There are many types of salt available, either coming from the sea or from underground mines. The natural, untreated versions of salt are more beneficial for health because besides Na and Cl they contain various minerals and trace elements, essential for our health. They all have specific properties related to the places they are coming from. The minerals they contain make them more desirable for particular use like for food, bathing or health treatments.
Types of Salt – What’s the difference and how to use them
This type of salt is obtained by the solar evaporation of the sea water, and is one of the most popular type of salt used for cooking as well as for bathing. Water and salt is an essential combination for life. – See my page on sea salt vs. table salt
Oceans are a huge source of salt, but unfortunately they’ve been polluted to a dangerous degree. However, there are places where sea salt is harvested from protected areas, free of pollution.
Celtic Sea Salt
One of the best types of sea salt is the Celtic Salt . This brand generally indicates a good quality product, coming from pollution free sea water lacunae.
Celtic Sea Salt can come from different salt farms, like the coastal regions of: France, Portugal, Italy, and also the Americas: Hawaii, Peru, California.
These salts are hand harvested and when unprocessed have a gray color and are moist (unless they are sun-dried).
Their particular composition varies from the region to region, but they all contain the minerals and trace elements of the sea, which are essential for our body, giving them all the health benefits.
I prefer the gray coarse ground salt for cooking – it’s literally gray and moist, not very nice looking, but it adds a fantastic good taste to meals.
*Once I recommended it to a local Mediterranean restaurant – they tried it and seemed to really like it, because next time I was there, I saw in their menu: “We Cook with Celtic Salt” – I was happy for them 🙂
The “rock salt” comes from underground mines and there are plenty of them over the world.
Because it is hundreds of millions of years old and it’s harvested from the depth of the ground, the rock salt has a beautiful crystalline structure. The rock salt is considered to have more health benefits coming not only from the contained mierals, but also the acumulated earth energy.
One of the most popular types of salt these days is the so called “Himalayan Salt”. According to Wikipedia, Himalayan salt is the name given to the rock salt harvested in Pakistan, not far from the Himalayan mountains.
Apparently, this superior structure gives to the Himalayan Salt a higher level of latent energy, which we get when we bathe in, or cook with.
The Himalayan salt is reddish or pink in color and it’s sold as stones of different dimensions, coarse grains, fine granulated or even blocks. The salt comes in different kind of containers, depending on the company that sells them.
Wheather coming from the sea or underground the salt has many benefits for our health and it can be used either for cooking or bathing.
Gourmet Sea Salt
Other types of salt used in food are often called Gourmet Sea Salt
There are many natural salts around the world, which have been hand harvested from unpolluted salt farms. With added natural flavors, or just in their pure form sea salt is a Chef’s favorite for gourmet meals.
One that I find very exciting is Black Lava Salt from Hawaii. It is a blend of sea salt and purified volcanic charcoal. This salt is evaporated in natural pools formed by the lava.