The Different Types of Salt

Updated: Sep 20


The word “salt” is generally used to describe the compound sodium chloride. However, no naturally derived salt is pure sodium chloride. A portion of it includes trace minerals like magnesium and calcium. The concentrations of sodium chloride vary considerably, as well. Sea salt, derived from evaporated seawater, contains over 90% sodium chloride. Himalayan salt, mined from underground deposits in Pakistan, is around 96%. Dead Sea salt, which is popular in many skin care products, contains on average only 30% sodium chloride. Then, there is just pure sodium chloride that is used extensively in the medical industry.


So, why is it important to know about the different types of salt? Well, because you want to make sure you are getting the appropriate type of salt for your needs. Certain salts are great for skin health, however not appropriate for halotherapy, or inhalation. A common misconception in halotherapy is that clients are breathing in Himalayan salt during sessions. Many halotherapy locations use Himalayan or other types of salt as a décor, however, it should not be used as an inhalant. Any salt other than pure sodium chloride will contain unknown impurities that could cause irritation of the respiratory tract.


Salted Desert uses 99.99%, pharmaceutical-grade, sodium chloride without additives. It has no other minerals or impurities in it that could cause irritation or unwanted side effects and is the only form of salt used in European research studies, as well as being recommended by the Salt Therapy Association. Because we use pure sodium chloride, we know exactly what our clients are breathing!


Be well,

Nurse Pete