Rock Salt (Sendha namak)
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Rock salt is naturally occuring salt that has not undergone any chemical process.
Difference between Rock salt and common salt
There is a difference between the rock salt and the common salt that we mostly consume. Sendha namak is the purest form of rock salt that is available in India in small quantities. Thus, it is costlier than commercial salt. Unlike commercial salt which is iodized, rock salt is more granular with large chunky crystals, has less salty taste and is not chemically processed. It can be used as a healthy substitute of common salt as it is rich in minerals and does not pose health problems like high blood pressure, puffiness in the body or eyes.
As pointed out earlier, rock salt is the purest form of salt which is devoid of environmental pollutants and chemical components. It contains 84 out of the 92 trace elements required by the body including calcium, iron, zinc, potassium, magnesium, copper and so on.
It facilitates the cellular absorption of minerals and plays an important role in replenishing the body’s electrolytes and maintaining the pH balance.
It also stimulates blood circulation and mineral balance thus removing toxic minerals and refined salt deposits.
It aids in weight loss by equalizing minerals which inhibit cravings and eliminate fat dead cells.
Rock salt can be used as a bath or body salt. You can mix a table spoon of rock salt in your bath water to have a relaxing bath. Bathing in rock salt water combats water retention, soothes sore muscles, regulates sleep, detoxifies your body and lowers your blood pressure. It also eases stress and body pains.
It also strengthens the skin tissues to rejuvenate your skin, thus making it look younger and firm. This is done by massaging your skin with a salt scrub which exfoliates and refines your skin, leaving it clean and refreshed and eliminating dead skin cells that cause your skin to look dull.
Soaking your body in rock salt water enables the minerals and nutrients in the salt to be delivered to your cells in the form of ions to facilitate their absorption by your body. This causes an improvement in the appearance of your skin by increasing circulation.
Due to its excellent cleansing properties, rock salt helps in removing dead skin cells and dirt from your hair without stripping off its natural healthy oil. All you need to do is mix salt in your shampoo. Wash your hair with this mixture and rinse with cold water to remove the residue.
You can mix equal parts of your conditioner and rock salt and apply it on your hair. Wash off after 20-30 minutes. This will add volume to your hair.