Ayurveda Health benefits of Rock salt or Sendha namak

Sendha Namak or Rock Salt is also known as “Saindhav Lavan” in Ayurveda. This salt can be used for skin to enhance glow, It is good for persons who have high BP and also gives very good results in psoriasis when used as scrub.

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Ayurveda Health Benefits and Uses of Rock Salt

Home Remedies with Rock Salt

Ayurveda Health Benefits and Uses of Rock Salt

The Ayurvedic Sanskrit name of rock salt is “Saindhav lavan” . Saindhav lavan is one among 5 salts described by ayurveda. It is also known as “Halite”, which is a mineral of Sodium chloride. Rock salt is rich in minerals and does not pose health problems.

Rock salt is known as Sendha Namak in hindi.

The Health Benefits of rock salt or Sendha Namak have been described here.

It Enhances Taste:

This salt enhances the taste of formulations and recipes in which it has been used. Texts of ayurveda usually recommend to use sendha namak in home remedies, ayurvedic reparations and also in cooking.

Nutritional Value:

Saindhav lavan consists of is 90 to 98% of sodium chloride and remaining portion contains trace minerals like magnesium, potassium and calcium. Our body requires salt and minerals for its proper functioning. Salt enhances water absorption, maintains PH and helps in movement of nutrients between tissue fluid and cells. This salt has to be used after purification. When used in limited quantities it is helpful in high blood pressure or high BP. ( Read Relationship between High blood Pressure and Erectile Dysfunction) . Sendha namak enhances the function of anti-oxidants.

Action on Tridoshas:

Rock salt pacifies all the three doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) and is considered as the healthiest form of salt in ayurveda. Ayurveda acharyas recommend to use this salt in day to day life. rock salt for indigestion

Sets right digestion:

Ayurvedic formulations for digestive disorders contain Saindhav lavan as it improves appetite, removes gas and soothes heartburn. Sendha namak is chief ingredient in Hingvastak Churna which is commonly used for indigestion.A pinch of rock salt mixed with 1 tea spoon of ginger juice ( Read Health Benefits of Ginger) increases appetite and aids digestion.

In Herpes and Arthritis:

Health benefits of Sendha namak are numerous. Rock salt is also used as home remedy in various health conditions like arthritis (Read Read Rheumatoid arthritis (amavata) ayurveda home remedies,diet and tips), herpes (Read Ayurvedic treatment for herpes simplex), and insect bites. Crystals of this salt is heated and used in heat therapy for joint pain. This method reduces inflammation and also relieves pain and swelling.

Home Remedies with Rock Salt

A home remedy for common cold ad sore throat.

Boil a tea spoon of this salt in a glass of water. This brine can be used for gargling, in throat infections and common cold to clear passages. This process relieves throat congestion and also controls spreading of infection.

Mix Juices of ginger, Indian borage or ajwain leaves and honey in equal quantities (5 ml each). Add a pinch of saindhav lavan for this and keep this on tongue when you have sore throat, cough and cold.

For Oral Health:

Fine powder of this salt is mixed with ayurvedic tooth powders to improve oral health. Take a pinch of fine powder of this salt on fore finger and rub it on teeth. It acts as an teeth whitener. This can be also massaged on gums and tongue. It prevents fungal infection of oral cavity.

Rock salt for skin health:

Minute granules of this salt can be used for scrubbing of body and facial skin. Its use exfoliates the skin and enhances its glow. It also help to get rid of microbes which cause skin infection. This salt can also be used to scrub foot and in foot bath. It softens and removes the dead skin and help to heal the cracks in heel. Foot bath with rock salt helps to prevent skin infections which usually happen through opened cracks on heels and between toes.

Rock Salt for Psoriasis:

Saindhav Lavan can be added to bathing water. It helps to soften the scales in psoriasis, prevents occurrence of infection and reduces the itching. Thus Sendha namak helps in skin ailments.

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Author: Dr.Savitha Suri , Consultant Ayurvedic Physician

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