“Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all.” Nelson Mandela
Salt has a bad reputation, through no fault of its own. It’s come about because most people use commercial table salt, an unhealthy concoction which we shouldn’t be ingesting in the first place.
Not all salt is created equal. Natural salt from the earth is what we should be using, and the results can contribute greatly to good health. Commercial table salt does just the opposite.
To the ancients, salt was as valuable as gold
Indigenous people have always known the importance of natural salt.
Some years ago, I was in a purification lodge on the Navajo reservation in New Mexico. It was hot, potentially draining, and, in addition to passing around water, the ceremony leader passed around a bag of salt chips mined from a local abandoned salt mine in order to help us replace the salt our bodies were losing from sweating.
The discovery of salt as a preserving agent allowed previously nomadic peoples to become stable by giving them the ability to keep food from spoiling – it allowed them to build reserves in anticipation of periods when hunting was poor.
For a period of 3,000 years, until the advent of sterilization and refrigeration, salt was the only means of preserving food.
The Gospel of St. Matthew refers to those who bear the word of Christ as the “salt of the earth.”
In the ancient trade route it was called “white gold.”
The Latin root of salt, sal, is the origin of the word salary –salt was so highly valued it was used as payment for services rendered.
Why commercial table salt is not our friend
The commercial table salt we buy at the supermarket is one more example of humanity trying to improve upon Mother Nature and failing yet again.
Commercial white table salt sold in supermarkets as salt is not real salt – it’s been so processed that very little nutritional value remains.
That’s why it causes us so many health problems and doctors warn us to reduce our salt intake.
- It’s been “purified” at over 1200 F. – changing its chemical structure.
- The reason commercial table salt can raise blood pressure is that it has a high content of sodium without enough magnesium to balance it.
- Table salt consists of 97.5% sodium chloride – too much – and 2.5% additives. Natural salt consists of just 85% sodium chloride and 15% trace minerals.
- Refined salt has been bleached and the natural minerals which keep our blood pressure stable have been removed. Its also been exposed to toxic chemicals in the process, such as anti-caking compounds to make it pour more easily.
- The anti-clumping chemicals added to commercial table salt also inhibit its ability to regulate hydration in your body.
- Regulating our hydration is one of salt’s main functions. Sodium is necessary for our bodies to regulate fluids and blood pressure, and to keep muscles and nerves running smoothly. The refining process table salt goes through removes all the minerals that keep blood pressure stable.
- Studies have shown that table salt absorbs 20 times its weight in water so that the body can neutralize the sodium chloride. As a result, we can end up dehydrated.
The only three types of salt you should consider using
Natural salt from the earth is what we should be using. The three most popular are: Himalayan pink salt, Celtic sea salt, and “Real Salt.” They contain enough magnesium and other necessary trace minerals to support health.
- “Real Salt” is an all-natural unrefined sea salt harvested from an ancient dried ocean in Redmond, Utah.
- Celtic Sea Salt is harvested by hand from the current ocean in the salt flats in Brittany, France. Because our oceans are so polluted, some question the purity of salt that comes from our current oceans, but I still use Celtic sea salt.
- Himalayan Pink salt is harvested from an ancient ocean salt deposit in Pakistan.
Each of these salts provide all the trace minerals needed by the human body for optimal health and longevity.
For example, Himalayan pink salt:
- Contains 84 essential minerals required by the human body
- Consists of 85% sodium chloride and 15% trace minerals
- Is a good source of magnesium, in which 80% of all individuals are deficient
- Promotes healthy pH balance of the cells
- Helps regulate blood sugar levels
- Helps regulate the body’s natural sleep cycle
Teachings from Dr. Batman about salt
Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj [aka Dr.Batman], author of Your Body’s Many Cries for Water, was a highly respected health advocate. He recommended:
- drinking half your body weight in ounces of clean water each day;
- and adding ¼ – ½ tsp of unrefined natural salt to each quart of drinking water.
More salt is needed during hot weather and after exercising.
Metaphysical uses of salt
- Salt is considered a powerful absorber of psychic energy and can be used for cleansing and purification.
- Salt lamps around the home release healing negative ions into the air, increasing oxygen flow to the brain, helping to relieve stress and boost energy. I use them in my healing room and by my computer to counteract the effects of the electromagnetic waves of my computer and office equipment.
- Salt baths: take a shower first, so you are physically clean. The purpose of a salt bath is energetic cleansing to remove negativity. Use 3 handfuls of sea salt. Soak in the tub and submerge yourself, too. As the tub drains, visualize any negativity that has been surrounding you going out with the water.
- Sprinkle salt around the house and doorways for protection. Sprinkle it on the carpets [5 tsp for a medium room], wait an hour, then vacuum it up.
- The Irish used to throw a handful of salt under the bed.
You can’t improve on Mother Nature – and natural salt of the earth is a prime example. Go to your health food store and buy natural salt from the earth– your body will thank you!
“There must be something strangely sacred in salt. It is in our tears and in the sea.” Kahlil Gibran
David Brownstein, M.D., “Salt Your Way to Health”
Clemence Lefevre, “Himalayan Salt Crystal Lamps for Healing, Harmony and Purification”
Molly Larkin is the co-author of the international best-seller “The Wind Is My Mother; The Life and Teachings of a Native American Shaman.” She is passionate about helping people live life to their fullest potential through her classes and blog at www.MollyLarkin.com