Sendha namak or Rock Salt is mined from underground deposits of dried up lakes. It is unrefined, non iodized and contains no additional anti-caking agents. Its color can vary according to a variety of impurities present in it.
Rock salt is the purest form of salt which is devoid of environmental pollutants and chemical components. It contains 84 out of the 92 trace elements required by the body including calcium, iron, zinc, potassium, magnesium, copper and so on. It is white, pink, or blue in color.This salt is lower in sodium than regular table salt and contains 94 trace minerals as opposed to just the three that are in common table salt.
Since this salt is pure, it is used in religious fasts in India. It does not contain the toxic wastes that sea salt has from the polluted waters. This salt is more cooling than sea salt and can be used in small quantities even when other salts have been prohibited. In India, rock salt or sendha namak is used in making chutneys, raita (a variety of yogurts), chaats, snacks, and more. It lowers the freezing point of water and when sprinkled on ice is used in ice cream making machines. Rock salt is also applied on roads to prevent ice formation on roads in winter and even on ice to make it soft for easy removal. Rock salt is the best salt for consumption and replacing the common salt with sendha namak completely for those suffering with arthritis will offer them a lot of relief. Sendha namak is more beneficial than other edible salts for patients suffering from chronic kidney disease.
Sendha namak or rock salt is used in Ayurvedic medicines as it treats disorders arising from disturbances in the 3 doshas. Rock salt benefits the heart, is good for diabetics, prevents osteoporosis, reduces depression and stress, prevents and treats muscle cramps, numbness and tingling sensations, regulates blood pressure, keeps the blood vessels flexible, maintains the correct acid-alkaline levels, helps in digestion, relieves a number of skin problems, benefits in relieving arthritic problems etc.
Rock salt (Sendha Namak) has following benefits-
– Acidity and Heartburn
– Gas Problems
– Digestive Stimulant
– Antioxidant (due to trace minerals)
– Anti-inflammatory (mild action)
– Best Alternative To Sea Salt
– Lowers blood pressure
– Laxative and digestive aid
– Cures Constipation And Bloating
– Works As A Great Laxative
– Maintains Ph level
– Heal topical inflammation and infections
– Relief against influenza
– Respiratory problems and sinus