With up to 40 per cent of children suffering from allergies, parents are opening up to the latest complementary therapy to help battle symptoms associated with common ailments, from the winter cold to hayfever, asthma and eczema. The ingredient? A pinch of salt.
Ancient natural salt caves dating back to the 1800s have paved the way for today’s more scientific salt therapy (also known as halo therapy), helping to relieve the symptoms of debilitating respiratory and skin ailments.
So what is it and how does it work? Salt therapy is a non-invasive, chemical-free therapy designed to relieve congestion, inflammation and allergies of the airways and skin. By widening the airways of the respiratory tract, the micro salt particles reach deep into the respiratory system loosening up the mucus, which helps to reduce inflammation.
The best part – children don’t even know they’re being treated. Kids enter a room with an adult (or the whole family) and simply sit back, play and breathe in an ambient setting, designed to mimic a natural salt cave, filled with toys, a fish tank, bean bags and a TV. During the 45-minute session, a Halogenerator grinds up pharmaceutical grade salt to tiny particles that become airborne and dispersed.
Salt therapy is not a cure and works in conjunction with the sufferer’s medical treatment, helping to relieve symptoms of a range of common respiratory conditions be it ongoing or seasonal, from asthma to bronchitis as well as common skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
Husband and wife duo David and Katharine Lindsay founded Salts of the Earth in 2010 after seeing overseas firsthand the effects salt therapy had on David’s father, a long term sufferer of chronic respiratory illnesses. The centres now cater to more than 1000 appointments each week.
Salts of the Earth ambassador Lindy Klim knows first-hand the positive impact salt therapy can have. “My son Rocco had a bad nasal problem that was keeping him awake at night, so we wanted to find a non-invasive, natural remedy that would help to relieve his symptoms,” she said.
“We’re so grateful to have found Salts of the Earth, it really has made such a difference to him. Rocco always had trouble sleeping as he had nasal dripage and was coughing all the time. After using salt therapy, the difference in Rocco was noticeable straight away. He had a perfect night’s sleep without being disrupted – there was no coughing and no complaints.”
Lindy reaps the benefits of salt therapy to maintain her own wellbeing, too. “I fly a lot so it’s nice for me to enjoy the room and take 45 minutes just for myself, knowing that by simply sitting back and relaxing, my recovery from travel is being aided as salt therapy helps me to breathe better and sleep better,” she said.
Dr John Tickell said there are scientifically proven benefits in combining medical and natural therapy. “There is science backing salt therapy, proving that breathing in minute salt particles does work to relieve symptoms, when used in conjunction with regular medication prescribed by your GP. By relieving the symptoms of a condition, medication can become more effective, resulting in better management and stronger relief,” he said.
“People who suffer from respiratory ailments have a condition that either inflames the lungs or produces excessive mucus. Salt can only clear a certain amount at a time, which is why we encourage customers to head into Salts of the Earth for a consultation first so the staff can understand their needs and recommend the best management plan for them.”