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What Is Bamboo Salt

Updated on December 26, 2017

What is bamboo salt

What is bamboo salt? I was writing an article about the danger and benefits of salt when I came across bamboo salt. I was puzzled as I thought how could bamboo produce salt. On further investigation, I found out that bamboo salt was not salt produced by bamboo, but salt processed inside the bamboo stub. This process was discovered by Korean monks and physicians more than 1000 years ago in Korea.

How bamboo salt is made

The main ingredient is of course, salt. The special salt is harvested from the western coast of Korea. The sea salt is sun-dried and is rich in minerals. The sea salt is then placed in the hollow of specially selected bamboo stubs. The bamboo stubs must be at least 3 years old and 7 cm in diameter, and are selected from the west coast of Korea. The openings of the bamboo stubs are then sealed with a special yellow ocher clay extracted from 20 meters underground. The sealed bamboo stubs are then placed in a furnace for repeated burning using pure pine wood, for 10 hours each time. The burnt salt will have to be filled into new bamboo stubs for the next burning process.

The burning process is repeated 9 times over very high temperatures. The burning temperature for the first 8 times is over 1000o C. For the final ninth burning process, pine resin is added to the salt and burned at a higher temperature of between 1300o to 1500o C. By the end of the burning process, the salt will have absorbed all the natural elements of the bamboo, yellow ocher clay, pine wood and the pine resin. The higher temperature for the final burning is to ensure that all toxic heavy metal elements are completely eliminated.

After the burning process, the salt is melted and placed into special tub for solidifying. The solidified salt is then crushed and ground into powder form, ready to be used.

Looks like the whole process is very tedious and time consuming. No wonder the special Korean bamboo salt is so expensive.

What is so special about bamboo salt

Ordinary table salt contains about 40% sodium. A teaspoon of table salt contains about 2300mg sodium which is the maximum intake per day permissible for a person. Most of us unknowing take more than the maximum amount of table salt per day. The danger of too much salt is the high risk of having high blood pressure, stroke and heart attack.

The manufacturer of Korean bamboo salt claims that bamboo salt contains more than 70 micro nutrients and essential minerals including calcium, magnesium, zinc, sulphur, copper, iron and selenium. It also claims that bamboo salt is highly alkaline which will help maintain good health. Bamboo salt also has antioxidant properties which help the body eliminates harmful free radicals. Bamboo salt also helps in body detoxification.

Uses of bamboo salt

  • Use bamboo salt for cooking
  • As a health drink from bamboo salt prepared specially for drinking
  • Use in bamboo salt face cream or add bamboo salt to face cream
  • Use in bamboo salt toothpaste or add bamboo salt to toothpaste
  • Dip feet in bamboo salt solution for relaxation
  • Add bamboo salt in bathwater for a soothing and cleansing bath
  • Rub bamboo salt on the body when taking a shower
  • Add bamboo salt when washing your hair
  • Use bamboo salt to wash your face
  • There are many commercial products made with added bamboo salt


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      Justin Choo 18 months ago from Malaysia

      Hi Beatrice,

      Sorry I don't know.

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      beatrice 19 months ago

      does it have a side effect on the skin supposing i use it on a daily basis

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      Justin Choo 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi BkCreative ,

      Hope you can get it at a more reasonable price.

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      BkCreative 4 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Great hub - you certainly got my attention because what on earth could bamboo salt possibly be? I appreciate the thorough explanation. I'm also glad you mentioned how much sodium is in our diet because of table salt - really cheap stuff and if you buy anything prepackaged or canned the amount of sodium is staggering.

      I haven't seen this local but when I go to a Korean market I will look for it. Thanks a million!

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      Anna Sternfeldt 4 years ago from Svenljunga, Sweden

      It might be cheaper further on, when it becomes more common. I suppose this is a rather new product.

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      Justin Choo 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi Carol and Anna,

      Thanks for reading and comments. In our country it is marketed by a sole distributor. The price is very expensive. I think not many will pay for salt at that price. Honestly, the very high price puts me off!

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      Anna Sternfeldt 4 years ago from Svenljunga, Sweden

      Interesting! I have never heard about this either, just heard about a lot of other advantages with bamboo, but now I know one more. But wonder where it will be possible to buy, will for sure have my eyes open.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I am going to look this up..Sounds really interesting..I am sure other than healthfood stores regular grocery stores do not carry this salt. Sounds great. Voting up and sharing.

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      Justin Choo 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi pstraubie48 ,

      Thanks for reading and comment.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Great hub. I had never heard of this type of salt. I do not think I have ever noticed it on the shelves at the supermarket either. Now I will be on the look out and also will be reading more about bamboo salt.

      Thanks for sharing.

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