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The origins of salt


Tectonic plate movements

800 million BC

Himalayan Salt thought to be created by tectonic plate movements form a mountain range covering a small inland sea. Over time this dehydrated, leaving pure, mineral-rich sea salt deposits.

800 million BC

Magnesium chloride deposits

250 million BC

The Zechstein sea was a saline, inland sea which formed around what is now the UK, Denmark and Holland. Slowly over time the abundant magnesium chloride was deposited under the sea bed.

250 million BC

Worth his salt

200 BC

Roman soldiers were paid in salt, which led to the term ‘Salary’ and also the expression ‘He’s worth his salt’.

200 BC

Early beauty treatments

20 BC

Cleopatra discovered the mineral-rich skincare benefits of the dead sea, bathing in its waters and using the mud for early beauty treatments.

20 BC

Magnesium-rich waters

Epsom salt discovered in Surrey

Epsom salt discovered in Surrey, UK by a local farmer whose cows refused to drink from the bitter magnesium-rich waters.


Industrialisation of salt mining

Industrialisation of salt mining

An expensive and dangerous operation due to dehydration. Until the Industrial Revolution, salt it was difficult to come by mining was often done by slaves or prisoners.


Military Medicine

Word War 1

Magnesium Solution developed for use by French Doctors in WW1 for treatment of wounds.


Westlab created

Westlab created

One family’s mission to help manage their son’s eczema naturally became a quest to make high quality magnesium-rich salts accessible and affordable to all.


Company growth

International brand

Westlab grew into an international brand, becoming a high street favourite in the UK and progressing to launch in US, Europe, and Asia