Himalayan Pink Salt was formed more than 250 million years ago during the Jurassic era. It occurs naturally in the Himalayan mountains and has been considered a valuable herb for centuries. The ancient sea beds in these mountains, where this salt is extracted, were once covered with lava. The lava created a natural barrier that prevented toxins and other pollutants from reaching the salt. Because of this natural protection, many people believe that Pink Himalayan salt is the purest salt on earth.
The Himalayan people first used this salt as a preservative. It helped prevent their fish and meat from spoiling over a long period of time. For this reason, this salt was very popular in the Nepalese valleys for trade. People in the Himalayas used yaks to transport the salt as they traveled along mountains, cliffs and rocky trails, so they could trade this valuable commodity.
Today, Himalayan salt is extracted from salt mines in Pakistan, located near the foothills of the Himalayas. It is extracted by hand from the mines. Mining in this area is strictly regulated to maintain the purity of this product. The mines are huge, stretching nearly half a mile into the mountains with nearly 25 tunnels and 11 levels.
This salt is often called "white gold" in the Himalayas.