What is Salt Therapy?

What is Salt Therapy?

Salt therapy is a natural remedy that involves inhaling pharmaceutical grade dry salt that is dispersed through a halo-generator.  The salt disperses microscopic salt particles into the room. As you inhale the tiny particles it clears your airways and lungs. 

Salt Therapy is suitable for babies, children, and adults. 

How Does Salt Therapy Work?

Dry Salt is super absorbent and acts like a sponge attracting foreign substances along its path through the respiratory tract.  It acts like a scrub brush that cleans through the respiratory system removing the build-up of foreign elements that cause respiratory ailments. 

In addition, the dry salt particles have anti-inflammatory properties which not only reduce inflammation but also widens the airway passages. These tiny particles accelerate the transportation of mucus, the elimination of residual tar and foreign allergens.

What Happens in a Salt Therapy Session?

Dry Himalayan salt  (halotherapy) is usually done in manmade salt rooms that are free of humidity. The temperature is cool, set to 68°F (20°C) or lower. Sessions last for about 30 to 45 minutes. A device called a halogenerator grinds salt into microscopic particles and releases them into the air of the room.

Salt Therapy Rooms

Types of Salt

Salt is a crystalline mineral made of two elements, sodium (Na) and chlorine (Cl). Sodium and chlorine are essential for your body, as they help your brain and nerves send electrical impulses

Most of the world’s salt is harvested from salt mines or by evaporating seawater and other mineral-rich waters.

Salt has various purposes, the most common being to flavor foods. Salt is also used as a food preservative because bacteria have trouble growing in a salt-rich environment.  There are a variety of salt and each of them has specific purposes.

Table Salt – This salt is usually highly refined — meaning that it’s heavily ground, with most of its impurities and trace minerals removed. The problem with heavily ground salt is that it can clump together. For this reason, various substances called anti-caking agents, are added so that it flows freely.

Sea Salt – Is made by evaporating seawater.  Unlike table sea salt is made up of sodium chloride contains trace minerals such as potassium, iron, and zinc. 

Himalayan salt often contains trace amounts of iron oxide (rust), which gives it a pink color. Himalayan salt contains calcium, iron, potassium, and magnesium and is lower in sodium than table salt. 

Pink Himalayan Salt

Kosher salt is called “kosher” because it is used in certain Jewish culinary customs. Kosher salt has a flaky, coarse structure.  The main difference between regular table salt and kosher salt is the structure of the flakes. Kosher flakes are much larger 

Celtic Salt is a type of sea salt and popular in France.  Its color is gray and contains a small amount of water causing a moist texture.  Celtic salt offers trace amounts of minerals and lower in sodium than table salt. 

Lastly, The darker the sea salt, the higher its concentration of impurities and trace nutrients. However, due to ocean pollution, sea salt can also harbor trace amounts of heavy metals like lead.

Benefits of Salt Therapy AKA Halotherapy

Salt Therapy AKA Halotherapy benefits adults and children.  It’s natural and safe eliminating any harmful side effects. Halotherapy is beneficial for overall wellness by removing toxicity from our respiratory system and boosting our immunity.  Those who experience skin issues such as eczema and psoriasis also receive healing benefits. 

For general respiratory maintenance visiting a salt therapy AKA Halotherapy facility once or twice a week will enhance lung capacity, reduce stress and boost our immunity. 

Contraindications

Halotherapy is not a medical treatment and does not offer a cure, it is recognized as a safe and effective wellness practice for preventive and restorative health care. 

Halotherapy is not recommended for people with contagious diseases, fever, open wounds, cancer, severe hypertension, mental disorders, and active tuberculosis.

You should consult with your physician if you are pregnant, or have serious health concerns. 

Many countries around the world have varying ways they govern and regulate their citizen’s health-related matters. In some countries, Halotherapy is covered by their Government’s Health Care system or insurance companies.

salt treatment

Who Benefits?

There many healing benefits of halotherapy for those who experience: 

  • Asthma
  • Eczema & Psoriasis
  • Hay fever
  • Allergies
  • Sinusitis
  • Cold and Flu
  • Sleep & Snoring
  • Stress Anxiety & Fatigue

Lungs and Respiratory Hygiene

Healthy lungs and respiratory system are vital for energy and longevity. 

An average adult takes 12-15 breaths per minute and children 20-30 per minute.  Since the main function of the lungs is to deliver oxygen to our red blood cells and get rid of the CO2 from the body, it is important we maintain a clean respiratory system. 

Everyone is exposed to pollutants, airborne diseases, bacteria, and allergens on a daily basis. Halotherapy cleanses and detoxes the lungs and invigorates the body with increased lung capacity and oxygen intake.  

Regular halotherapy practice is a great way to aide breathing and improves one’s quality of life. 

Overall Dry Salt Therapy Benefits

Most people are familiar with “wet salt”, putting it in a bath, adding as a saline solution to a netti pot to clear nasal passages, gargling with salt or going to the beach to enjoy the sea salt air, and those are great benefits for “wet salt”.  However, dry salt is different and the drier the salt the better. By heating the salt it ensures that all moisture is evaporated so when it is crushed and ground into microparticles and inhaled it acts in the very best way for healing benefits. 

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