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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. The most natural and unprocessed one is the rock salt. 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. This comes in the form of white crystals. We do not realize that it is highly processed. The many other types of salt aren’t nearly as common as table salt.  Knowing about these uncommon types of salt, and trying them out, can greatly benefit our body. This can lead us to a more healthy lifestyle.

What is Rock Salt?

Halite, also known as rock salt, often come in the form of isometric colourless crystals, but can also appear in colours 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.

Rock Salt for Salt Therapy

 

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 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 Treatment

Salt Comes in Colours

As previously mentioned, rock salt can come in a variety of colours. The different types of colours usually depend on geographical location. For example, a type of rock salt that is becoming more familiarized is pink Himalayan salt. The pink colour is formed from a higher content in iron oxide. This salt is used for salt lamps and decoration. It also works well with cooking since pink salt possess a rich mineral flavor.

Grey salt is another common type of rock salt. It can be 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. This type of salt is used for centuries in salt therapy. The salt and the natural minerals it contains have a synergistic effect on the respiratory system. This helps in 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. You can use it 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 many salt caves around the world and more salt room spas, salt therapy is becoming a widely used and popular treatment throughout the world. However, these methods can get quite expensive and sometimes the location of the salt cave or salt room isn’t convenient. A salt machine is the perfect way to bring the salt cave right into the comfort of your own home!Saltair machine + rock salt

Salt Therapy Using a Salt Machine

The salt machine – also called Ultrasonic Salinizer – uses ultrasonic technology to transform a saline solution into minuscule salt particles. These microscopic salt particles are released in the air, for breathing. Inhaling these salt particles will help to reduce inflammation, fight infection and clear the stagnant mucus. As a result, it will improve respiratory conditions such as asthma, allergies, bronchitis, COPD, cystic fibrosis and more.

Salt Therapy Helps with Relaxation

Salt therapy is also a very lovely way to de-stress, relax and alleviate anxiety. Studies suggest that the release of negative ions have a beneficial effect on our nervous system. Salt naturally contains negative ions and 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.

Salt Machine as an Air Purifier

Using salt therapy at home by a salt machine like the one in the above picture, helps in cleaning the indoor air as well. The negative ions of salt stick to the positively charged particles of pollen, dust, bacteria, viruses and other pollutants. It helps to clean the air and eliminates odours. Breathe fresh and clean air every day!

Salt Therapy for Skin Conditions

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. It helps with the skin’s water balance by attracting moisture to the skin.

Salt is also antibacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal keeping the skin clean and fighting infections. In skin conditions like acne and eczema it promotes healing.

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. In this case, it will often reduce the amount of medication taken in the prescribed treatment.

Why Salt Therapy at Home

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 is not. Breathing the salt aerosol does not increase the salt intake. The particles of salt deposit on the respiratory mucosa and are eliminated with the mucus. Inside of the respiratory system, the salt particles help to fluidize and clear the mucus. The salt aerosol also reduces 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 well-being.  It essentially cleans out your respiratory system, improves the appearance of skin, and boosts 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, and direct the slight air stream towards you. This way you 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 breathing. In time you will find saving you numerous trips to the doctor’s office because it strengthen your respiratory immunity. 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