Picture yourself on the beach. It’s a warm sunny day. The sun shining on your skin. The sand squishes between your toes and as you breathe in the warm ocean air you feel that heavy, fresh air fill your lungs. Ah! The salty air!
Of course, salt has been know as a great antiseptic. Growing up, if someone had a canker sore, it was doused with salt…yes painful, but it worked! Well, did you know there are actually many known health benefits to breathing in the salty air? Pure salt blocks have been used since the 19th century as an air neutralizer and providing many health benefits.
This benefit was discovered in the salt mines of Eastern Europe. Miners with bronchial afflictions found relief or even cured of these ailments while working in the salt mines. With this discovery, salt rooms (salt blocks in rooms) were used as a therapy for children with allergies or asthma. It was found with consistent treatment, the children’s need for steroids or inhalers were reduced.
So, you may be asking: “How does it work?” Going back to Chemistry 101…okay, that’s just too long ago for me, so in recent research…salt molecule contains a positive sodium ion and a negative chloride ion. Breathing in the air of these salt rooms brings these salt molecules into the moist airways of the lungs causing a release of the negative ions. “It’s the negative ions that clear the mucus from the lung linings and improve immune response to pathogens. People with chronic respiratory conditions lack sodium chloride in their airway linings and salt therapy helps resolve this deficiency. It alleviates symptoms; helps prevent them from reoccurring, and reduce dependence on medications like nasal sprays and inhalers.” (Latimer, J. (2013). The healing powers of — salt? Maclean’s, 126(5), 1.)
The health benefits of salt therapy are not just limited to the respiratory system. It can also benefit skin ailments and temperament. Yes! Salt can trim crankiness. Studies found it’s the negative ions released during salt therapy sessions that have reduced skin disorders such as eczema. It has also lessened headaches, loss of energy, moodiness and improved mental alertness. So, how do I sign up, right?
Well, salt therapy can be obtained at home using salt lamps. These lamps are made from a block of salt that is hollowed out to fit a small light bulb inside. The heat from the light warms the salt block and generates the negative ions to neutralize the air and provides the additional health benefits. It is important to note that the salt blocks are made from Himalayan salt which is considered the purest salt.
If you are interesting in trying out these lamps, I recently found them at Natural Grocers in Washington (Utah) located on Telegraph Street. They have a pretty good selection and are reasonably priced. I purchased another lamp and it was a 4-6 pound salt lamp for $19.00. In fact, this is a better price than the first one I purchased. You can also Google search “salt lamps” and find many options.
Do you have a salt lamp? Please comment and share your experience.