What is Salt Therapy?

Everything you need to know about salt therapy

The wonders of salt therapy have been observed around the globe for centuries. But what exactly is this relaxing remedy – and how can it help you today?

What is salt therapy?

Salt therapy is a natural remedy that involves inhaling pharmaceutical-grade dry salt in a comfortable, controlled environment.

As you sit back and relax, a special medical device called a halogenerator will disperse microscopic salt particles into the room. You’ll inhale these tiny particles deep into your airways and lungs and they will also land on your skin.

Suitable for babies, children and adults, salt therapy can help soothe a long list of skin, respiratory and lifestyle conditions.

What conditions may salt therapy help?

Salt therapy can help relieve the symptoms of skin, respiratory and lifestyle conditions, including:

What are the origins of salt therapy?

The benefits of salt therapy were first discovered in 1843 in Poland, where workers in underground salt mines suffered fewer respiratory issues.

By chiseling and grinding the salt, the miners produced micro-sized particles of salt that were dispersed into the air of the mine and then inhaled.

What makes salt effective?

Dry salt is super absorbent and has natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.

Once inhaled, the salt causes your mucus to thin and liquefy, making it easier to dislodge and expel – along with pathogens, debris and pollutants.

Dry salt particles also gently stimulate your body’s natural cilia movement. Cilia help keep our airways clear of mucus and dirt, so we can breathe with ease. But with the help of salt, this process is accelerated. Think of salt like a toothbrush for your airways, cleaning out mucus, debris and pathogens.

For the skin, dry salt can absorb impurities, regulate the pH level and promote your skin’s ‘good’ bacteria. It improves the skin’s protective properties, reducing inflammation and encouraging natural exfoliation and regeneration.

How do I make the most of salt therapy?

Salt therapy is a complementary therapy, which is designed to be used with conventional medicine. Like many aspects of a healthy lifestyle, consistency is key.

Salt therapy should be viewed as an ongoing therapy incorporated as part of traditional treatment. We recommend you speak to your GP before starting salt therapy.