Ever wonder where does himalayan salt come from?
Himalayan Crystal Salt is the most beneficial and pure salt found on earth. It was formed as the sun dried up the primordial sea 250 million years ago. This crystal salt is absolutely pristine and natural; its composition is identical to the ancient primordial ocean and contains all the elements found in our body.
The Natural Salt Crystal have been exposed to enormous pressure and heat for millions of years. This pressure has caused the formation of these crystals. Based on the natural compression of the earth each rock has a unique characteristics and crystalline structure.
Alexander the great and Himalayan Salt
A long time ago Crystal Salt was once called "King Salt" which meant that it was reserved for Royalty; whereas common citizens only got Rock Salt. The Himalayan salt is primarily mined from the salt mines located in Punjab, Pakistan. Currently there are four live mines in this region named Khewra, Warcha, Kalabagh, and Jatta. Of the four Khewra is the largest and in fact the second largest salt mine in the world. Interestingly the salt in this area was discovered no one other than Alexander the Great when he was in battle with Raja Porus around 326 B.C. The salt was discovered when some of the horses in his battalion licked the ground and rocks. The troops noticed the behavior of their horses and found the salt reserves. During the Mughal Era the salt was traded in various markets, as far away as Central Asia. On the downfall of the Mughal empire, the mine was taken over by Sikhs. Hari Singh Nalwa, the Sikh Commander-in-Chief, shared the management of the Salt Range with Gulab Singh, the Raja (King) of Jammu. The former controlled the Warcha mine, while the latter held Khewra. The salt quarried during Sikh rule was both eaten and used as a source of revenue. In 1872, some time after they had taken over the Sikhs' territory, the British developed the mine further. The earliest report source that the salt in these mines was manually excavated until the region become a British colony; After which scientific techniques were leveraged to excavate the mines in 1850.
Khewra Salt Caves
Khewra is one of three salt mines that contain salt used form making salt lamps. It is the second largest salt cave in the world. Interestingly these fully operational salt mine also serve as a tourist attraction, drawing up to 250,000 visitors a year. A small antique train, that dates back to the British raj, gently carves and snakes through the mountain taking the tourist to a non-operational section of the mine where visitors can hop on and hop off to admire the beautiful salt exhibits in the salt caves visiting chamber.
The Khewra salt mines have an estimated 220 million tons of salt deposits. The salt mines are 945 feet above sea level and extend around 2 miles from the mouth of the salt cave. The length of all the tunnels extends around 25 miles. There are 17 floors in the salt mines and on each floor of the operational section of the Khewra salt mines there are 64 mining chambers; each approximately 35 feet high and 25 feet wide. An estimated 1,000 metric tons of salt are mined at the Khewra salt mines every day.
The salt from the Himalayan salt caves is now becoming a common staple in homes around the world; From the Pantry to the decorative spaces in your home this pure salt is being used for it’s aesthetic beauty and benefits as a natural health solution. There are a lot of people claiming to be selling "Pure Himalayan Salt" products. We recommend buying from people that you can trust as there are a lot of cheap and fake Himalayan salt products on the market.
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