How To Make Sole

Sole salt infusion for health and wellness

I’ve written before about how salt is not the villain it is often made out to be. There is some age-old evidence that not only is salt not harmful, but that consuming it daily (in a certain form) can be very beneficial for health.

What is Sole?

Sole (pronounced Solay) is essentially water that has been fully saturated with a natural salt. This isn’t just a small amount of salt dissolved in water, but rather water that has absorbed as much natural salt as it is able and will not absorb any more (26% actually…. thanks high school chemistry). The term Sole comes from the Latin “Sol” meaning Sun.

We’ve been told for years that salt can be harmful, so the idea of drinking salt water may sound counter-intuitive, but it turns out that this concentrated salt solution can have a variety of health-supporting uses. This remedy has been used for centuries in some countries and claims both anecdotal and scientifically supported evidence for the following uses:

  • Helps Hydration– The body naturally repairs and detoxifies during sleep, but in doing so, it uses up a good amount of water. This is why we are often more thirsty in the morning. Consuming a salt solution like Sole helps the body re-hydrate.
  • Helps the Body Detoxify– The minerals in Sole make it useful in the natural detoxification that the body already does. Sole is naturally anti-bacterial and can help remove bad bacteria in the body.
  • Boosts Energy– The minerals and stored energy in Sole help boost energy throughout the day.
  • Improving Digestion– Sole stimulates the digestive system promoting food absorption and regularity naturally.
  • Improving blood sugar– Some people note improvements in blood sugar levels after using Sole.
  • A Natural Anti-histamine– Sole can work as a powerful natural anti-histamine. This action is likely due to its balancing effects on the body, and I have noticed this personally.
  • Helps with Muscle Cramps– When I played sports, we attributed leg cramps or other cramps to lack of potassium and ate more bananas (which are now the only food I won’t eat). Don’t know about the potassium theory, but I know that since using magnesium and Sole regularly, I don’t get leg cramps anymore (even during/after extreme exercise or in late pregnancy).
  • Bone Health– There is a theory that a potential cause of Osteoporosis and other bone disorders is the body utilizing calcium and other minerals from the bones for survival and to neutralize acidity in the blood. Sole is naturally full of minerals and alkalizing, so there is speculation that it is helpful with bone health as well.
  • Healthy Veins– By supporting the correct mineral balance in the body and blood, Sole can help reduce or avoid vein problems like varicose veins.
  • Blood Pressure– Contrary to what we often hear, many people notice a reduction in blood pressure from using Sole.
  • Weight Loss– By improving digestion and nourishing the body on a cellular level, Sole can help promote weight loss.
  • Healthy Skin, Hair and Nails– Sole’s high mineral content makes it great for healthy skin (and acne problems), and for hair and nail growth.

It is interesting to note that the conventional treatment for many of the above problems includes removing excess salt/sodium from the diet. While table salt could certainly have a negative effect and is best avoided, natural salt contains over 84 minerals and is incredibly nourishing for the body.

According to the book Water & Salt: The Essence of Life and this post:

“In a nine-week study undertaken in 2003 at the Inter-University of Graz, Austria examined the effects of Himalayan Crystal Salt on physical and psychological functions of the body. It is the only salt ever to have been the subject of comprehensive double-blind scientific research. The results of the study, presented in the book, Water & Salt – The Essence of Life by Dr. Barbara Hendel, M.D. and biophysicist Peter Ferreira, confirmed significant positive changes in respiratory, circulatory, organ, connective tissue and nervous system functions. Patients also reported increases in quality of sleep, energy and concentration levels, brain activity, weight loss, enhanced consciousness, and noticeable hair and nail growth.”

Even better, Sole is a very inexpensive addition to a healthy diet and lifestyle and it is incredibly easy to make.

Where To Get (Healthy) Salt

As Sole is simply salt and water, the quality of the salt is extremely important. I prefer to use mostly Himalayan salt, with a small amount of Redmond Salt or Celtic Salt added. The following are brands I have used personally and can vouch for, though many local health food stores will carry Himalayan Salt (make sure it is pure… it should be pink).

How to Make Sole

As I said, the only ingredients are salt and water so the recipe is pretty simple. You’ll also need a glass jar with a plastic or non-metal lid. I used a regular mason jar.

Here’s what to do…


  • A Glass Jar ( I used a wide-mouth mason jar)
  • A plastic or non-metal lid (like this one)
  • 1-2 cups of Himalayan Salt, Celtic Salt or Real Salt (see sources above)
  • Filtered water


  1. Fill the jar about 1/4 of the way with Himalayan Salt, Real Salt or Celtic Salt (or a mixture of the three).
  2. Add filtered water to fill the jar, leaving about an inch at the top.
  3. Put on the plastic lid and shake the jar gently.
  4. Leave on the counter overnight to let the salt dissolve.
  5. The next day, if there is still some salt on the bottom of the jar, the water has absorbed its maximum amount of salt and the
  6. Sole is ready to use.
  7. If all of the salt is absorbed, add more salt and continue doing so each day until some remains. This means that the water is fully saturated with the salt.


To use: Mix 1 tsp of the Sole in to a glass of water and consume every morning on an empty stomach. Do not use a metal utensil to measure or touch the Sole with any metal object.
I am not a doctor and don’t play one on the internet. As with any health advice, consult a qualified practitioner before adding any new supplements, especially if pregnant, nursing or if you have a medical condition.

How to Use Sole

Make the mixture as above and store at room temp. It will last indefinitely as salt is naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. More water and salt can be added as needed to keep up the amount in the jar.

To drink, add 1 tsp to a glass of water each morning before eating or drinking anything else. Do not add more, especially starting off! If this causes a detox reaction or headache, work up slowly.

Have you ever made Sole? How did you like it? Share below!

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Reader Comments

  1. Thanks so much for this article! I’ve been hearing a lot about sole recently and was wondering what the actual benefits are. Seems to be something I should really give a try.
    Just one thing: I’m pretty sure the word sole doesn’t come from the Latin “sol” (sun) but rather from the German, well, “sole” (pronounced like “sol-uh”) which in turn is derived from Middle High German “sul” or “sol”, meaning brine (at least that’s what Wikipedia says: ).
    But I’m also sure that, no matter what the actual origin of sole is, it’s healthy either way :)

    • But maybe the German word originally came from the Latin word “sol.” I don’t know for sure… just an idea!

      • Helllo! Thanks for this info!

        After making supersaturated solution of Himalayan Salt and water (your Sole), do you just leave any remaining salt sitting at the bottom of the container or do you strain that out?

          • I realize that this off topic and I just found this blog site so I haven’t read through everything yet, but I’m curious. Is this sole safe for a 2 year old? We are trying to get my twins off of steroids for breathing treatments and are hopeful that this will help.

      • Hi WM I just bought some pink Himalayan salt from the local health food store they had the large crystals and pre-ground from large jars they use to display their bulk herbs and tea how can I tell that it’s pure pink Himalayan? I’m thinking of asking who the vendor is to call any suggestions thanks and keep up the wonderful work you do much appreciated. ……Vito

    • Thanks for the sole recipe,,,once the sole is ready should you mix before consuming? AND does this stay on the counter or go in the frig? THANKS

  2. I was just about to ask that too Jennifer Wright.. I’m curious as well.. my 2 year old is a banana-holic. Often 3 bananas a day. I stopped using them in my smoothies to reduce my carb intake but if I wasn’t worried about carbs I would eat a banana a day.

    • Lol you should look up freelee the banana girl on youtube….. Sorry it’s just she has eaten 50 bananas in one day before and it just sounded funny and reminded me of her when you said one banana a day… Anyways it’s unimportant….

  3. I’m wondering how much benefit this would have for those who already have a high (real) salt intake? My husband & I love salt & tend to already salt things liberally. I can’t imagine I really need more in my diet (not that I’m salt phobic, just can’t imagine needing more)…
    Slightly off topic, but perhaps relevant, though, I can’t take magnesium orally because I have horribly fitfull sleeps when I do…strange dreams, waking up constantly, etc. I’m concerned I may have the same reaction when supplementing with extra salt (& therefore minerals).

    • Is it sea salt that you and your husband are liberally using or is it table salt? If you are using sea salts like the ones mentioned then you should be fine using (almost) as much as you’d like..

      • It’s Himalayan pink salt :)
        I’m not worried that we’re using too much, just thinking we probably don’t need to supplement with extra, though I’d be open to doing so if there were benefits to sole that I’m not already getting just by salting food.

    • I’ve heard from a respectable Phd in Chemistry that if you crave salt you probably need minerals and or you have weak adrenals. In the past, when I was sick, I used to put salt on everything, as I was healing I didn’t need as much. Nowadays my health is in top shape and I don’t crave salt anymore although I drink sole water everyday.
      DON’T be afraid of salt. If you crave it, you meed it. Use good salts like the ones mentioned in this article.

  4. Did you use the unground Himalayan crystals or finely ground Himalayan salt for this? Do you think that crystals would work just as well as finely ground? I have a bag of each type, but I don’t really use the harder crystals for the reason that they are hard to grind.. Himalayan salt comes at a premium here in the Kalahari, so I would prefer not to use the finely ground salt. Thank you for articles, I have learned so much, and have changed much of my lifestyle since finding your website!

  5. Is Sole similar to Bioplasma? Have you ever taken Bioplasma? An Indian Holistic doctor I work with just told me about it and I’m curious for your take. Thanks!

    • As someone that takes both bioplasma and the sole I can say they work together even better than individually. Bioplasma will help absorb all the micronutrients in sole efficiently.

  6. So what’s the benefit of letting it sit overnight? I often shake a bit of salt into my drinking water. How is using a small amount of this concentrate better than doing that? I’m curious since I’ve never heard of sole…well, except the fish…lol
    I have been getting pink himalayan salt from the bulk section of my health food store. There’s no description other than that, but it’s pink, so I assume it’s got the good minerals. And it just tastes so much better than table salt!

      • I’m confused. If the solution is more easily absorbed after you concentrate it, then why do you dilute it with water right before you consume it?

        I don’t understand how there could be a difference between a glass of water with a little bit of sole concentrate stirred in and a glass of water with a little of bit salt stirred in (and dissolved).

          • I would think that if you just shake it into a glass you will not get the appropriate amount. And by diluting it, you are able to drink it, since straight would be too strong. I dilute it in a juice glass and take my vitamins each am.

    • Not all pink salt is Himalayan so be sure it specifies Himalayan on the label. There are many unscrupulous food sellers around, and salt dyed pink is just one of many scams. Also, if you are Banting, many many (even major, well-known) shops now have Banting labels on foods that are totally unsuitable, you need to be very aware of what is in everything and not believe the labels.

    • I am also wondering if this is okay to take with thyroid medication. Mine is to be taken in the morning also on an empty stomach. I take armour thyroid.

        • Salt is a corrosive element. It can leach particles from the metal utensils into the water and can possibly cause an issue. If you’ve only used it once, I wouldn’t worry about it. It takes time (repeated use or just sitting in it) for the salt to leach particles from a hard substance, such as metal. I would recommend not using it again, though. That’s why a glass or plastic container with a plastic lid is recommended.

    • I think maybe because the metal will change the vibration of the water… just a guess! Your husband will probably not buy that one either! lol

  7. I just ordered my salt, and can’t wait for it to get here. I have three grandchildren living with me, and wondered if it would be okay for them to drink this too. They are 6,8,& 13. Would their dose be the same? Thanks.

  8. Hi, Katie! Thanks for a great article. I am anxious to start using sole and reaping all the benefits. How long after you started using it did you notice health improvements? What specific improvements have you had? Thanks!

  9. Sometimes I just take a big lick of Real Salt from the palm of my hand….especially if I know I’m going outdoors to work for a length of time. Is there a reason why sole is better?

  10. Hey Mama, would this be ok to take along side other supplements. I take clay and magnesium also. Just wondering if the effect would be too detoxifying with these altogether ?

  11. couldn’t I just put plastic wrap, and then the mason jar lid over the jar? I am eager to try this tonight and do not have a plastic lid to fit.

    Love your recipe’s and tips Katy!!

  12. I heard about sole recently on an Underground Wellness podcast featuring Dr. Corey Schuler. He mentioned how it’s really helpful for people with adrenal fatigue as quality salt really nourishes the adrenals. Fascinating stuff, if only more people knew!

  13. Any thoughts about Sole and possible sensitivity to high sodium levels? I have been under treatment for AFib and it was suggested by a cardiology spec. that I might be having symptoms triggered by sodium. I have reduced my daily intake to include few processed foods and other high sodium junk and discontinued using bicarbonate of soda to alkalinize internally and am surprised at how good everything tastes without the added salt. (Also stunned at the amounts added even in frozen veggies and any processed sauces or soups!)

    • I’m not a doctor, but you have to be your own advocate as well. The sodium the doctors refer to is the highly processed white table salt most people are aware of and consume, and is in pre-packaged foods. If I were you, I would do my due diligence and research this topic well.

      The point of this is the minerals found naturally in quality salts like Himalayan pink and Celtic sea salts and the detoxification properties of them. It’s not about the taste, though the side benefit is that you don’t have to give up the taste if you prefer things salted, IF you use a quality salt from the Earth without all the processing.

      • There’s no like button, but I wanted to say how impressed I am not only with your suggestions and participation, but in your intelligent & cautionary replies.

    • I’m not a doctor either, but you might want to look into taking hawthorn berry. Dr. James A. Duke (herbalist) speaks a lot about it. You need to take it a month before you see results. It can affect your dose of drugs, so make sure you work with a knowledgeable physician.

  14. Hi Katie- My husband is on blood pressure medication. In your opinion, would it be beneficial for him to take a tsp. of sole each day? We want to try some things to help lower his BP, but it’s hard to know if it’s working because he is on medication already. Thanks!

    • It doesn’t need to be refrigerated. You can leave it out just make sure that it stays covered. Don’t cover it with anything metal because the salt in the water will corrode metal. Also, don’t use a metal spoon to dip into the container. Use glass, plastic or wood.

      • I found a small glass pitcher (cruet) with a plastic and glass stopper at my local big box store. It’s perfect for Sole as it has no metal and you can pour your desired amount directly into your water glass without using a spoon. You must be careful as you will not be ‘measuring’ with anything but your eyes. Less than $3.00.

  15. You mention to begin with just 1 tsp of SOLE added to water. With time, do you work up to higher amounts? If so, what is the time frame and amount? I find this extremely interesting!!!!

    • It depends on you. Try 1 tsp. a day for one week. The next week two tsps. a day for one week and so on. Know that if you go over 10 tsps. a day, you may experience a detox reaction which may include loose bowels! You’ll have to experiment to determine what your tolerance level is.

  16. Can I use a metal canning lid, as long as the water doesn’t come in contact with it? I live overseas and can’t find any lids like yours, unless I wait for a month for it to come in the mail. 😉

    • Use the canning jar. Don’t use the metal canning lid. It WILL rust! Use a plastic, wood or glass covering. It doesn’t have to be fancy. You can use a small plate (saucer) as a lid; or you can take a small plastic container and turn it upside down and use it as a lid. Keep Sole away from any and all metal lids and instruments.

  17. Hi Katie — You mentioned having a detox reaction once we begin this. I’m pretty healthy but got a sore throat and laryngitis and a cold within two days of starting this. Are the two related?? (I did sleep better immediately… besides the two nights I was up most of the night because I couldn’t breathe, that is.)

    • I’d love to hear a response to this, too. The very first day I took it, I had the opposite of loose bowels. Been sticking with it, just to see what happens…my lymph nodes kind of ache and had a mini anxiety attack yesterday. It’s very similar to the time I tried to do a 3-day fast. Does it sometimes get worse before it gets better?

      • I found that my sleeping was greatly improved but I have tried going off of it for several days because I found it to make me not “go” completely or I’d even miss days. So I’m torn right now as to if I should stay on it for the sleeping or go off it for the constipation. I see that someone posted within the last week about increasing the daily intake, so I think I may try that to see what happens!

        • I’m right there with you. Exactly same experience. I dropped down to just enough sole to cover the bottom of my pint glass…not feeling terrible now, with all the aches and such, but not as regular as I used to be. Let me know how it goes with you, k?

  18. I have rheumatoid arthritis and after using the sole for 4 weeks started having a lot of arthritis symptoms. I looked up “salt and rheumatoid arthritis” and found that salt is one of the things that increases the immune response. Thus, my arthritis got worse as rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease. Unfortunately I had to stop the sole. so check it out if you have any health issues. 2 days after I stopped the sole my symptoms had decreased considerably and continue on a better trend.

    • I’m glad you shared this, but disappointed as I have an autoimmune d/o too (Lupus) which is a lot of inflammation in my body and arthritic type pain…I was really looking forward to trying this out. Oh well…

  19. How do you feel about adding kelp in the mix? Would this ad iodine to the minerals and be well absorbed by the body? And will it shorten shelf life of the sole?

    I have problems with my blood flow, cold hands and feet, my fingers are already turning white and it isn’t even full on winter yet over here in the Netherlands. I found out that iodine should help with that.

    • Trust me…u have Raynaud’s syndrome. I have it in mild form..but that is painful enough. I’ve seen extreme cases. ..blueish purple fingertips that look waxy yellow white before turning blue.
      Chinese medicine considers it a disease of either adrenals or liver ( can’t recall ) but western medicine does not recognise it as thus…n therefore it is often misdiagnosed, untreated, or treated w BIG PHARMA drugs which often have nasty side effects.
      I was sitting in 72 degree room the other day with very thick winter booty type slippers on…and was,still so terribly cold that i made hot footbath w himalayan salt and felt great
      Please do the sole drink…..i believe it will heal our adrenalin problems…and u will have nicer skin too.

  20. regarding the sole….I have read other websites recommending not to drink coffee, tea, any diuretic meds as it will cancel out the benefits of this sole…do you know about this? Can you drink coffee and tea at all or wait a certain amount of time….limit the amount??

  21. Crap! I missed the no metal lids (using mason lid) part and there’s been some contact with the salt and water…

    What would you do (Katie or fellow readers)? Think it’d be ok to use or would it be best to dump the contents of the jar?


  22. Hi there. I unknowingly used a metal spoon to scoop out my sole from the jar. Why is that not recommended? Did I harm myself or my batch of sole?

  23. I normally drink a tablespoon of Bragg’s apple cider vinegar in a large glass of filtered water every morning. Would it be okay to mix the Sole and the apple cider vinegar in the same glass of water?

  24. I would love to make Sole and buy some Himalayan Pink salt. We live in Alaska and the shipping prices listed by Mountain Rose Herbs are about as much as the salt itself. Can you recommend any other companies that sell the genuine article? Many thanks!

    • Yes Laura is right try Amazon and buy it through Prime. The membership is worth having when you live here in Alaska. I also purchased mine from San Francisco Salt Company and if i remember correctly, the shipping was USPS Flat Rate which was pretty good. I will keep my eye open for cheaper shipping and will let you know what I find.

    • I buy mine from here. It even comes with a certificate of authenticity and is way cheaper than from my local health food store.

  25. Hello! Would the Sole replace my Concentrace Mineral Supplement? I take doses throughout the day. Could I do this with Sole?


  26. Hello! I take Concentrace Mineral Supplement throughout the day. Would Sole replace that and can I take it throughout the day?


  27. I have been using this salt for a while now and I really like it. However, I’ve recently read that this type of salt contains uranium. Is there any information that you can share about this? Everything I find seems to be very negative!

    • Where did you read this. I read that Celtic sea salt (the grey sea salt) contains .0003 percent uranium.
      I probably would use any sea salt from the pacific ocean, ie Fukushima.

  28. I have a question, I made my sole with grey sea salt from France. The next morning a layer of superfine powder remained on the bottom of the jar. I’ve mixed it numerous times but it won’t dissolve. Is this normal? The brand of sea salt is Maison Orphee and I used boiled water. Thank you.

  29. I am just about to start drinking Sole. I only drink 1 cup of coffee strong and black in the morning after hot water. Can you advise can I still have coffee or does this destroy the effects. Also could I make my drink up the night before and drink upon wakening. Thank you

  30. I’ve recently started eating Himalayan Pink Salt and absolutely love this salt. I’ve also noticed an overall improvement in my digestion from intake of this salt. Its also delicious! I have not tried Celtic sea salt yet but will, it looks really good too : ) Thank you for the wonderful information on your site, Katie. I also just recently started having Sole every morning and wanted to share that I think Himalayan Pink Salt may have some really positive health benefits and also for healing and the body.

    • Hi Katie, hope you are well :) Back to ask a question about Sole. The recommendation is 1 teaspoon of sole in a glass of water, by what amount can you increase it per day ?

      I am quite excited, at the improvements I have seen since intake of this himalayan salt in general, I use it in food/cooking as well. Can you take too much of this salt ? I use it like a homeopathic remedy & believe it to be helpful health tonic – a salt of the ocean, the ocean is said to be like the vibration of life..and within the body the salt can have nurturing & revitalizing effects on the system.

  31. I’ve been drinking salt sole for a few days now and noticed that I feel a bit nauseous midday. It feels like a good detox kind of stomach thing. But, I wonder why drinking salt sole is detoxing. Do you know what it is doing and why there’s a cleansing/detox effect?
    Also, I’ve used about two one inch chunks of himalayan salt and they seem to dissolve pretty fast. Does this mean I have too much water in the jar?
    Thanks for posting about this great drink!

    • You will want to add enough salt that some is still left after 24 hours. Salt is very detoxifying and it can also speed up metabolism and digestion so it is pretty normal to have some nausea at the beginning.

  32. I started sole about three days ago and am noticing the positive effects already. Just wondering two things:
    1. I was lightly shaking the jar to disperse mineral sediment. Should I not do that, just consuming the dissolved minerals in the clear solution when the sediment settles?
    2. I tried it with natural, non-flavored/non-sweetened sparkling mineral water with a little lemon squeezed in and it is easier to drink. Any concerns on using mineral water?
    Thanks! And I really appreciate your website and the passion you put into it.

  33. I have the same question as above. .I have been having a tablespoon of Apple cider vinegar each morning (then coffee :/). Can the sole go in the same glass add the acv? And if not its it better to have some first, then acv next? Thanks

  34. One of the benefits of sole is to detox and rid your body of heavy metals like lead, mercury, arsenic, and amalgam. Do you know if these metals are eliminated solely through urine? Is there a danger of eliminating through breast milk while breastfeeding?

  35. I started using sole this past week. I’d been putting 1 tsp of salt directly in 12 oz of water, but it gave me horrible diarrhea. The sole has taken care of that problem, thank goodness.

    My question comes because I occasionally forget to take it on an empty stomach. Is it better to still drink it than not at all? Are the benefits just not as complete?

    I also drink several glasses throughout the day instead of just one in the morning. Dan Eades, M.D., author of Protein Power, mentions that he adds mineral salt to his water, since he uses a reverse osmosis filter and it removes all of the minerals, and he drinks the recommended 8 glasses of water a day.

    I already have low BP, so I was a bit worried that it can help lower it further, but I haven’t noticed any adverse effects.

    The thing I’m most excited about, though, is that it seems to have helped with my weight loss plateau. I saw a 2 lb drop this morning after weeks of nothing.

    • Hi,
      Once someone has built up a tolerance by slowly increasing the amount of sole consumed each day do they need to be concerned about taking too much? I’m wondering if there are any guidelines on recommended amounts to take, and what would amount would be considered too much to take.

    • Hi,
      Once someone has built up a tolerance by slowly increasing the amount of sole consumed each day do they need to be concerned about taking too much? I’m wondering if there are any guidelines on recommended amounts to take, and what amount would be considered too much to take.

  36. Hi! I take thyroxine first thing in the morning on an empty stomach as prescribed. Should I take the sole after or before this? And how long of a gap would I need to leave? After reading ur article, would love to try this as soon as possible! :) Thanks!!

  37. What size jar do you use to mix the Water and salt in when you make the Sole? Also, how much water do you mix the one teaspoon of Sole to drink?

  38. Hi… I was wondering if you had anyone comment on their experiences with using sole while dealing with hypothyroidism. Have you seen/heard of any positive effects? Improvements? Thanks!

  39. Re: I’ve just started (4th day today) the teaspoon of Sole to a glass of water. But expected to feel more energy by now.

  40. I take a probiotic first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Would it be okay to drink the sole and take the probiotic at the same time? Thanks for all you do, your website is so informative. :)

  41. Hi Katie!

    Thank you so much for your very informative blog. I love reading your health tips!

    My question is… i normally take a cup of bone broth first thing in the morning. Could I take the Sole solution in that with a squidge of lemon?

  42. I used a metal spoon twice in the sole. Oops, today I used plastic and could actually taste the salt solution in the water. Is the sole still good? I couldn’t taste the salt at all w/the metal spoon. Ty.

  43. Hi,
    I take 2-3 glass of water in empty stomach morning. Wondering if I can add 1 tbsp on sole in first glass and then just drink remaining water. Please advise if it will be too diluted or will be any helpful. Please note I am also diagnosed with UC, so any advise around this will be great help.


  44. I used pink himalayan salt for this sole in a wide mouth pint jar with a plastic lid, just like the picture. However, only some (barely half) of the “1/4 way full” amount of salt was absorbed by the water. It has been sitting on the counter for 3 days. I am confident that my salt is quality salt.

    What did I do wrong?!

    • Is there nobody out there who gives their small child (3 yrs old) sole and can tell me what dose they are using? My daughter has developed signs of mineral deficiency on her finger nails and I’d rather like to supplement her naturally. That’s why I thought giving her sole would be great. I just can’t find any information as for how much a dose might be safe for a child her age. I hope somebody can help me! Thanks!

      • Herbalists use a child’s weight to determine the dose (except for those herbs that are contraindicated entirely for children). Divide the child’s weight by 120 to determine the percent of an adult dose that a child should receive. (For example, a 40 pound child would get 1/3 of an adult dose.)

  45. Hi, Nice article! Apart from eating a banana a day :), I tried 2 different Soles (saturated salt solutions) in recent months. First (and to counter any possible magnesium deficiency) I used about 3 ml of Dead Sea salt Sole each day (and regular Dead Sea salt footbaths). The effects, I must say, were quite remarkable. After a few days it felt not exactly energizing, but like a pleasant tingling in my body. It seems that magnesium is (among 100 other things) a vasodilator (widening the blood vessels). I experimented a bit with different doses but got back at 3 ml a day, mainly guided by various resulting bowel issues.. Then I stopped using Dead Sea salt altogether, because it made me slightly mentally foggy and apparently it contains an inordinately high level of bromide, which doesn’t seem to be very good for you at all..

    However, I not only tried Dead Sea salt for its 78% magnesium-chloride content (instead of 95% natrium-chloride or sodium in other natural salts), but also for the many other minerals and elements it contains (apart from the bromide). So, some weeks ago, I started using (pink) Himalaya salt Sole (along with a regular pharmaceutical magnesium supplement) for all the same nutrients..

    To me, the effect of Himalaya salt Sole was quite different from Dead Sea salt Sole. I noticed my somehow smoother skin from using Dead Sea salt, which really surprised me. This effect seems to continue with using Himalaya salt.. But after a (daily) dose of Himalaya salt Sole (about 3 ml, as measured by a plastic pipet, not a metal teaspoon :)), I almost instantly feel energized (both physically and mentally) and I automatically relax (breathing rate goes down) and I become mentally more alert. It’s great!

    (For now) I conclude that a Dead Sea salt Sole regime may quickly supplement a magnesium deficiency (which you likely have), but I certainly wouldn’t recommend it for long term use. Himalaya salt Sole on the other hand, seems to deliver instant real vitality! I’ve used it for a about 2 weeks now, basically without any adverse effects.. :)

    • Magnesium is hugely important and most folks are deficient. The best way to get it is transdermally, you absorb way more and you don’t get the intestinal “effects”. I think WEllness Mama has a recipe for making lotion or butter, recommend you look it up.

      If you want to really understand the huge effects of magnesium read The Magnesium Miracle by Carolyn Dean, MD

      Waiting on my salt, can’t wait to get started. You inspired me even more

  46. Hi Katie, thanks for a very informative site. I live in South Africa and although I use Himalayan Pink Salt for cooking and have stopped using table salt completely the price of the Himalayan Pink Salt makes using it for sole very expensive. I have found a local natural salt called Kalahari Desert Salt which is said to contain sodium chloride and potassium iodate. can this be used for making sole instead?



  47. Hi katie!!! First off thank u so so much for sharing all of your wonderful knowledge with us. I am so grateful that I stumbled upon your site!! U r now bookmarked and locked in. 😉 I’m super excited to make my first batch of sole but don’t have the plastic lid for my jar. We live far from the big stores that sell them so was wondering if I put some cloth between the jar and the metal lid if that would be ok? Or when I shake it will it technically touch the metal through the soaked fabric???

  48. My first batch of Sole is dissolving right now. I am going to drink this every morning. How much more water do I need during the day???

  49. Hi Katie,

    I recently started reading up on all the health benefits of the Himalayan salt and immediately went to Whole foods and got a box. Made a batch of sole the first night and put a teaspoon in a glass of water and drank it. However, I did not like the salty taste. I want to continue taking it daily and introduce this to the rest of the family but feel we may be all turned off by the taste. I understand that you are suppose to take it alone for maximum health but is there anything you can add to it to make it more tolerable? I was thinking of putting the teaspoon of sole in tomato juice but didn’t know if that would remove the health benefits.
    Any thoughts?

  50. I take Armor thyroid every morning on an empty stomach and have to wait 30 minutes before eating or drinking anything else. Would I be able to drink this to take my thyroid or stay with plain water and drink this 30 min later?

    • My thyroid doctor who recommended Sole water (yes I have the most awesome doc) said no supplements with thyroid, trace minerals interfere. That includes Sole water of course.

      • Elizabeth, thank you for clarifying! I’m guessing you wait, 2-4 hours, before the sole? How do you take it?

        • I wait about 2-3 hours, mostly because that is how the timing goes for me. I try to do it by 9 am because of the adrenal “cycle”only because I am working on strengthening mind.

          I don’t think doing it later in the day is a big deal, once you are doing it regularly the vibrational cycle should remain over a 24 hour period.

      • Hi Elizabeth H., What part of the country do you live in and what is the name (and website) of your thyroid doctor please?

  51. Can sole be used also to increase the blood pressure? I saw that you said that sole will decrease blood pressure. What about low blood pressure? Thank you

    • I was wondering the same thing. My neurologist sent me to a cardiologist who found that my blood pressure is way too low which causes my heart to work harder than it really needs to. Anyway, I’m trying to avoid being put on steroid blood pressure meds so he recommended salt become my new best friend lol. I’ve been having a difficult time getting in so much dang salt so this sole seems like the perfect solution. Some articles day it raises BP in a healthy way, while others say it lowers… which I don’t want. I’m going to try it regardless, but I would feel better trying it knowing for sure wont lower. Thanks:)

  52. I have read that any metal coming in contact with the sole will change the composition ( i.e.: metal spoons, lids, etc.). How does this effect someone who drinks the solution, who also has braces? I know it doesn’t stay in contact long enough for corrosion to take place, but does it change its polarity, or have any other negative effect on the solution and the benefit’s to ones body?

    • I was going to ask a similar question but only regarding amalgam fillings? If this is a detoxing substance, then isn’t that the cause for concern with metal? Wouldn’t it draw out and absorb the metals and actually be causing harm? I recently read that just drinking a hot beverage (with amalgam fillings) releases mercury vapors into your system… :-(

      • Fulton and Brittney, These are two GREAT questions! I never considered that. Does anyone have the answer to those two wonderful questions?

  53. Hi Katie,
    I’ll be making the sole and here is my question – since I’m oilpulling first thing in the morning, followed by drinking two cups of warm water + the juice of one lemon, where does the salt sole fit?
    What should the sequence be?

    Thanks :-)

  54. How is Sole hydrating? We all know not to drink salt-water because hypertonic solutions draw water out of cells via osmosis. Is Sole not drawing water out of our bodies?


  55. Hi Katie,
    I don’t use filtered water yet, because I just read up about it upon seeing your sole recipe. I don’t plan on getting a filter quite yet, so my question is this: will I still get the benefits of the sole, even if I am not using filtered water?
    Also, I’ve read that coffee may interfere with the benefits of sole. Should I (gasp) stop drinking coffee?! That’d be sad…

    • Well, you’ll get the best results with filtered water (and it’s so much better for you in general), but you’d get some benefits with unfiltered water. I drink coffee myself, and I’m not ready to give it up either 😉

      • Hi Katie,
        I love your blog–so many helpful bits of advice on stuff that’s relevant to me. :) I just started drinking roasted dandelion and chicory tea as a coffee replacement and love it! Tastes so similar! Plus the kind I bought (Dandy Blend) is powdered herbs and dissolves readily in cool or hot water so it’s much more convenient! Plus dandelion is a liver detoxifier.

        For the sole, I just placed chunks of a broken Himalayan salt lamp in a jar and filled to the top with water. Thanks for the tip on it needing plastic lid/spoon–hadn’t heard that before.

        I just made almond milk w/your recipe and my husband and I are ready to stop buying it from the store!

        Now I’m in the process of switching over to organic bedding. Such a shame we spent so much on that TempurPedic. I plan on ordering the millet hull pillow (less noisy and firm than buckwheat hulls) from They also sell buckwheat hull pillows and it comes out to the same price if I were to make my own. Going to read your post on grains and your sample recipes next. Hoping to get my husband to go grain-free w/me. He loves his bread! I did find a gluten and yeast free bread mix from that I may try.


  56. should the sole solution be swirled to mix it up before use or do you just skim off the top of the solution when it is settled at the bottom?

  57. Hello Katie,

    Thank you a lot for all your recommendations!

    My question is, if I am also taking a glass of water with apple cider vinegar and a spoon of honey in the morning, should I take sole before or after… and can I take those two things one after another, or should I wait in between?
    Your help will be greatly appreciated!

    Thank you!

  58. I’m curious as to what you would suggest…

    I’ve heard of taking Apple Cider Vinegar on an empty stomach in the morning.
    I’ve heard of taking lemon water in the morning
    I’m taking Bentonite clay water first thing in the morning. (keeps me regular, helps detox, lots of minerals)

    How does this SOLE work among all of these “first thing in the morning” drinks?
    The SOLE sounds appealing b/c I have low blood pressure and I drink lots in the morning during and after my workout.

    Do you think I can mix the Bentonite clay water with a tsp of SOLE? would that work?

  59. Hi, I LOVE your coffee recipe, your chia seed energy bars, and your deodorant & sunscreen recipes, but the Sole is very hard to get down! I just tried it for the first time and couldn’t finish drinking it. Is there any way to make it more palatable? Or can it be taken in small doses throughout the day and still have the same health benefits? I do have to say after drinking only half a cup that I do feel a bit more energized! Thank you for all the great recipes!

  60. wow a simple question such as whether the sole should be swirled or not can’t be answered or no bother to attempt… thanks

    • You just scoop off what is at the top or just pour it off, which won’t disturb the mixture at the bottom.

      Your question wasn’t answered immediately because for some reason, my spam filter flagged you, and I can’t spend all day answering comments and checking the spam. Blogging is not my full time job, being a wife and mother is. In fact, when you left your first two comments (7 pm ish my time), I was in the middle of bath and bedtime routine with the kids. When you left this comment, I was sleeping. My blog gets hundreds of comments a day. I do my best to read and respond when I can and yours slipped through the cracks.

      • ok, good to know as i have been swirling the mixture before use.
        i have seen videos on the use of sole and some people swirl it.
        where did you get your information on sole? because there’s mixed information out there and i would like to be certain about the use of it.

    • Are you paying her? No! This is a great resource & she is doing it voluntarily. Most people have lives & don’t just sit answering questions 24/7. If you can’t be patient, pay $400/hour for someone to answer your urgent questions.

    • It’s a shame you didn’t bother to take the time to read the previous comments as you would have seen that Katie answered the same EXACT question many, many times.

    • Please explain WHY swirling the sole is not good before drinking? I, too, have seen many instructions to swirl each time before drinking. Thank you.

  61. Katie,
    I often wonder how you juggle your duties of taking care of your wonderful family and still have time to operate your AWESOME blog. I have a wonderful husband and 3 extraordinary boys 8, 4, and 1, and I just don’t know where you find the time. I very much appreciate all the time you take to post all this helpful information. It is amazing you me that you have the time to do it. Your blog is one of my “go to” blogs that I really trust and LOVE using for my family. We have been changing our lifestyle the past several years and your blog has definitely helped me with many different recipes etc. Just wanted to say thank you.

  62. What ratio do you use of himalayan to Real Salt to Celtic. I have all 3, just wondering what you meant when you said “mostly” himalayan with a little bit of Real Salt and Celtic.

  63. Hi

    I have started using this just quarter of a teaspoon to start with but I cannot take it easily the taste and water first thing in the morning is proving difficult for me.

    I usually have a hot drink in the morning, dandelion coffee or green tea so having water is challenging but also the taste is not for my liking.

    Any suggestions. Can I add some honey or lemon? Secondly could warm water be used? I am not sure whether sweetness or lemon would affect the properties and good effects or whether warm water would be an issue.

      • I made a mistake and put toooo much salt into my 1lt bottle, now the salt takes up about 1/3 of the whole bottle and doesnt seem to get dissolved any time soon :(. Is there any problems with that?

        I have also noticed bubbles at the top of the bottle. Is this still ok?


  64. Although I do tend to overthink a lot, I believe that there is information missing in the answer to why this mixture is prepared the way it is. I am having trouble finding the exact solubility of every mineral in natural unprocessed salt, but I can assure you all that it is not equal. When mineral salt is added to water, almost all of it will dissolve, however, as it reaches the maximum saturation, science happens. some monerals will precipitate out of the solution while others will take their place. I have seen mention that the Sole recipe will result in a lower sodium content- but I have not yet seen it explained anywhere in detail. But I do know a few things from studying the ways Gold is suspended in acid and then precipitated out by the addition of other metals. Logically, I believe that the Sole would precipitate out heavy metal contaminants such as lead, arsenic, etc. for certain, and in addition I “think” that the mixture will suspend a more favorable mineral mixture. Overthinking? I don’t think there IS such a thing…however, if I am correct in these theories, it would affect the way we use Sole, if it is all considered. If it is true that unwanted contaminants and unfavorable minerals settle to the bottom of the mixture without dissolving, then it would mean that we do not want to continue adding watter back to the mixture. I think that, for the price of the salt, I will discard the crystals rather than add more water.

  65. Will be making this tonight for trial tomorrow. Does anyone know if this extra mineral content will cause kidney stones?

    • I have read that it doesn’t cause them but can shrink them and maybe even release them to be passed, and this includes gall stones.

  66. It is important to note that any salt can be called “sea salt” but that term alone doesn’t mean it is a natural, unprocessed, whole mineral salt. I exclusively use Celtic Sea Salt because the mineral content is much higher than Himalayan Salt, 17-23% versus 4%. I also read that the mineral balance of the Celtic salt is much more alkaline than the Himalayan.

  67. I read a description of what makes a supersaturate of salt different from just salt, but haven’t been able to locate it again, yet. It said that the saturation causes an ionization process that turns the minerals into electrolytes, but that contact with metal will de-ionize the sole. This would mean that if you used a metal spoon, the salt would be deionized, once again just salt, without the properties of sole. My picture here is less than complete, if anyone can fill in.

  68. What is the advantage to this over just dissolving 1/4 tsp salt in a glass of water every morning? Based on your quantities and then taking 1 tsp of the Salt water and mixing with Water that is what I figured it would come out to.

  69. i love taking the sole but i found i have to stop occasionally because i start feeling totally exhausted, like i could sleep all day. does anyone else get this way? is it just a symptom of the detox? my husband and daughter experience the same thing. i don’t understand because it says you should get more energy. thoughts?

  70. I really want to try this out, however the taste makes me gag. Even one tsp. in a huge glass of water is too much for me. I can’t imagine I did it wrong. Is there anything I can do to make it easter to drink without taking away from the benefits?

    • i find it harder to drink in a full glass of water. my kids just take the teaspoon of sole then dring a glass of water after. i put the sole in 1/4 to1/2 cup of water, drink it quickly then have a glass of water after. however you do it, it is salty. just find what works best for you.

    • I put mine in a shot glass with enough water to fill the shot glass half way, then swig it and chase it down with a glass of fresh water.

    • Hi Genna, You know, when I started drinking the sole I felt the same way as you. I wanted to gag. Then I started reading all the wonderful health benefits it offers our bodies. I think all my reading outweighed the gag reflex because one day, (out of the blue), the taste no longer bothered me and I think it was because my mind went directly to all the health benefits which somehow made it taste better. I realized that the more I learned about the health benefits of “anything” (but in this case sole), reconditioned my taste buds and they learned to enjoy it. I find it quite amazing how that works. It’s almost like your mind decides that it’s far too beneficial to keep it out of our bodies, so it changes your mind from gagging to tasting good and I look forward to it every morning. I find that adding warm or hot water and lemon to my sole makes a huge difference and I now think it tastes wonderful. It’s like having a nice cup of your favorite tea, at least for me anyway.

  71. So I tried this about a month ago for 2 weeks and felt nauseous from the get go. I take 45mcg of Armour and thought maybe it was because of this and began taking my meds after drinking and nothing changed. So, I stopped and now I’m still dealing w/this nausea. My husband on the other hand loves how he feels. Any ideas? Oh, and the recipe we have is 1 tsp per 1 quart of water in the morning.

  72. Hi there. I want to know why drinking 1 teaspoon of sole is better than just adding a teaspoon of Himalayan salt to a glass of pure water?


  73. I have read a few people say they can’t handle drinking the whole cup of water. This morning I just took the tsp of salt water which was gross but then gulped the glass of good tasting water down. That seemed to be less horrible then drinking 8 ounces of gross tasting water. I just make sure the water is drank right after to flush the salt. What do you think, is this an issue?

  74. I am a little confused on something. Do I need to shake every day or only when I add water? At what point do we need to add more water ?

  75. I didn’t see a answer to the question regarding sole and braces. My braces were installed today and I need to know if I should drink sole or not. Thanks for your assistance.

    • Greta, you can sip thru a straw to avoid contact with your braces. The metal does cause deionization of the sole.

  76. Can you make sole water in a plastic jar and store in a plastic jar rather than a glass jar. Please some one explain if this is ok to store and make sole in a plastic jar with a plastic lid.

  77. What size mason jar? I’m trying to get an idea of how much water (ratio of salt to water: 1/4?). I don’t have mason jars, but I have another glass container with a glass lid.

  78. I currently drink Lombucha for the probiotic benefits. Will Sole counter act the beneficial bacteria in Kombucha?

    Sorry I posted this under another topic thinking I was under this topic.

  79. I’ve recently become interested in Himalayan salts and the brine mixture. The directions for using the brine were to consume 1 tsp. of brine with a glass of water before breakfast. It is also recommended to do this for only 3 weeks and then quit for 1 week before repeating the process. I’m curious as to why this would be necessary and am wondering if you have any thoughts on this or comments. Also, would it be okay to add brine to your water more times a day or would this be overdoing it?

  80. Hi I understand you have to start off with a tsp but I worked my way up to a cup of sole salt a day.. I add it to waterthru out the day to dilute it. Is this ok? Someone told me to drink half your weight in ounces for instance if you way 100 pounds to drink 50 ounces of sole salt a day once you work your way up to it.. I been doing this everyday. I really feel like Im finally absorbing minerals this way opposed from supplements and foods. I been doing SOle salt for a few weeks now. It is helping with my herxheimer reactions and also fibro/fatigue.. Thanks

  81. Do you drink coffee after? I am reading elsewhere it is not good to. But then how would I make this work if I don’t want to give up coffee?

  82. Is it ok to add a couple of drops of iodine to the sole? I drink the iodine and water on an empty stomach every morning before my coffee.

  83. Thanks for a wonderful really saved my life.I wasn’t eating salt for years my muscles became painful,dark skin body swollen ,fatigue allergies.sole cleared all this lack of sodium symptoms I’m active and well now tbanks

  84. Hello can I mix one teaspoon of sole with half a fresh lemon squeezed and one teaspoon of honey in 300mls
    of bottled water evian
    thank you

  85. Should I only drink in the morning prior to eating? Will it do any harm if I have it during the day or at night before bed?

  86. Hello again second question will one glass of sole taken in the morning cover the whole 24 hours until the next one I am a curious Yorkshire man uk
    thank you

  87. Does it last indefinitely? I made some over 6 months ago, took it once and it has been sitting on my bench. Now I am reading more about it, I want to try again. Can I use the old stuff or make it again?

  88. Hi Katie,
    i read thru all commemts and didnt see the answer to this question.
    I oil pull first thing in morning. What order do you do oil pulling and water sole?
    Thank you…

  89. My first experience with Celtic Grey was about 6 years ago when I did the Master Cleanse – and that’s EXACTLY what the “salt water flush” did! But now I am using the 1 tsp. of sole for only a few days and I notice – even on the very first day – that within a half hour I am running for the bathroom. Not making me very comfortable about continuing to use it. I have been on the sole for 4 days and do not notice any benefits yet. How long does that normally take and will the dashes to the bathroom stop? May turn out this is simply not for me.

  90. Thank you for the information about the drink. I have hypothyrodism and have been told by my doctor to take my medication first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. I was then advised to wait four hours to take any vitamins. How can I take sole then in the morning too? I really want to get off of my medication if at all possible but I have to do it tactfully.

      • Thank you. I am looking at a natural medicine alternative: WP is my first choice since is only contains two ingredients and no gluten. Anyone have any advice with this medication compared to Armour or Nature Throid?

    • Lindsey,
      Have you asked your Dr if you can take your medication at bedtime on empty stomach? i have hypothryoidism and that is what i do. So the last time i eat is around 6:30-7pm and take my pill at 10:30ish . I am one month into being on medication, but am in the same boat as you and want to get off it as soon as i can, even most people tell me that I willbe on it for life. I do my oil pulling fist thing in the morning, then drink the water sole and move on with my day.

      • I have always been advised to take it in the morning by my doctor. So I plan to take medication at 5am, then at 8am I can do oil pulling and Sole drink. It will be three hours after meds so considered safe since it won’t interfere with the hormones from what my doctor stated. I recently requested to be changed from synthetic drugs to WP (natural thyroid). I am hoping this is one step closer to getting off of the meds. My chiropractor with Maximized Living feels I have great potential to get off of the meds, or reduce my dose at least.

  91. My fingers consistently look swollen while I use sole. Is that common? Also, I haven’t noticed feeling any different. I’m wondering if the antidepressants I take are countering the beneficial effects. Have any thoughts?

  92. Hi! I’m really hoping you are up to date on comments ’cause I have some questions! I’m about to embark on a detox and I’ve read several books about it and ALL of them say to use Sole! I have been looking EVERYWHERE for himalayan rock crystals to make it with: I can’t find it anywhere. Are you just using regular salt ie small little chunks of the salts you recommended, and not big crystal chunks of it? Do you know if there are any benefits to using crystals instead of smaller bits of salt? Thanks a lot for this post, I am excited to try it!!

  93. Hello Katie, love this blog. I started Sole a month ago on the advice of a retired nurse turned /naturalist. I wasn’t sure of the benefits, but have noticed more and better stools! Wish I’d known about this for my oldest daughter who suffers from constipation since birth. I’m on a path of losing weight and getting off the drugs for hbp, diabetes and anxiety! Whew! I said it!

  94. Is it safe to drink SOLE with hypothyrodism? Also, when do you drink it since medication is supposed to be taken first thing in the morning.

  95. Hello. Should a person drink Sole daily and eat kelp for iodine? I do not want to consume to much iodine in my body, but have heard the wonderful benefits of both Sole and kelp. I found a kelp powder out of Canada to add to my smoothies, but it still does concern me about the traces of arsenic in kelp. If a person just drank Sole daily, would this provide enough iodine in the diet?


  96. Ok, not sure if this question has been answered but how do you incorporate sole, and bentonite clay? I have started the sole, and have been reading up on the benefits of the clay for detoxing. I have recently been diagnosed with elevated liver enzymes(no known cause, going through testing) and trying to treat naturally. I would appreciate any help. Thanks

  97. I have hypothyroidism hashimotos. as well as alopecia universalis. Is this okay for me to consume?

  98. Can this be made with bottled water? I live in a country (island) where we do not drink tap water and are forced to buy bottled. Thanks

  99. My sister does this every morning and shared a glass with me when we were together. She adds the juice of 1/2 a lemon to the sole…it is delicious but just wondering if you agree or if you recommend this. I have heard that lemon water is also good for you in the morning.

  100. I have just started on the Himalayan salt sole as I have heard that it is beneficial for type 2 diabetics. I know that the majority of folk have the drink first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, but is it just as beneficial to take the sole later in the day after eating?

  101. Man, oh, man. Just wanted to bless you for your patience with all this. Thanks for the information.

  102. Hi I took 3 tsp of sole water yesterday, that was before I found out that I should only take 1 tsp on an empty stomach. Well about 45 minutes after drinking the sole water I had terrible diarrhea all day yesterday & today. So I did not take any today. So my question is can taking to much sole cause a person to have diarrhea? Hopefully the diarrhea will be gone tomorrow. It is a little bit better than it was yesterday. Thanks for any answers you may have.

      • Thank you for letting me know this. Do you know why some people have this problem & not everyone? Also how long would you suggest that I wait to start taking it again? Thanks

    • Oh dear, this is day 2 of diarrhea and my second (?) week of himalayan salt. I’ve just added a morning dose the past few days.

      One person says making sole helped with the diarrhea. Why? Why does having it sit, help?
      I don’t drink cold things and don’t wish to make up a batch of something, any more than I will make several pots of coffee.

      Please help me understand? Or, maybe I should go back to just bedtime salt.

      Please help!!

      • Just like magnesium and vitamin C, salt needs to be taken to “bowel tolerance.” Cut back to the dose that makes you comfortable (bowel tolerance), then work your way up to the dose that works for you.

        Remember that epsom salt is what we use to clean out our bowels before doing a liver cleanse or a colonoscopy. It makes ya go! There’s nothing wrong with the sole, it’s your body’s ability to use the amount.

        Not a doctor, just old and been around the block :)

        • Thanks for the input and good information. The salt at bedtime has resulted in my sleeping through the night.

          However, I guess I wasn’t clear that my question was, does mixing it beforehand, thus making it sole, do something magical so that it is better tolerated?

          I put the Himalayan salt in a cup, add water and stir ’til dissolved, then drink it. I did try mixing both nighttime and morning doses, letting the morning dose sit overnight but that didn’t change things. This morning, I just drank a few teaspoonsful I estimate.

          I can’t believe how this has helped me sleep and, um, (TMI sorry) concentrate urine at night.

          • There is no such thing as “TMI” on the mommy blogs, lol. Re. the mix, I’ve read on several sites that letting the salt and the water stand overnight changes them: “salt is no longer salt and water is no longer water”… I don’t know what it is then, not a scientist. So maybe it’s different… I suspect it is but again, that’s just gut talking! I have a jar all mixed up and took a teaspoon this morning. Doesn’t taste too salty so I’m looking forward to any results!

  103. what size jar are we talking about? when i see the picture, it looks like a 1/2 pint, but when i see “wide mouth lid” i think 2pint jar… please help. caa’t wait to try this! Thanks Wellness Mama!

  104. I think the wide mouth jar is just for convenience of adding salt. I use an EcoWater bottle and use the cap as a general measure of 1 tsp.

  105. I can’t find anyone, anywhere on the internet who will tell me why anyone would go through the trouble of making a sole when they could just add a little of the same type of salt to the same type of water. What’s the difference? Is this really necessary or is this just another hippy, trippy fad?

    P.S. I really wanna know so please excuse my tone.

    • If, like me, you’ve inherited a bag full of Himalayan salt stones (2-3 inches in diameter each), making a brine or sole seems to be an easier way to make use of the stones. So for some, it may be just a matter of convenience and not necessarily a specific health benefit in and of itself.

      Also, I’ve noticed unless the salt is ground very finely, it takes a little while to dissolve completely. Besides the salt stones, we have coarsely-ground sea salt, which even after being ground, has little chunks in it. Making a brine would be a quicker and more convenient way to get our salt drink in without the wait.

  106. Thanks so much, Mama! We live in a time where MDs don’t know everything and big Pharma controls everything else. No one in the establishment is interested in curing or preventing anything: only that you stay on their drugs for the rest of your life. And mostly toxic drugs for symptomatic relief only! That leaves the task of really taking cares of our health to ourselves. So, thanks again!

  107. I’ve started getting into tissue salts… Would this sole be a duplicative effort? I use Hyland’s cell salts for particular issues (and they work great!) just don’t know about having too much “salt” at the cellular level. I’m also taking DE in the morning. Thanks!

  108. I tried a tsp for the first time this morning. Is there anything I should notice from the first time? The only thing I really notice is a little more of a relaxation feeling. I squeezed a little lime in mine. I saw that on another recipe. I know this is a process but just wondering if there is something I am to be watching for in the first day. Thanks for posting.

    • Still don’t notice anything several days in other than going to the bathroom within about 20 min of drinking it.

      I’m wondering what people do when they go out of town. Do you make it then too or skip it?

  109. This is more for informational purposes…

    12 days after I first took sole (1 tsp), I noticed some aching on Friday early afternoon. I ended up running a low grade fever all weekend until Saturday night and it jumped up to 102.2. I also had some very loose stools Saturday, slight nausea, major pressure in head and stuffy nose.

    Couldnt sleep at all Saturday and just let my fever do it’s thing (no tylenol or ibuprofen). It’s Sunday and still feel rough. Hope i’m on the backend of this detox and reducing sole mixture to 1/2 tsp.

  110. Hello! I was wondering if this mixture is safe to drink while pregnant? My only concern is the detoxifying properties since I have frequently heard that you should not do any detoxing/drink detox tea, etc. while pregnant. (I am currently 21 weeks pregnant).

    Thank you!!
    Jackie B.

  111. Hi Katie, again what an informative post! I’ve been looking into making sole and that’s how stumbled across this page. I wanted to ask you if you looked into Aztec sea salt? There is like one company that sells it, from my research, I’d say it’s same as Celtic. Please correct me if I’m wrong. I tried to look though comments first, but there are so many, so I apologize if this has been asked!

  112. do you know what we in france call chlorure de magnesium? its a little bag with powder, which u dissolve in one liter of water…every morning, first thing you do is drink half a glass…in the beginning the bowels might get some diarrhea, but that gets quickly adjusted…. it’s magical all the things it does!

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