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Health Benefits of Sendha Namak (Rock Salt) and Kala Namak (Black Salt)

Updated on September 8, 2017
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Rajan is a botany and chemistry major. He has worked as a poultry breeder for 23 years, breeding layer and broiler parents.

Types of Salt

It's well-known that too much salt can cause health problems, but, in moderation, salt is essential for fluid balance and blood pressure management. We can avoid iodine deficiency by using a bit of regular iodized table salt every day, but why not also try using some of the most delicious and healthy salts the world has to offer?

There are many types of salts. Some are mined from dried up lakes and some from sea water. The most common types are:

  • Table salt. This is the regular, refined salt that is mixed with minute amounts of iodine. Eating a small amount of iodized salt daily is important for health to avoid iodine deficiency.
  • Kosher salt. These are large grains of crystal salt used in Kosher cooking.
  • Sea salt. Salt produced from sea water.
  • Pickling salt. Pickling is very fine and has no additives. It's used in brines used to pickle foods.
  • Celtic salt. Celtic salt is harvested from the Celtic Sea near Brittany, France.
  • Seasoned salt. This refers to a variety of salts mixed with herbs or spices, such as garlic or onions.
  • Himalayan Rock Salts - These occur in various colors due their predominant mineral content in their natural state. Both Sendha namak & Kala namak mentioned below are Himalayan rock salts.
  1. Sendha namak (Himalayan rock salt). This is a large crystalline salt that's harvested from the Punjab region of Pakistan. The crystals are off-white to white in color. Research shows that this type of salt may offer benefits for those with kidney disease.
  2. Kala namak (Black salt - Himalayan rock salt). This is a dark, reddish-black crystalline salt that turns a grey to pinkish color when ground up. It has a distinct, sulfurous odor and taste.

According to Ayurveda, Sendha namak is the best for eating. The next best is Kala namak.

Himalayan Rock Salts of Different Colors

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Light pink Khewra rock salt.Pink Khewra rock salt.A clear crystal of  rock salt.
Light pink Khewra rock salt.
Light pink Khewra rock salt. | Source
Pink Khewra rock salt.
Pink Khewra rock salt. | Source
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A clear crystal of rock salt. | Source

Sendha Namak (Rock Salt)

Sendha namak is the Indian name for Himalayan rock salt. It is a large-grained, coarse salt, also called halite or land salt, that's available in many grocery and health food stores. It dissolves readily in water. Here are some more key things to know about this delicious salt:

  • Sendha namak is mined from underground deposits of dried lakes in the Punjab region of Pakistan. It is unrefined, non-iodized and contains no additional anti-caking agents. It can be white, pink, red, or even blue in color.
  • It is lower in sodium than regular table salt and contains 94 trace minerals, as opposed to the three that are in common table salt. Since this salt is pure, it is used during religious fasts in India.
  • It is used in Ayurvedic medicine. It is said to be good for the heart, beneficial for people with diabetes and to prevent osteoporosis. According to Ayurveda, this salt reduces depression and stress, prevents and treats muscle cramps, regulates blood pressure, aids digestion, and relieves skin problems and arthritis.
  • In India, it is used in making chutneys, raita (yogurt sauces), chaats, snacks, and other dishes.
  • This salt lowers the freezing point of water and can be used in ice cream machines.
  • Research has shown that Sendha salt is more beneficial than other edible salts for patients suffering from chronic kidney disease.

Kala Namak (Black Salt - Himalayan Rock Salt)

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powdered kala namak or black salt
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Kala Namak (Black Salt)

Black salt, or Kala namak, is dark brown (almost black) but changes to a pinkish-grey powder when it's ground. It is also referred to as sanchal.

  • It has a sulfurous smell—much like boiled eggs—from its natural sulphur content.
  • Kala namak is rich in iron, which is why it is so dark in color.
  • This salt is harvested from the natural salt mines in Northern India and Pakistan.
  • Black salt is used extensively in Ayurvedic medicine, and as a condiment in Indian cooking. It's added to chaat, chutneys, and even sprinkled on fruits and other Indian snacks before eating. It tastes great on cut vegetables, too.
  • Black salt is low in sodium. It is used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat indigestion, constipation, gas, and heartburn. It is also used to treat high blood pressure and anemia.

Disclaimer

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 or supplements or starting a new health regimen.

© 2013 Rajan Singh Jolly

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 6 weeks ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Read the article here by Dr Axe on Pink Himalayan Salt

      https://draxe.com/pink-himalayan-salt/

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      veena 7 weeks ago

      How can Sodium be less? The chemical name is NaCl. How is it possible?

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      Rahul Varshney 2 months ago

      How to identify pure sendha namak and Kala Namak. Since in market duplicate are being sold. Please update

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 2 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Meena Jain, of course you can

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      Meena jain 2 months ago

      Hello sir can we mix sendha and table salt for cooking purpose

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Silloo you can get rock salt from online sellers like Amazon.

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      Silloo 3 months ago

      Thanks Rajan fr the information on rock salt. But i want to know frm where will i get this best rock salt?

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      Snehal Neware 3 months ago

      Rock salts is very good for your health . And they will be used in animal medicens eg.cow buffelo oxx

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      suresh 4 months ago

      Rock salt is good as you say,but stock is limited i suppose.

      It is found in Pakistan which is not a friendly nation .

      what is your view.

      Is any rock salt reserve in Indian territory ?

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      Anoop 5 months ago

      Sendha salt 20 ton price in india

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      Manish 6 months ago

      Hi Rajan,

      why sendha namak is costly in India in comparison to Ordinary namak?

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      Michael Kwame Class-Peters 6 months ago

      Great info. I had just read regular salt was harmful and went searching for health one. Thanks for sharing, will now go for the healthy salt. Very educative and helpful.

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      PAVAN 9 months ago

      In My family we are using this sendha and kala namak from almost 7-8 years but recently we discovered that sendha or kala namak are not fully dissolve in water few portion always left in glass bottom, can you check this at your end and reply us.

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      Ratan Jaiswal 9 months ago

      Your article is quite informative and helpful too, but you have not mentioned benefits of 'rock salt' for teeth treatment.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 10 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      I do not think so. Ayurveda recommends Sendha namak and also till a few decades back no iodine was added to salt sold in India.

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      swati 10 months ago

      Sendha Nanak do not have iodine in it, can it cause goiter

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 13 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      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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      arup kumar 13 months 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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      arup kumar 13 months 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 Singh Jolly 15 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      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.

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      prabhat Mukerjee 15 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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      Rupa 23 months ago

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

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      Ashok 23 months ago

      Good information. Thanks

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      Mohd uzair khan 2 years ago

      Dear sir

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

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 2 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Mahendra kumar

      Sendha namak jise rock salt bhi kehte hain sabse acha hai

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      Mahendra kumar 2 years ago

      Sabse best namak konsa h khane ke liye

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      Raghoba Naik 2 years ago

      Dear Ranjan,

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

      i think every one should change the lifestyle accordingly

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      Kelly A Burnett 2 years ago from United States

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

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      Sendha Namak 3 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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      Josan 4 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.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      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.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 4 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 Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      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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      moonlake 4 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 Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks Audrey for visiting and leaving your comments.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 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 Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      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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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 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 Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @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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      prasetio30 4 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!

      Prasetio

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      Kathryn 4 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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      Patricia Scott 4 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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      Peggy Woods 4 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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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks, Devika.

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      Devika Primić 4 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 Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @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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      Harsha Vardhana R 4 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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      Bill De Giulio 4 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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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @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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      Ruchira 4 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 Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @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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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Useful and interesting as always. We eat sea salt at our home....it 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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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 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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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 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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      Shadaan Alam 4 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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      Margaret Perrottet 4 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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      carol stanley 4 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.