Here is a story my father used to tell my sister and I when we were very young:
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A king had three daughters. He needed to decide which one of them would become the queen after his death. To make the decision he asked each of his daughters: “How much do you love me?”
To this, answered the eldest: “Father, I love you like gold”
And she made her father very happy.
The second daughter answered: “Father, I love you like diamonds.”
And the king thought his heart would explode with happiness and pride.
“Father, I love you like salt.” The youngest answered.
Hurt and angry, the king decided to exile the rude and ungrateful daughter.
A few years went by, and the kingdom suffered from a serious shortage of salt. People suffered, people got sick, people died. The king ordered to send agents all around the world to look for salt. He was willing to offer any price for it, be it gold or diamonds. After a few months one of his agents came back with good news – he found a kingdom with stockpiles of salt whose queen was willing to deliver it herself, and for free. Relieved and grateful, the king was excited to welcome the queen who became the savior of his people. When the queen arrived, the king realized that this foreigner was no other than his youngest daughter who was exiled years ago for stating “Father, I love you like salt.”
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Salt in health care:
Despite its bad reputation, salt is an essential nutrient. Salt is a great source for electrolytes: nutrients that are important for proper cell function. We loose electrolytes when we sweat. Not all salts are equal. White table salt is not the best option as a balanced electrolyte supplement. The most well known are:
1. Sea Salt or Celtic salt: grey and rich, both in flavor and nutrients.
2. Himalayan Salt: pink salt from salt mines in Afghanistan. It’s supposed to be cleaner salt than the salt that comes from the seas, which are polluted these days.
Today it’s really easy to find different kinds of salts. My local Co-op offers them in bulk. Costco and Trader Joe’s sell Himalayan salt in their spices aisle.
Salt in cooking:
In addition to being a great spice and a good source of electrolytes, salt is also good conductor of heat.
Salt is used for baking; here are some demonstrations:
Salt in skin care:
Salt is great for scrubbing dead skin cells. I had learned about this most luxurious method in Israel, in a steam room at the gym. Women used to bring big bags of salt into the steam room and scrub their body. After such a treatment the skin is baby smooth.
Alternatively, the second best salt scrub is by mixing salt (not too fine, not too coarse) in olive oil with some drops of lemon. After a hot shower, scrub your body and face. Rinse with water but do not use soap. Pat dry and let your skin enjoy the moisture from the oil.