How Salt Therapy Works
There are numerous perks to salt therapy. First, it’s natural and non-invasive. Second, it improves your respiratory and immune system significantly. However, the best part of salt therapy is it really works!
There are many ways to undergo salt therapy nowadays. For example, you have salt therapy in a salt room if you prefer a quiet and tranquil spa day.
You can travel to natural salt caves or to the seashore. Furthermore, you can even use a SaltAir device at home!
Try it for a month and if you don’t see any improvement we will refund your purchase in full.*
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The Basic Principles of SaltAir devices
SaltAir devices use ultrasonic vibration technology. This transforms saline solution into under 5-microns salt particles. The salt particles release into the air and travel into your respiratory system. SaltAir devices are not humidifiers! They do place an insignificant amount on humidity into the air. However, they do so much more than that. SaltAir devices provide salt therapy at home with easiness and efficiency!
These breathable salt particles penetrate deep into the lungs and up into the alveoli. To add on, it clears mucus and kills bacteria. Therefore, this reduces inflammation and humidifies the whole respiratory tract. The salt aerosol has a very good effect in cleaning the indoor air as well. This is due to the bactericide property of salt and the high concentration of negative ions that stick to the positively charged particles. For example, dust, bacteria, and viruses are all positive particles. By partaking in salt therapy, you’re ridding yourself of positive particles. It’s a good thing!
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Who Can Use a SaltAir device?
It is a very safe therapy for all people and ages, including infants and pregnant women. Additionally, it does not interact with any salt free diet or medication. Furthermore, SaltAir device can also be used for respiratory problems in pets.
Babies under 4 months old can only breathe through their nose. So, when they get congested it is hard for them to nurse. Using a SaltAir device will help an infant breathe easier and strengthen the respiratory immunity.
This treatment is perfect for infants with a stuffy nose!
Where Can You Use SaltAir?
SaltAir devices are small enough to be placed behind a couch, on a night table or on an office desk. They are 100% noise free. They’re also easy to operate and work while you’re asleep or awake. This device offers the extended exposure necessary to heal certain conditions.
To get the best results, use the device on a daily basis! Salt therapy has cumulative effects. Use it in your bedroom, in your office or living room! Take it with you when you are travelling. The longer you use it, the better you will feel!
More About Salt Therapy by SaltAir
* The device has to be used only with our provided salt for the warranty to be in effect. Using a different kind of salt will void the warranty, as it can affect negatively the lifetime of the device!
We do not guarantee same health results using a different kind of salt!
**The device does not produce any environmental corrosion effects.
SaltAir devices come with a traveller electric adapter, instruction manual and a FREE 3-month supply of natural rock salt. The salt comes in a reusable waterproof key-chain tube. Thus, it’s portable and very hassle free.
The device is easy to use and does not require wearing a face mask or a mouthpiece.
You just plug it in and use it during daytime or overnight. SaltAir covers an area of maximum 45-50 cubic meters(about 1700 cubic foot). However, due to the forced air heating and air conditioning, we recommend placing the device close to your bed. Direct the gentle air stream towards you. This way, you can make full use of it while sleeping.
It’s important to note that the salinizer is designed for home use. It is NOT a humidifier! The humidity is minimal and the amount of salt aerosol is safe for home use. You won’t even notice the salt particles. They’re microscopic, majority under 2 microns. Thus, they’re not visible to the human eye. These salt particles are released into the indoor air for breathing.
SaltAir uses only Middle Miocene Era mineral halite salt crystals, unprocessed and untreated with chemicals (98% NaCl, 0.5% calcium chloride and magnesium, 0.2 iodine and other minerals in their natural form). We also developed a melange of salts to speed your recovery in acute or flare-ups. Please find them in our online store and read more about how salt therapy works!
- Firstly, exposure time in a chronic condition is very important. You will need at least 7-8 hours daily exposure. It is best to get these hours during your night sleep. For extra exposure during the day, consider adding our Salt Inhaler or SaltAir mini for office use.
- To maximize results, consider clearing your nasal passages with our Sinus Rinse system before bedtime. This way, the SaltAir aerosol will easily penetrate deep into the lungs. Thus, it will be able to reach the alveoli, which is the target area. This is because healthy alveoli leads to healthy oxygen exchange and better blood oxygenation.
- If you have mucus that is difficult to expel, consider using SaltAir in conjunction with the Aerobika device. Use SaltAir at night and Aerobika in the morning. The salt aerosol will loosen the mucus during the night sleep and Aerobika will help to easier expel it in the morning. Aerobika is easy to use – you just blow into it and it creates a vibration that travels deep into the chest and helps to eliminate the mucus.
SaltAir was reviewed by Moneyjojo as the best salt therapy device, number 1 on the salt therapy market.
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SaltAir Salinizer Tips for Best Results
- Use the SaltAir salinizer (salt therapy machine) every day, for at least 8 hours, preferably while sleeping.
- In chronic respiratory conditions or where improvement is not seen in 1-2 weeks, extend salt therapy during daytime for as long as possible
- In some cases, improvements may progress slowly, depending how the body reacts and the stage of the disease. One may only notice a difference after stopping treatment for 1-2 weeks.
- Read the Instruction Manual before using the SaltAir device! Start the saline solution at 2 cups of water and 1/4 tsp of rock salt. Salt may be increased up to 1/2 tsp. No more than 1/2 tsp is necessary for therapeutic results! More salt will only shorten the device’s lifetime. The suggested quantity of salt will create a saline solution situated between normal saline and slightly hypertonic saline. The device performs best when filled with no more than 3 cups of saline solution.
- Place the device on a perfectly level surface – a nightstand is recommended – and direct the gentle air stream towards user. You may want to use a protective plate underneath the salinizer. This may prevent accidental leakage.
- Turn ON the device at bedtime and use the Timer to set it for night use (6 or 9 hours). Let the device empty before refill. It takes several nights to empty. At refill, pay close attention that no water gets on any electrical parts, buttons or inside the unit. Do not move the device when filled!
- For daytime use, it is recommended to have another salinizer set up in living room or office.
- Calcareous deposits may occur on the ultrasonic cell due to the minerals found in the rock salt; use a solution made with water and double strength cleaning vinegar (3:1 ratio of vinegar to water) to clean. Use a small brush and rinse with water.
- Saline solution is antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal and does not promote any growth. Usually, people suffering from Cystic Fibrosis / CF are concerned about bacteria. For this reason a UV light feature has been added. You can turn On the UV light – for about 2 hours – during use or when not in use, to treat the saline solution.
- If you cough a lot, use our “Melange of Natural Rock Salts” until the cough subsides; afterwards use the rock salt. Find them in our Store.
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Clinical Studies Supporting Salt Therapy
Smoking is a self-destructive behavior that is known to induce remodeling of the lower airways, leading to squamous metaplasia, but little is known about its effects on the nose and paranasal sinuses. Nasal irrigations are often mentioned as measures for treating sinonasal inflammations. The purpose of our study was to compare the effects of nasal irrigations with sulfurous-arsenical-ferruginous thermal water or isotonic sodium chloride solution in smokers with nonallergic chronic rhinosinusitis, based on clinical and olfactory evidence.
Materials and methods
The present study was a prospective, randomized, double-blind study performed in a tertiary academic referral center. Seventy smokers with nonallergic chronic rhinitis were enrolled. Nasal endoscopy, rhinomanometry, nasal cytology, and odor threshold measurements were performed in subjects randomized to daily nasal irrigations with either thermal water or isotonic sodium chloride solution for 1 month.
Immediately after the treatment, the thermal water irrigations revealed a positive pharmacologic action, judging from a tendency toward lower nasal resistances (P = .07) and larger numbers of ciliated cells in the patients treated (P = .003). Endoscopic findings in the thermal water group were still better than in the control group a further 2 months later (P = .03).
Our results indicate that nasal irrigations with thermal water had a good effect on endoscopic objective signs, nasal resistances, and epithelial trophism. Read more
Using Hypertonic Saline inhalations significantly shortens length of stay in hospital (LOS) and lowers admission rate (AR) in preschool children presenting with an acute wheezing episode to the emergency department. Read more
Halotherapy was applied for non-puncture treatment of 45 patients with acute purulent maxillary sinusitis. The response was evaluated by changes in clinico-immunological, cytological, x-ray and bacteriological parameters. Halotherapy was found effective in the treatment of acute purulent maxillary sinusitis without puncture.
The use of an artificial microclimate chamber in the treatment of patients with chronic obstructive lung diseases(COPD)
Halotherapy was used for sanatorium rehabilitation in 29 patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (chronic bronchitis and asthma). Significant positive effects of this method resulted in the improvement of the flow-volume parameters curve of lung function and in hypotensive effects on blood pressure. Halotherapy is recommended for use in patients suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases with hypertension or coronary heart disease. Read more
The dynamics of the persistence characteristics of staphylococci under the action of the microclimate of a speleotherapy mine
A decrease in the persistence characteristics of staphylococci under the influence of microclimate in a spelean pit has been demonstrated under experimental conditions. Clinical investigations have confirmed the capacity of speleotherapy to decrease the microbial contamination of the upper respiratory tract and to inhibit the persistence properties of staphylococcal microflora in children with respiratory allergosis, which seems to be the basis of the positive effect achieved by treatment with microclimate in a spelean pit. Read more
The efficacy of speleotherapy in salt mines in children with bronchial asthma based on the data from immediate and late observations
Speleotherapy was conducted in 216 children with bronchial asthma treated in conditions of salt mines situated near the town of Nakhichevan. The assessment of clinical, immunological and functional parameters showed that the best results had been achieved in atopic asthma running a light or moderate course. Speleotherapy courses noticeably diminished broncho-obstructive syndrome, improved pulmonary ventilation. The improvement proved stable in the majority of the patients. It is recommended to include speleotherapy in salt mines into combined rehabilitation treatment of pediatric asthmatics. Read more
Halotherapy proved to be a highly effective method in a complex sanatorium treatment of patients with chronic bronchitis. Its use promotes more rapid liquidation of clinical manifestations of disease, improves indices of vent function of lungs, especially those values that characterize bronchial conduction (volume of forced exhalations per second, index Tiffno), increases tolerance to physical load, normalizes indices of reduced immunity and leads to increasing the effectiveness of patient treatment in sanatorium. Read more
The results of this investigation suggest that both NaCl and Al2O3 microdermabrasion alter the epidermal barrier. These changes in epidermal barrier function may be responsible for the clinical improvement following microdermabrasion. Read more
After proper clinical and immunological examinations 112 children with atopic dermatitis underwent immunocorrective speleotherapy in a chamber with artificial microclimate created with the use of natrium chloride spraying. During the treatment positive trends were observed in the patients’ dermatological status and immune homeostasis. A complete 6-24-month response was reported in 58%, partial in 20%, no response in 6.9% of patients. The method is recommended for treatment of atopic dermatitis. Read more
This work elucidates the questions upon the development of a new drug-free method of a respiratory diseases treatment. Halotherapy (HT)–is mode of treatment in a controlled air medium which simulates a natural salt cave microclimate. The main curative factor is dry sodium chloride aerosol with particles of 2 to 5 mkm in size. Particles density (0.5-9 mg/m3) varies with the type of the disease. Other factors are comfortable temperature- humidity regime, the hypobacterial and allergen-free air environment saturated with aeroions. The effect of HT was evaluated in 124 patients (pts) with various types of respiratory diseases. The control group of 15 pts received placebo. HT course consisted of 10-20 daily procedures of 1 hour. HT resulted in improvements of clinical state in the most of patients. The positive dynamics of flow-volume loop parameters and decrease of bronchial resistance measured by bodyplethysmography were observed. The changes in control group parameters after HT were not statistically significant. The specificity of this method is the low concentration and gradual administration of dry sodium chloride aerosol. Data on healing mechanisms of a specific airdispersive environment of sodium chloride while while treatment the respiratory diseases are discussed.
The paper describes a new medical technique–halo-aerosol therapy, the main acting factor of which is dry highly dispersed aerosol of sodium chloride in natural concentration. Halo-aerosol therapy represents a new trend in aerosol medicine. It includes two methods: halotherapy and halo-inhalation. Biophysical and pathophysiological foundations of the new method, how it can be realized are outlined. Clinical reasons are provided for application of halo-aerosol therapy for prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of patients with respiratory diseases. Characteristics and differences of the two halo-aerosol therapy variants are analyses. Read more
To ascertain whether a daily nasal spray with physiological saline could prevent symptoms of common cold in a population of otherwise healthy adults.
Material and methods
This was study involving 10 weeks of daily use of a nasal saline spray and 10 weeks of only recording symptoms. Young adults eligible for military service at an army barrack in Boden, Sweden were invited to participate in the study and 108 healthy conscripts aged approximately 20 years agreed to do so. Data were recorded by the participants in a diary at home. In the diary the participants noted symptoms such as rhinitis, blocked nose, cough, fever and sore throat (pharyngeal pain). They also recorded inability to perform their duties due to the symptoms, and any medication or antibiotics necessitated by upper respiratory tract infection.
A total of 69 subjects completed the 20-week diary period. For 60 of them, compliance during the spray period exceeded 60% and their data were used in the statistical calculations. During the spray period the number of days with nasal secretion and/or blocked nose (mean 6.4 days) was significantly (p=0.027) lower than that during the observation period (mean 11 days). Furthermore, the participants had a mean of 0.7 episodes of upper respiratory tract infection during the spray period, compared with 1.0 episodes during the observation period (p=0.05).
A daily nasal spray with saline can prevent nasal symptoms of common cold in a population of otherwise healthy adults. Read more
A study in 84 patients with dust-induced bronchitis receiving combined drug treatment, hyperbaric oxygenation, hypobarotherapy and artificial speleotherapy indicates that the first place by its efficacy is occupied by artificial speleotherapy resulting in an improvement of the functional indices of the cardiopulmonary system. The second place is occupied by hypobaric regimen. Hyperbaric oxygenation was of low efficacy. Read more
Effect of the microclimate of salt mines on T- and B-lymphocyte function in bronchial asthma patients
A study of 55 patients with bronchial asthma revealed a reduction of the relative number of T-lymphocytes and their IgA content. The changes were most pronounced in patients during the phase of unstable remission of the disease. Disorders of the T- and B-system of lymphocytes were associated with an increased number of cortisol-resistant lymphocytes. After a course of speleotherapy one could observe an increase of the number of T-lymphocytes and their functional activity, normalization of the number of B-lymphocytes, increase of the level of IgA, reduction of the IgM content and of the relative content of cortisol-resistant lymphocytes fraction. Read more
Speleotherapy, the use of the climate of caves, is an accepted but not widely known therapeutic measure in the treatment of chronic obstructive airway diseases. This study summarizes the therapeutic experiences of more than 4000 patients who were treated in a 10-year period in a hospital-cave complex in Tapolca,Hungary. A sharp and long-lasting clinical improvement and a significant recovery from airway obstruction could be observed in the overwhelming majority of patients. It is established that the microclimate of some caves can beneficially affect these disorders, but the cave should be considered as an optimal environment for complex respiratory rehabilitation. Read more
Current evidence suggests nebulized 3% saline may significantly reduce the length of hospital stay among infants hospitalized with non-severe acute viral bronchiolitis and improve the clinical severity score in both outpatient and inpatient populations. Read more
The XIVth INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM OF SPELEOTHERAPY 2012 – Clinical Abstracts for using salt therapy in respiratory conditions and skin disorders
http://www.saltinstitute.org/health/overview/ – Salt is an important ingredient in your good health
https://www.cff.org/About-Us/Media-Center/Press-Releases/Saltwater-Solution-Offers-Novel-Therapy-for-Cystic-Fibrosis-Patients/ – Saline Therapy in Cystic Fibrosis
SaltAir – FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
SaltAir device is an ultrasonic salinizer that releases microscopic particles of salt into the indoor air for long time inhalation. The breathable salt particles, under 5 microns with the majority under 1 micron, are able to penetrate deep into your lung and clean, humidify, reduce inflammation and widen the entire airways. Natural rock salt has mucokinetic (fluidizes the mucus), anti inflammatory (absorbs edema from the mucosa lining the airways), anti bacterial (kills bacteria) and hydrophilic properties (absorbs edema and humidifies the airways).
Absolutely no! The ultrasonic salinizer Saltair is especially designed and calibrated to deliver a safe amount and specific size of microscopic salt particles. The device will not increase the humidity in the air. Attention: Never add salt in a regular humidifier as some people may think can do! We guarantee you would not be happy with the results and it is dangerous for respiratory sufferers! Read Salinizer tips for best results!
Both devices place microscopic salt particles, majority under 2 microns, into the indoor air, for breathing. While Salin is using dry salt filter, the ultrasonic salinizer Saltair uses saline solution to create the salt aerosol. With Saltair device, the quantity of salt particles generated every night, is constantly the same and can be easily adjusted and controlled by increasing the saline solution concentration. With a dry salt filter, as in Salin Plus, the quantity of salt particles decrease in time, with the maximum quantity in the first week and a filter replacement would be needed every 3-4 months, or sooner.
Here is a good article to compare different salt therapy avenues.
One device is adequate for the treatment of max. 45-50 cubic meters room (about 1700 cubic foot). However, it is recommended to use it close to your bed while sleeping, and direct the gently air stream towards you.
The device comprises of two parts: the base and the water tank (the translucent green part). The base needs regular maintenance every 1-2 months by gently cleaning the ultrasonic cell with the provided cleaning solution, to avoid calcular deposits due to the minerals found in the natural rock salt, taking care that the saline solution will not enter inside of the base (please read the Instructional Manual).
The water tank holds the saline solution that should be refilled and gently cleaned with tap water every 7-8 days. To clean the interior of the water tank from calcular deposits – let it soak in water with double strength cleaning vinegar (1 to 3 parts water); empty half and shake it well; you can add a little dish detergent as well.
No! The saline solution will not build any bacteria, fungi or mold due to the specific bactericide and fungicide properties of salt. However we advice to clean the device as above and change the saline solution every 7 days.
Cystic fibrosis sufferers have special concern about bacterial growth and in this case the cleaning process and refill with saline solution can be done more often, every 2-3 days. The water tank can be disinfected each time and let it soak in water with double strength cleaning vinegar (1 to 3 parts water) for about an hour.
The UV light is also known to inhibit germs and bacterial growth. Use it during functional hours or when the unit is off.
The device is almost noise free. You barely can hear that it is working.
200 x 180 x 90 mm ( ~8 x 7 x 3.5 inches) and weights maximum 0.55 kg or 1.2 lb.
The dry sodium chloride (salt) aerosol has a considerable level of negatively charged particles and this is leading to a negative ionization of the air surrounding the salt ions. Also, the inner surfaces of airways have a slight positive charge. Negatively charged particles of salt aerosol move in the lumen of respiratory tract and settle more intensively compared to neutral particles. In addition, the negative charge increases aerosol stability.
No! The device can be a complementary or stand alone (alternative) treatment and does not interact with any classical treatment. The quantity of the salt aerosol is comparable with the ocean or seaside aerosol and will not affect a low-salt diet. The salt micro particles reach the epithelium surface of the respiratory system and are eliminated with the mucus.
Even if the majority of salt micro particles are under 2 micron, some filters as HEPA can remove the salt micro-particles from air. However, the device is recommended to be used close to your bed, during the night sleep, and direct the air to come towards you. This way you will still benefit from the salty air coming from the unit. You can also place the air cleaner on the other side of the room or on hallway.
Many people have noticed that they sleep better when using our Saltair – home salt therapy device. This is because the salt aerosol helps in cleaning and widening the airways, leading to easier breathing and better blood oxygenation. Salt ions have been found having good effects over the nervous system as well.
Yes! Because of its general healthy and hygiene effects, the Saltair device is recommended not only for people suffering from respiratory problems, but also for healthy people to increase their respiratory immunity.
Saltair device affects the flow of secretions of the respiratory passages and strengthens the vibrations of cilia, allowing the secretions to be removed quickly and clear the respiratory passages. This will bring an easier and comfortable breathing pattern. It also helps in clearing the nasal passages, diminishes the snoring and obtain a more relaxed and therapeutic sleep.
Depending on your condition, you may need one or both of them. In chronic respiratory diseases long-term exposure is necessary and the Saltair device is highly recommended during night sleep. Salt Pipe inhaler can be used during the day when driving, or when outside of your home. They are complementary products and can be used together to maximize the exposure to the salt therapy. In chronic respiratory disease you need at least 7-8 hours daily exposure, for lasting results. Read more about salt therapy avenues.
Many people have noticed that their partners do not snore as loud as before using salt therapy or they stop snoring. The salt ions reduce the oro-pharyngeal and soft palate edema, often met with snoring, resulting in improvement and diminishing of snoring. The salt aerosol also clears the mucus and unclog blockages that also cause snoring.
Yes! It is very safe! Fighting with flu and colds in infants and small children could give you a hard time. Babies under 4 months old can only breathe through their noses, so when they get congested it is hard for them to nurse. Using a Saltair device will help a stuffy nose infant breathe easier. Salt particles will help in opening and clearing the airways and get rid of stuffy nose and wake-ups during the night. Regular use will increase the respiratory immunity and you will notice that your child does not get a cold as often as before using home salt therapy.
In infants and small children, ear infection can appear very often. To help them to get better sooner and reduce the rate of recurrence, you should place their bed under an angle (head higher than feet while lying) and place the salt machine close to the bed with the air stream towards them. The salt aerosol helps with the edema of the Eustachian tube, leading to widening of the airway passages and better drainage of the inflammatory secretions & better aeration behind the tympanic membrane (drum). Salt is bactericide and bacteriostatic and will help in killing bacteria and stop infection.
This is depending how your body reacts, your age and stage of your respiratory disease but you should notice soon the fresh and easy breathing air. At the same time, it is likely that there will be other noticeable and beneficial effects such as a reduction or cessation in the use of asthma inhalers. Any current medical problems, however must be given special attention and consult with your doctor. Some people will notice results right after first night of use and others may need longer time, 2-3 or more weeks. In allergies may be required even months if the allergen triggers are present. For many snorers it was noticed that they do not snore as loud as before or they stopped snoring.
All natural therapies take time and perseverance but with aerosol salt therapy many people got impressive results. The improvements may set slowly in some cases, especially in not severe conditions, and may notice a difference only when stopping using the device for 1-2 weeks. For lasting results, especially in chronic conditions, continuous use is necessary. The longer exposure, the better results!
Sometimes, in the first period of utilization, it is possible an accentuation of the coughing phenomenon, especially with larger than recommended dose of salt in the saline solution. The fluidization of the secretion in the respiratory system leads to too quick elimination. Coughing has an important part in this mechanism. If the coughing strokes give you too much trouble you can adjust the quantity of salt into the saline solution by making a new one using less salt.
REMEMBER that coughing, in this case, is not something to alarm for, unless it is too intense. When you use our recommended quantity of salt is less probable to have intense coughing. You should then decrease the quantity of salt you used and slowly increase it, only if necessary, in time, as your body gets accustomed with the salt therapy
Yes! Thinking now about pets, they are part of our life, day and night, including their problems. A dog or cat snoring problem or their asthma-allergy pattern is very much the same as ours and looking for a solution is not a problem anymore! Salt therapy by Saltair can also be used for pets.
We need to explain that the Amazon negative reviews are due to the fact that, Amazon, being an e-commerce platform, people are easily purchasing products without a prior research about how salt therapy works. On Amazon store, the information about the product is minimal and to proper understand the therapy, more research is needed from purchaser. As a result, some Amazon purchasers do not properly understand how home salt therapy works, and they expect seeing mist coming out of the Saltair unit. Saltair device is not a humidifier and you will not be able to see mist coming out from the unit. This does not mean the device is not effective! Most of the negative reviews talk about being too small and not delivering enough aerosol.
Saltair is a Medical Device Class I in Canada and Europe with excellent results, for many years now! Saltair releases only microscopic particles of salt, under 2 microns, into the indoor air for long-term breathing. These salt particles are very tiny and you are not able to see them; they need to be so tiny in order to penetrate deep into the lungs, to alveoli. The output quantity was established after extensive medical and scientific trials and it is finely adjusted for maximum benefit, in home use and long-term exposure. Increasing this quantity will put at risk patients with certain medical condition and will result in unwanted salt deposits inside the room. Trust our expertise that Saltair unit is calibrated for best results and safely use at home! Never add salt in a regular humidifier, as some people may think can do!