(photo source @ little magazine)
All diseases of humanity can be attributed to the lack of minerals in our bodies…You can trace every sickness, every disease, and every ailment, to a mineral deficiency.
- Linus Pauling, PhD winner of 2 Nobel prizes
First of all, the girly part of me delights in the fact that Himalayan rock crystals are pink. Pink! So pretty. Second of all, yes, the pink Himalayan rock crystals are amazingly, fantabulously good for you! Now, this is not the itty bitty coarse or powdered Himalayan pink salt that fancy-pants restaurants serve on their haute cuisine (you know, the one that sits alongside Provencal fleur de sel, Brittany grey salt, Hawaiian red salt)….rather, I’m referring to the Himalayan rock crystals that are chunks, like unpolished rose quartz, and used in the health and wellness arena.
PINK IS WISE
The Himalayan rock salt crystals aren’t actually mined in the Himalayas, conjuring up images of icy glacier water, unpolluted air, and monks in orange robes blessing the mountains. Actually, the pink rock salt comes from the original primordial oceans that were covered up by the mountains many millions of years ago…and shifted into the remote regions of Pakistan, where it’s now mined. Considering it’s been buried after millions of years, this pink rock salt is considered to be the most pure and beneficial form of minerals on the planet.
Why is it pink? The pink colour comes from the original pink algae that lived in the ancient oceans — pink seaweed! As one of the first life forms on our planet, using this pink rock salt connects us up to this ancient lifeform. Very cool. I go the extra mile by getting the Halite pink rock salt crystals (here), which are highly proportioned and cube-like (rather than jagged and triangle-shaped like the standard forms on the market.).
HIMALAYAN PINK ROCK CRYSTALS ARE CHOCK-FULL O’ MINERALS!
Those clever scientists tell us that the minerals our body needs to stay healthy and disease-free are rarely found in the natural foods grown on our planet since we’ve depleted most of the planet’s soils of good-for-us minerals. Yikes! No worries, this is where Himalayan pink rock salt comes in.
Now, don’t bring a rock crystal up to your lips like some kind of salt-lick! This isn’t candy either…or baubles for a necklace. I had no idea what to do with the rock crystals upon first inspection, but it was my raw-vegan friend A, who gently coached me into the wonderful benefits of Himalayan rock salt/crystal brine. What the? Yeah, that’s brine, as in that salty water you find pickles swimming in. That skeptical look with the furrowed brow, and automatic need to lick your lips due to dryness? Yeah, I got that too.
It’s actually good for you! Himalayan rock salt brine is used in a wellness technique called, simply, Brine Therapy or Sole (So-lay).
WHAT’S SOLE? (pronounced like soleil [so-lay] = sun)
Sole is the mixture of purified water with pink crystal salt. Sole (brine) is liquid sunlight and thus light energy. Liquid sunshine! Yeah, it sounds hokey but it’s pretty neat. When water combines with salt, their ions become hydrolyzed (tons of reactions) which creates totally NEW structures in Sole. The minerals are now small enough to be able to pass into your body’s cells, and become immediately available as ENERGY. I love me some more energy! Forget sugary gatorade!
The minerals in Sole are the minerals that naturally occur in your body. What’s fantabulous about this? Well, each mineral carries its own unique vibration or frequency of energy, which increases the conductivity between your cells. Vibrations are good because this affects your circulation.
Voodoo, woodoo over here! What’s with the vibration stuff? Well, Sole’s mineral vibrations can last over 24 hours in our bodies – as this energy passes through your cells, it improves your circulation, getting all the good things where they’re supposed to go, to help your body balance and heal (which I need because I’m still guilty of putting some junk in there). Your stomach and intestines get stimulated which helps you digest better, kick starting your metabolism. Basically, everything flows better through your body, as each part gets nourished!
THE pH FACTOR
These vibrations in Sole help balance the pH factor of your body by making it more alkaline. Totally a good thing because disease doesn’t like an alkaline environment. Your body’s so smart — it strives to balance the amount of mineral concentration so it circulates and energizes all parts equally throughout your body. Balance is the key word here. Yes, I want to feel balanced!
Since your body is composed entirely of minerals and water, the H in the H20 of water provides energy to your cells, and discards used up depleted energy. Without regular replacement of water in the body, the cells will weaken and even — gulp! — die. And without replacing essential trace minerals properly through a water soluble, ionic form (through Sole), cells can malfunction and become weak and even diseased.
WHAT MINERALS EXACTLY? WHAT OUR BODIES NEED:
- 5 essential (major) minerals: calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and sodium.
- Important trace minerals: chromium, copper, iodine, iron, manganese, and zinc.
- Other trace minerals: selenium, sulphur, nickel, cobalt, fluorine, oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, and nitrogen.
The human body depends upon 84 of the known 106 elements to maintain optimum health….and Himalayan pink crystal salt contains ALL 84 minerals, the 5 essential minerals AND all trace minerals. I want me some of that goodness! Plus, these minerals are ionized in water (through Sole), making them readily absorbed and utilized by the cells in your body.
LET’S MAKE SOME SOLE!
1. Take 2-3 large pink salt crystals and dissolve in one pint of purified water (I buy Halcite Himalayan pink rock crystals from Organic Lives; $7.00 cdn for 1lb). I personally use Fiji Water – it’s alkaline (disease doesn’t like an alkaline environment) and sourced as an artesian water. But surely it’s probably better to use filtered water (such as these). More on the benefits of alkaline ionized water here.
2. Wait 1-3 days for the crystals to fully dissolve and stir them occasionally
3. Once the solution reaches 26%, the crystals will no longer dissolve and the Sole is finished.
4. Just add a teaspoon to your water or juice each day. The body can use the minerals and energy stored in a teaspoon of Sole for up to 24 hours and then more is needed.
OTHER WAYS TO USE HIMALAYAN PINK ROCK SALT
Of course, we’re all smart cookies…and we’ll check with a physician (family doc, naturopathic physician, etc) first instead of self-medicating. Sole can be used as a mouthwash/gargle for gum and throat health; a bath brine; acid reflux; and more (here).