Thursday, April 10, 2014

A-Z Challenge 2014: ‘I’ for INDUPPU

I for Induppu AKA Himalayan Rock Salt
It was my sister Jayashree who introduced me to Induppu (இந்துப்பு) or Himalayan Rock Salt. She was in turn introduced to this salt by her Acupuncture Therapist. Jayashree came up with the Tamil word Induppu when I was searching for an alternate health product for the A-Z Challenge.

I just got together some interesting information that I found on the internet regarding Induppu aka Himalayan Rock Salt. I am sure this is of great use to all of us.


Himalayan Rock Salt is a pristine source of natural mineral salts. Unbleached sea salt and Celtic salt are other good forms of unrefined natural salt, but why is Himalayan Rock salt the best?

For a start it looks impressive on the dining table, due to the different shades of pink/orange/red/gold colours the salt comes in.  These colours are formed from the 84 minerals contained in the Salt.  Himalayan Rock Salt comes from a time when planet earth was a pristine eco system, over 250 million years ago.

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How will your body benefit from Himalayan Rock Salt?  Unlike the white processed version, Himalayan Rock Salt helps:

Regulate the water content throughout your body
Balance excess acidity from your cells, particularly Brain cells
Clear mucus and phlegm from your lungs
Clear congestion in your sinuses, as it is a strong natural antihistamine
Prevent muscle cramps
Make the structure of your bones firm - Osteoporosis can occur when your body needs more salt and takes it from your bones
Regulate your sleep - it is a natural hypnotic
Maintain your libido
Prevent varicose veins and spider veins on your legs
Stabilize irregular heartbeats - in conjunction with water (salt) is actually essential for the regulation of your blood pressure!


The ancient Indian culture and civilisation developed in the Indus valley and The Salt Range within this valley is the source of a special salt that has been mined for thousands of years. This Indus salt (often called Induppu or Saindhava) has been used in the ayurvedic wellness and longevity philosophy for many centuries and is widely considered the best salt in India. The Western world is only now discovering the unique properties of this salt as you will find by checking the net. Induppu originated from the ocean and these original deposits, formed during the Cambrian period, have remained protected from environmental pollution by a dense cover of overlaying rock. This salt has matured within the earth for the last 500 million years to become one of the most valuable foods on the planet. Induppu is mined, washed by hand and dried in the sun. There are no additives or further processing involved. The salt has a faint pink hue derived from its iron content. In the Ayurvedic tradition this salt is considered to be cooling which broadly implies that it is anti-inflammatory rather than inflammatory like most salts. It is also considered sweet, calmative and digestive and is consequently widely used in Ayurvedic digestive remedies. It penetrates very rapidly and is a tonic for the eyes and it is also used as an aphrodisiac. However, one of the most appealing characteristics of this salt is the taste. It is simply the best salt I have ever tasted anywhere and it has profound flavour enhancement potential when used as a condiment.


  1. Never heard of this. Will check it out.
    Thanks for sharing

  2. Very informative. Thank you for sharing :)

  3. Thanks for sharing, I had no idea regarding its benefits.

    1. Yeah, me too! You are welcome Aishwarya! It's been a long time since you visited my blog :)

  4. Himalayan Salt is very healthy and thanks for sharing, Sundari-ji. A very informative post:)

    1. Thank you Vishal! I am glad you find it informative :)

  5. Does this salt actually contain plutonium and uranium?