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Himalayan Salt Guide

Is your Himalayan Salt; Rock or Crystal?

One question is repeatedly asked in so many different ways, what is the difference between bath salt and coarse salt for cooking? Could bath salt be used for cooking? How does one select Himalayan Crystal Salt for consumption?

We understand the frustration of the consumers, because companies who sell Himalayan Salt are sending mixed messages, some companies are advertising that their bath salt can be used as consumption salt (at very cheap prices), some companies are advocating that they have exclusive rights to the mines and yet some others are claiming that they have a Himalayan "seal" therefore their salt is the only original Himalayan salt (so they can sell it very expensive). Recently we came across a very reputable company's website who claims that their salt comes from Nepal and it has to pass thru many different countries to get here. We will try to make everything Crystal Clear!

Mines at the foothills of the Himalayas (Pakistan) are so vast; many different types of salts are extracted for different uses. For the purpose of this discussion; we will focus on the Crystal Salt and Rock Salt

Crystal Salt: It's very simple; If a chunk of Crystal Salt is transparent when looking into the light, it is Crystal Salt. Only 17-20% of the shipments of salt that we receive passes the test and is selected for Consumption. For those who like to know a little more about the
difference between crystal salt and rock salt, yet in plain English, think of Coal and Diamonds, both start as carbon, however under tremendous pressure and heat, a chunk of coal becomes diamond which is crystallized and transparent. Furthermore crystal salt has a superior structure which makes crystal salt pass thru our cell walls. This is important because our cells can only absorb what is available ional or organically, what does not get in to our cells can not be metabolized.

Rock Salt: There is very little difference in colors, however what makes a difference is that: rock salt is opaque, light does not pass thru; therefore it is not crystal salt, it is a cheaper alternative to table salt, but still wholesome and natural. It does however have
some soil or dust in it, which is hard to detect when it is already grounded. Rock salt is most commonly used for lamps or candleholders; the rock salt will glow beautifully and do the job.

However for consumption; only crystal salt should be used. Please be careful of the copycats who are selling rock salt as Crystal Salt at very low prices. It's easy to differentiate when salt is in bigger chunks; but once they have been ground, it is very difficult to tell the difference.

Our Procedure

GAMMA Salt Crystals [family owned] is the only company in North America who guarantees that all consumption salt is Crystal quality and absolutely the best. Here is how: When a shipment of salt arrives at our factory in Pakistan, each piece is looked upon in the light to determine if it's Rock or Crystal? It is a simple and effective procedure and has been used by natives for centuries.

Now Crystal Salt is hand crushed in to smaller pieces, washed with water and gently crushed into smaller sizes to be stone ground. It is important that the salt is ground slowly, grinding at high speed creates heat and possible loss of primal crystal structure. After the salt is ground it is packed into 50 pound sacks and shipped to Toronto, Canada at our packing facility. All our packaging for North America is done in Canada and inspected for Kosher Certification. GAMMA Salt Crystals is the only company in North America to be certified as Kosher.

Rock salt and partly crystal salt chunks are used to make lamps, and all non-consumption products including bath salt, sauna, salt for steam rooms, etc.etc.

Misleading Statements

One important detail to be noted is that some companies are claiming to practice the hand crush method for fine and course ground salt to justify very high prices. Also, another misleading claim is about salt mine ownership & location; Salt mines at the foothills of the Himalayas are located in Pakistan & owned by PMDC - Pakistan Mineral Development Corporation. Any company can purchase salt without restrictions. Some companies will make you believe that their salt comes from "hidden chambers" of the mines and they are the only ones who supply that salt, claiming exclusive rights to Himalayan Crystal Salt, is simply not true. In reality, No one has exclusive rights. For most companies in the western world Himalayan Salt is very new, some even claim that they just discovered it, so they call it original. GAMMA salt crystals is owned by locals who have known of crystal salt since Alexander the Great who actually discovered it. It is true that recently Himalayan salt has been tested by modern science to prove what locals have known for centuries.

The only fact that matters is, the process of selecting and the way the salt is ground, which makes all the difference. It's obvious that our procedures are painstakingly slow and expensive; we do not compromise the quality, which our customers demand. Being a Direct Manufacturer; we offer our customers premium products at very competitive prices. As the saying goes [if it's too good to be true, it probably is]. Now you know! If someone tries to offer you bath salt and say it's OK to cook with it, hum! There is something wrong; some companies have no idea what they are selling, for them it's just another profitable product.

Trust GAMMA Himalayan Products, even though we do not own any mine nor do we claim any exclusive rights; but we are from that land and have known Crystal Salt since Alexander the Great: no one knows Himalayan Salt better than GAMMA Salt.

Please look for "Guaranteed Himalayan Crystal Salt" On salt packages.