reputable salt providers.
A great deal of work has gone into mining the minerals in this region, as there are many important elements to the economy of the country. This contributes to a healthy economy, and to the overall quality of life. The abundant variety and sustainability of the minerals of this region have played an important role in Pakistan's development over the last twenty-five years. Many people have now started to invest in Pakistan's mineral wealth. Although the current economic crisis might negatively affect the economy at this time, it is still hopeful that investors will continue to invest in this area.