The use of salt inhalation therapy dates back to the ancient Greeks, but the most interesting observation of its benefits comes from Poland. In the 18th century, Polish salt miners were documented as having noticeably better immune systems, lung health, and sinus clarity compared to their families. If the salt miners did happen to come down with a respiratory condition, the symptoms were mild and recovery time was fast. All of this was attributed to inhaling salt on a daily basis.
Ancient Ayurvedic cultures have used and relied on salt therapy for thousands of years to irrigate the nose and throat to help prevent and treat illness and allergies. If you have ever used a Neti Pot, then you know just how cleansing and histamine balancing salt can be.
Today, anyone who has spent a day at the beach can attest to feeling the special healing properties of salt. Your breathing is clear and your hair, skin, and nails feel great. If you can’t make it to the ocean, there are special salt lined rooms popping up all around the world. These rooms mimic European salt caves to help treat people with various breathing conditions due to living in densely populated and polluted areas. The salt acts as a detoxifier by pulling out toxins and cleansing the airways.
But what if you’d like to get the benefits of speleotherapy at home?
Thankfully, there’s a simple, affordable way to get the benefits of inhaling salt at home. You can buy such inhaler or you can make one at your home.
Things You’ll Need
- Plastic pill bottle with lid
- Paper clip
- Electrical tape
- Pink Himalayan Salt
Open a paper clip to form a straight piece of wire. Use pliers to hold one end of the wire over an open candle flame or an electric stove burner, until the end is orange with heat.
Use the hot paper clip to melt holes into the bottom of the plastic bottle. Press the heated paper clip to a point along the edge of the bottle, and apply light pressure until the wire melts through to the interior. Repeat every 1/8 inch along each edge of the bottle, reheating the paper clip as necessary.
Reheat the paper clip and melt 12 holes into center of the bottle lid.
Fill the bottle with 1/3 cup of Pink Himalayan Salt. Wrap a small amount of electrical tape around the sides of the lid to form a tight seal.
Use the inhaler by placing your mouth over the center of the lid and breathing in deeply. The most important thing about using a salt inhaler is to only breathe IN through the mouth. Never breath OUT through the inhaler or the salt inside will lose its therapeutic effects much faster. We recommend 15-25 minutes of salt inhaler therapy per day for best results.
THE BENEFITS OF SALT INHALERS
1. Reduces allergies
Consistently using a salt inhaler will balance the histamine response in the lungs and sinus cavity by coating and protecting mucus membranes. The salt will diminish inflammation and reduce general irritation caused by allergens, smoke, and pollution.
2. Clears the Lungs
I used to wake up wheezy every day from asthma flare ups. Now that I use my salt inhaler on a daily basis (most often before bed), I wake up clear and have good lung capacity. The reason for this is because salt is so anti-inflammatory. Since asthma is an inflammatory disease, it makes perfect sense that salt inhalation would improve asthma symptoms.
3. Reduces Mucus
Allergy and asthma sufferers rejoice! Salt is really good at thinning and drying up mucus. What’s more, salt also moisturizes membranes. This is the perfect combination for all respiratory conditions like dry cough, bronchitis, asthma, smokers cough, cold and flu, COPD, pneumonia, sore throats, sinus infections, hay fever, and other allergies. Anyone with these ailments can find some measure of relief by using salt inhalation therapy.
4. Better sleep
For the longest time I had trouble sleeping because my hay fever would keep me up at night. I couldn’t stop sneezing and has to constantly blow my nose at bed time. I tried cleaning my bedroom and washing all of my linens to no avail. Using a salt inhaler was the only thing that worked because it balanced out my histamine response and I was finally able to sleep.
5. Clarifies the mind
If you add 1-10 drops of an essential oil with an affinity for the respiratory system, you will notice a wonderfully awakening effect. Often when I feel drowsy or worn out, I reach for my salt inhaler and add a few drops of peppermint, eucalyptus, myrtle, or R.C. essential oil. My absolute favorite right now is R.C. because it is a therapeutic blend of lung enhancing essential oils.
Essential oils help carry the salt even deeper into the lungs and sinuses with the added benefits of the essential oil you choose.