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Gros Sel Guerande: 3 Kg Organic Coarse Cooking Salt

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Celtic Sea Salt: 3 x 1Kg bags (total 3 Kg) of unrefined Organic Coarse Grey Gros Sel Guerande.  

Buying tip:  The postage costs of sending one kilo of salt is expensive. If you live in Britain it's worth buying at least three kilos of Gros Sel Guerande as the extra postage is minimal.  If you live in the USA/Canada there are sources for Celtic Sea Salt such as SelinaNaturally.   Otherwise search for it in your country (it's widely available in Europe).

For these reasons we only accept orders for Gros Sel Guerande from UK buyers

In the year 2000 when Phylipa and I were holidaying California, we went down to the local Sunday organic market and spotted a lady selling salt.  Curious as to why, especially when salt carries such bad press, we asked her what the story was.  By the time she had enlightened us with the truth about unrefined sea salt, we had a whole new outlook on it.  We tasted the Celtic Sea Salt right away undersood what she meant .  So impressed were we that when we returned to England we drove over to Brittany to buy a van load of it from the salt marshes near Guerande.

We've been back to Brittany many times since then.  We get so much more into the spirit of it by driving over, enjoying French Cuisine in nearby Le Pouliguen and crêpes in Le Croisic.   Guerande is a walled town originating in Medieval times; just watching the paludiers harvest the salt with wooden implements adds so much more to the enjoyment.

Celtic Sea Salt - Sel de Guerande
The salt bays in the Guerande marshes near St. Nazaire are the last haven of an ancient traditional craft dating back over 1,000 years.  Back then Brittany supplied half of France with salt, a figure that's since dwindled to half a percent.  Almost all of that is the delicious unrefined grey sea salt, loved by the leading French chefs and bakers. 

The geographical orientation of the coastline also plays such an important part in the quality of naturally extracted Celtic Sea Salt. The ocean water is channelled into pristine ponds, edged with natural waterways, wild grasses and other green plants. The wind and the sun evaporate the ocean water, leaving a mineral-rich brine.  The live flowing mixture is briskly stimulated by the salt farmer's actions, and within hours the dazzling crystals form and are gathered by hand.

The method used for gathering salt from natural flats is crucial to the production.  The salt fields of Brittany are lined with a natural layer of clay and sand. This method is followed by a dedicated group of professional salt farmers in Brittany who carry on the traditional skills that have been passed down for generations.

But Isn't Salt Bad For You?

This statement makes little sense. Our cells all contain salt. We sweat salt. Our tears contain salt. Our blood is salty. If we don’t eat salt, where will it come from?  The question should not be “Do we need salt?”. We absolutely do. We cannot live without it. The questions should be “What kind of salts are good and bad for us?”.

There are basically three kinds of salt: 
1) What is sold to us as 'normal' table salt. This is nothing more than Sodium Chloride and is clearly bad for your health, as you have repeatedly been told.

2) So called "sea salt". This should be good for you but unfortunately it has been processed and many of the valuable minerals removed. It's not much better than normal table salt.

3) "Celtic Sea Salt".  It is unrefined sea salt that is not only delicione but SUPER GOOD FOR YOU!  We need salt - REAL salt. Our bodies thrive if given essential minerals every day. With unrefined salt there is no processing; no additives; the salt crystals have been hand-harvested and dried by the sun and the wind!

Scientific research reveals that there are actually very few salt-related health problems. A healthy active lifestyle demands a reasonable salt intake. The contention that our bodies can function on no salt at all or on a restricted ration of salt causes more problems than it's intended to solve. Life is closely dependent upon the presence of sodium. To clearly understand the role of sodium in blood, we have to examine it in combination with water and the various ions; chlorine, potassium, calcium, hydrogen etc. It is more important to study the co-activity of sodium with these other ions than rather than the sodium element alone. Most often salt-related health problems are caused by diets consisting of high quantities of refined sodium compounds, combined with a sedentary lifestyle.  Some harmful unbalanced sources of sodium include fast foods (especially French fries and milk shakes) packaged sauce mixes and cured meats.

Gros Sel Guerande is harvested in late summer.  These are the largest of the salt grains and are best in soups or sauces. This is ideal for cooking. Although we stock it at Resources For Life we post it with a minimum order of 3 Kilos otherwise the postage would be more costly than the salt.  If you live outside the UK see 'Buying Tip' at the top.

The devastating effects of refined salt
Today every common table salt is artificial and sadly pales beside the real sea salt. Out of the richest spectrum of 92 essential minerals found in the ocean, the industrial refined variety retains only two!

In the process of refinement salt is harvested mechanically from dirt or concrete basins with bulldozers and piped through metal conduits. It is then subjected to a degrading artificial processing, heated to 2000 degrees Fahrenheit to crack its molecular structure, robbed of all its minerals and trace elements before being further adulterated by chemical additives to make it free-flowing, bleached and iodized.

Remember it's UN-refined salt you want. Refined salt is often labeled as "Natural Sea Salt" in supermarkets and health food shops, so be careful what you buy.   

High Blood Pressure and Refined Salt
According to Jacques de Langre, high blood-pressure problems lie not in salt intake but in an overactive hormone system. When this system is overactive, renin levels are excessively high indicating a psychological need for salt.  Salt starvation can occur if the patient is put on a low salt diet.  On the other hand low renin levels which occur in a third of hypertensive people actually reveal a sodium excess.  Only patients in the latter group should lower their sodium intake.

Factors that influence blood pressure are heart rate, changes in blood volume and the contraction and dilation of blood vessels.  A change in any one of these factors providing the other two remain constant, will have a direct effect on blood pressure.  Blood pressure is regulated via the dilation and constriction of blood vessels, the control of blood volume and heart rate. A healthy cardiovascular system may be maintained through regular aerobic exercise like walking, jogging, rebounding, cycling, tennis, ski-ing (water or snow) or swimming.

The History of Salt

Salt didn't make history but contributed greatly to it.  As frugal as they were, our ancestors always had salt with their meals.  Salt was so precious and vital that in early Rome, soldiers were paid with daily handfuls of salt, later changed to a sum of money; the salarium.  In the Middle Ages, the salarium became the sol, - the sou - which funded the wages of the military.  The salary became the privilege of the civil servants who became known as the salaried.  Throughout the ages, salt continued to be the source of intense commerce and was associated with the discovery of Newfoundland and the exploration of its Grand Banks cod.  The reason for this is that until the nineteenth century, salt was the only preservative of food.

This important role of preservative made salt a good choice for taxation in countries all over the world. There were 25,000 salt tax collectors in eighteenth century France!  Their demands were such that Vauban, a highly placed government official had regrets: Salt is a gift from God, a blessing for humanity, that it should be exempt from taxation. But the salt tax was not abolished completely until 1945.  Except for being subject to an ordinary federal tax, all that is left of this ancient regime is that it is still illegal to take more than one litre of salt water from the sea without authorisation from the Minister of France! 

Further Information

There are two very informative articles on Celtic Sea Salt and the potential benefits to your health - especially for blood pressure, kidney function, asthma and arthritis, lung problems, digestion, dehydration and water retention.  You can download them here:

  PDF download:     Disease & Prevention 

  PDF download:     Don’t Be Conned By The Crusade Against Salt 

 

Due to weight/postage costs we only accept orders for Gros Sel Guerande from UK buyers

Click to watch:  How To Lower Blood Pressure WIthout Medication

The salt flats in Guerande, Brittany have been the source of mineral-rich salts for centuries. Whether for cooking (Gros Sel Guerande) or as table salt (Fleur de Sel) the Master Bakers and Chefs of France would not be without their beloved Celtic Sea Salts.

Rich in minerals, these salts continue to win cullinary awards all over the world. They will certainly enhance your reputation in the kitchen!

Unrefined Sea Salt(1:22)

The Salt Marches at Guerande (3:53)

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An ageing master grew tired of his apprentice’s complaints. One morning, he sent him to get some salt. When the apprentice returned, the master told him to mix a handful of salt in a glass of water and then drink it.

“How does it taste?” the master asked.

“Bitter,” said the apprentice.

The master chuckled and then asked the young man to take the same handful of salt and put it in the lake. The two walked in silence to the nearby lake and once the apprentice swirled his handful of salt in the water, the old man said, “Now drink from the lake.”

As the water dripped down the young man’s chin, the master asked, “How does it taste?”

“Fresh,” remarked the apprentice.

“Do you taste the salt?” asked the master.

“No,” said the young man. At this the master sat beside this serious young man, and explained softly,

“The pain of life is pure salt; no more, no less. The amount of pain in life remains exactly the same. However, the amount of bitterness we taste depends on the container we put the pain in. So when you are in pain, the only thing you can do is to enlarge your sense of things. Stop being a glass. Become a lake.”

~ Meditation Masters

The salt flats in Guerande, Brittany have been the source of mineral-rich salts for centuries. Whether for cooking (Gros Sel Guerande) or as table salt (Fleur de Sel) the Master Bakers and Chefs of France would not be without their beloved Celtic Sea Salts. Rich in minerals, these salts continue to win cullinary awards all over the world. They will certainly enhance your reputation in the kitchen!

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Gros Sel Guerande: 3 Kg Organic Coarse Cooking Salt

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