2 Types Of Salts - Sendha Namak (Rock Salt) and Kala Namak (Black Salt) and Their Health Benefits

Types of Salt

Salt is indispensable to one's health, but an excess of salt or eating the wrong kind of salt also gives rise to health problems.

There are many types of salts. Some are mined from the salt deposits left by the dried up lakes and some are procured from the sea water. Some common types of salts are:

  • Table salt. This is the regular refined salt that has added chemicals that we consume daily in our food.
  • Kosher salt. This is a large-grained, irregularly shaped crystal salt mainly used for removing as much blood from meat as possible in order to comply with Jewish dietary laws.
  • Sea salt. Sea salt is produced from sea water.
  • Pickling salt. Pickling is a very fine salt, with no additives, that's used in brines used to pickle foods.
  • Celtic salt. Celtic salt is made by the process of the solar evaporation of water from the Celtic sea.
  • Seasoned salt. This refers to a variety of salts wherein herbs are added. For example, garlic salt, onion salt, and so forth.
  • Sendha namak (Rock salt). A large crystalline salt that's usually used for making ice cream in ice cream machines. Food grade rock salt is also available to use in regular cooking.
  • Kala namak (Black salt). This is a dark, reddish-black colored crystalline salt that turns a pinkish grey color when ground up. It has a distinct sulfurous odor and taste.

According to Ayurveda, Sendha namak or rock salt is the best kind of salt for eating. The next best is Kala namak or black salt.

This article will focus on the last two types of salts — rock salt and black salt.

Sendha Namak (Rock Salt) & Its Health Benefits [In Hindi With English Subtitles]

Rock Salt Of Different Colors

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Sendha Namak (Rock Salt)

Sendha namak is the Indian name for rock salt. It is a large-grained, coarse salt also called halite or land salt that's normally available in large bags in most grocery and health food stores. It dissolves readily in water.

  • Sendha namak is mined from underground deposits of dried up lakes. It is unrefined, non iodized and contains no additional anti-caking agents. It is white, pink, or blue in color.
  • This salt is lower in sodium than regular table salt and contains 94 trace minerals as opposed to just the three that are in common table salt. Since this salt is pure, it is used in religious fasts in India. It does not contain the toxic wastes that sea salt has from the polluted waters.
  • Sendha namak or rock salt is used in Ayurvedic medicines as it treats disorders arising from disturbances in the 3 doshas.
  • Rock salt benefits the heart, is good for diabetics, prevents osteoporosis, reduces depression and stress, prevents and treats muscle cramps, numbness and tingling sensations, regulates blood pressure, keeps the blood vessels flexible, maintains the correct acid-alkaline levels, helps in digestion, relieves a number of skin problems, benefits in relieving arthritic problems etc.
  • This salt is more cooling than sea salt and can be used in small quantities even when other salts have been prohibited.
  • In India, rock salt or sendha namak is used in making chutneys, raita (a variety of yogurts), chaats, snacks, and more.
  • It lowers the freezing point of water and when sprinkled on ice is used in ice cream making machines. Rock salt is also applied on roads to prevent ice formation on roads in winter and even on ice to make it soft for easy removal.
  • Rock salt is the best salt for consumption and replacing the common salt with sendha namak completely for those suffering with arthritis will offer them a lot of relief.
  • Sendha salt (commonly known as rock salt) is more beneficial than other edible salts for patients suffering from chronic kidney disease.

Kala Namak (Black Salt) And Its Health Benefits (In Hindi With English Subtitles)

Kala Namak (Black Salt)

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Kala Namak (Black Salt)

Black salt or Kala namak is a dark brown (almost black) colored crystalline salt that changes to a pinkish grey powder once it is ground up. It is also referred to as sanchal.

  • It has a sulfurous smell — much like boiled eggs, from the sulphur in it.
  • Kala namak is rich in iron and many other trace minerals and is cooling in nature.
  • The dark color is due to its iron content. This salt is obtained from the natural salt mines in Northern India and Pakistan.
  • Kala namak or black salt is used extensively in Ayurvedic medicine. It is also used as a condiment in Indian cooking. It's added to chaat, chutneys, and sprinkled on fruits and other Indian snacks before eating. It tastes great on cut vegetables, too.
  • Black salt is low in sodium. It is also much used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat health issues like indigestion, constipation, bloating, gas, flatulence and heartburn. It is also used to treat goiter and hysteria, poor vision, high blood pressure, anemia, and more. It ensures proper sodium/phosphorus balance.
  • Ayurvedic toothpastes also contain Kala namak as one of its ingredients.


The information provided in this article is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies, supplements or starting a new health regime.

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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

this was fascinating. I had no idea how many salts there were. I like the black salt..just have to find where to get it. Thanks for this great hub. Voting up, sharing and pinning.

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mperrottet 3 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

My son told me about a year ago that he had read regular salt was harmful to your health, and switched to sea salt. I'll have to send him this hub, as he may want to switch to rock salt. After reading this, I think I'll try rock salt as well. Voted up, useful and sharing.

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younghopes 3 years ago from India

nice hub, i have been a follower of black salt every time i feel nausea or gas problem, just mix it in water and drink, it really brings relief if a bit of lemon too is added to it, thanks for sharing this post, voted up

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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean

I once thought of writing on the many uses of salt; your article is so much more interesting than mine would have been. I've seen rock salt in my mother's pantry and didn't know what to do with it. Thanks again for another informative, nutritional hub.

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hawaiianodysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

This is awesome information, Rajan! I had, until reading your article, been aware of only two types of salt. Thank you so very much for practically singlehandedly contributing to my knowledge of health and nutrition over the last fourteen months. : ) Aloha, and have a wonderful pre-weekend!

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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Useful and interesting as always. We eat sea salt at our helps to read these nutritional hubs to make sure we are on the right path in our eating. Well done, Rajan!

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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

@Carol-thanks and good to know you appreciate the info. Thanks for the vote and shares.

@Margaret-your son is right. The videos are unfortunately in Hindi, an Indian language and they have sensational info regarding the benefts of rock salt and black salt. Ayurveda emphasizes the useful of these healthy salts and not the normal table salt which it terms harmful to health.

I hope your son finds this info useful. Thanks for the visit and sharing.

@Shadaan-you are right. these salts have very useful health benefits.

@MsDora- glad you liked the hub. Thanks for stopping by.

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Ruchira 3 years ago from United States

Interesting read, Rajan.

I use kaala namak but not rarely use the rock salt.

Might invest in that.

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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

@Joe-it always feels good to provide info that is useful and to be appreciated for this. Many thanks, my friend.

Wishing you good health a have a wonderful day!

@Bill-thanks, my friend. it is always good to see you and to see that you appreciate the health information I share here. Thanks.

@Ruchira-I hope you've seen the videos that emphasize these salt varieties. Thank you.

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bdegiulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

Very interesting rajan. I had not idea there were so many different salts. I would love to try the black salt especially as it's low in sodium. Wonder if it's available in markets here in the U.S.? Great hub, voted up, shared, etc..

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Harsha Vardhana R 3 years ago from Bangalore

Thank you, Rajan! Till now I was of the opinion that others salts are just for tastes! Your information is an eye-opener!

voted up and shared!

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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

@Bill-i'm certain it'll be available in Indian food stores there. Thanks for sparing time to read and comment. Appreciate the sharing as well.

@Harsha-glad you found this useful and I appreciate the vote and sharing. Thanks.

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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Excellent about the types of salts, I have learned so much more from this hub, about salts which are useful in different ways. Thanks for sharing such valuable information

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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks, Devika.

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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Rajan,

I had no idea that rock salt was so beneficial for human consumption. I had (previous to reading this hub) only known of it for use in making ice cream and for use on roads during icing conditions. Will definitely consider purchasing some after reading this article. I always enjoy learning new things from you. Up votes and happy to share.

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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

Hi rajan jolly

I am always so glad I come to your articles because I leave knowing so much more than I knew when I arrived.

I never ever knew of a black salt and now of course I will have to have some.

Thanks for sharing this important information with us.

Sending you Angels and good wishes this afternoon. :) ps

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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

Wow, rock salt looks pretty! It's interesting to learn the positive things about it, too. Thanks for sharing this with us.

Rajan, I am preparing an article on calorie-free condiments, spices and herbs. I am not going into detail on my hub about any particular type, so I was wondering if you would mind if I put links to some of your spice and salt hubs? Or else just put a link to your page, with some of your hubs listed? You have so many that would be beneficial to anyone looking for more information on a particular type. Feel free to let me know what you think.

Have a good weekend!

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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia

I love this hub very much. Many people said that "the food feels empty without salt", right. Though I always see the salt in my kitchen. But I never knew about "Rock Salt" and "Black Salt". Brother, this is amazing and one of your best. . Thank you for another wonderful hub. Voted up!


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

@Peggy-thanks for giving this a thumbs up and for shring it as well.

@Patricia-thanks and it's always a pleasure to see you here.

@Kathryn-thanks for stopping by. Link it any way you want. Either way it'll be an honor to have it linked. Thanks for appreciating.

@Prsetio-thanks for reading, my friend and I appreciate your hubs as much. Good to see you.

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shiningirisheyes 3 years ago from Upstate, New York

I really had no idea there were so many different types of salt, let alone they aid in the medical treatment genre.

Great article

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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Shining, well there you have it now! This should make it easier to find the right type of salt to choose from. Thanks for your visit and comments.

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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

I had heard that different salts were better/worse for you---now I understand the reasons why--Thank you!!

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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks Audrey for visiting and leaving your comments.

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moonlake 3 years ago from America

rajan jolly, I love salt to much but rock salt sounds like healthy salt. Voted up, shared and twitter.

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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

moonlake, though all salt is harmful in excess, rock salt is the healthiest salt due to the nutrients it contains as opposed to the usual salt that has none.

Thanks for the votes and sharing.

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Suhail and my dog 3 years ago from Mississauga, ON

Very informative hub Rajan.

My experience from childhood was that after an hectic exercise or play session, you had to drink water with some salt mixed in it to make up for lost content of it in the body. However, in some books on hiking, I read the advice that after a sweaty hiking session, always drink water without taking any salt.

Can you please shed some light on this matter as I am a bit confused?

Just to let you know, since ages, I haven't taken salt with my water no matter how hectic an exercise I come from.

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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Suhail, since sweat depletes the body of salts as well as water it would be prudent to include salt or electrolytes in water as this would enable the body to return to normal hydration faster. This is my thinking.

Thanks for stopping by.

Josan 3 years ago

The origin of Doctor Shudh Sendha Namak goes back to 100 million years. Even before life forms took root.In ancient days.It was more precious than gold.It was used by ancient Ayurvedic seers who found it suitable against various diseases. Today , Doctor Shudh Sendha Namak brings you the same prehistoric , Pollution - Free , Chemical - Free yet mineral - rich Natural resource . It's 100 % veg.

Sendha Namak 2 years ago

Doctor Shudh Sendha Namak - Rock salt is another name for the mineral halite which is commonly known as sodium chloride and has a chemical formula NaCl. It is commonly known as table salt or ‘sendha namak’ in India. It is mostly colorless or white though its color may vary from light blue, dark blue, purple to pink, red, orange, yellow or grey depending upon the amount and type of impurities present in it.

It is formed by the evaporation of salty water from large water bodies such as inland marginal seas, enclosed bays and estuaries in semi-arid regions where it is found in enormous deposits. In the Indian subcontinent, it is found in the Himalayan region where it known as the Himalayan crystal salt.

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Easy Exercise 22 months ago from United States

You are the expert of salt! Wow! Thank you very much!

Raghoba Naik 20 months ago

Dear Ranjan,

Thanks for sharing this video as i am fan of Rajiv Dixit

i think every one should change the lifestyle accordingly

Mahendra kumar 16 months ago

Sabse best namak konsa h khane ke liye

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rajan jolly 16 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Mahendra kumar

Sendha namak jise rock salt bhi kehte hain sabse acha hai

Mohd uzair khan 14 months ago

Dear sir

In earlier days our ancestor use to take this sendha namak.They were not susceptible to disese to such an extent.

Ashok 11 months ago

Good information. Thanks

Rupa 11 months ago

Would it work for thyroid? Pls let me know....

prabhat Mukerjee 3 months ago

My wife have been using sendha namak for last 4 years and it has cured her hyperthyroidism completely without any allopathic medicine.

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rajan jolly 3 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

prabhat Mukherjee, this is excellent information. Even black salt treats goiter. Thanks for ratifying the health benefits of sendha namak and I hope this will assure many people to switch over to these natural salts.

arup kumar 5 weeks ago

i read in medical journal that consumtion of potassium salt negates the bad effect of sodium salt and is recommended for persons with hypertension/blood pressure. is pottasium salt available in any form in the market to be used for daily consumption instead of common salt ?

arup kumar 5 weeks ago

i read in medical journal that consumtion of potassium salt negates the bad effect of sodium salt and is recommended for persons with hypertension/blood pressure. is pottasium salt available in any form in the market to be used for daily consumption instead of common salt ?

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rajan jolly 5 weeks ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

arup kumar there are foods that are rich in potassium & low in sodium. Ensure you take these and you will get the potassium needed.

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