Salt therapy, also known as halotherapy, is a new trend that has become popular primarily in spas based on ancient healing techniques and practices.
Halotherapy has many different benefits including improving lung function, reduction of inflammation, decrease of stress, and more! Read on to learn more about the health benefits of salt therapy.
WHAT IS SALT THERAPY?
Salt therapy is considered to be the use of microsalt (a process where high-grade salt is ground into microscopically small particles) as a way to promote a large range of health benefits once inhaled.
In the popular practice of dry halotherapy, the treatment is intended to recreate the atmosphere of salt caves with dry, cold conditions and a high concentration of micronized salt in the air for inhalation.
In order to emulate this at home, generally a halotherapy generator is used to crush high-grade salt into microparticles that are easily inhaled by the user.
Halotherapy can also be practiced using wet methods that include creating a solution of salt and water with various applications.
The efficacy of salt for improving respiratory issues has been observed since medieval Europe by Catholic monks. In fact, there is reason to believe that halotherapy was potentially practiced in ancient Greece and Rome.
HOW HALOTHERAPY CAN BENEFIT YOU
Although halotherapy is considered to be an alternative form of medicine, that doesn’t mean that the health benefits don’t exist or aren’t significant.
Because salt in and of itself is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agent, it can help decrease excessive mucus, increase pathogen agents, digestive issues, aid with depression, skin conditions, and immune system oversensitivity.
Although salt therapy contains a myriad of benefits, microsalt has been found to be exceptionally effective when used for respiratory and skin conditions.
Within the respiratory system, salt therapy makes an impact by cleansing the system.
Due to its antibacterial properties, the salt helps detoxify the body from foreign particles, allowing for allergens and pollutants to circulate out of the body more quickly.
When looking at skin health, halotherapy can help regulate pH levels, allowing for the body to repair itself more easily.
This increases collagen production and lymph cells to increase the efficacy of the immune system.
Another benefit of halo therapy is its impact on mental health and mood.
ARE THERE SIDE EFFECTS OF HALOTHERAPY?
While there are many health benefits of salt therapy, not everyone experiences the same effects.
Although the side effects are not common, and usually very mild and temporary, some users have reported side effects including temporarily constricted airways, headaches, minor tightness in the chest, and slight eye irritation.
However, more often than not, these types of side effects can be easily avoided. When practicing salt therapy, keep your first few sessions to a minimum, and keep the levels of salt low until you are certain that you won’t experience any adverse effects.
If you have any questions or concerns, so feel free to reach out to a representative at Infrared at Home here.
SALT THERAPY METHODS
THE DRY METHOD
The dry method of halotherapy is the most common mainly due to its ease of use.
This method is achieved by generating microscopic particles of salt through a halotherapy generator, which then are and are distributed into the air.
These sessions are meant to take place in a dry, and cool room, or sometimes in an artificial salt cave, depending on your location.
These rooms or caves are set to a temperature of 68°F or lower.
Users generally spend 30-45 minutes in these rooms, allowing for the salt to get deep into the respiratory system and allowing for the microsalt to allow for a calming effect over time.
This method has shown to provide the best and most long lasting results out of all halotherapy treatments.
THE WET METHOD
Another method of halotherapy is the “wet method’ which is where high-grade salts and water are combined, and can be used in multiple ways depending on the users’ preference and desired benefits.
Some of these methods include using saline solutions to flush out nasal passages, gargling or drinking salt water for a dry or sore throat, or taking epsom salt baths to relieve stiff joints and muscles.
SALT THERAPY AT HOME
Although a trip to the spa is always a relaxing and pampering experience, halotherapy doesn’t only have to be experienced in a spa setting.
Practicing salt therapy at home is easier than you think. Here are our favorite ways to incorporate salt therapy into your at-home routine:
- If the sky is the limit with your budget, consider adding a salt room into your home with salt bricks, a salt bed, and a microsalt generator in order to experience all of the benefits that halotherapy can offer.
- If your space or your budge is small, consider purchasing a microsalt therapy generator and adding it to your self-care area. Our favorite place to add a microsalt generator is within our infrared saunas!
- Himalyan salt lamps, neti-pots, and Epsom salt baths are a great way to get your toes wet in the pool of halotherapy, and absolutely affordable as well.
No matter the way in which you choose to implement and enjoy halotherapy, there are always ways to incorporate it into your health and self-care routine.