In the last year salt lamps, salt rooms, and salt spas seem to be all the rage. Not to be left behind, many upscale and modern spas are now featuring salt therapy or halotherapy—halo is Greek for salt. Have you heard about this and wanted to learn more? Well you’ve come to the right place.
First, if you’re just hearing of halotherapy, you should know it’s not a new trend. Far from it, in fact. Ancient healers recommended salt inhalation to improve respiratory and other health issues. In 1843, a Polish physician noted that salt mine workers did not experience lung disease and respiratory issues that plagued other miners. About 100 years later, a German doctor noticed an overall improvement of his patients’ health when they emerged from the salt caves where they’d taken refuge to avoid heavy bombing during the second world war.
Salt rooms and spas are prevalent in Poland, Germany, and the UK, but they’re just really catching on here in the United States. Better late than never though as the benefits of breathing in salt particles are plentiful.
Salt contains 84 elements found in the human body, and salt levels affect cell activity, energy and blood sugar levels. A natural disinfectant, salt is also antimicrobial and antibacterial, and its negatively charged ions improve health and mood. Breathing in salt particles can reduce inflammation and mucus, improving such respiratory conditions as asthma, allergies, bronchitis, sinus congestion and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Research confirms that people with asthma and other ailments breathe easier after experiencing halotherapy.
Salt therapy has a calming and detoxifying effect, which supports the immune, nervous and lymphatic systems. It can reduce stress and relieve headaches, increase energy, and lead to better sleep patterns. Since salt ions purify the air, halotherapy can increase lung capacity for athletes, yogis, elderly people, children, and average normal people as well.
Halotherapy is recommended during flu and allergy seasons, or any time respiratory or other health is compromised. And when you’re in good health, it’s a wonderful self-care practice.
Skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, acne and more can improve with halotherapy. While table salt is dehydrating, mineral salts have naturally moisturizing properties to support skin’s water balance. Halotherapy experts liken a 45-minute session in a salt room to the equivalent of three days by the sea.