History of Bamboo SaltBamboo salt was originally developed by Buddhist monks nearly one thousand years ago as a traditional medicine for the Korean people, (and is why it's also known as Korean bamboo salt). It's made by filling bamboo stalks with sea salt and roasting it at a high temperature to remove toxins and infuse the salt with minerals. In the 20th century, a renowned Korean herbalist and healer, Kim Il-hoon, determined that roasting sea salt 9 times with bamboo, clay, and pinewood, including a high heat firing with resin, removes more toxins, maximizes mineral potency, and optimizes bamboo salts’ therapeutic potential.
How Is Bamboo Salt Made?Bamboo salt is unlike any other salt on earth due to its meticulous, labor-intensive production process that amplifies the healing benefits and purity of sea salt. Honoring ancient Buddhist monk traditions, bamboo salt is handcrafted in small batches over 25 days:
- First, natural sea salt is hand-harvested from the Western coast of Korea and dried in the sun.
- The salt is then deposited into 3-year-old bamboo pillars and sealed with red clay collected from deep in the Korean mountains.
- Next, the bamboo pillars are placed in an iron kiln and roasted over a pinewood fire at 1472°F. As the bamboo heats up, oil seeps from the wood and is absorbed into the salt, infusing minerals, flavor, and health-enhancing properties.
- After 8-15 hours, the bamboo is incinerated and a white salt pillar remains.
- The salt pillars are then ground, and re-sealed into new bamboo stalks to be roasted 1 to 9 times. With each firing, the salt's purity, alkalinity, mineral content, therapeutic properties, and sulphur flavor increases.
Why is Bamboo Salt Better Than Other Salts?Bamboo salt is superior to most other salts because many consider it to be the highest quality salt and the healthiest salt due to being toxin free, rich in minerals, and highly alkaline.
Free of toxinsDue to the pollution of our earth and its waters, many salts contain contaminants such as microplastics and heavy metals including lead, cadmium, mercury, and arsenic. Consumption of these heavy metals have detrimental health effects. The production process of bamboo salt removes these toxins because the high temperature in which it's heated results in the evaporation of heavy metals, micro-plastics, and other harmful compounds.
Rich in mineralsBamboo salt contains 70+ bioactive minerals such as K, P, Ca, Mg, Si, Fe, Cu, Ba, V, Mn, Zn, Ge, Mo, Se, Pt, S, Sr, B, Li, which are essential for the production and activation of enzymes and biological activities. In fact, bamboo salt has a chemical composition that is very similar to that of our bodies!
Highly alkalineBamboo salt is highly alkaline with a 10.10 pH (foods greater than 7 are considered alkaline) for grey salt and a 11.5 pH for purple bamboo salt. The salt's high pH neutralizes acidic food and its alkali-forming mineral composition has an alkalizing effect on of the body.
A revered saltLastly, according to Chinese medicine, bamboo salt is said to have "Qi" or energy flow that is beneficial for the body and mind due to the fact it's produced using energy from all 5 elements [hand-harvesting sea salt from Korea’s west coast (Water); filling and sealing bamboo stalks with clay deep from the mountains (Earth); heating at a high temperature (Fire); using pine tree logs (Wood); and roasting in an iron kiln (Metal)]. It's also important to note that nine is a sacred number in Korea and symbolizes completeness and achievement of health in the Baha’i faith.
Bamboo Salt Health BenefitsBecause it's free of contaminants, highly alkaline, and rich in bioactive minerals, bamboo salt offers many health benefits, including amplifying the nutritive benefits of food, replenishing electrolytes, improving immune function, and acting as an antioxidant:
- Bamboo salt amplifies the benefits of food by helping the absorption of nutrients into your cells via its mineral concentration.
- Bamboo salt balances and replenishes electrolytes better than conventional salt because it has lower conductivity than other salts and due to its small size, is rapidly absorbed through the cell membranes. This helps to regulate the electrolyte concentration of the body. In addition, the minerals in bamboo salt, such as potassium, calcium, and phosphorus, help promote the excretion of excess Sodium (Na), thus contributing to proper mineral balance within bodily fluids.
- Bamboo salt improves immune function due to its high antibacterial content. Compared to other salts, it is more effective at assisting the body in eliminating harmful viruses and bacteria.
- Bamboo salt acts as an antioxidant by activating various antioxidant enzymes. This helps the body eliminate free radicals, which are connected to most modern diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and cancer. Therefore, bamboo salt may also be helpful in the prevention of cancer and other serious diseases.
Bamboo Salt and CancerBamboo salt shows promise in fighting cancer. One study demonstrated that bamboo salt can weaken cancer cells and tumor volume in mice treated with purple bamboo salt. Further studies suggest that bamboo salt may be an effective treatment in cancer therapy due to its ability to reduce tumor growth and increase survival rate of mice with cancer-related tissue damage. Researchers suggest that bamboo salt’s anti-cancer activity is connected to its capacity as an anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-aging, and immune-enhancing substance.
Bamboo Salt UsesFrom cooking to electrolyte drinks and personal care, the uses for bamboo salt are many. Here are some ways to use bamboo salt.
- Dissolve a few crystals on your tongue as many as 10-20 times a day to benefit from the alkalizing, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory effects of purple bamboo salt.
- Bamboo salt for cooking. Use bamboo salt as a replacement for regular table salt while increasing your mineral consumption and benefiting from its alkalizing effects.
- Homemade electrolyte drink. Dissolve 1/3 teaspoon in 8 ounces of water to replenish electrolytes after exercise or physical labor. Note: Some charcoal might appear when bamboo salt is dissolved in water. This is normal, and the salt is still safe to consume.
- Bamboo salt toothpaste and sea salt mouthwash. Brush teeth with sea salt or use as a mouthwash to strengthen teeth and gums. Your mouth and gums will benefit from the anti-inflammatory effects of bamboo salt
- Salt water flush for eyes and nasal care. Dissolve 1/10 teaspoon of bamboo salt in 8 ounces of purified water and use as an eye or nasal rinse to flush impurities and soothe sinus-related conditions.
- Foot bath salts and bamboo salt for skin. Dissolve 3 teaspoons of bamboo salt in 1 gallon of warm water and use it as a foot bath. Or, add a few spoonfuls of bamboo salt to your tub for a purifying, alkalizing, anti-inflammatory effect.