Himalayan pink salt, also called "Kola," is a naturally occurring mineral found in many parts of the world. It is used most commonly as a cooking salt and for its color, but it is also used in other applications such as for sprinkling on tableware. Himalayan salt comes from rock salt mined in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains in Pakistan.

The salt, which sometimes has a slightly pinkish hue because of trace minerals, is most frequently used as an alternative to table salt, though it is also employed for food and decorative purposes, spa remedies, and lighting. It is often used as a medium in which to burn candles or incense and can be used as a lighting source by placing small amounts of it in some unused rooms of the house. Himalayan salt lamps are made by melting the rock salt and then pouring it into a small amount of masonry that forms a base for the lamp. These lamps are very effective for scrying since the warm light they emit provides a soft glow that is very similar to that produced by a candle. They work especially well when placed next to a desk or other area where a candle can be lit and a dark atmosphere around the salt lamp creates a perfect atmosphere for the Scrying spell to burn brightly.

Himalayan salt works well as an alternative to high blood pressure medicine. This can be attributed to its naturally occurring blood-pressure-lowering properties. High blood pressure can be caused by sodium deficiency. Salt is one of the least accessible minerals of plant origin and low in concentration in the average household salt jar, hence, the high demand for this product among individuals with high blood pressure makes it an ideal replacement. Many Himalayan salt products have also been shown to have positive effects on cholesterol levels. They seem to regulate the production of bile acids, which are by-products of cholesterol synthesis, and reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.

Himalayan salt helps prevent bone loss and stimulates the production of healthy cells. It can help prevent degenerative diseases and encourage healthy bone growth. It has been used to combat depression. Some research even suggests that Himalayan salt can increase one's life span. The magnesium content of the mineral is what gives it its life-promoting abilities. It seems that magnesium found in this salt can increase the bioavailability of magnesium, the mineral responsible for regulating nerve and muscle functions.

A Himalayan pink salt factory in Gannan, Nepal, processes a large amount of the mineral each year. The factory processes all types of salt including seawater grade, domestic crystal, fine sand, and black rock salts. The salt extracted from these rocks goes through several processing steps, which include washing, filtering, sieving, granulation, and curing. This factory processes the salt four times a year. This factory also recycles its by-products and produces cement, slag and plasterboard.

Although many Himalayan salt mining companies have taken the step to process the mineral, there is still much more to be done to improve its use. To this end, many organizations in Pakistan have taken on the responsibility of protecting the environment. They work with the village and tribal people to protect their natural resources. These groups have helped to reduce poverty and introduce community-based programs that promote better health effects of the mineral.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Pakistan has one of the highest percentages of people who are overweight or obese. The high percentage of overweight or obese people is due to consumption of products made from refined grains like white bread, cakes, and wafers, lack of exercise, and consumption of junk food. The high percentage of overweight or obese people in rural areas is attributed to a lack of availability of minerals such as calcium, potassium, and magnesium, and high consumption of sea salt and processed foods. However, Himalayan sea salt deposits can help to provide for better nutrition, as well as help to prevent obesity.

Iodine deficiency is one of the major causes of mental disorders in the world. Children who are deficient in iodine are often diagnosed with ADD or ADHD. With appropriate iodine supplementation, they can grow up to be healthy, active young adults. The benefits of Himalayan salt and common table salt are becoming evident by the increasing numbers of young adults who are turning to the Himalayan salt mines to meet their dietary requirements. The iodized salts of Himalayan salt have shown positive results in studies conducted in China and Japan.