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The Salt that Improves your Health

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Himalayan salt lamp, grains and rocks sold at Museflower Retreat Chiang Rai

The Salt that Improves your Health – Himalayan Crystal Salt


“Cut down your sodium intake” is common advice you’ll get if you’re looking to lose weight or improve your health. Salt is shamed as a big health no-no –It’s well known that too much salt is bad for your health and leads to high blood pressure and water retention. But there are different types of salt – you could call them bad, better, and best – ranging from processed white table salt to natural sea salt and Himalayan crystal salt – a unique natural salt whose light pink hue is not only beautiful to look at but is actually good for your health.

Himalayan salt is used in all of Museflower's delicious vegetarian cuisine
Himalayan salt is used in all of Museflower’s delicious vegetarian cuisine

It’s the white table salt that is bad for your health when consumed too much. Like white sugar, white table salt is highly refined, and is processed to remove all the “impurities” but this also removes all the minerals that are good for your body, leaving 99% sodium chloride that is not in its natural form. Additives are added to refine the texture. The high level of sodium chloride in table salt makes it easy to people to over-consume high levels of it, especially in processed food and junk food.

What is Himalayan crystal salt, and what makes it healthier than white table salt?

Easily recognized by its lovely pink color, Himalayan crystal salt, also known as Himalayan pink salt, comes from the Himalayan mountain range and is said to be the purest salt on earth. It developed millions of years ago when ancient seas evaporated and has remained untouched by modern day pollution. The salt contains 85% sodium chloride and the rest contains 84 minerals. It is extremely pure, whereas even organic sea salt can be polluted from today’s sadly toxic oceans. These minerals can help your body balance its pH, regulate water content, remove toxins, help absorb nutrients, and is generally more nutritious for your body.

How do you use it to get the health benefits ? The easiest way is to eat it, because after all, it is salt. Like sea salt, the flavor of Himalayan crystal salt is distinctively soft, deep and rich, unlike processed white table salt, which has a much sharper, harder taste. When used in cooking and seasoning, it enhances the food with deeper flavor that makes it taste more delicious and more satisfying. Salt is known as a detoxifying agent among spa and holistic health practitioners, and organic salt is used in spas to detoxify the skin and air. Salt baths are known to detoxify the body by drawing toxins out of the skin, and salt body scrubs are popular treatments to cleanse and polish the skin.

Salt lamps are made by carving rocks of pure Himalayan crystal salt into a hollow lamp with a light bulb or candle inside. The heat disperses the salt, which helps detox the air by cleaning the air of dust, smoke, odors, and allergens such as pollen, animal dander, and mold spores. This in turn helps relieve symptoms of respiratory diseases, asthma, and allergies. It is known to help uplift the mood for those who are affected by depression and chronic fatigue, and has been used as natural treatments for arthritis, migraines and ADD.

By Morning Glory, Museflower Retreat & Spa is an all-inclusive cozy vegetarian retreat and spa center in peaceful Chiang Rai, Thailand, that offers healing, learning, and natural living practices.

We welcome all travelers who want a mindfully green, health-conscious place to stay while visiting and exploring Chiang Rai.

Museflower Retreat & Spa is located about 25 km away from Chiang Rai Mae Fa Luang International Airport (CEI), Thailand.  Office: +66-(0)-52-029-823 / Mobile: +66-(0)-93-137-0414


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