Salt is essential to life on earth. It shouldn’t be surprising, then, that Europeans have used salt for centuries to help heal and relieve chronic respiratory ailments and skin conditions.
Salt therapy, also know as Halotherapy, originated centuries ago in the underground salt caves of Eastern Europe. Doctors there noticed that miners spending frequent time in the caves enjoyed better respiratory health and easier recoveries from breathing and skin irritations than those without exposure to the salt cave environment. The caves, they found out, are allergen and pathogen-free and maintain consistent temperature and humidity levels. These conditions, when combined with the high concentration of dry salt in the air, provide an optimal environment for respiratory, sinus, and skin health.
Doctors and scientists still champion the benefits of salt therapy today. Those suffering from asthma, allergies, COPD, eczema, psoriasis, and sinusitis embrace it as a natural, side-effect free, and low cost solution to alleviating symptoms. But its benefits aren’t limited to those with medical conditions—it is a relaxing way for anyone to promote general health and well-being.
Luckily, we no longer need to search out salt mines to enjoy the benefits of Halotherapy. At the Salt Sanctuary of Maryland, we perfectly replicate the microclimate of those European salt caves, allowing visitors to experience the maximum benefits of salt therapy in a spa-like setting.