Pink Himalayan salt is considered to be the healthiest and purest kind of salt in the world. It has therapeutic and nutritional properties, not to mention its culinary uses.
It’s a kind of rock salt from the Punjab region of Pakistan, near the foothills of the Himalayas. The Punjab region of Pakistan has one of the world’s oldest and richest salt fields.
Pink Himalayan salt comes from salt mines 5 thousand feet deep below the Himalayan Mountain Range. It’s experienced enormous pressure over millions of years and is believed to be over 99% pure. Its color variations are indicative of its high mineral content.
It’s slightly different from regular salt as it possesses many other trace elements and minerals that aren’t found in regular table salt. It mainly consists of sodium chloride, but it’s also a good source of up to 84 different trace minerals, such as calcium, potassium, zinc, iron, sulphur, and magnesium.
Pink Himalayan salt can be used for cooking, body scrubs, bath soaks, Himalayan salt lamps, and halotherapy (salt therapy.)
What’s Salt Therapy?
Many doctors send their patients with respiratory ailments to recover near the sea by inhaling the salty air and soaking up some sunshine.
Salt therapy, also referred to as speleotherapy or halotherapy, involves inhaling tiny salt particles. Even though the sea air contains salt, dry salt (found in salt inhalers and salt caves) is a more powerful form of salt therapy.
Salt therapy works in 2 ways: Diseased and injured cells are electron-deficient, but Pink Himalayan salt emits negative ions. So, when the body is submitted to an electron-rich environment, it helps heal cells by absorption. Also, the salt in its microcrystalline form has antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial and antiseptic effects on the epithelial cells responsible for secretion and protection.
Cave rooms full of salty air have long been considered therapeutic in many Eastern European countries. Salt rooms that mimic these cave rooms full of salty air are popping up in a great number of polluted cities like London and New York. They act as a powerful aid for those who suffer from skin and lung diseases. Breathing in the dry salty air found in salt rooms helps improve skin and respiratory health.
Modern salt air therapy combines both the modern and ancient techniques. Salt inhalation therapy can boost the immune system and help with sinus problems, allergies, hay fever, congestion, common colds, coughs, bronchitis, COPD, and asthma.
As you breathe through a salt inhaler, the moisture from the air picks up tiny particles of the salt and carries it deep into your lungs without side effects. Then, the salt moistens your mucus membranes, thins mucus, reduces inflammation, cleans your airways and pulls out toxins, thus making you feel better.
7 Benefits of a Himalayan Salt Inhaler:
– It boosts your immune system
The antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial and antiseptic of Pink Himalayan salt can help boost your immune system. The salt works against bacteria, fungi, viruses, and other pathogens by promoting white blood cell (phagocyte) activity to destroy pathogens.
– It clears mucus build-up
When you inhale tiny salt particles, they fall on your airway linings and draw water into them, thus thinning the mucous, safely relieving congestion and opening up your airway passages.
– It lowers inflammation
Inhaling tiny salt particles helps diminish the edema of your bronchial mucosa and reduce inflammation. It helps prevent (or at least reduce) the frequency of respiratory tract inflammation, including inflammation of your upper/lower respiratory tract. It also works against irritation and inflammation triggered by exposure to second-hand smoke, air pollution, and allergens. Keeping your body’s inflammatory responses at a minimum can keep your whole body healthier.
– It detoxifies your lungs
Chances are you breathe in a large amount of chemical pollutants, dust, smog, smoke, and pet danger. It may negatively affect the health of your respiratory tract. It may make you more susceptible to allergies, common cold, sinusitis, cough, pneumonia, COPD, bronchitis, asthma, and other respiratory illness. But, using a Himalayan salt inhaler on a regular basis can help detoxify your lungs and significantly improve your respiratory health.
– It helps with skin conditions
Using a Himalayan salt inhaler on a regular basis can help enhance skin redness, skin roughness, and skin hydration, making it an excellent option for you if you have skin inflammation; rosacea; rashes; psoriasis; itching; eczema; dry, flaky skin; dermatitis; acne; and other skin conditions.
– It reduces stress and boosts your mood
Himalayan salt emits negative ions that are invisible, tasteless and odorless molecules. When these molecules reach your bloodstream, they produce biochemical reactions that elevate the levels of serotonin, i.e., a mood-boosting chemical that helps reduce stress and boost your mood.
– It improves sleep
Stress increases the levels of cortisol, thus preventing you from getting restorative sleep. But, using a Himalayan salt inhaler on a regular basis can help calm your stress response and enable your body to produce melatonin, thus helping you get a good night’s sleep. Using a salt inhaler can also help you get a good night’s sleep by relieving respiratory problems.
How to Use It:
You can find a ceramic Himalayan salt inhaler online or at most natural health food stores. You shouldn’t use a plastic inhaler.
Using a Himalayan salt inhaler is very easy. Here is how to do so:
A few days before use, rinse out the inhaler with warm tap water and let it dry out completely. You shouldn’t use soap.
Make sure it’s dry and then place large pieces of Pink Himalayan salt in it according to the package directions.
Place the mouthpiece in your mouth and breathe in through your mouth and breathe out through your nose. Take deep breaths for up to twenty minutes every day.
You can clean it by removing the salt and washing the outside of the mouthpiece with warm salt water. You shouldn’t put it in the dishwasher.
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