When you breathe in the salty air, these ions and minerals help to cleanse your lungs and sinuses, reduce inflammation, and boost your immune system. Salt cave therapy can also help to improve skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, and it can promote relaxation and stress relief.
The Wieliczka Salt Mines are said to be the birthplace of salt therapy. In 1843, a Polish physician, Dr. Felix Boczkowski, noticed that the workers in the salt mines had fewer respiratory issues compared to others. He realized that as the workers were hammering, grinding, and chiseling away at the salt, they were creating micro-sized salt particles. The particles dispersed in the air around the workers, allowing them to inhale the salt. He attributed the wellness of the miners’ lungs to the introduction of salt in their airways. Other medical professionals observed similar experiences across Eastern Europe over the next century.
It wasn’t until 1980 that the very first device was invented to mimic the grinding and dispersion of salt that took place in the mines. Many developments have been made since the creation of the first Halotherapy machine (HALO being derived from the Greek word for salt) and continue to be improved today.
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