The history of salt and the salt trade goes back thousands of years, in fact some earliest evidence point back to 8 thousand years ago in China at a salt works and in Romania where spring water was boiled to extract salt. Salt was so prized by the Egyptians, Greeks, the ancient Hebrews, the Romans and other ancient civilizations that it became a product for barter, trade and even as currency where Moorish merchants in the 6th century traded salt for gold, weight for weight.. Wars were fought – Venice won over Genoa and it played an important part in the American Revolution. Salt was distributed across the Mediterranean Sea by boat after it was mined and transported via the camel caravan routes across the Sahara Desert on roads that were especially build (salt roads) which is still used today. Trucks have mainly replaced the camels, but still follow the salt route.
Another interesting fact is that the word “salary” is derived from the Latin word for salt as Roman Legions were sometimes paid in salt.
Salt is one of the oldest food seasoning as well as a natural preservative. Sodium plays a vital role in the human body as it helps nerves and muscles to function correctly. It is also one of the factors involved in the regulation of water content (fluid balance) in the human body.
Himalayan salt is pure, hand-mined salt found naturally, deep within the pristine Himalayan Mountains. Crystallized over 250 million years ago, ancient sea beds were covered by lava, protecting the salt from modern-day pollution, and lending to the belief that Himalayan Pink salt is the purest salt to be found on earth.
Too much salt in the diet is unhealthy as it increases the risks for Cardio Vascular Disease and reducing the daily sodium intake may result in a significant decrease of pressure in people suffering from High Blood pressure. However the exact daily intake quantity deemed safe, remains disputed in studies conducted in 2013 and 2015.
The reverse is also true, whereas it is believed that Low Blood Pressure sufferers benefit in increasing their salt intake.
Table Salt as used as an aid or alternative in and around the home:
As there are believed to be more than 14000 uses of salt, we have literally only touched on a few.