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Table Salt is refined form of rock salt having more than 99% of Sodium chloride (chemical formula NaCl). It may have Iodine added in traces to provide aid against goiter (a disease), but here we talk about Rock Salt.

It is also mostly sodium chloride and also contains 84 out of the 92 trace elements required by the body including calcium, iron, zinc, potassium, magnesium, copper and so on.In other words rock salt is the purest form of salt which is devoid of environmental pollutants and chemical components It is mostly white though its colour may vary from light blue, purple to pink, red, orange, yellow or grey depending upon the amount and type of impurities present in it.It is formed by the evaporation of salty water from large water bodies.

It is used in making ice creams  as it lowers the freezing point when packed with ice in the ice cream maker, thus making the ice cream colder.  It is mostly used for seasoning and preservation. The nutritional value of the rock salt is so high that they have different effects on different parts of the human body. Some of its health benefits are as follows.

1- Rock salt can be used as a teeth whitener or mouth freshener.

2- It aids in digestion and is prescribed for laxative and digestive disorders. It improves appetite, removes gas and soothes heartburn.

3- It stabilizes blood pressure.

4- It aids in weight loss by equalizing minerals which inhibit cravings and eliminate fat dead cells.

5- Rock salt is used as a home remedy for curing many disorders and ailments such as rheumatic pain and herpes, inflammation and irritation from insect bites.

6- It is beneficial for people suffering from respiratory problems and sinus. Gargling with rock salt helps relieves throat pain, throat swelling, dry cough and tonsils. Rock salt is dissolved in water to prepare brine which is used in facial steams for patients suffering from asthma, bronchitis or other nose and ear discomforts.

7- One of the most amazing benefits of rock salt is that it overcomes muscle cramps. Those experiencing muscle cramps can mix a spoon of rock salt in water and sip it to get relief within a few minutes.

8- By providing all the essential trace elements, it greatly improves the immune system.

9- It helps in maintaining the flow of salivary and digestive juices. You can add a pinch of rock salt with few shredded mint leaves to your lassi to make a refreshing beverage.

10- It strengthens the bones and connective tissue.

11- Accumulation of dead skin cells is responsible for causing a rough, dull and aged appearance of your skin. Rock salt exfoliates the dead skin cells and protects the natural layer of your skin, thus resulting in a youthful and glowing skin.

12- It also strengthens the skin tissue to rejuvenate your skin, thus making it look younger and firm.  Massaging your skin with a salt scrub exfoliates and refines your skin. Being rich in minerals, rock salt can be used as a body scrub as a perfect substitute of spa standard products made at home.

13- It has excellent cleansing properties. The salt grains can cleanse your skin pores better than any soap or cleanser and makes your skin breathe easily. You can mix a table spoon of rock salt with your cleanser or face wash and rub your face with it for a glowing skin.

14- Soaking your body in rock salt water enables the minerals and nutrients in the salt to be delivered to your cells in the form of ions to facilitate their absorption by your body. This causes an improvement in the appearance of your skin by increasing circulation.

15- Since it does not have a drying effect on the skin, it can be used as foot soak, foot scrub or a hand scrub.

16- Consumption of rock salt along with lemon juice can help in eliminating stomach worms and controlling vomiting. It also provides relief against influenza.

17- Rock salt is effective in removing yellowness under your nails, thus making them shine beautifully.

18- It facilitates the cellular absorption of minerals. It plays an important role in replenishing the body’s electrolytes and maintaining the pH balance.

19- Due to its excellent cleansing properties, rock salt helps in removing dead skin cells and dirt from your hair without stripping off its natural healthy oil. All you need to do is mix a cup of salt in your shampoo. Wash your hair with this mixture and rinse off your hair with cold water to remove the residue. Make sure NOT to do the usual lather.

20- You can mix equal parts of your conditioner and rock salt and apply it on your hair. Wash off after 10 minutes. This will add volume to your hair.

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