History of Pink Himalayan Salt
Hippocrates Healed With Salt Water Medicinal Uses
The beginning of salt used for sickness and disease can be dated back to the Grecian age, (460 BC), when Hippocrates used salt inhalation for treating respiratory issues. The Greeks were known for using salt-based remedies for all kinds of ailments, including inhalation of steam from salt water, salt mixed with water and vinegar as an emetic, salt for skin lesions, as well as, drinking salty or mineralized waters for digestive disorders.
Medieval Monks Healing in Salt Caves
During medieval times, there is written evidence claiming that monks used salt caves to heal the sick by allowing them to breathe in salt particles. The monks would do this by crushing huge, gigantic salt crystals, also known as stalacitites. By crushing the stalactities, microscopic salt particles would get released into the air, allowing their patients to eventually breathe in the salt particles. and alleviate their asthma and allergy symptoms.
Doctors Surprised About People Working in Salt Mines
Fast forward to the year 1843, and we have hired men working as salt miners, chiseling and digging there way through salt caves, constantly breathing salt dust on a daily basis. It was very common for miners to suffer from all kinds of serious respiratory issues, but for some strange reason, none of the salt miners suffered from respiratory issues. In fact, the salt miners seemed unually healthy for working in mines all day. Soon word got out to a polish physician named Dr. Boczowski. Upon further investigation, Dr. Boczowski noticed there was hardly any toxic build-up or allergens in the lungs of the salt miners. The air sacs inside their lungs functioned at high capacity and their overall cardiovascular system appeared to be very healthy. This recorded event started many new discoveries on the health benefits of salt air therapy.
Hiding in Salt Caves During World War II
During World War II, abandoned salt mines were being used as bomb shelters in Germany. The people that fled into the salt caves escaped all the fallout and pollution from the fallen bombs, but what really amazed doctors was how healthy these people appeared to be after finally leaving the caves. Almost none of them had any respiratory issues at all. Their skin looked soft with a youthful glow. This especially puzzled German physician Dr. K.H. Spannahel, because mines were known to be toxic environments.
1950 Entrepreneurs Dip Their Hands in Salt Air Therapy
It wasn’t until roughly the 1950’s when entrepreneurs saw salt air therapy as a profitable business model to invest in. This was the perfect opportunity to help allergy sufferers and make a profit all at once. Man made salt rooms began popping up all over Eastern Europe and Sandanavia to help patients with respiratory symptoms. Years later, around the 1980’s, salt air therapy increased in popularity. High end resorts and spas began implementing salt air therapy into their practices. European hospitals were treating their patients with salt air therapy as well and soon, this natural treatment started taking place all over the United States.
Salt Air Therapy Today
Today natural salt caves and man made salt rooms can be found all over the world, the most common places to find these amazing healing quarters are at high end resorts and spas. You may even find salt rooms at stores that sell holistic and new age products in Sedona, Arizona. If you’re looking for natural salt caves made by nature, most of them can be found throughout Europe and the Himalaya’s. Most people that seek out salt caves are usually looking for relief from seasonal allergies, bronchitis, COPD, and many other respiratory issues. Salt air therapy is also therapuetic for calming the mind and relaxing the body. If you’re looking for a holistic approach to your health and well being, salt caves may be a great part of your health regime.
Salt cave sessions can run between $30 to $50 per session. Another good alternative to this, would be to carry a portable salt inhaler with you. This way you can have salt air therapy wherever you go. Of course it won’t be the same as relaxing in a salt cave, but at least you get to breathe easy wherever you go.