Halotherapy is a centuries old alternative treatment that makes use of salt, notably applied to alleviate or cure respiratory illnesses such as chronic cough, asthma, and bronchitis. Additionally, it’s thought to have some other health benefits, about which we’ll talk later in this post.
Typically, Halotherapy is done by inhaling air or steam that contains small salt particles, but it can also be applied through liquid saline solutions, gargling with, bathing in, or drinking salty water, and nasal washes.
In a spa setting one would often reside in a salt-room, special climate chamber, or alternatively in a limestone or salt cave. When carried out in a cave, Halotherapy is more commonly called Speleotherapy.
In fact, one usually distinguishes between Dry Salt Therapy and Wet Salt Therapy. Dry therapy then is about small salt particles dispersed in a dry room without any humidity (such as in a cave or salt room), and wet therapy uses a saline solution which can be evaporated in the air, taken nasally, or poured in a bath, and so on.
As mentioned in the beginning of this post, Halotherapy has more benefits than only those for our respiratory function. It’s also thought to be an excellent way to help you relax and calm down, and it may help with certain skin conditions (such as psoriasis, eczema, and acne), allergies, clearing up mucus, sleep disorders, while having antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and immunity-boosting effects.
Mind that taking Halotherapy is not recommended for those who suffer from contagious diseases, fever, open wounds, hypertension, cancer, mental disorders, and/or tuberculosis, or for pregnant women.