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The Salt Spa and Why You Should Try It

Updated on March 22, 2018
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The History of Salt Mines

In 1843, a Polish doctor, Felix Boczkowski observed that salt miners at the Wieliczka salt mine, had a noticeably low record of respiratory conditions. His conclusion was that the dry salt particles that saturated the air in the salt mines, had a positive effect when breathed in by the salt miners, possibly a healing-type effect with respiratory-related illnesses.

The Wieliczka Salt Mine is now the largest Underground Rehabilitation and Treatment Center in the world. Not only do they provide the natural microclimate of the underground salt excavations but they practice contemporary medicine as well.

According to the STA, Salt Therapy Association, "Dr. Feliks Boczkowski, who was not only a great doctor but also a very smart business man, founded and opened the first health resort facility at the Wieliczka Salt Mine in Poland in 1839. He offered salt baths by utilizing natural brine from underground and mentioned in his book, that staying underground can be even more effective in asthma treatment than inhalations."

Today, people are creating above ground salt rooms in many countries. With people looking for natural alternatives that aid in positive well-being and good health, salt rooms and salt spas are now the trend.

Salt therapy room, Bad Soden-Salmünster (Germany)
Salt therapy room, Bad Soden-Salmünster (Germany) | Source

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The Benefits of Salt Spas

Having experienced a salt spa myself, I found it to be very relaxing and soothing, breathing in the salt particles. It felt cleansing and rejuvenating. To truly feel the long-term benefits, I believe it would be necessary to have multiple sessions. I would summize that those who would benefit most, would be those with breathing problems such as asthma, COPD, bronchitis, allergies, colds, sinus infections, and other breathing related ailments.

According to, "Inhalation of salt aerosol is clinically proven to cleanse the respiratory system of the human body and to speed up elimination of toxins. A salt aerosol rich in negative ions is proven to have bactericidal effects, cleansing microbial flora of the respiratory tract, slowing down bacterial growth and increasing resistance to respiratory tract diseases. This effect is used to treat asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, sinusitis, as well as frequent respiratory tract diseases in children and adults."

The Himalayan Salt Candle

While at the salt spa, I noticed the wall of salt candles on display they were selling. I made a mental note to research them when I returned home. They were advertised as air purifiers that work by emitting negative ions into the air and as light therapy devices that help to reduce stress and increase energy.

Searching, I found dozens of them for sale, and immediately began reading the reviews. Most of the reviews were very positive with comments that they improved allergy symptoms, made breathing easier, and even improved the health of pets. The buyers sounded like me, always on the lookout for a natural and healthy way to treat illnesses and stay promote well-being. I haven't purchased one of these candles yet, but I will.

Countries with Salt Spas/Salt Therapy Rooms

According to, "many countries, including Austria, Australia, Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Kirgizia, Italia, Romania, Russia, Poland, Slovenia, UK, and Ukraine among others have Speleotherapy clinics." This is an excellent website to read about the length of sessions and what to expect during a session. Below I have listed the Salt Spas/Rooms that I could find easily online in the United States.

Serenity Salt Cave in Nolensville, Tennessee

The Salt Suite in Delray Beach, Florida

Breathe Easy Spa, Richmond, Virginia

Williamsburg Salt Spa, Williamsburg, Virginia

Salt Escape, Plano, Texas

Build Your Own Salt Room

Want your own personal salt room? Go to Salt to get all of the details. Described as an excellent business opportunity or just a great way to improve one's health, salt rooms are gaining popularity across the world.

This hub is not intended as a substitute for the medical advice of physicians. The reader should regularly consult a physician in matters relating to his/her health and particularly with respect to any symptoms that may require diagnosis or medical attention.


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    • Rosie writes profile imageAUTHOR

      Rosie writes 

      2 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks for reading. I haven't been back but may visit the salt spa again this year.

    • Kimberleyclarke profile image

      Kimberley Clarke 

      2 years ago from England

      I'd never heard of a salt spa before - thank you for this!

    • Rosie writes profile imageAUTHOR

      Rosie writes 

      3 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks for reading mary615. I have 2 of these candles - one in my bathroom and one in my bedroom. I leave the one in my room burning through the night. It has a glowing appearance and is very eye-appealing.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      3 years ago from Florida

      This is so interesting! I have chronic sinusitis, and the only relief I get is to use a salt solution to rinse out my sinuses, and if I have a sore throat, I use a salt and water gargle.

      I'm going to check out those salt candles!

    • Rosie writes profile imageAUTHOR

      Rosie writes 

      4 years ago from Virginia

      kasiapl, thanks for commenting. You are so lucky to have visited those mines - that would be very interesting. I believe this is a great natural healing remedy and would love to visit these salt spas on a regular basis, especially when having respiratory issues. Last year I had acute bronchitis and was miserable for over a month - I hadn't heard of this salt therapy at the time, but I believe it would have helped me recover much sooner than I did. I think those salt lamps would make great gifts; looking forward to getting my own.

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      4 years ago from New Jersey , USA

      That's really cool . I was actually born in Bochnia Poland , where the salt mine Weilicka is located and I visited that salt mine , it was really cool and far underground. I might buy one of those salt lamps .

    • Rosie writes profile imageAUTHOR

      Rosie writes 

      4 years ago from Virginia

      Thanks for reading Suzanne Day. My mom has COPD, also from smoking. I took her to visit the Salt Spa and she enjoyed it - it felt good to her. There are a couple of places I have found in Australia, but they may be far from your location. 1. Saltrooms Breath Well, Hollywood Avenue Bondi Junction and 2. Saltrooms Parramatta, Shop 6, 2 Horwood Place, Parramatta, New South Wales 2150. Vaporizers are very helpful too - keeping the humidity at a healthy level.

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      Suzanne Day 

      4 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      Very useful information for me as I have a touch of COPD from smoking. It doesn't look like there is a salt spa near me (Melbourne, Australia) but I believe even just steaming with salt water and gargling seem to help bronchitis-like issues a bit. Voted interesting!


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