about: Grey French Sea Salt

            About Dead Sea Salt                                                                                               


The Dead Sea lies at the bottom of the Syrian - African Rift Valley, about 400 meters (1280 feet) below sea level. Known in Biblical times as the Eastern Sea, the Romans called it Mare Mortuum, the Israeli Geographic office called it The Sea of Salt. This remnant of the sea, which covered the area over two million years ago, is the lowest natural place on Earth. Its depth ranges from 1376 feet (430 meters) in the north to 32 feet (10 meters) in the south.

The waters of the Dead Sea have been renowned for their therapeutic effects since ancient times. Two thousand years ago, Flavius wrote that the salts from the Dead Sea heal the human body.

The waters from the Dead Sea are unique in that they contain 27% of various salts as compared to 3% in normal sea water. Further, while sodium accounts for approximately 80% of the salt content of normal sea water, it comprises much less of the salt total in water from the Dead Sea. The balance of the salts in Dead Sea water are magnesium, potassium, calcium chloride and bromides.

Why are these types of salts beneficial? Magnesium is important for both combatting stress and fluid retention, slowing skin aging and calming the nervous system. Calcium is effective at preventing water retention, increasing circulation and strengthening bones and nails. Potassium energizes the body, helps to balance skin moisture and is a crucial mineral to replenish following intense exercise. Bromides act to ease muscle stiffness and relax muscles. Sodium is important for the lymphatic fluid balance (this in turn is important for immune system function). So we can see that bathing in high quality sea salt could replenish the minerals which are critical to our skin metabolism.

Studies have been conducted on the health benefits of bathing in Dead Sea salts. One such study was conducted by Dr. I. Machtey 1 on 103 patients suffering from osteoarthritis and tendinitis. Patients were either treated with baths of 7.5%, 2% or 0.5% Dead Sea salt concentration. Improvement was found after as little as 1 week of treatment for those treated with 7.5% or 2% salt baths. By the study's end, 80% of the patients reported less pain; 70% experienced improved mobility and 60% were able to decrease their use of analgesics. Dr. J. Arndt 2 studied the effect of Dead Sea salt baths on psoriasis. Fifty patients were treated for 3 - 4 weeks, with 3 - 4 baths per week. In as little as 1 week, many patients treated with a 10% salt concentration in their baths experienced marked improvement. This improvement included relief from itching, sleep disturbances, and skin scaling. Treatment with Dead Sea Salts is not associated with any side effects.




                                          Dead Sea Salts contain 21 minerals

including magnesium, calcium, sulphur, bromide, iodine, sodium, zinc 
and potassium. The following table details some of the healing properties of these minerals:

Magnesium: Promotes healing of skin tissue and provides skin surface with anti-allergic element. Essential for cell metabolism.

Bromide: Soothes skin, relaxes body muscles, and tranquilizes nerves.

Iodine: Important for the correct functioning of the thyroid gland and is an important factor in the body's metabolic exchanges.

Sulfur: A natural disinfectant (constituent of certain vitamins).

Potassium: A moisture regulator that helps maintain a neutral environment in the skin.

Calcium: A building block for corrective tissue under the skin surface.

Sodium: Relieves stiffness and muscle cramps and maintains neutral environment in the skin.

Zinc: A key factor in enzymatic regulation of cell proliferation.


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                       About Grey French Sea Salt                                   
                       A moisture rich exfoliating indulgence.


Grey Sea Salt

French Grey Salt is a “moist” unrefined sea salt harvested and collected by hand using traditional Celtic methods within the coastal areas of France. Grey Salt is considered by many to be the best quality salt available.

France is known around the world for their salt expertise. Harvesting salt is a true art and the French have been producing it for centuries. It's no wonder that some of the best sea salts come from France.

Our European Spa Salt are harvested from the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea in Southern France. Harvested by hand from the island of Noirmoutier near Brittany, France.

For 1500 years, salt farmers have harvested the Noirmoutier Sea Salt. Harvesting the salt is a totally natural cottage industry where the only ingredients are the sea, the sun, and man. Breton organic sea salt from the Isle of Noirmoutier undergoes no treatment after harvesting. Neither washed, nor refined, it keeps its essential nutrients vital to the human body. Salt farmers follow strict harvesting rules as prescribed in the ABF specifications. (Agriculture Biologique FranÁaise- French Organic Farming) This makes it worthy of having the ABL seal of approval.

Breton - Brut has a unique color that makes it a naturally beautiful salt. The dark grey hue comes from its extremely high level of minerals and nutrients. The crystals range in size from 2-3mm. Neither treated or washed, it is totally natural and can be used in products that are labeled Organic.

*This salt is certified organic by France’s Nature & Progrés. This is the most rigorous salt certification process, which equates to purity and quality.

Characteristics: Light Grey, ABF Organic Certified, Very High Mineral Content

Uses: Bath Salts, Salt Scrubs, Spas, Therapeutic Treatments



                          Elements in Grey Celtic Sea Salt                  
                                    in milligrams per 1/4 teaspoon (one serving size):

 Most recent analysis demonstrated that Celtic Sea Salt® contained at least 75 minerals and trace elements. The following lists the most predominant elements revealed by this analysis.


  mg per 1/4  tsp %   mg per 1/4  tsp %
Chloride 601.25 mg 50.90% Zinc 0.03 mg .00275%
Sodium 460 mg 33.00% Copper 0.02 mg .00195%
Sulfur 9.7 mg .820% Erbium 0.02 mg .00195%
Magnesium 5.2 mg .441% Tin 0.02 mg .00192%
Potassium 2.7 mg .227% Manganese 0.02 mg .0018%
Calcium 1.5 mg .128% Cerium 0.02 mg .00172%
Silicon 1.2 mg .052% Fluoride 0.01 mg .00109%
Carbon 0.6 mg .049% Rubidium 0.01 mg .00084%
Iron 0.14 mg .012% Gallium 0.01 mg .00083%
Aluminum 0.11 mg .0095% Boron 0.01 mg .00082%
Praseodymium 0.04 mg .0029% Titanium 0.01 mg .00079%
Strontium 0.03 mg .00275% Bromine 0.01 mg .00071%

This is a partial analysis, if you are interested in the full analysis please call.
Grey Celtic Sea Salt® contains 33% Sodium, 50.9% Chloride, 1.8% Minerals and Trace Elements and 14.3% moisture. 

Analysis performed by Western Analysis, Inc. for The Grain & Salt Society®. For verification: Western Analysis, Inc. 2417 South 2700 West Salt Lake City, UT 84119 (801)973-9238 Fax (801) 973-7635


Nutrient Daily Value
Sodium 2,400 milligrams
Potassium 3,500 milligrams
Calcium 1000 milligrams
Iron 18 milligrams
Phosphorus 1000 milligrams
Iodine 150 micrograms
Magnesium 400 milligrams
Zinc 15 milligrams
Copper 2 milligrams
Manganese 2 milligrams
Chloride 3,400 milligrams

About the minerals and trace elements:

Although certain body processes are attributed to certain minerals, each mineral needs one or more other minerals to properly function. For instance, a proper calcium-phosphorus balance is necessary to the body in that an imbalance reduces resistance to disease, increases fatigue, weakens intellectual faculties and leads to premature ageing. Magnesium can only be used if calcium and phosphorus are in a proper balance. An overabundance of one mineral can result in a deficiency of another. Obtaining minerals from whole food sources provides the body with the wide variety of minerals it needs. Supplementing with one or two minerals is rarely a good idea unless it is under the supervision of a doctor or nutritional counselor.



Chloride, along with sodium, regulates the acid/alkali balance in the body. It is also necessary for the production of gastric acid which is a component of hydrochloric acid (HCl).


Sodium regulates the pH of intracellular fluids and with potassium, regulates the acid/ alkali balance in the body. Sodium and chloride are necessary for maintaining osmosis and electrolyte balance.


Sulfur is found in all cells, especially in skin, connective tissues, and hair. Inadequate dietary sulfur has been associated with skin and nail diseases. Increased intake of dietary sulfur sometimes helps psoriasis and rheumatic conditions.


Magnesium is a mineral of primary importance in the body because it aids in the activation of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the main energy source for cell functioning. Magnesium also activates several enzyme systems and is important for the synthesis of RNA and DNA. Magnesium is necessary for normal muscle contraction and important for the synthesis of several amino acids.


Potassium exists primarily in intracellular fluids (the fluid inside cells). Potassium stimulates nerve impulses and muscle contractions and is important for the maintenance of osmotic pressure. Potassium regulates the body’s acid-alkali balance, stimulates kidney and adrenal functioning, and assists in converting glucose to glycogen. Also, potassium is important for biosynthesis of protein.


Calcium is necessary to build healthy bones and teeth. Calcium influences blood coagulation, stimulates muscles and nerves, and acts a s a cofactor for vitamin D and the function of the parathyroid gland. Muscles cannot contract without calcium. Calcium is essential for the regulation of heartbeat. Calcium depletion can result in a number of symptoms, the most notable is osteoporosis which results in decreased bone mass and increased chances of bone breakage.


Silicon is necessary for normal growth and bone formation. With calcium, silicon is a contributing factor in good skeletal integrity. Silicon is a main component of osteoblasts, the bone forming cells. Silicon may help to maintain youthful skin, hair and nails.


Copper facilitates in the absorption of iron and supports vitamin C absorption. Copper is also involved in protein synthesis and an important factor in the production of RNA.


Small amounts of tin appear to be necessary for normal growth. Because tin is common in soil, foods, and water, deficiencies are rare. Because of poor absorption, low tissue accumulation and rapid tissue turnover, tin has a low level of toxicity.


Manganese is essential for glucose utilization, for lipid synthesis and for lipid metabolism. Manganese plays a role in cholesterol metabolism and pancreatic function and development. Manganese in involved in normal skeletal growth and it activates enzyme functions.


Only trace amounts of iron are essential for living cells of plants and animals. Iron has the ability to interact reversibly with oxygen and to function in electron transfer reactions that makes it biologically indispensable. Iron is necessary for cell function and blood utilization. Blood loss is the most common cause of iron deficiency. Pallor and extreme fatigue are the symptoms of iron deficiency anemia.


Aluminum is a natural component of many foods. Although it is found in small quantities in plant and animal tissues and in blood and urine, there is no evidence that this element is essential for any metabolic function in humans or animals. In fact, there is evidence that elevated aluminum can result in neurological disorders, bone disease, gastrointestinal irritation, loss of appetite and loss of energy.

Because aluminum is a natural constituent of some foods and is in a growing number of modern foods and pharmaceutical preparations, an understanding of aluminum and aluminum containing foods and cooking utensils can benefit all people. In healthy people, more than 98% of the ingested aluminum is passed through the gastrointestinal tract. Silicon, a constituent of Celtic Sea Salt (see above), prevents the absorption of aluminum and actually helps the body eliminate aluminum that is bound in the tissues.


Strontium (not Strontium 90, the radioactive form of the element) may help harden the calcium-magnesium-phosphorus structures of the body. Strontium may influence the intake or structural use of calcium, according to Bernard Jensen, Ph.D.


Although adults only require an average of 15 mg of zinc per day, zinc is a very important trace element that is essential to many biological factors. Zinc is required for growth, for immune system function, and for sexual development. Zinc is a cofactor in over 90 enzymes. Zinc is required for the synthesis of insulin. Proper zinc metabolism is needed for wound healing, and carbohydrate and protein metabolism. Zinc is considered an antibacterial factor in the prostatic fluid, and may contribute to the prevention of chronic bacterial prostatitis and urinary tract infections.


Gallium has no known biological role, although it may stimulate metabolism. Small concentrations of gallium are normally found in human tissue.


Titanium is an abundant mineral, yet it appears to have no function to plant and animal life. In general, humans may eat and excrete titanium with no side effects as it is considered essentially nontoxic. Titanium may be carcinogenic, but not at the levels humans are generally exposed to.


Fluoride has a direct effect on the calcium and phosphate metabolism and in small amounts may reduce osteoporosis. Trace amounts of fluoride produce stronger tooth enamel that is more resistant to bacterial degradation. However, an increased intake through fluoridated drinking water can potentially overload the human system.


Rubidium has a close physiochemical relationship to potassium. In fact, it may have the ability to act as a nutritional substitute for potassium. Although rubidium is not considered "essential," some evidence suggests that rubidium may have a role in free radical pathology and serve as a mineral transporter across defective cell membranes, especially in cells associated with aging. Clinical studies have suggested that rubidium increases memory and mental acuity in the elderly.


Blaurock-Busch, E. pH.D. Mineral and Trace Element Analysis. Boulder, CO. TMI/MTM Books. 1996.

Jensen, B. DC, pH.D. Come Alive! Total Health through an Understanding of Minerals, Trace Elements & Electrolytes. Escondido, CA. Jensen. 1997.

Bergner, P. The Healing Power of Minerals, Special Nutrients, and Trace Elements. Rocklin, CA. Pima Publishing. 1997.

Fallon, S. Nourishing Traditions. Washington D.C. New Trends Publishing. 1999.


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