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Rock Salt: The Real Diamond in a Mine

All salt around the world has the same type of composition, sodium chloride. However, just because all salts are made up from the same elements doesn’t mean they are all the same. Sea salt for example, has additional minerals like zinc and potassium but is also extracted from today’s seas that are polluted. Most of us are only familiar with table salt in the form of white crystals and we do not realize that it is highly processed. The many types of other salt aren’t nearly as common as table salt but knowing about these uncommon types and trying them out can benefit the body greatly, leading to a healthier lifestyle as well.

            Halite, also known as rock salt, often come in the form of isometric colorless crystals, but can also appear in colors ranging from grey to pink. It depends on the type of mineral impurities it contains when harvested. Rock salt was formed in the Middle Miocene Era, back to a time when there was no pollution. Formed naturally underground, it contains natural minerals in it, and is completely unprocessed. This salt is one of best salts since there isn’t much processing done during mining and it preserves all its natural components as well.

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            Rock salt only has two collection processes: mining and evaporated brine (a concentrated salt solution). Back in the day, mining was a very expensive and dangerous operation because of rapid dehydration the miners suffered with the constant contact of the salt both in the mining passages and the salt microscopically in the air. Thanks to modern technology, it is now very easy to excerpt the salt from the layers of rock with the help of machines. Occasionally, there are even open cast mines, meaning the rock salt is mined on the surface. With evaporated brine, water is implanted into the rocks. From there, the concentrated salt solution makes its way to a collection tank through pipes and goes under a re-crystallization process. This method is not recommended since numerous minerals are lost through this process, taking away the uniqueness of rock salt.

Salt Mine

            As previously mentioned, rock salt can come in a variety of colors. The different types of colors usually depend on geographical location. For example, a type of rock salt that is becoming more familiarized is pink Himalayan rock salt. The pink color is formed from a higher content in iron oxide. This salt is used for salt lamps, decoration and also works well with cooking since pink salt possess a rich mineral flavor. Grey rock salt is another common type of rock salt, found in underground caves in Europe, and even some in the United States and Canada. Grey rock salt is very healthy as well and comes with an additional benefit. Grey rock salt is used for centuries in salt therapy. The rock salt and the natural minerals it contains have a positive collaborating effect on the respiratory system, freeing the airways and allowing easier breathing. This is accomplished by using a salt machine that creates the salty aerosol for breathing. Home salt therapy is safe and effective in strengthening the respiratory system immunity.

            The regular mined rock salt is just one of the many types of salt offered out there. However, this natural salt with its additional minerals make it the healthier option to use when cooking and in therapeutic procedures like salt therapy. Once you try this salt, table salt just won’t taste the same as before.

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Salt Therapy: Improving Overall Quality of Life with a Salt Machine

With thousands of salt caves around the world and more spas beginning to offer this, salt therapy is becoming a more widely used and popular treatment throughout the world. However, these methods can get quite expensive and sometimes the location of the salt caves / salt rooms isn’t convenient for everyone.

 Saltair machine + rock salt

A salt machine is the perfect way to bring the salt caves right into the comfort of your own home! The salt machine will release microscopic salt particles into the air, inhaling the particles will reduce inflammation and the amount of mucus in the lungs, improving respiratory conditions such as asthma, allergies, bronchitis, and more. Salt therapy is also a very lovely way to de-stress, relax and can help alleviate anxiety. Studies suggest that the release of negative ions – what you experience when you step outside into the fresh air, salt therapy has the same effect.  It reduces stress, headaches, lethargy and depression, and improves energy and mental acuity while stabilizing mood and sleep patterns. Negative ions are naturally abundant in places such as the rainforest and the beach; they are believed to stimulate serotonin in the body, helping people feel calm and relaxed.

Skin conditions such as psoriasis, rashes, eczema, and acne can also be improved with salt therapy. Pure mineral salt, like the salt used in our home salt therapy has natural moisturizing properties and help with the skin’s water balance by attracting moisture to the skin.

Salt therapy is one hundred percent natural, drug free, and very safe. It can be used for any age group, providing immunity and reduce risk of infection down the road. Salt therapy can be used alone or it can be combined with other medical prescriptions, which often reduces the amount of medication taken in the prescribed treatment.

 A common concern about salt therapy is if it’s harmful to breathe in too much salt. While ingesting too much salt can be harmful for the body, breathing in the microscopic particles of salt doesn’t increase the salt intake, as they are eliminated with the mucus. Inside of the respiratory system, the salt particles help to fluidize the mucus, reduce the inflammation and kill bacteria, viruses and fungus.

 So, if you have tried all the medications possible for your stuffy nose and bad cough, it’s time to try home salt therapy! With no harmful side effects, salt therapy is beneficial for overall wellness by essentially cleaning out your respiratory system, improving the appearance of skin, and boosting the immune system. It’s the easiest treatment possible, without any user involvement, it can be used during the night sleep, with so many advantages. All you need to do is to place the salt machine next to your bed, on a night table, direct the slight air stream towards you and freely breathe in the salt particles released by the salt machine, and let the salt work its magic.  It acts quickly on relieving symptoms and improving respiratory immunity, saving you numerous trips to the doctor’s office. Saltair – Home Salt Therapy machine is small, easy to use and effective and has a lot to offer if you bring it home!

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What Type of Salt You Should Use in Salt Therapy

Many people are asking us about the type of salt we use in salt therapy, so we decided to write about this.

Types of rock salt

Salt comes in many types but people are most familiar with the regular table salt and not as much with other types. Beside the regular table salt, there is a huge market with sea salt. Table salt and sea salt are highly processed and they contain lots of additives as flowing agents and not our best options. Sea salt may also contain pollutants depending on the places where it was harvested. However, many people are not aware of this.

Table salt is mainly sodium chloride combined with iodine such as potassium iodide or cuprous iodide, stabilizers for the iodine to prevent the potassium iodide from breaking down into iodine, and anti-caking agents. The anti-caking agents includes: calcium silicateferric ammonium citratemagnesium silicatealuminum calcium silicatecalcium phosphate, to name a few.  Salt is hygroscopic, meaning it has the property to absorb water from the air. This water dissolves the salt, making the salt granules to stick together into a solid mass.  An anti-caking additive, such as calcium silicate has the property of absorbing moisture from the air better than salt, and it does not dissolve in the water it absorbs. This help in protecting the salt from caking, and ensures it flows freely. 

Usually all salt used in industry have these additives in different concentrations. 

In salt therapy we use grey rock salt extracted using classical mining technology; the rock salt is only crushed preserving all the natural minerals in it. Sodium chloride together with the natural occurring minerals in rock salt have a synergetic effect on the respiratory system, providing great health results in salt therapy. 

To understand more about salt you can read more at Types of Salt in Salt Therapy: Rock Salt vs Sea Salt vs Table Salt