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What is Sendha Namak - Rock Salt
Sendha namak in english = Rock Salt
Sendha namak (Himalayan Rock Salt) is the pure rock salt of India and is a little costlier than the normal salt because it is found in very less quantities in the Indian sub-continent. In Hindi Rock Salt is referred as Sendha Namak. The commercial salt available is iodized where as the rock salt is pure from nature, is more granular, has less salty taste as you would have already noticed and is not chemically processed. It is rich in lot of minerals and if used in regular cooking as a substitute of common salt, it can control all the health problems posed by common salt like high blood pressure, puffiness in the body or the eyes, is cooling for the body, helpful in digestion, relieves gas and soothes heartburn and helps in weight loss. Not only health but many beauty benefits can also be acquired from rock salt.
Health benefits of Sendha Namak (Rock Salt)
Boosts Immune System
It Naturally helps you to build up a strong immune system & fight from diseases.
Alkalizing Effect– Anti Acidic Properties
Rock salt has an alkalizing effect on the body, as it has not been exposed to high heat and stripped of its minerals, nor does it have any harmful man-made ingredients artificially added to it. Thus it can help you to prevent and reverse high levels of acidity.
Helps in Weight Loss
Believe it or not, but Rock salt can also help you in loosing weight. It helps the body to create digestive juices so that the foods you eat are digested faster.
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Use of rock salt while bathing can help you to relieve dry and itchy skin as well as serious skin ailments such as eczema and psoriasis. The bath naturally opens up the pores, improves circulation in the skin and hydrates the tissues so that your skin can heal.
Good for Patients suffering from Asthma
Rock salt is very effective in reducing inflammation in the respiratory system. Thus the production of phlegm is slowed down so that you can breathe easier again. Many people sprinkle Rock salt on the tongue. It helps them in breathing. It has almost the same effect as of a nasal inhaler. But the best thing about Rock salt is that it has no side effects when taken in moderate quantities.
Good for your heart.
Rock salt can help in reducing high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure and help to regulate an irregular heartbeat. Thus Rock salt can help to prevent atherosclerosis, heart attacks and strokes.
Rock salt can help to reduce the need for insulin by helping to maintain proper sugar levels in the body. Thus the salt is an essential part of the diet if you are diabetic, or at risk for the disease.
Just over 1/4 of the amount of salt that is in the body is stored in the bones, where it helps to keep them strong. When the body lacks salt and water it begins to draw the sodium from the bones, which then eventually can lead to osteoporosis. Thus by drinking plenty of water and consuming salt in moderation you can prevent osteoporosis.
Muscle Spasms & Cramps
Potassium is essential for helping the muscles to function properly. Rock salt not only contains small amounts of potassium, but it also helps the body to absorb it better as compared to other foods. Thus it is very effective in helping to prevent muscle pains, spasms and cramps.
Rock salt also has shown to be effective in treating various types of depression. The salt helps to preserve two essential hormones in the body that help you to better deal with stress. These hormones are serotonin and melatonin, which help you to feel good, and relax and sleep better at night.
Beauty Benefits of Rock Salt
- Rock salt can be used as a body scrub. Rubbing rock salt increases blood flow on the skin & imparts shine.
- Drop a table spoon of rock salt in your bath every time and enjoy a relaxing bath. It also detoxifies your body externally as well as internally. Eases stress and body pains.
- Rock Salt can be used as a teeth whitener or a mouth freshener. It can be used with Mustard Oil for best effects. It also clears a sour throat if used for gargling.
- Can be used as a foot soak, foot scrub or a hand scrub too. removes dead skin & dosent have a drying action.
- Removes the yellowness under the nails and makes your nails shine beautifully.
- Use it to cleanse your skin at night. Mix a table spoon of rock salt with your cleanser or face wash and rub it gently into the skin. Make sure to remove make up before this routine.
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Where to buy rock salt ?
Rock salt is generaly available in health food stores or Organic Food stores. It can also be buyed online.