Salt is so simple and widely available that man takes it almost for granted. From a chemical perspective, it is one of the most basic molecules on earth, but without it life would be unthinkable. It is essential for the proper functioning of the human organism, and it is known to all of us that blood, sweat and tears have a salty taste. Put most simply, salt is nothing other than a rock/mineral crystal, and is obtained from two main sources. The first is seawater, and the second are deposits that can be found under the earth’s surface. Thus, the difference between sea salt and rock salt depends on the means of production.Praktični savjeti
When talking about the history of salt, we can definitely state that it is about the history of the human race. Salt is deeply rooted in human culture, religion, trade, and social and political development. It is necessary only to take a glimpse into history to be able to instantly find out that it was used as a means of payment, and that many wars came about because of it [some historians are certain of the theory that the first war ever, alongside the river Jordan, occurred directly because of salt.
The ancient Chinese introduced a tax on salt and used it as a means of payment. Marco Polo noted that they printed the face of Great Khan in cakes of salt and used it as money, the Egyptians used it in the mummification process, the Greeks often exchanged slaves for salt, and the Romans paid their legionaries in salt and so on. The connection between salt, belief and tradition is clear if one is to follow the world religions. The Greeks worshipped salt in their rituals, in Judaism the temples offered salt, and Jesus called his disciples the 'salt of the earth'.
Previously in Catholicism a small amount of salt was put on the child’s lips during their baptism. In the famous picture of ‘The Last Supper’ by Leonardo da Vinci, Judas is portrayed as having knocked over the saltcellar on the table, which was considered as a portent of evil and bad luck. Buddhists believed that spilling salt scared away evil spirits. In some Arab countries salt was used to seal an agreement and was a sign of great friendship. Some tribes worshipped the ‘Mother Salt’.
Suspicious sailors never mentioned salt during sailing, and never threw it in the sea. In the Middle Ages, sea salt was an essential part of the cargo for caravans that travelled from the Mediterranean towards the interior. Endless examples can be given, but one thing is for sure, and this is that human history is very salty.
Salt is so simple and widely available that man takes it almost for granted. From a chemical perspective, it is one of the most basic molecules on earth, but without it life would be unthinkable. Since today we use salt mainly for cooking it is often not so well known that it has more than 14000 different commercial uses. It is used in the food industry, it softens water to protect machines and installations from scale, it is melted in water to prevent it from turning to ice, and it melts snow and ice on the roads. Consequently, it is critical in maintaining the roads throughout the world, and it is also essential in animal food. The simplest way to divide it is according to use: COOKING SALT, INDUSTRIAL SALT AND SALT FOR ROADS.
A little salt into coffee will reduce the bitterness of over-roasted coffee and will enhance its aroma.
Remove stains on the carpet by rubbing them straight away with alcohol that has a little salt added to it.
Against fatigue – relax for at least ten minutes in a bath where you have added a few handfuls of salt.
Candles – soak new candles in a strong salt solution for a few hours, and then dry them well. When the candles burn they won’t drip.