Salt and History
Salt was known and used about 5000 years ago in China and 2700 years ago in Egypt. *In early times salt was always an important trading commodity and was also used as money in various times and places. Many bitter wars were fought over salt.
Some more interesting facts about salt:
- Greeks exchanged slaves for salt, therefore the expression “he is not worth his salt”
- Napoleon’s troops died during his retreat from Russia, because their wounds did not heal as a result of a lack of salt.
- In medieval European times, Venice had a great economy through its salt monopoly.
- Salt played a key role in the history of West Africa, particularly during the great trading empire of Mali (13th – 16th centuries)
- In the 15th century, when European fishing fleets discovered the Great Banks of Newfoundland, they used the dry or shore salting method of drying their catch racks onshore.
- In ancient times salt was often called: “life-salt”, or “salt of the king”.
- British monarchs have long supported salt taxes and many were imprisoned for smuggling salt, even French kings developed a salt monopoly selling exclusive rights to a few who made salt very difficult to obtain.
- A significant cause of the French revolution was the salt tax La Gabelle. It increased over a period of eighty years about a hundred fold.
- December 1864 in the Civil War of the US, Union Forces fought a battle to capture Saltville Virginia, a site of a very important salt processing plant thought essential to sustaining the South Armies.
- In Tibet, tiny cakes of salt were pressed and used as coins.
- Roman Legionnaires were paid in salt (Salarium, the Latin origin of the word salary)
- Salt is still being used today as money in Ethiopia’s Nomads
- In spiritual and religious practices salt was and still is regarded as incorruptible immutable purity.
- In 1933, the Dalai Lama was buried sitting up in a bed of salt.
- In Buddhist and western spiritual traditions, salt repels evil spirits
- Shinto religion uses salt to purify an area
- In spiritual tradition one uses salt to cleanse crystals of negative vibrations
- In India, a gift of salt marks a potent symbol of good luck.
This shows quite clearly the importance of the substance of salt, which is essential to our life.
Salt and our health
Uncompressed Salt is essential to good health and was regarded for thousands of years to have healing properties.
Uncompressed Salt means untreated salt from a very pure, unpolluted source, with absolutely no additives (not even chemical iodine) and no removals of its minerals and trace elements.
Our body requires a daily intake of pure, natural salt as well as water to build our cells and maintain a healthy body. Unprocessed Salt promotes healthy cell growth and maintains the electrolyte balance inside and outside of the cells.
Without salt and water we could not act or think. Salt also triggers the production of saliva, the gastric juices and is essential for good food digestion.
Natural Crystal salt is easily absorbed by our body because of its fine structure. Our human blood contains salt and therefore needs salt in the right matrix formula with all its mineral and trace elements.
Salt Therapy for your Beauty
How you can pamper, detoxify and energize your whole body with salt:
Detoxifying Skin Treatment:
To enjoy a relaxing thirty minute bath with an extremely cleansing effect, you just add up to 1 kilogram natural crystal salt to your bath. Unlike a normal bath, which extracts moisture from your skin, a bath with crystal salt allows the salt to be stored in the upper callous layer of the skin and to form a protective barrier. The minerals of the salt are absorbed through the skin, while through osmosis the body toxins are released into the water.
The protective, natural film of the skin remains and the skin does not dry out.
Energizing and Detoxifying Body Scrub:
Mix 3,5 tbsp. of fine crystal salt, 1 tbsp. Macadamia Nut Oil and 1 tbsp. Lavender oil.
To open you pores, take a hot shower.
Sit on a large towel and apply the mixture to your whole body.
Wrap yourself in a warm towel, lie down and relax for at least half an hour
To remove the mixture from your body, gently shower and then carefully pat your skin dry.
The treatment will leave your skin with a smooth and velvety texture.
(Don’t apply on face and sensitive or damaged skin)
What about a home made facial exfoliant?
Mix equal parts of the crystal salt and olive oil.
Very gently massage the mixture onto your face and then wash off with warm water.
(Don’t apply to sensitive or damage skin and avoid eye contact.)