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 a scrub.

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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 using sendha namak in home remedies, ayurvedic reparations, and also in cooking.

Balances all three doshas

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

Sets right digestion:

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

Useful in Herpes and Arthritis:

The health benefits of this salt are numerous. This is also used as a home remedy for various health conditions like arthritis, herpes, and insect bites. Crystals of this salt are heated and used in heat therapy for joint pain. This method reduces inflammation and also relieves pain and swelling.

Good remedy for common cold ad sore throat.

Boil a teaspoon of this salt in a glass of water. This brine can be used for gargling, in throat infections, and the common colds to clear passages. This process relieves throat congestion and also controls the 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 your tongue when you have a sore throat, cough, and cold.

Maintains 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 the forefinger and rub it on the teeth. It acts as a teeth whitener. This can be also massaged on the gums and tongue. It prevents fungal infection of the oral cavity.

Boosts skin health:

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

Good for Psoriasis:

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

Nutritional Value:

Saindhav lavan consists of 90 to 98% of sodium chloride and the 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 the 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) . This salt enhances the function of anti-oxidants.

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Author: Dr.Savitha Suri , Consultant Ayurvedic Physician

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