Indian Spa Salt

Special salts are used in spas for detoxification, cleansing and rejuvenating skin. There is an ongoing craze about “dead sea salt”, which surely has loads of minerals compared to any normal salt. Dead sea salts are sold as it is, in colored form, in a pack with essential oils and even soap forms (salt scrub bars).

Is there an Indian substitute for dead sea salt? Yes. Its called Saindhava Lavana in Sanskrit. The chemical name is potassium chloride – KCl. It is also called Induppu or Sendha Namak. This sea salt is from the Indus valley region, rich in minerals. This salt can cure blood pressure, urinary problems and eye irritations. As a solution, it is a good cure for arthritis, skin diseases and foot corns. It can be a great way to relax and rejuvenate too!

How do I make use of this salt?

  • Soak in a bath tub with gallons of water sprinkled with these salts or mix it in a bucket for a judicious water-saving-bucket-bath!
  • For a priceless foot spa – add some in a foot tub and soak your feet. You could add some fragrance oils and natural flowers as well.
  • You can mix it with water to wash your face.
  • If you are a soap maker, you would even make a salt bar. Refer to how I made mine in this blog.


  • Is this the free flowing salt you use for cooking? No. Free flowing salt is iodized.
  • Is this the rock salt your mom occasionally used for cooking? No. Rock salt is better than iodized salts but that is what we are talking about here.
  • How does it look? The Indian sea salt is almost pink.

Induppu. Image from Sisal Wellness.

  • Where do I get them in India? It is available as huge hard blocks typically in small stores that deal with Indian medicines, either Siddha or Ayurveda. I am not sure if you would get this in your local general store. I bought mine in a Siddha store and it costed me Rs. 80 per Kg. Yes, its cheap – but way higher than common salt!
  • Lastly, is this the popular Himalayan Pink Salt? Yes it is!