Himalayan Pink Salt is a natural salt that was formed over 250 million years ago from a prehistoric ocean. Shifting tectonic plates during the eons have locked this amazing resource into the base of the Himalayan mountain range. Protected by layers of lava, ice and snow, it has stayed pure for millions of years, free from pollution.
The salt contains the same 84 trace elements and minerals that are essential to the human body and these include calcium, magnesium and potassium. The attractive pink colour comes from the iron content.
According to the Cosmetic Ingredient Database (Cosing), the funtions of Himalayan Pink Salt are:
Bulking, Masking, Oral Care, Viscosity Controlling
To view more information, visit the Cosing Database here
Excellent for detoxifying the body and can be used in full baths as well as foot baths.
Leaves the skin feeling smooth and radiant with a healthy glow.
No specific hair care use.
Drop a generous handful of salts into a bath, add hot water and leave until the salts have dissolved. Then, top up the bath with the water at the temperature you want for a luxurious soak.
Use a large plastic washing up bowl to do the same for a foot bath.
Mix with dried flowers and herbs like Chamomile and Calendula and stir through until evenly dispersed. Fill a muslin bag with a large handful and steep in the bath far a lovely, gentle detoxifying bath soak. Adding rolled oats to the salts and petals will make the bath soothing too.
Try the same with dried Lavender, Cornflowers and Rose Petals.
Layer Himalayan Pink Salt with Epsom Salt, Sea Salt and flower petals in a clear decorative jar, then tie a pretty ribbon around the top and attach a label for a simple yet attractive gift. Salts can be easily coloured with a few drops of Water Based Colours and you can even add up to 1% of your favourite Essential Oils to enhance the salts. Remember to keep the lid tightly sealed to keep out moisture.
Sprinkle some Himalayan Pink Salt on top of Bath Melts or Cold Process Soap for a pretty, naturally coloured decoration.
Himalayan Pink Salt Scrub
Mix equal amounts of Himalayan Pink Salt with a vegetable oil like Sweet Almond Oil.
Stir together thoroughly. Apply to the dry skin and gently exfoliate. You can press harder on problem areas like knees and elbows. Shower off, or even better, lay down and relax in a warm bath and let the salt crystals dissolve.
For more information and guidance on making your own skin care products please see Aromantic's books and eBooks in our Publications section.
These notes are not meant to replace medical guidance and you should seek the advice of your doctor for your health matters. The formulae are given in good faith and are intended for educational purposes only. They have not been evaluated or tested in any way and Aromantic Ltd. makes no claim as to their effectiveness. It is up to the reader to ensure that any products they produce from these recipes are safe to use, and if relevant, compliant under current cosmetic regulations.
It has been used therapeutically for thousands of years, and was once called 'King Salt' as it was reserved only for royalty to use.