The Halite is a mineral as popularly as a gem or salt rock salt. This crystal is formed due to the presence of sodium chloride. This mineral is found in various colors, this depends on the impurities that are available. It can appear in reddish colors due to the presence of iron, in yellowish colors due to the presence of iron hydroxide or in black or gray due to organic matter.
The Halite or salt, comes from the Greek word “hals” which in Spanish means salt and the word “lithos” which means stone, this mineral has been very important during the evolution of man and the development of humanity in general. The uses applied to this mineral have been diverse, from food preservation, both in religious rites, it was even used as a currency in the Greek, Roman, Hebrew and Christian civilizations.
In ancient Greece, salt had great economic value, so much so that the Greeks used to exchange it for slaves. It should be noted that during the Roman Empire this mineral was granted to legionaries as a special payment, it is from here that the term salary derives.
Years later in the year 1200 in rancid and then in Spain and Italy during the thirteenth century, the kings of these territories noted that salt taxes were the ideal means to finance military campaigns and other expenses from the monarchy.
These rates were named “gabela de sal”, during this time everyone had to buy seven pounds of salt a year, from the government salinas, at a price ten times higher than their real value. These taxes were eradicated in the 19th century when the sale of salt was declared free throughout Europe.
- The Halite is in cubic crystallization.
- Generally it is colorless or white, but it can also be obtained in red, yellow, gray, pink, blue, purple, orange and light blue, all this depends on the amount of impurities found at the time of its formation.
- This crystal is soluble in water and has a salty flavor.
- The salt obtained from Halite is used for gastronomic and medicinal purposes.
- The chemical formula of this rock is: NaCl.
- The hardness of the rock salt is between 2 to 2.5 on the Mohs scale.
- This stone appears in granular masses that can have liquid or gaseous inclusions.
- This miner is hygroscopic, that is, it can absorb moisture from the environment.
- Regulates the hormonal system : this stone is ideal for those women who suffer from thyroid and any hormonal disorder
- Helps strengthen bones and keep them healthy.
- Prevents emotional confusion : This stone prevents your dreams from turning into nightmares, therefore accelerates and regulates the sleep process and prevents insomnia.
- This stone is ideal for enhancing intuition, creativity, and visualization skills.
- This stone helps to maintain the harmony between the user and the spiritual consciousness.
- Helps reduce anxiety, stress and tension.
- Helps to stimulate emotional expression.
- The Halita emits a purifying vibration that allows your body lene positive energy.
- It is a protective stone against evil entities, and the evil eye.
- This stone can be used as a talisman as it attracts love, sympathy and luck.
- Protects you from injuries, wounds and accidents.
- It is responsible for absorbing intense and uncomfortable emotions.
- By placing this mineral on the heart chackra you will feel renewed.
- Holding this stone will help you regain control and emotional balance.
Properties of Halite
Healing and energy properties
· The metaphysical properties of Halite are very useful as they will help to deal with people who have problems with anger or aggressiveness. In other words, it helps to increase the levels of patience.
· Allows you to easily fall asleep.
· This stone benefits the third eye chackra and the crown chackra. Before using any stone for the chackras it is recommended that all be aligned.
· It promotes mental serenity and eliminates any negative thoughts that cross it.
· It is the ideal stone for those people who have a high degree of insecurity.
· It has a great influence on the root chackra.
· It is used to relieve and treat digestive disorders, making it a natural laxative for the body.
· Replenish the body’s electrolytes and keep the pH balanced.
· Consuming this mineral along with lemon juice helps to eliminate stomach worms and control vomiting.
· Helps prevent muscle cramps.
· This mineral increases libido, balances blood sugar levels and reduces aging.
· Supports the health of the nose, eyes, ears and face.
The Halite is a common mineral that can be found anywhere in the world, however, most ancient sites are in Germany and Austria, and some specimens are more extensive in France, Poland and Russia.
In Italy, Portugal, Senegal, Chana, Ethiopia and Kenya they also have salt mines. In America you can find these minerals in the United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia and Argentina. In Asia there are saline farms in China, India and Vietnam.
In Europe we can find Halita deposits in Barcelona, Cantabria, Torrevieja, Santapola and Cardona. In San Pedro del Pinatar, the Bahía de Cádiz Natural Park and the Rio Guadalete are some of the salt mines that are still being exploited today. It is also important to note that during the 20th century some spring salt flats were abandoned in Spain.
Uses and applications of Halite
· Sodium chloride has various uses in life, which is why its production has been extended far beyond our tables.
· In regions where roads freeze, they usually apply salt to avoid accidents.
· In the chemical industry this mineral is used to obtain chlorine and sodium.
· From this component you can obtain sodium carbonate, caustic soda, hydrochloric acid and chlorine, with these materials polyvinyl chloride is manufactured, very well known as PVC pipe.
· Halite is used by the textile industry for the production of inks for fabrics, the preservation of leather and shoe whiteners.
· It is also used for making soaps, plastics, glass and wood hardening.
· Due to its great utility and the various functions that sodium chloride or salt fulfill, it is the mineral, not metal, most exported today.
· It is used for past life research and meditation.
· Can be used to release or relax muscle tension.
· This crystal works to speak and express yourself more freely.
· It is an excellent pain reliever for physical pain and cramps.
· It is used to treat anxiety disorders.
· Strengthens artistic expression.
· It is the most widely used, marketed and placed condiment in meals.
· In technology it serves as a great conductor of infrared radiation.
· It works like a crystal of energy cleaning.
· It is an effective medicine for heartburn.
· It is used to treat rheumatic pain and herpes.
· Relieves the discomfort of influenza.
· It serves to help children who suffer from special conditions.
· Helps balance calcium levels, strengthening all bones.
· The mixture of this mineral together with warm water helps to cure and treat tonsillitis.
· This rock is responsible for attracting love and luck.
How to Clean and Activate Halite
The best way to clean this mineral is with a damp cloth impregnated with a little mild soap. Then it is recommended to dry with a soft cloth, remember that this stone is soluble in water, therefore contact with it should be minimal.
It is recommended to wrap this stone in a cloth and then place it inside a jewelry box covered with soft cloth.
It is important that you do not use aggressive household chemicals as they deteriorate the structure of the stone. Also remember to clean the stone after exposing it to toxic or bad-tempered people.
- This mineral has long been used for feeding livestock and domestic animals.
- Since in ancient times there were no appliances to preserve meats, they were covered with Halite to prevent decomposition.
- During the 17th and 18th centuries, salt was used in Italy as an insecticide to protect furniture and wood from woodworm.
Stradivarius violins are said to achieve their particular sonority thanks to the composition of the Halite.