We come across different types of crystals every day, such as sugar, salt, diamonds, rubies, sapphires, emeralds, etc. A crystal is an organized grouping of atoms or molecules, and each type has different properties and shapes. Sugar crystals are oblong and slanted at the ends, while salt crystals are cubic.
When sea water evaporates, salt is obtained. While in water, the sodium (Na) and chlorine (Cl) are separated by water molecules (H2O). As the water starts evaporating from the solution, the Na and Cl ions begin to bond together as single molecules, and then the molecules bond together, forming crystals. It is worth noting that every molecule builds itself into the same shaped crystal, a cube, each time it forms.
Interesting Salt Crystal Facts
- You eat crystals whenever you eat salt.
- Greeks used to exchange slaves for salt, therefore the expression "he is not worth his salt."
- In Tibet, tiny cakes of salt were pressed and used as coins.
- Roman Legionnaires were paid in salt (salarium, the Latin origin of the word salary).
- It was used to preserve Egyptian mummies.
- In 1933, Dalai Lama was buried sitting up in a bed of salt.
- These crystals are used to manufacture thousands of products.
- Salt helps preserve food items.
- Each and every cell of your body contains salt. An adult human body contains about 250 grams of salt, which help the body systems to function properly.
- In India, a gift of salt is considered as a potent symbol of good luck.
- Until relatively recently, salt bars were the standard currency of Ethiopia.
- Salt helps remove red wine spills. It is also used to remove stains from a teapot.
- It can fix the color of the jeans.
- Salt bath is recommended for pain-relief, in case of sprained muscles.
- Salt helps clean an iron without scratching.
- Stomach acid obtained from salt disinfects your food and aids in digestion.
- Your body signals tell you to drink water when the concentration of salt in the blood rises even slightly.
- Sodium (salt) is the key factor in the operation of all signals from, to and within the brain.
- Sodium is responsible for the smooth and trouble-free movements (contraction and relaxation) of the heart muscles.
- You need to eat salt to replace what you lose when you sweat.
- Excess salt can affect the heart function. Kidneys help remove this excess quantity from your body.
- It plays an important role in maintaining the volume of blood, and indirectly, its pressure.
- One of the interesting facts is that in spiritual tradition, people use these crystals to cleanse themselves of negative vibrations.
- Salt intake is necessary, as it is the key element in the process of perspiration, which is considered as a vital process that helps to maintain your body temperature.
- In Buddhist and western spiritual traditions, salt is believed to repel evil spirits. It is a well-known fact that in old Japanese theaters, salt crystals were sprinkled on to the stage before each performance to prevent evil spirits from casting a spell on the actors.
These were some amazing facts about salt crystals. You must have noticed that you may live without sugar, but living without salt is just impossible. Our ancestors knew about different uses of this amazing crystal. It is being used in China for 5000 years and for about 2700 years in Egypt. It has always been an important trading commodity and many bitter wars were fought over it.