Salt is an integral part of the world’s history as far back as 6050 BC and has involved many civilizations.
The word ‘salad’ has its origins in salt as the early Romans salted their greens and vegetables.
Generally speaking, salt is known for its enhancement of food and for healing; having antiseptic properties, and for the preservation of meats like beef, fowl, and pork.
In around 700 BC the Celts sold salted ham, bacon, and salami to other nations. Salt was also incredibly useful in mummification in ancient Egypt.
The very earliest records reveal that salt was first discovered in Northern China, harvested from a salt lake. One may then query other origins? Many types are mined underground, derived from boiling seawater or from salt pans, craters, and mountains. In some cases, salt formed horizontal beds in ancient oceans, later to be buried beneath sediments.
A great variety can be found like table salt, cheap with trace elements removed, sea salt far healthier – having zinc, potassium, and iron and not forgetting the more exotic such as :
Himalayan Pink, the world’s purest, harvested by hand in the mountains of Pakistan having 84 natural minerals.
Another Black Hawaiian is sourced from volcanic areas with added charcoal, and Kala Manak a black variety popular with vegans as it has the aroma of eggs which are excluded from their diets.
Healthwise, a greater intake of salt can wreak havoc in the body, causing 2 major problems such as high blood pressure and stress on the kidneys, unable to metabolize the excess resulting in water retention in the tissues. In addition, we have become an addictive “snacking society” purchasing masses of potato crisps and such like, laden with salt and artificial colouring. But used incorrect quantities, salt added to food brings an essential taste sensation; stimulating our taste senses often making a mundane dish taste quite extraordinary.
It might amaze readers to hear that salt is used in the cosmetic industry, such as oral hygiene products to lessen mouth odor and polish the teeth. Salt can increase the thickness of the aqueous portion of creams and lotions.
MATSIMELA ‘s bath crystals are ethically sourced from the Kalahari desert, giving rise to incredible components, essential towards good health. Use a handful of your chosen fragrance of bath salt in a bath and enjoy the incredible curative properties.