Once upon a time—250 million years ago give or take a millennia--sea salt beds, now deep within the Himalaya Mountains, began to crystallize and were covered by lava. Aside from keeping these salt beds in a pristine environment that has been surrounded by snow and ice year round, the lava is thought to have protected the salt from modern-day pollution leading to what most believe is the purest salt on earth. To this day, it is still extracted from mines and caves by hand, according to long-standing tradition, and without the use of any mechanical devices or techniques. After being hand-selected, chiseled out, the salt is then hand-crushed, hand-washed, and dried in the sun. This salt comes from deep within the Himalayan Mountains 250 million year old pure salt crystals. It is completely pure, because of its purity, it may naturally harmonize the body‘s alkaline/acidity balance and regulate water content. In addition, the high quality sodium can help facilitate the normal absorption of nutrients from food. Himalayan salt crystals have been crushed into fine granules to make this holistic, natural salt fine enough to be used in a common saltshaker. Our Himalayan salt naturally contains a trace mineral complex in a form that can be easily assimilated by the body. This salt is truly wholesome and delicious.