What is Salt Therapy?
Salt therapy, or halotherapy, taps into the incredible therapeutic properties of pure Himalayan salt to bring about a host of health benefits. It is 100% natural, and safe for people of all ages, including children.
So, who figured out that sitting in a salt cave was good for you?
Appropriately enough, we have miners to thank for this discovery. Dating back to the 12th century in Eastern Europe, people began to notice that salt miners didn’t suffer from the same pulmonary and respiratory illnesses as the rest of the population. This eventually led to something called “speleotherapy,” or cave therapy, where people would spend time in the salt caves not to mine, but just to hang out and reap the health benefits of breathing in the salt vapors.
Fast forward a few centuries to our modern world, with all of its pollution, stresses, and environmental hazards, and the case for breathing in pure, cleansing, therapeutic salt vapors is even stronger.
The earth is surrounded by a magnetic field that has a certain frequency to it. That’s the same frequency of our brains, which is what is measured when we get an EEG. But there’s a slight complication. We’ve used those brains to create a whole bunch of really useful electronic devices that, unfortunately, also happen to put artificial and contradicting wavelengths out there, and this causes an imbalance. That’s where salt comes in, because, you guessed it: pure salt has the exact same frequency of that healthy magnetic field that surrounds the earth and helps it and us thrive.
But wait, there’s more!
The other half of the picture is all about ions. Ions matter, because the air we breathe is chock full of them. Ions can have a positive or negative charge, depending on whether they have more protons or more electrons.
A plump and healthy negative ion is an oxygen molecule with an extra electron. That’s the stuff we want. Negative ions are naturally produced by the effects of the elements like wind and water, which is why it smells and feels so wonderful and clean after a thunderstorm.
Positive ions occur in nature with certain types of weather, but they are also produced by things like auto exhaust and air conditioning. You can appreciate the difference.
And the difference isn’t just in how the air smells and feels—it’s in the effect it has on our health. Keep reading to find out about the health benefits to breathing in those beautiful negative ions from pure Himalayan salt.
What Are the Benefits of Salt Therapy?
It makes sense that salt therapy would be beneficial—after all, what do we gargle with when we have a sore throat? Salt water. What do we use to rinse our contact lenses or soothe and cleanse our nasal passages? Saline solution. Saline is used in hospital IV’s, and salt is a key ingredient in a variety of other therapeutic items from exfoliators to Epsom salts. Most convincing of all, though—think of how you feel after a day at the beach, breathing in the salt air.
It makes sense, but let’s get a little more specific: What exactly can salt therapy do for you?
Salt contains over 80 minerals that the body needs to be healthy. It’s also got those balancing magnetic frequencies and fabulous negative ions we were talking about. Salt therapy has been shown to:
- Promote relaxation, bringing about mental and emotional calming and rejuvenation
- Detoxify the body
- Help reduce muscle cramps
- Help balance blood sugar and blood pressure
- Support weight loss by balancing hormones and increasing energy
- Relieve respiratory and circulatory ailments
- Lead to better sleep
- Lessen joint pain and migraines
- Alleviate skin conditions like eczema
- Reduce asthma, allergies, and sinus issues
- Support bone health
- Act as a natural antihistamine, antibacterial agent, and anti-inflammatory agent
Beyond this, the colors that naturally occur within the salt crystals have also been shown to have healing effects ranging from detoxification and support of the nervous and circulatory systems to increased emotional well being.