Halotherapy (‘halo’ in Greek means salt) is a salt based alternative therapy used for everything from respiratory issues to skin healing and mental health.
Salt levels affect our cell activity, energy levels and even blood sugar levels. Salt is also a natural disinfectant, antimicrobial and antibacterial.
Salt absorbs irritants, allergens, toxins and other pollutants. It is said to break up mucus, reduce inflammation and help clear respiratory airways. So the salt or halotherapy can help alleviate asthma, allergies, COPD, respiratory issues, bronchitis, and smoking related symptoms.
It is said to also absorb bacteria and other impurities that can benefit several different types of skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, rashes and acne and be of benefit for those struggling with depression and anxiety because salt produces negative ions. One of our happiness hormones, serotonin, is said to be released in our bodies when activated by negative ions entering our system through our skin or breathing. Himalayan salt lamps are in popular use for this.
The benefits of salt therapy were first discovered by a Polish doctor in 1843, Feliks Boczkowski. He noticed that salt miners had better respiratory systems than other miners.
Spas now also create their own salt ‘caves’, or rooms where you can purchase time in the room to breathe in the salt air. These are a dry salt therapy method.
There are also wet therapy methods of halotherapy that have been used for centuries. Drinking salt in water is known to be very beneficial, especially the pink himalayan salt that can help replenish minerals in our bodies, gargling with salt water is known to help with throat inflammation and rinsing with salt water helps when you have a toothache or inflamed gums. Nasal irrigation with salt water is also known to help the nasal passages with inflammation.
Although breathing the salt air by the ocean is beneficial, it is the concentrated particles of the salt that make salt caves/rooms, or halotherapy itself more beneficial. The concentration of salt particles in halotherapy can be as much as 10 to 15 times more than sea air.
Our salt therapy solutions include the Salt Therapy Generator by Enlighten, and salt lamps that also add beneficial negative ions to the air in any room where they are placed.
You can read more about salt therapy/halotherapy here at the Salt Therapy Association.
Salt therapy isn't new therapy. Read more about it here at AmericanSpa.com.