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Have you ever heard of halotherapy? I hadn’t either until a friend of mine mentioned “salt rooms” after reading these two previous blog posts (here and here). Then I read this article. I have known about the health benefits of natural, unprocessed salt, so these two uses were fascinating to me.
I had never, however, heard of salt rooms or salt caves, which apparently have been around for hundreds of years. It makes perfect sense to me that salt is such a powerful healing agent. I always think about how renewed and revitalized I feel at the ocean – not just swimming or walking in the salt water but breathing the air. As the article mentions, when you have a dental problem or sore throat, rinsing or gargling with salt water is often the first recommendation.
It’s the negatively charged ions as well as salt’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that are responsible for the health benefits. It sounds wonderful to me: You enter a room resembling a salt cave with walls covered in mineral salt. You sit in adjustable and comfortable massage beds. The room's temperature and humidity is maintained for optimal conditions. The lights dim and you can choose to listen to relaxing music. Many people close their eyes and meditate. All sessions last for 25-45 minutes and you will finish feeling relaxed and energized.
Some of the conditions salt therapy is believed to improve include:
Chronic ENT illnesses (ear-nose-throat)
Frequent ear infections
Allergies to industrial and household pollutants
You can Google “salt rooms” and find out if there are any in your area you can try.
The other interesting use of salt is salt lamps, which you’ve probably seen around. They’re made from Himalayan pink salt crystals and can range in color from light pink to pink with an orange hue, depending on the mineral concentration. They create a soothing glow in any room and my son and daughter-in-law use one in the baby’s bedroom to create that calming atmosphere.
There are some interesting health benefits associated with their use including:
Purifying the air
Easing allergy and asthma symptoms
Increasing energy levels
Improving sleep quality
Reducing electromagnetic radiation
Helping to improve certain skin conditions via reducing pollen in the air
You may be wondering how they “work.” (Finish here)