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    • 1. Where does Celtic Sea Salt® come from?

      Each of our salts comes from a unique place!  Here is a list of our Celtic Sea Salt® salts and their source.

      Light Grey Celtic, Fine Ground Celtic, Flower of the Ocean:   FRANCE

      Celtic Pink Sea Salt, Fossil River:  SPAIN

      Gourmet Kosher: GUATEMALA

      Celtic Kosher Coarse and Fine:  COLIMA MEXICO

      Makai Pure:  HAWAII USA

      Rare Body Bath Coarse and Fine:  VARIOUS

      2. How is it harvested?

      Here is a list of our salts and their respective harvesting methods:

      Light Grey Celtic-  Hand harvested using method invented by the Celts who settled this region of France.  Seawater at high tide is trapped in estuaries until it evaporates to a brine, in which it is guided by the salt farmer through a series of clay-lined beds until by the end it is crystallizing.  The farmer uses wooden rakes to pull the sunken crystals imparted with the grey color from the bed of the harvesting ponds.  With little more done than natural draining, the yield is a moist, natural crystal salt with the brine, or “bitterns” still intact.

      Fine Ground Celtic-  This salt comes from the Light Grey Celtic, just low-temperature dried and crushed for convenience. Great for baking and as a transition salt (looks the closest to regular salt)

      Gourmet Kosher-  Hand harvested by salt farmers from lined beds where seawater is piped in and allowed to evaporate. As the crystals form they are kept in motion, yielding a beautiful, tiny, delicate crystal.
      Makai Pure- Greenhouse harvested salt.  The seawater is taken from deep ocean currents where there is higher salinity, which yields a high-mineral salt with beautiful natural chunks and flakes.

      Kosher Celtic-  Naturally harvested from salt ponds where the seawater is naturally filtered up through the ground.  This is the most moist salt we have.  Also for its price the highest minerals.  Even the fine ground variety is very moist, full of the mineral-rich brine.

      Flower of the Ocean-  This is the “cream of the crop” of salts.  By skimming the crystals off of the surface of the brine, only the most delicate crystals are caught before they sink to become the Light Grey Celtic salt.  Flower of the Ocean is a culinary treasure, known as a “finishing salt” or an “expediting salt” to be pinched on food right before serving.  No need for a grinder with this salt, as the crystals are easily crushed between the fingers.

      3. Is there Iodine?

      Unrefined salts like ours have no more than trace amounts of Iodine, not enough to satisfy your daily recommended amount.  Try our Gourmet Seaweed Seasoning for a great tasting seasoning that includes natural Iodine!  Here are more of our Iodine options Selina Naturally Iodine.

      4. What is your best salt?

      The best salts that we have are the ones with the natural crystals and beneficial brine.  The salts we have with these attributes are as follows (in order of price low-high):

      Gourmet Kosher

      Light Grey Celtic

      Kosher Celtic

      Makai Pure

      Flower of the Ocean

      5. How do you ensure it is just salt?

      We strive to ensure that the salt you get from us is just salt as Mother Nature intended.  Our producers test at the source and we do annual 3rd party testing.  We test for pollutants like mercury, lead, and aluminum.  We also test for radiation, petroleum, and micro-plastics.

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      Since our founding in 1976, Celtic Sea Salt has grown into a worldwide brand, recommended for both unique taste and unique health benefits. Our roots remain at the center of our growth. While many claim to be the original, we have had over forty years to perfect our craft, and the resulting products embody our dedication. More Information…

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Here are answers to questions we’re frequently asked.

1. Why is Celtic Sea Salt® considered the ideally nutritious salt? 

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:


2. Why is it called “Celtic” and what is the right pronunciation? 

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.

3. Where is Celtic Sea Salt® sourced from? 

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.

4. Celtic Sea Salt® is a little more expensive than what I’m used to paying?

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.

5. What does "Light Grey" mean & how is it different from other Fine Ground salt?

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.

6. Does Celtic Sea Salt® contain Iodine? 

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.

7. Where can I view a current analysis of your salt and download your most recent brochure?
8. Does your salt expire? 

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.

9. My Celtic Sea Salt® seems wet. Is that normal?

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®.

10. How can I dry out the salt so that it will work in my grinder or shaker? 

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.

11. Can I use Celtic Sea Salt® in recipes?

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®!

12. Is this the same company as the Grain and Salt Society® I used to order my salt from? 

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.

13. How does your company ensure quality, especially with all the hazards in the environment?

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.

14. Some of the minerals and elements in your analysis are unclear to me. Please explain.

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.

15. What does Selina Naturally® say about plastics in sea salt?

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.

16. How do I place an international order?

A. Call 800-867-7258 (800-TOP-SALT) or email info@celticseasalt.com for international orders and orders outside of the 48 continental USA states.

17. How do I Store Celtic 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.

18. What does Selina Naturally® say about radiation and contamination?

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.

19. What is the difference between Celtic Sea Salt® and how do I choose which to buy?

A. Click here to see a side by side comparison chart of Celtic Sea Salt® to see which is best for you!

20. What is the difference between the original Celtic Sea Salt® Electrolyte Powder and the New Electrolyve?

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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