About Himalayan Salt
Himalayan Salt – also known as ‘Halite’ is a soft edible crystal mineral. Himalayan mineral salt is unique in that the crystals form perfect geometric patterns. Its crystal hues range from white, to a variety of pink, orange and dark reds to almost black/purple.
Himalayan crystal mineral salt is an ancient prehistoric ocean trapped in the Himalayan Mountain ranges, which formed over 200 million years ago. Known for centuries for its wide range of healing and nutritional properties, Himalayan Salt has been long considered an extremely valuable gift from nature.
Minerals found in Himalayan Salt
Actinium, Aluminium, Antimony, Astatine, Barium, Beryllium, Bismuth, Boron, Bromine, Cadmium, Calcium, Carbon, Cerium, Caesium, Chlorine, Chromium, Cobalt, Copper, Dysprosium, Erbium, Europium, Fluorine, Francium, Gadolinium, Gallium, Germanium, Gold, Hafnium, Holmium, Hydrogen, Indium, Iodine, Iridium, Iron, Lanthanum, Lead, Lithium, Lutetium, Magnesium, Manganese, Mercury, Molybdenum, Neodymium, Neptunium, Nickel, Niobium, Nitrogen, Osmium, Oxygen, Palladium, Phosphorus, Platinum, Plutonium, Polonium, Potassium, Praseodymium, Protactinium, Radium, Rhenium, Rhodium, Rubidium, Ruthenium, Samarium, Scandium, Selenium, Silicon, Silver, Sodium, Strontium, Sulphur, Tantalum, Tellurium, Terbium, Thallium, Thorium, Thulium, Tin, Titanium, Uranium, Vanadium, Wolfram, Yttrium, Ytterbium, Zinc and Zirconium.
Himalayan Salt was first discovered by Alexander the Great and his soldiers. In desperate need of food and water supplies, it was the soldier’s tired and hungry horses that led them straight to the Himalayan mineral salt when they were travelling through the region. The soldiers then chipped off huge chunks to take with them on their travels for essential survival.
Himalayan Crystal Salt was then later mined for its valuable minerals for the local people and trades by Mughal Emperor Jalaluddin Muhammad Akbar of India.
The Salt Mines weren’t fully established until the late 1820s. Which today is now a major tourist attraction, which draws nearly 300,000 visitors to Pakistan each year. With amazing miniature replicas of famous landscapes including the Eiffel Tower, the Great Wall of China, and even a small Mosque; all built and carved entirely out of Himalayan Salt.
Himalayan Salt Factory
All Himalayan Salt at the Himalayan Salt Factory and Salt Cave originate from the Khewra Salt Mines in Pakistan, which is situated at the foothills of the Himalayan Mountain ranges. The vast Salt mines stretch out across approximately 299 kms from the Jhelum River to the Indus River. There are six primary mines with each mine producing its own unique, varied and distinct salts.
At the Himalayan Salt Factory we have built a strong relationship with a number of reputable and trusted mining companies from whom we source all of our Himalayan Salt.
Himalayan salt is mined using the ‘Room & Pillar’ method – also known as the ‘Dome and Pillar’, which is a cleverly designed architectural system first established by the British in the early 1800s. This Room and Pillar method supports the sustainability and safety of all the salt mines. How this method works is that only 50 percent of the salt in each section/room within the salt mine is removed.
The Local Community
Himalayan salt is one of the region’s most valuable trade products which the local people heavily rely on for income and tourism.