Salt plays an important role in our diet. Practically all of the things we eat contain salt, and it’s important we do because without it the human body couldn’t function correctly.
For as long as mankind can remember, the white gold has been very popular. As early as 10,000 BC people were using salt to preserve food for longer and for seasoning. On account of its universal use, it increased in value and became used as a means of payment. The Romans paid the wages of their officers and officials in salt.
With herbs and spices from salty to tasty!
Everyone knows it and everyone loves it, the herbal salt that you can buy from supermarkets to enhance salads and soups or to season meat. It is very easy to make your own delicious, healthy herbal salt.
Go into the garden and pluck about 2 handfuls of fresh herbs. For our herbal salt all herbs that you find in Austrian gardens are suitable (e.g. nettles, wide plantain rosemary, chives).
Lay the herbs on a baking tray and allow them to dry completely in the oven on a low heat.
Tip: Wedge a wooden spoon between the oven and the oven door so as to allow moisture to escape through the gap.
Remove the dried herbs and mix them 1:1 with salt. The best salt to use is large grain. Crush the mixture in a mortar and seal it in an airtight container. Your home-made herbal salt is ready!
Of course, you can mix different herbs and allow your creativity free rein.
Salt is not just salt
As already mentioned, for making herbal salt, it is best to use large-grain salt. But there are also various types of that.
Sea salt for example comes, as the name suggests, from the sea. To obtain it, sea water is poured into large pools and the sun and wind dry it out, and what remains is the sea salt.
Natural salt, sometimes referred to as rock salt, also makes a great base for herbal salt. Natural salt is the oldest form of salt and is also a type of sea salt, though it has been stored several hundred metres under the earth’s surface for over 250 million years. It is therefore free of any environmental pollution.
Tip: from herbal salt to a therapeutic peeling
For a wonderfully vitalising peeling, simply put a bit of your home-made herbal salt into a bowl and add a touch of high-quality organic oil (e.g. olive oil) and you already have a refreshing peeling liquid that will remove dead skin cells and leave your skin soft and tender.
Have fun making it!