Rock salt is a prevalent salt, as indicated by Ayurveda," says Dr. Ashutosh Gautam, Clinical Operations and Coordination Manager at Baidyanath. "It is the purest type of salt – natural and crude, without ecological poisons and compound parts. It contains 84 out of the 92 follow components required by the body including potassium, press, calcium, zinc, magnesium, copper et cetera."
In opposition to mainstream thinking, shake salt is not kala namak. "It is really known as sendha namak in Hindi, and is an exceedingly crystalline salt. It is made by vanishing ocean water and does not contain high measures of sodium chloride (dissimilar to table salt)", says Dr. Anju Sood, Bangalore-based Nutritionist. It is utilized amid Navratri crosswise over North India as a fasting custom. It encourages the cell assimilation of minerals, and assumes a critical part in renewing the body's electrolytes and keeping up the pH adjust.
As per Ayurvedic doctor and American creator, Vasant Lad, shake salt is cooling as opposed to warming and is much additionally adjusting for pitta, in contrast with different types of salt. It's gentleness and different mineral substance minimizes the potential dangers of abundance salt. It is exceedingly respected in Ayurvedic convention.
According to Dr. Vasant Lad, rock salt improves digestion and is a natural way to relieve stomach pain. You can add a few crystals of rock salt and fresh mint leaves to a glass of lassi and reap the benefits. Dr. Anju Sood says, “Rock salt can also be used to cure stomach infections, and aids in deworming as well”.
"Rock salt can be used to stimulate your body’s metabolism, and ultimately improve the functioning of your body,” says Dr. Manoj Ahuja, Fortis Hospital.
Stabilises Blood Pressure
Dr. Anju Sood says, “Rock salt helps stabilise blood pressure by maintaining a balance of high and low blood pressures. For people with hypertension, It is a better alternative to table salt as it is high on potassium."
“Rock salt provides all the essential trace minerals and greatly improves the body’s immune system. ,” adds Dr. Sood. It fights harmful bacteria and helps kick illnesses to the curb.
“Rock salt is beneficial for people suffering from respiratory problems and sinus,” adds Dr. Ahuja. Gargling with rock salt provides relief against sore throat, dry cough and tonsils, or dissolves rock salt in water and inhale steam.
Promotes Weight Loss
Dr. Anju Sood says, “Rock salt reduces sugar cravings by reactivating insulin, and hence results in weight loss”.
Can’t fall asleep? Here’s rock salt to your rescue. “Rock salt regulates the level of melatonin and thus, regulates our sleep cycle,” says Dr. Ahuja.
“Rock salt helps to relax the body and mind,” says Dr. Ashutosh Gautam. To treat and manage stress and anxiety, mix a tablespoon of rock salt in water and take a relaxing bath.
“Rock salt crystal products tend to reduce airborne irritants, pathogens and allergens by pulling water vapour out of the air. Himalayan pink salt is a natural ionic air purifier that pulls toxins from the environment and neutralises them," says Dr. Ahuja, Fortis Hospital. Just adding a salt lamp in your room or near your desk at the office does the trick.
Promotes Healthy Skin
“Rock salt is great for cleansing the skin and getting rid of clogged pores,” says Dr. Ashutosh Gautam. When used externally, it draws toxins out of the body. Mix a tablespoon of rock salt with your usual cleanser and use as a face wash . Really, it’s that simple!
Edema is basically swelling caused by fluid retention i.e. when excess fluid is trapped in the body's tissues. Dr. Ashutosh Gautam suggests, “Soak your feet in a bucket of water with rock salt to get rid of swelling and inflammation.”
Accumulation of dead skin cells results in dull, rough and ageing skin. “Use rock salt to exfoliate your skin and get rid of dead skin,” says Dr. Anju Sood.
Used as a Bath Salt or Body Scrub
“Rock salt can be used as a bath or body salt,” says Dr. Ashutosh Gautam. It is a perfect substitute of spa standard products as it relaxes your muscles and improves your sleep. Mix a tablespoon of rock salt in water and take a relaxing bath. "You can make a body scrub by mixing rock salt with honey or with lemon” and massage your skin with it, to get the glow you’ve always wanted.
Promotes Healthy Hair
Rock salt removes the dirt from your hair without stripping it off its natural healthy oils. Just mix it in your usual shampoo and wash your hair with it. Rinse with cold water to remove the residue.