At around 320BC Alexander the Great's troops discovered this treasure trove. Stopping to rest in the Himalaya mountains they noticed their horses licking the rocks of the nearby mountain.
The mountain was amazingly made of salt and what they had just discovered is today known as the Khewra Salt Mine in Pakistan. What truly is exciting about this find is how the salt came to be found so high up in the Himalaya Mountains.
It all started about 800 million years ago when large sections of land broke off and moved to form a new land mass. The pressure in the joining of these two land masses pushed up land to form what we now refer to as the Himalaya mountains. A large shallow salt water sea that had also been pushed along and between the land masses slowly evaporated to leave behind lakes and mountains built of rock salt.
It is estimated that the salt found in the Himalaya mountains may be up to 800 million years old. It contains the elements and minerals that were found in the sea during this time and also fortunately missed being exposed to many of the modern pollutants which now haunt our oceans. These facts lead many people to believe that the Himalaya salt holds nutrients and curative powers that traditional sea salt does not.
A Pink Salt for Relieving Allergy Cold and Sinus Congestion?
Knowing what I do on the health benefits of salt I wasn't too surprised when I first saw positive reviews for the pink Himalayan salt lamps and inhalers. When I read a little further on the subject I was pleasantly surprised at the additional information I discovered. I was intrigued.
I made the decision to try out one of the salt inhalers but being a bit of a procrastinator six months later I found that I was still just thinking about it. Then one day my daughter walked in the door with a unique gift for me. She smilingly handed me a pink Himalayan salt stone lamp.
The salt and other mineral properties in the stone lamp would presumably drift into the air surrounding me to help keep my lungs and sinuses breathing clearer. Sounded simple. I set the light up on the dresser next to my bed. Well here it is a year and a half later and I can honestly say that I love my lamp.
Khewra Salt Mine. The Origin of Himalayan Salt
I Wasn't Sure if it Was Working Until I Caught a Cold
The lamp casts a soft glow from beneath the stone. This light is not bright enough to read by so I tend not to turn it on too often. For the first few months I didn't notice much difference. My sinuses still congested at night and I did not see any major health changes. In fact I had almost forgotten that it was there until I caught a cold.
It is important to note here that I suffer from an illness which causes the muscles surrounding my lungs to be weaker than they would be in another person. This makes a cold or flu extremely dangerous for me as I often do not have the strength to work the mucous from my chest. Flu season terrifies me.
As is typical with a cold, the first day I found myself suffering the usual annoying heavy mucous, runny nose, and sinus congestion. I sat at my desk that day sniffling and dreading what I knew would be coming in a few days. That night when I crawled into bed I noticed that within an hour my sniffling stopped. I was still congested but I no longer had a runny nose which was great. I slept and in the morning my chest wasn't filled with mucous from a night time pooling.
The next night was the same scenario and then it hit me... it's THE LAMP! It worked. My cold ran a very easy 4 to 5 days and then it was gone. There was very little lung congestion and I came through breathing a very huge sigh of relief. That was also the only cold that I acquired this year. I am crossing my fingers and touching wood that this holds true for the rest of the year. I'll let you know how the next flu season goes.
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