Women's Health Australia - - LIFE ETC / WELLNESS -

Too chilly to clear your head at the beach or soothe your over­trained legs in the ocean? You could in­stead sit in a salt room as phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal­grade dry salt is pumped through the at­mos­phere by a ma­chine called a halo­gen­er­a­tor. And you don’t even need to get your feet wet.


“Salt ther­apy helps re­lieve the symp­toms of many res­pi­ra­tory, si­nus and skin con­di­tions,” says An­gelina Vuko­brat, owner of Salts of the Earth Gee­long. “It also works won­der­fully to help re­lieve any hay fever symp­toms, snor­ing and helps in sports re­cov­ery.” So how ex­actly does it work? “Once the salt par­ti­cles are deep within the res­pi­ra­tory sys­tem and si­nuses, they start to draw the mu­cus and con­ges­tion out through os­mo­sis,” she says. “Con­ges­tion starts to loosen and can be ex­pelled from within the res­pi­ra­tory sys­tem a lot eas­ier.” As for skin, Vuko­brat says the salt helps re­duce in­flam­ma­tion and set­tles any itch. Each ses­sion goes for 45 min­utes, and that time is yours to read, lis­ten to mu­sic or me­di­ate in the lounge-room set­ting as the salt does its thing. Vuko­brat says you’ll get the best re­sults by go­ing in three times a week.


There have been a few stud­ies on salt ther­apy as an ef­fec­tive treat­ment for asthma, and lots of anec­do­tal sto­ries, but Lung Foun­da­tion Aus­tralia warns that any

“claims are not based on any re­li­able sci­en­tific re­search or cur­rent med­i­cal guide­lines.”


If you have a res­pi­ra­tory con­di­tion, chat to your doc­tor be­fore you en­ter the salt den.

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