The Himalayan salt is mined from the peaks of the Himalayas. It is thus considered the most pure and purified of all salts. It is also known for its pearly crystals that form when they are cut and heated to a high temperature.
Crystals on the Himalayan salt were first noticed by Europeans during the year 1700. It was a French physician, who observed that the crystals formed when heated pink Himalayan salt and other salts.
Pink Himalayan salt is a highly unusual type of salt used for making crystals. Used to make liqueurs, it is primarily used in the manufacture of cosmetics and perfumes.
To produce the crystals, the pink salt is melted and then stirred until the crystals begin to form. They form themselves and then slowly and steadily harden. The crystals will even remain after the salt has been cooled to a point where the crystals have dried.
The most common use of pink salt is for the manufacture of liqueurs and perfumes. The crystals formed when they are heated on high temperatures will keep the liqueur or perfume very cool and keep it from evaporating. The minerals contained in the Himalayan salt enable the production of crystal clear fragrances, aromas and flavors.
Some food industries as well as scientific laboratories use pink salt to preserve foods. One of the most common uses of the salt is for the preservation of milk and other dairy products, juices and ice cream.
Some cosmetics companies use Himalayan salt to freeze formulas. The unique properties of the pink salt makes it possible to freeze the formulas quickly and easily without damaging the product. These high temperature freezing processes can be done in a short period of time without any risk of frost formation.
Since the demand for the Himalayan salt increased, it became difficult to find certain crystals of this rock in some parts of the world. To overcome this problem, companies have opened plants which produce large quantities of the salt. The process of manufacturing the crystals from the rock is called laminating.
After melting the pink salt, crystals are produced and then the salt is subjected to the heat process. The heat is applied to the crystals till they form into crystals. The same method is followed for the various other salts.
To produce glass blocks of pink salt, the rock salt is first melted and then it is mixed with kaolin or lime. The combined substances form the crystalline salt. It is then molded into the shape of a block and then cooled.
Pink salt has many other uses. Some of the common uses include the manufacture of lamp oil, powdered coffee, soap, salts, medicines, alka-seltzer, vinegar, balsamic vinegar, etc.
All the minerals that make up the Himalayan salt are found only in one region and therefore it is very expensive. But, it is available almost everywhere and is hence affordable for the mass market.