Updated: Mar 12, 2020
While in Jordan this past January I braved the cooler waters to experience weightlessness in the salty Dead Sea. It wasn't as calm as I had imagined and wow was I kissed, from head to toe and even up my nose! I was very grateful I never got any salty water in my eyes. I have heard that it can be excruciating. It's incredible how much softer and smoother my skin was after being in the vast salt bath for 15 minutes. As well as a brilliant way to relax and unwind, It's been said that it relieves aching muscles and joints, strengthening and exfoliating the skin, improving blood circulation and eliminating toxins. Have you been kissed by the ocean?
The shoreline kissed in salt from the Dead Sea, Jordan
Kiss Of The Ocean
The ocean is a natural salt brine but to harvest/mine the salt, the brine is pumped to the surface and evaporated to create salt. Salt production has taken place throughout the world from South America to Poland. Today the largest salt mines are in Pakistan with 10 billion tonnes in reserve across three mines.
Would you believe that the largest salt producer is China? Once the salt was said to be white gold, due to its function in food preservation. First discovered by the Egyptians in a dry riverbed. It's said that they were the first civilisation to use salt to preserve fish and meat.
Salt has been used in the mummification process, used as currency and as well as preserving food, it is also used to cleanse and absorb negative energy from your home.
Well, maybe this has to be taken with a pinch of salt?
Salt dried preserved fish in Norway ©MDHarding
The salt industry of Scotland
In the 1790's salt production was the third-largest export to wool and fish. It is said the production started as early as 600BC, with the east coast of Scotland dotted with salt pans.
Today you can still see the remains of the pans and the windmill in St Monan's, Fife.
Did you know that the legacy of salt still lives on in place names too? Such as Prestonpans, located just outside Edinburgh. Which other Scottish place names do you know that have the word "pan" or "pans" in them?
During the 18th and 19th century there was a salt tax which was much higher in England than in Scotland. Due to this a highly illicit and profitable smuggling operation took place between Joppa Pans outside Edinburgh to the north of England.
St Monan's Windmill, that used to pump seawater into the salt pans, which were heated using locally mined coal.