Salt Therapy – What is it and how can it help?

June 28, 2022
Asifa Rapaiee

About the author: Ashleigh is the owner of AD Counselling & wellness and Elements Wellness Studio. She has worked as a therapist and wellness coach for around 7 years. She has a genuine passion for promoting healing, personal growth, self-discovery and recovery from within.

It has been long known that salt carries many healing qualities. Salt is well known for displaying strong anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties and has been used for centuries as a healing aid, used in many different forms of treatment modalities, from cleaning wounds to drawing out infection. On top of that research has shown that salt can be used to aid breathing difficulties and regularly inhaling concentrated salt can have many different healing properties and health benefits, promoting good respiratory health and wellness. Halotherapy is also used to improve mental health and boost mood, the negatively charged ions in salt helps to relieve the bodies stress response, increasing energy levels. Regular use of halotherapy has been shown to reduce serotonin levels therefore creating balance in mood and improving sleep. 

Now more than ever we have become aware of our respiratory health and overall general wellbeing with many people choosing alternative and holistic methods to nurture, maintain and manage both their physical and mental health. Over the past 10 years or so we have seen the rise of wellness centres and day spas offering the use of Salt Caves and Halotherapy units. 

So, what exactly is Halotherapy and what can it do for our health? 
Halotherapy is a form of salt therapy treatment, it is often dispensed in spa like settings or more recently small salt chambers wherein medical grade salt Is dispelled into the room/chamber.  Breathing in the salty air with its tiny salt particles can improve your breathing and is said to aid with lung complaints and respiratory conditions such as bronchitis, asthma and cough, among other health benefits. 

The use of salt therapy for wellness has an interesting history, it was in the 12th century using salt caves for therapeutic wellness begun. In the 1800s it was noticed that salt miners in Poland despite working in mines all day were in particular good health, each without a history or present lung conditions, it was noticed that they seemed to avoid colds and other common ailments that were among the community, researched showed that breathing in the salt was keeping them free from illness and infection therefore the concept of salt caves was born, with people travelling all over the world to sit in the cave to heal and ease their lung issues. 

The benefits of using Salt  - The benefits of Salt Therapy for  mental and holistic health are plenty, studies have found that regularly use of Halotherapy can have benefits for respiratory health, skin problems and allergies, it is also said to have immune boosting qualities, mood enhancement, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties therefore can be used as a preventative a well as a treatment.  

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