A. Celtic Sea Salt® includes, as nature intended, a spectrum of naturally occurring, essential minerals. Nothing is removed from the natural salt and absolutely nothing artificial is added to it.
Celtic Sea Salt® supplies the body with vital trace minerals and elements, along with the proper balance of sodium chloride, which is the scientific name for salt.
The unique combination of natural minerals in Celtic Sea Salt® is made up of natural electrolytes that give your body a “positive electrical charge”.
Human health depends on the abundance of the vital minerals found in Celtic Sea Salt®. Among other functions, the minerals help us assimilate vitamins and nutrients into our cells.
We believe that it is erroneous to consider all salt harmful. Natural sea salt is good for your health. It’s the ingredients that have been eliminated or added to ordinary salt that account for the widely publicized health issues.
In fact, recent scientific evidence indicates that a low salt diet may actually be harmful.
Here is an excerpt from a study by McMaster University, May 21, 2016:
“A large worldwide study has found that, contrary to popular thought, low-salt diets may not be beneficial and may actually increase the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and death compared to average salt consumption. The study suggests that the only people who need to worry about reducing sodium in their diet are those with hypertension (high blood pressure) and have high salt consumption.” You can read more about the study here:
A. “Celtic” indicates its French origin. We pronounce it “kel-tic.” Celtic Sea Salt® has been our brand name and trademark for over 40 years. We work to make the brand synonymous with quality and trust.
A. Celtic Sea Salt® is a family-owned brand that was started in California by the founder Jacques Delangre in 1976. Jacques began importing high mineral sea salt from the coast of Brittany, France. Over the years, the popularity of Celtic Sea Salt® grew and the supply could not meet the demand. With careful research, which included considerations of sustainability, mineral content, fair trade practices and quality, the sources were expanded. Celtic Sea Salt® is now sourced from several parts of the world, including coastal regions of Europe, Guatemala, and Hawaii. Only after laboratory analysis and inspection of the harvesting site is a new source approved to bear the name Celtic Sea Salt®. Since 1976 Celtic Sea Salt ® has stayed true to its brand promise of quality and authenticity.
A. While other salt companies may sell their salts for less, Selina Naturally® guarantees that our salts are wholesome, unrefined, quality-certified and Kosher. The natural harvesting and meticulous handling required to bring you our unique high-quality salts entail expenses that add to the cost.
A. Light Grey Celtic® is our trademark for our coarse, moist salt, which gets its light grey hue from the mineral rich, pure clay lining of the salt beds from which it is harvested. This color is the result of the way the salt crystals look when they are first harvested. Allowing our Light Grey Celtic® to remain in its brine-rich state accounts for its unique and inviting moistness.
Our Light Grey Celtic®, like all Celtic Sea Salt®, is 100% natural. No bleaching, no chemicals and no anti-caking agents. We would never adulterate the natural balance that our salts derive from the ocean!
Salt is not naturally free-flowing and dry, which is a manufactured attribute. At Selina Naturally®, we create our Fine Ground salt by traditional methods, which include drying our salts at a low temperature, instead of overheating it, keeping it raw, and then grinding it finer for convenience. These careful steps result in a salt that is more nutritious than table salt, yet similar in appearance, but without any additives!
As a result, our Fine Ground salt is a great all-purpose shaker salt, perfect for table use and in recipes.
A. Celtic Sea Salt® has a naturally occurring, trace amount of iodine. It’s approximately 0.68 parts per million. Though iodine an important mineral component, sea salt is not considered a significant source of it. Yet sea salt is an all-natural, pure source of iodine that is quickly absorbed and stored by your body!
A salt labeled as “iodized” typically means that iodine was chemically added to the salt, possibly using an artificial additive to bind the iodine to the salt. We do offer a natural answer. Our Celtic Sea Salt® Gourmet Seaweed Seasoning contains 350 mcg of iodine per ¼ tsp. It’s a truly natural, iodine-rich sea salt.
A. You can view a current analysis of our salt products by clicking here:
A. Celtic Sea Salt® will last for an indefinite amount of time, because salt is a mineral, not an organic substance. So it doesn’t spoil. On the contrary, salt is a natural preservative. For example, it’s one of the ingredients used to preserve ham.
A. Yes, as we say in our motto, “The Secret is in the brine.” The moisture in Celtic Sea Salt® is not just water, but a mineral-rich brine, which is lower in sodium chloride and higher in beneficial minerals and elements. The brine inclusions are within the natural Celtic Sea Salt® whole crystal, which is the reason Celtic Sea Salt® is alkaline when dissolved in water.
Our Light Grey Celtic® is a coarse sea salt with more moisture.
If you’re looking for an all-purpose shaker salt, we recommend our Celtic Sea Salt® Fine Ground, which is derived from Light Grey Celtic®.
A. Depending on the climate, you may find that your Celtic Sea Salt® can retain some moisture. The salt is so raw and natural that it takes in moisture but also releases it. So be sure to store your salt in a breathable container, preferably one of the salt containers sold at Selina Naturally®.
The simple, natural way of drying out your salt is to spread it out on a dish and place it by a sunny window. You may also store your Celtic Sea Salt® in its original bag, loosely sealed. You can also place your bagged Celtic Sea Salt® in the freezer for 12 hours, which will freeze-dry the outer edges of the crystals. You can even put your grinder in the freezer with the salt inside, but please remember to remove the grinder top from the glass bottom before doing so.
You may also spread the salt on a ceramic dish and place it in a warm oven after you turn it off. Let the dish sit there until you’re satisfied with the dryness. A low temperature will not alter the mineral balance of the salt. It should be under 250° F.
A. Yes, of course! Celtic Sea Salt® can be your all-purpose salt. Each of our variations has its own special place in your kitchen. Our Fine Ground version may be your favorite choice for baking. It’s easier to measure and dissolves faster. The Light Grey Celtic® coarse salt is wonderful to have on hand to pinch into your dishes while you cook! This whole crystal salt is pleasantly crunchy, provides a lively flavor and will dissolve into smaller crystals in just minutes. Our Flower of the Ocean® salt is considered a gourmet finishing salt, used by culinary chefs to garnish desserts and fancy foods. Please browse our Recipe Category for inspirational dishes that use our salt and other quality ingredients found at Selina Naturally®!
A. Yes, we changed our name several years ago from The Grain and Salt Society® to Selina Naturally®.
But the company has remained within the same family since its founding in 1976. We do not retail as many grains anymore. Instead, Selina Naturally® is focuses on being the trusted source for our Celtic Sea Salt® unrefined salts.
We also now have our Rare Body Care, Electrolytes, and Seasonings. You can also find many products that we have kept over the years here on www.selinanaturally.com.
A. Our Celtic Sea Salt® brand salts keeps to a standard of quality that is above and beyond what is required by the FDA and USDA. We provide spec sheets for all of our salts to the public (see question 7) so you can see the difference between our unrefined salts and refined sea salt or table salt. Selina chooses new salts carefully and visits each site, keeping a personal relationship and first-hand involvement in the process. The producer is aware of their surroundings and is invested in providing a superior product. The attention to quality and analysis of our salts can help you to make informed choices and rest assured that your salt is what it claims to be.
A. Our unrefined salts are unaltered, so they retain the full spectrum of minerals. Our spec sheets (question 7) are focusing on the most prevalent minerals, like the vital electrolytes, the pH, and the NaCl content. Many of our salts retain the mineral rich brine, or “bitterns” of the salt, where there are more of the trace minerals. Unrefined sea salt is basically evaporated sea water so the resulting salt has the minerals in a natural ratio made by Mother Nature.
A. We are aware of the micro-plastics issue and share in your concern. Our producers test for purity at the source and we do periodic 3rd party testing to ensure that the salt you get from us is just unrefined salt as Nature intended. We will continue to pursue the best testing methods to maintain the integrity you expect with our sea salt.
A. Celtic Sea Salt® responds to humidity so please avoid metal storage containers or metal shaker lids. You can keep the salt in the bag it comes in or use ceramic, glass, plastic, or wooden containers. Either storage method you decide, the salt will not lose its mineral benefits. Celtic Sea Salt® does not need to be refrigerated but is absolutely fine to be stored there if you choose.
A. Salt is not an organic matter and therefore unable to bio-accumulate pollutants and contamination. Our centuries old sources have strict guidelines about the cleanliness and must pass contamination/radiation standards annually. The unique water channeling systems naturally filter the water to pristine inland salt ponds and are then hand harvested. All Celtic Sea Salt® is tested on site and in house for radiation. We do not purchase radiated goods of any kind.
A. Electrolyve® is our newest electrolyte replenishment formula with a higher concentration of magnesium, Vitamin C, Calcium and so on. It contains bioactive nutrients including natural electrolytes, amino acids, minerals and antioxidants that boost immunity. New Electrolyve® has been pre-packaged for single time use on the go! Our original Celtic Sea Salt® Electrolyte Powder drink is still a well-balanced formula but has a lower dose of mineral replenishment and does not have an effervescent kick like the new Electrolyve®. This one is great for the kiddos.
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