Celtic Sea Salt
10 Key Health Benefits and Usage
by Nancy Hearn, CNC
Natural Celtic sea salt is vastly different from the many refined salts on the market, including those from the sea.
Refined salts lack the many trace minerals that gives Celtic salt its health-promoting benefits.
In addition, refined salts contain harmful chemicals and other processing additives.
Celtic sea salt supplies all 82 trace minerals needed by the human body for optimal health and longevity.
Since it is unrefined, it does not contain any chemicals, preservatives, or any other additive.
This amazing sea salt is naturally harvested in Brittany, France, near the Celtic sea.
The Atlantic's geographical orientation and the region's climactic conditions play an important part in the unique mix of sea minerals and the quality of salt that is extracted.
The 2,000-year-old Celtic method for harvesting this salt is crucial to preserving its natural state and the process is supported by modern quality control standards.
My colleague, Donald K. Weber, D.C., describes the harvesting process well, portraying a vivid picture which helped me appreciate the quality of this salt. In his book Choose Life in the New Millennium, Weber writes:
“The salt fields of Brittany are lined with a natural layer of clay and sand…. In order to harmonize the trace elements, the hand raking of the moist crystals is done by artisans with a skillful touch.
“The method is followed by a dedicated group of professional natural salt farmers in Brittany, who perpetuate the traditional skills that have been passed down through generations from antiquity. When harvested in these ways, natural Celtic sea salts are highly beneficial to one’s health as they possess many therapeutic qualities.”
10 Key Health Benefits of Celtic Sea Salt
Natural salt is the element that helps to regulate water content in the body. The balance of water and salt in the body is critical.
Another key reason why natural salt is so important is because our bodies need trace elements for proper function. These elements are usually not found in food or nutritional supplements in a form that the body can utilize.
However, all 82 of the essential trace elements needed by the body are found in natural unrefined sea salt and are in a bio-available form.
In general, natural sea salt helps to balance the entire body. Some of the more pronounced benefits include the following:
Regulates heartbeat and blood pressure.
Even though refined salt can cause high blood pressure, natural salt with adequate water intake can help to stabilize irregular heartbeats and normalize blood pressure. In other words, if you have low blood pressure, taking Celtic sea salt can help to raise it. If you have high blood pressure, it can help to lower it.
Eliminates mucus buildup.
Not only does this salt help to eliminate existing mucus buildup, but it will help to prevent it. This benefit makes it very helpful for people with allergies, asthma, sinus issues, or bronchial congestion.
Improves brain function.
Sea salt is vital to the health of nerve cells and their ability to communicate and process information. This salt also helps to extract excess acidity and toxins from brain cells.
Balances blood sugars.
Celtic sea salt is especially helpful for diabetics because it helps to balance blood sugars.
Alkalizes the body.
Excess acidity in the body is an underlying cause of many diseases. Salt is vital to the removal of excess acid wastes from the cells. In addition, mineral-rich salt will help to maintain the optimal acid-alkaline balance.
Salt and water are the key elements for the generation of hydroelectric energy in the cells. Fatigue will set in when sodium and trace minerals are deficient in the body.
Provides electrolyte balance.
Natural Celtic salt will help keep the electrolyte minerals in your body balanced, releasing excess sodium and water. For problems with water retention, gradual sea salt intake can help to release excess water stored in body tissue.
Regular intake of natural sea salt and its highly absorptive minerals can give you a higher resistance to illness, infections, and disease. It can also help your body to heal faster after an injury or surgery.
Promotes restful sleep.
The abundance of trace minerals in natural sea salt will have a calming effect on the entire nervous system. In addition, the proper ratio of water and salt consumption can help to prevent the need to urinate during the night.
Prevents muscle cramps.
Muscle cramps are often caused by an electrolyte imbalance, especially a lack of sodium. Celtic sea salt provides these minerals in the correct proportion. Your body will take what it needs and get rid of the rest, as long as you are drinking enough water.
Types and Usages of Celtic Salt
Natural Celtic salt is light grey in color, which comes from the sea minerals and clay found in the salt flats. The clay ionizes the minerals in the salt, making it even more beneficial.
The taste of this salt is incomparable! Light grey Celtic salt is famous in the culinary world and is considered by many to be the best quality salt available.
This salt is moist to the touch and will retain its moisture even when stored in a cool place for a long period of time.
Light grey Celtic sea salt is dried only by the summer wind and sun, and it is not refined by any processing. This coarse salt is best used in cooking. For use on the table, you can grind it with a ceramic salt grinder or a mortar and pestle. Avoid metal grinders. In order to get the full benefits of the salt, do not grind it ahead of time.
Fine ground Celtic sea salt is a light grey salt that has been ground for convenience. No chemical agents are added to this product. Many find it helpful to add a few grains of rice to the shaker to keep the moist salt from clumping.
To maximize the benefits of Celtic salt, be sure to keep your body hydrated by drinking half your body weight in ounces of filtered drinking water.
We recommend adding the Celtic sea salt in moderation to your food. Or if you are intentionally increasing your water intake, you might want to dissolve a pinch of the natural sea salt on your tongue for every 16 ounces of water you drink.
Also remember that the more you perspire, increase your activity, or exercise, the more water and salt your body loses. Always replenish both water and salt to prevent dehydration and restore electrolyte balance.
Videos from lectures of Dr. Barbara O’Neill
Salt & Water - Barbara O'Neill - YouTube