While I was shopping in the Korean market today, I saw "bamboo salt." Never heard of it or seen it before. I did a quick google & chow search. There are a few sites on google mentioning this salt has several medicinal usage to it. You can use it to brush your teeth, wash your face, have a pedi, etc. Chow's story on 10 unique salts thinks it can replace table salt, and not much more than that. Has anyone actually use this before? Does it taste different than sea salt or table salt?
It's a lot of hype, meimei. Don't waste your money. But then again some folks believe certain animal parts can be used as aphrodisiacs (the more bizzare the better) so I guess they can spend their money on whatever they choose.
I'm considering marketing specially processed powdered claw extraction of Impeyan Monal (Lophophorus impejanus) as a phytopharmica. Never know, I might make a billion bucks.
I'm a big fan of bamboo salt toothpaste-- not so much because I believe that it has special properties compared to regular salt, but rather, because I'd far rather my toothpaste to taste like salt than like candy. (I've never understood who thought toothpaste should be sweet!) Taste-wise, the salt doesn't seem all that special, though-- but I have no evidence for or against the health claims :)
To those who like it, the bamboo salt has a better flavor.
It's simple to make it.
Cut a hollow bamboo stem into several pieces, seal one end and fill each section with salt then seal the open end. Place the filled bamboo sections in an oven set to broil and scorch the bamboo (the surface just begins to blacken) on all sides. Remove from oven, let cool, then use the salt as you would standard salt.