Sole water (pronounced so-lay) is water saturated with pink Himalayan salt. All there is to it is combining the salt and water in a container or jar and letting them soak for up to a day. Once it’s saturated, a small amount of the sole water is added to a glass of regular water and it’s ready to drink. Those who swear by sole water suggest using 1 teaspoon of sole water per 8-ounce serving of water. Here’s the thing: There’s not much research on its effectiveness, so much of the craze is fueled by users who have personally experienced its health benefits.
So, what’s so special about Himalayan salt in the first place that so many people swear by sole water’s effects? Himalayan salts, native to the Himalayan mountains in the Punjab region of Pakistan, have existed for about 200 million years. Himalayan salt is unrefined and additive-free, which is why it contains low amounts of more than 84 minerals and elements, trace minerals like iron, potassium, calcium and magnesium. The minerals are what make this kind of salt beneficial to consume (and turn it its signature hue of millennial pink), though you may associate Himalayan salt more with spa treatments and decorative salt lamps.
Depending on how it’s used, Himalayan salt is believed to aid in circulation and breathing, help calm inflammation and relieve stress. It’s also a great substitute for regular table salt, as it gives you lots of flavor with less sodium. Salt lamps specifically claim to aid in sleep, boost serotonin and reduce coughing and respiratory issues like asthma through purifying the air. They’re also placed in the home to create a calming, balanced energy (this is chalked up to the lamps’ negative ions, which balance the positive ions produced by our use of electronics).