Himalayan Salt (also called Tibetan salt) is a fossilized sea salt that formed from marine deposits over 250 million years ago. In its most prized form, this salt is hand mined and unrefined, and still contains some remnants of ancient sea life. This pink salt is mostly sold on the gourmet and health food markets, valued for the trace minerals that give it that rosy color. Most of the pink salt we see comes from the Himalayan foothills in Punjab, India. Himalayan salt has a tradition of metaphysical use as well, though it’s all either very general or recent. All salts are used in purification, and many people like to use the Himalayan kind as a bath salt or massage stone. Salts are protective, too, with different types varying in their “specialty.” Himalayan pink salt being especially suitable for protecting home and family. Beyond these basic properties, though, there’s little tradition of using this salt in its region of origin. In Tibet and India, it’s black salt that has a long tradition in medicine, as everything from an ingredient in healing yak butter tea to a component of Ayurvedic medicine. Some Tibetan black salt looks dark red, but it is volcanic in origin, and so a different range of trace minerals than the lighter salt. Of course, we can enjoy using pink salt for protection, massage, in lamps and candle holders, and in small amounts on food. But when most of the properties associated with something are very recent, it’s a good idea to take what you hear with a grain of — sorry — salt. Some excessive and far-fetched claims have been made about this product, mostly by marketers.
Metaphysical use: Use at any chakra for general cleansing and purification, peace and calming, healthy aging, goodwill, and thyroid support. This mineral combines energies of sun, earth, stars and the primordial sea.
About Himalayan/Tibetan Salt Lamps: Himalayan Salt Lamps use an ancient form of salt to protect against a very modern problem: the spread of positive ions in our indoor spaces, due to the proliferation of electronic devices in our homes and offices. Positive ions can come from computers, air conditioners, appliances, and many other sources, and have been associated with low energy levels and depression in humans. The idea behind the salt lamp is that the salt attracts moisture, which the warm bulb or candle inside transforms into happy negative ions that neutralize the bad positive ones. Negative ions are a natural therapy for treating illness and improving health. Our research has us concluding that most credible sources agree that salt lamps don’t actually release a large enough number of negative ions to make this claim plausible, but that the warm colors and natural grow of the lamps can be a natural mood enhancer. Himalayan salt comes in various shades of pink, from peachy to dark salmon, colors that indicate the presence of the many minerals mixed in with the basic halite.
If you’re interested, we have the lamps for sale here: Salt Lamp product page