Many people are familiar with salt’s health uses in
baths, as a saline solution, in neti pots, for gargling,
and for cleaning and exfoliating the skin.
HISTORY OF HALOTHERAPY
Dry salt therapy, or halotherapy, is being embraced
across the United States as a modern modality for
health and wellness, but this practice started a long
time ago—in Eastern Europe’s salt mines.
In the early 1800s, workers were deep underground
mining, grinding and cultivating. Small salt particles
were being inhaled and landing on these miners’ skin.
It was not long before physicians began noticing how
healthy the miners were and conveying those findings
to the rest of the population. The doctors discovered
that dry salt has unique properties that differ from
the ocean’s wet or moist salt. Soon, medical clinics
were being established deep underground to care for
patients that would benefit from dry salt therapy. 1
In the mid 1900s, Russian researchers began
working on technology to bring the effects of dry
salt therapy to ground level and make it available to
the greater population that were not able to travel
to the mines. The first halogenerator was developed
in Odessa, Ukraine. 1 Halo is derived from the Greek
word halos, which means salt. A halogenerator crushes
and grinds dry salt into specific micronized particles
and disperses the salt into a room or chamber. Thus,
halotherapy was born and soon spread throughout
Eastern Europe, where there are thousands of facilities
BY LEO TONKIN
SALT IS AN ESSENTIAL INGREDIENT TO ALL LIVING CREATURES ON EARTH. IT HAS
A LONG HISTORY, WHERE IT HAS PLAYED A ROLE: AS CURRENCY, IN RELIGIOUS
RITUALS, AS A PRESERVATIVE AND FOR HEALTH AND WELLNESS.