I recently took all 4 of my children and myself to a local salt cave.
What’s a salt cave?
A salt cave is a room that’s literally made of salt. This particular room had salt pebbles covering the floor, walls made out of salt, light scones made out of salt, and salt generators immersing small particles of salt into the air.
Himalayan salt lamps seem to be the current craze and salt caves mimic lamps on an obvious, bigger scale. The benefits of inhaling Himalayan salt are reported by many and from a medical standpoint, the experience is designed to mimic salt caves, which have long been considered therapeutic in Eastern Europe. Improvements of skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema and a range of respiratory ailments, including colds, asthma, allergies and bronchitis have all been reported.
With a 4 year old that had woken up for the 3rd day in a row with blood shoot eyes, and mucus surrounding them, I decided to finally make the decision to go, and witness first hand, if there was any validity to the above mentioned claims.
The room was beautiful and lights were dimmed. Soft music played in the background, several gravity chairs were dispersed around the room, and a short guided meditation for deep breathing began playing; all for the purpose of allowing us to receive the full benefits of our salt cave experience.
Making the decision to go with all 4 of my kids, made it anything BUT relaxing. While they had a few toys for little ones to play with in the salt (so as to not get bored just sitting in a room for 45 minutes) like bulldozers, dump trucks, and shovels, after about 15 minutes of playing with the toys, mayhem ensued.
The boys started throwing salt pebbles at each other, hard. It literally started raining salt. Everyone was ducking behind gravity chairs so as to not get salt blasted in their face. My 18 month old started trying to eat the salt. The serene music was still playing but was a distant hum as my children continued to yell, scream and laugh loudly and they continued to play their game of “salt war.” I yelled loudly and often at them (I still wonder if that room was soundproofed) and thankfully, no one else was in the room (it is open to the public).
After a grueling 45 minutes, the short guided meditation came back on the speakers to release us from our relaxed positions, lol. That was my cue to tell my children that someone was about to come in and reprimand us for being so loud and for burying the facilities gravity chairs in salt.
As I left wondering if there would be any benefit to what I just experienced, for the rest of the day, I continued to taste salt dripping in the back of my throat. You know that weird sensation you get when you have congestion and you feel phlegm dripping in the back of your throat? That’s what I felt all day but it was salty. I also had to blow my nose several times throughout the day, and that too, was salty.
In moments of calm in the room, I did make a point of inhaling and exhaling deeply so as to try and get some benefits. There was no question about it, it did clear my congestion (which I didn’t even know I had) without even having to focus on my breathing the whole time.
Going back to my original reason of going (my 4 year old and his blood shoot eyes in the mornings) the next day he woke up with no bloodshot eyes and no mucus, and the symptoms didn’t come back.
Was it because of the salt cave or did his virus and/or infection just run its course and coincidentally subside the day after we spent 45 minutes in a salt cave?
I believe it’s the former. The power of traditional therapies is valid, as evidenced by thousands of anecdotal cases, even if there isn’t always “a study” to back it up. Having read hundreds of testimonials in regards to the benefits of salt therapy, Himalayan salt lamps, halo therapy and salt caves, along with experiencing it first hand with myself and my son, has led me to believe that the salt cave helped, tremendously.
My same 4 year old now has a slight cough with obvious congestion. I’ll be making another appointment for the salt cave soon.
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