The Health Benefits of Salt Caves

SaltCaveSalt caves have been associated with healing for hundreds of years, and are a perennial favorite of European and Asian spa devotees.

On their website, Organic Spa Magazine notes: “The negatively charged ions in salt improve our health and mood. Inhaling particles may reduce inflammation and mucus in the lungs, improving respiratory conditions such as asthma, allergies, bronchitis, sinus congestion and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Scientific studies show that people with asthma and other ailments breath easier after halotherapy.”

Himalayan pink salt is supposed to be the best and the purest for therapeutic purposes, but any salt minerals should work. Obviously, it can be pretty hard to trek to the Himalayas for the real deal, but not to worry. In the last few years “salt caves” have opened all over the country.

The new retail sized grottos of pink salt are immediately soothing to the eye and spirit. Sessions are typically 45 minutes to an hour and involve reclining and simply breathing in the dry, healing air, generally while listening to meditative music. Visitors report a bracing feeling, much like visiting the ocean and taking in the sea air, and improved health after just one session, though those with chronic problems may go several times.

Photo credit: Saltana Cave, Ridgefield CT

by Cheryl Shainmark