A new study published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences suggests this is true. (1)

Mast cells play an important role in the human immune system. Present in most of our tissues, mast cells are highly concentrated in the nasal mucosa, where they sense and respond to foreign particles. Mast cells contain histamines and release them in response to any substance considered a threat, creating the inflammatory response we know as allergies. Mast cells are known to be key drivers of the allergic response.

Interestingly, dermatologists have long known that a stress hormone called  “corticotropin-releasing stress hormone” (or CRH) will cause mast cells in the skin to increase their numbers and release more histamines. A team of dermatological researchers in Japan hypothesized that the same relationship may exist between CRH and mast cells found in the nose, which would explain why many allergy sufferers report that their symptoms worsen when they’re under stress.

When the team added CRH to a human nasal polyp organ culture, the number of mast cells increased, more histamines were released, and mast cell proliferation occurred. Similar patterns were observed in a mouse model, which showed that an increase in the level of stress hormone CRH led to increased numbers of  nasal mast cells and increased histamine levels. This work provides evidence that increased stress increases the allergic response in our nasal mucosa, not just the skin.

Could reducing stress help with your allergies? There’s a simple and enjoyable way to find out! Salt therapy sessions are very relaxing, improving mental resilience through rest and reflection. Salt therapy also decreases allergy symptoms, clearing stuffy sinuses and upper respiratory congestion.

So if you’re a sufferer, salt therapy could be a perfect drug-free way to address your allergies and the misery they cause. Call today and positively impact your health on multiple levels!



Yamanaka-Takaichi et al. Stress and Nasal Allergy: Corticotropin-Releasing Hormone Stimulates Mast Cell Degranulation and Proliferation in Human Nasal Mucosa. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2021; 22 (5): 2773

All religions have touted some form of “allow” throughout history. It can be described as faith, trust or non-attachment. It can be as simple as a pause in conversation when you forgot a word, or as intense as using breathing to deal with physical or emotional pain. A mundane example of “allowing” is the art of merging in traffic, or the decision to relax in a situation you cannot control. A sense of “Allowing” can help regulate blood pressure in that moment of stress, and can help you confront fear without losing yourself to panic.

The thing about “allowing” is that it needs to be cultivated, practiced in small ways routinely so that when you’re faced with an intense experience you have “allowing” as a familiar tool. It’s really as simple as a breath… giving ourselves space and time to connect with our Higher Self. As we busily run from task to task in the course of our day we can practice this when we meet with delays or minor obstacles, exercising our “allowing” muscle so that we become gradually stronger in our capacity to adapt to new circumstances and conditions around us.

The next time you feel frustrated in the moment, or rushed, take a breath, and simply allow the path or course of events to unfold as an observer. Center yourself and feel the difference in the experience you are having. Like unwinding a jumble of cords, if you relax and allow, the knot is gently undone.

Energy Healing is an amazing support for health of the physical body.

Cells communicate constantly with each other. Medical science knows that chemical messengers such as cytokines and proteins are the language of the cells. For example, when we break a bone, or cut ourselves, our cells go into action towards healing by recruiting other cells to fight infection and rebuild tissues.

Energy healing utilizes the power of vibrational frequencies to help balance healing processes and accelerate the best outcome. Holding the highest vibrational state for the body and mind encourages the cells to function properly. Improved energetic flow helps the body to rest and restore itself, achieving a better state of health.

The change of seasons creates upper respiratory symptoms and discomfort for allergy sufferers. Approximately 50 million Americans suffer from allergies and the numbers continue to rise. Allergy sufferers seek relief from a variety of prescription medications, decongestants, and antihistamines, but many find these agents cannot deliver long term relief. As a result, an increasing number of patients are turning to complementary therapies.

Known in Eastern Europe for well over 100 years but relatively new to the US, is the concept of dry salt therapy. In a dry salt therapy room, participants relax for 45 minutes and breathe in micronized pure pharmaceutical grade sodium chloride. The aerosolized salt particles are small enough to be breathed into the sinus cavities and deep into the lungs to cleanse, clear mucus, and reduce inflammation. Salt also kills bacteria and can support the body’s immune response to allergens, irritants, and pathogens.

In addition to allergies, clinical studies show that Halotherapy (salt therapy) is also beneficial in alleviating the symptoms of asthma, allergic and chronic bronchitis, frequent colds, mild chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and a number of sinus issues. Doctors and scientists champion the benefits of salt therapy as a natural, side-effect free, and low cost option to alleviate symptoms, breathe easier, and feel better.

Our physical bodies are surrounded by etheric layers of our energy. When any type of trauma occurs, it creates an imbalance or injury which can work its way through these energy layers. Unstopped, these imbalances may eventually manifest physically as illness or pain.

Energy Healing improves the vibrational alignment and flow of the energies within our physical body and the etheric bodies that surround it. Energy Healing is a body of work that addresses imbalances, releases retained negative or toxic experiences, and encourages a higher vibration to replace lower vibrations in any realm. The experience is calming to our psyche, and helps us reclaim a sense of well-being.

Energy Healing appointments are private and are available evenings and weekends. They can even be completed in our salt cave with a concurrent salt session for those suffering from respiratory ailments or who simply want to experience these delightful therapies together.

Nikki talks with Brayden Whitlock, Director of Research for Outbreaker Solutions, a company with an innovative answer to today’s deadly pathogens.

Naturopath Dr. Emily Telfair joins Nikki for a discussion about natural immune support. A graduate of Bastyr University in Seattle, WA, Dr Emily has been serving the Baltimore community for over 14 years. Her areas of focus include nutrition, herbal medicine, homeopathy and cranio-sacral therapy. Two years ago Dr. Emily opened HeartSpace Natural Medicine in Baltimore as a more permanent home for her clinic. Through the lens of loving kindness, she enjoys addressing the underlying causes of acute and chronic illness and most often treats patients with mood disorders, chronic pain, digestive issues, autoimmune disease, fatigue, and allergies. In 2014, Dr. Emily led a group of dedicated colleagues which succeeded in pursuit of legislation to license the practice of naturopathic medicine in Maryland.

In this post, listen in as Nikki and Dr. Emily discuss natural methods for boosting the immune system, preventing respiratory illness, and healing the lungs!

Fear of the unknown is a basic human reaction. It resides in our cellular memory, from all the times we needed it to survive. The coronavirus exemplifies an unexpected and unknowable mass event. We have no idea how our lives will ultimately be affected. And predictably, the Unknown has brought us all to fear.

How we express this fear is individual and can be affected by crowd mentality. What are we going to do with a year’s worth of toilet paper? Logically, we all know hoarding toilet paper is unnecessary, but it really became an expression of the impulse to tame our fear. A way of expressing:

“I will control something in this big gap of the unknown” and “I will supply myself with a fundamental need and that will tame the anxiety about the rest of what I have no control over.”  Did it work?  No. Because the real fear is “what’s going to happen?”

There’s another way to look at this huge bowl of Unknown. My studies in different modalities have brought forth another perspective on the Unknown. What if the Unknown is not an uncertainty but an open possibility?  What if instead of trying to fill the void we consider that positive possibilities still exist to be created?  If I fill the unknown with what I think should be in there, only having the information I now posses, I may be blocking a new and wonderful thing that is just waiting to bloom in my life. Something beyond my present ability to imagine.

This is scary and challenging. It means significant shifts in how we interact with others and ourselves. But this means growth! It’s Spring, a time when young plants fight their way out of the boundaries of soil and express their essence in form of flower and fruit, scent and color. It may seem effortless as it happens every year, but it takes a great deal of energy to transform.

Consider this: there is more than one side to any situation, and perhaps fear isn’t the only reaction. Be loving to yourself and others in this time of possibility, and be the best version of yourself that you can.

Salt is a mineral which has figured prominently in the economy, social fabric, and culinary practices of virtually every country and culture on the planet. As early as 6000 BC, salt was processed by boiling spring or sea water in Romania and China. In centuries past it was prized by Ancient Greeks, Romans, Hebrews, Egyptians and Native Americans. Simple salt has been a universally desired and highly valuable natural compound since its discovery.

Primarily composed of sodium chloride (NaCl), salt has both antimicrobial and preservative properties. One well-known example of this is the use of salt to preserve foods. Salt “curing” has ancient roots tracing back to Mesopotamia. The curing process relied on salt solids or salt and water solution (brine) to dehydrate foods. Not only did salt prevent spoilage, it was capable of inhibiting the growth of food-borne pathogens.

How Salt Can Kill Bacteria

Salt particles or brines can kill bacteria on contact through osmosis. When a higher concentration of salt exists outside a bacterial cell, water from inside the bacteria diffuses out. The bacteria become dehydrated, their infectious proteins are inactivated, and the cell walls collapse, leading to death of the bacteria. Therefore, a salty material or salty environment will be much less hospitable to most bacteria.

Is Salt Anti-Viral?

In 2019 a study on the use of salt water (hypertonic saline) for nasal irrigation and gargling during colds found that saline irrigation practices reduced the duration of colds and viral shedding, and resulted in decreased transmission of cold viruses to family members.

In 2017 a study was published detailing the antiviral effects of a specialized salt coating on protective masks. Hyo-Jick Choi of the University of Alberta tested a proprietary salt coating on masks intended to deter viral penetration and transmission in the context of 3 forms of influenza. His research team found that due to the hard and crystalline molecular structure of salt, virus structures were pierced upon contact. The viruses then absorbed the salt and were ultimately rendered inactive within 5 minutes. Choi’s salt-coated mask was recently in the news again; he believes the specialized salt coating would be equally effective against viruses including coronaviruses.

Salt Therapy as a Sanitary Self-Care Practice

Breathing dry salt aerosols helps one purge the lungs and sinuses of excess mucus, the role of which is to capture microbes and germs. Therefore, salt therapy will have the effect of cleansing the respiratory system. Salt is also hygroscopic, or moisture-seeking. Thus, salt aerosols attach to any moist airborne particles or droplets easily, dehydrating and deactivating them, so germs of any kind are not easily spread through salty air. Despite this, we encourage  guests to stay home at the start of and during a cold, as salt therapy at this time can exacerbate symptoms. Once the worst is over, however, salt therapy can be dramatically helpful. And made a regular practice, attending salt therapy helps to keep you well.

Ramalingam et al. Scientific Reports volume 9, Article number: 1015 (2019) A pilot, open labelled, randomised controlled trial of hypertonic saline nasal irrigation and gargling for the common cold.

Fu-Shi Quan, Ilaria Rubino, Su-Hwa Lee, Brendan Koch, Hyo-Jick Choi. Universal and reusable virus deactivation system for respiratory protectionScientific Reports, 2017; 7