The Story of Natural Healing Salt Crystal
Salt Crystal's Unique Benefits
For centuries people have known about salt crystal and its natural air ionizing properties. Salt crystal improves air quality by producing "negative ions". Known as "vitamins of the air", negative ions are found in nature, concentrated in air by the billions; on mountain tops after thunder storms, near water falls, forests, and by the sea. Negative ions are beneficial to humans naturally cleaning airborne bacteria around us and filling the air with an invigorating freshness.
Salt crystal is highly suitable for daily use in the whole house. In bed rooms, in living rooms, in dining rooms, in the hall way, in meditation rooms, near televisions, computers and around smokers. Use salt candle holders and salt lamps in offices to reduce fatigue. Use them to improve your concentration and refresh you by neutralizing the effects of an artificial environment. Use anywhere else you want to restore or maintain the natural air quality. The benefit of ionizers is well known. While most ionizers on the market are man-made machines, salt crystal is a beautiful alternative of mother nature, without any noise and NO harmful OZONE!
A Brief History of Salt
Throughout recorded history, salt has made an important contribution to everyday life throughout the world.
Crystal Salt, the type used in our hand-carved salt candle holders and salt lamps, was also called "King Salt" because it was reserved strictly for royalty. The common citizen was only given Rock Salt. Crystal Salt was more valuable than Gold. In ancient times, those who had access to Crystal Salt also had access to power.
Whether as a simple spice or a curative element, salt has had a place at dining tables and in medicine since the beginning of time. Both sea salt and rock salt were well known to the ancient Greeks who noted that eating salty food positively affected basic body functions such as digestion and excretion. The healing methods of Hippocrates (460 BC) especially, made frequent use of salt. A mixture of salt and honey was applied topically to clean bad ulcers and salt-water was used externally against skin diseases and freckles. Hippocrates also mentions inhalation of steam from salt-water. Today, the medical community accepts the anti-inflammatory effects of inhaled salt fumes and notes that they provide relief from many respiratory ailments.
So, over 2000 years ago, Greek medicine had already discovered topical applications of salt for skin lesions, drinking salty or mineralized waters for digestive troubles and inhaling salt for respiratory diseases. Soon after, the formal medical community incorporated it into many of its medicinal formulations.
By far the most common use of salt? Table salt, of course. This is the single biggest selling spice in the world. As a flavoring agent, no cook would dream of preparing a dish without it. Salt is used in cooking and baking to such a degree that annual salt production has increased over the past century from 10 million tons to over 200 million tons today. Nearly 100 nations have salt producing facilities.
What Is Natural Salt?
Natural salt is just what it sounds like. This is salt that has not gone through the many processing steps that are taken to bring it to the typical kitchen table.
Natural salt is found in ancient evaporated seabeds underneath great mountain masses, such as the Himalayas, where it has been compressed over time to form solid salt rock, with all the minerals structurally intact.
There are 88 known elements present in pure Himalayan Salt. These same 88 elements are present in our bodies in the exact same proportion as in Himalayan Salt. Quite fascinating don't you agree?
What Is Different About Natural Himalayan Salt?
Salt from the mighty Himalayas in Pakistan have the broadest range of colors and natural striations imaginable. Our supplier imports salt crystal product from the mines in Kewra and the Gola Valley at the foothills of the Himalayas. They were astonished by the difference in quality and color of the salt from that which they had previously seen. This beautiful Himalayan salt contained colors from white to orange, and from pale pink to ruby red, and contained striations and glistening crystals that were far superior in beauty to the salt sold elsewhere. The great variance in colors helps make every salt candle holder and salt lamp, a unique piece of natural art.
An added bonus to these colorations is that Himalayan Salt, particularly from this region (where Alexander the Great led one of his many conquests) is unlike any other salt as it glimmers when hand chipped and glistens when lit from within. Many other companies pressure wash the product after they have been carved. This creates an almost plastic-like finish to the water absorbent salt crystal. You might notice our salt candle holders and salt lamps have a small amount of what appears as powdered salt on the exterior. When illuminated you will be amazed at how this "residue" sparkles! Feel free to wipe it off with a damp cloth if it bothers you... you decide!
Stonehinged is proud to carry these fine salt crystal candles and lamps. Our salt products speak for themselves and have several unique features not seen in most similar salt products. For example, our product includes silicone feet on the candle holders to help protect surfaces.