For generations, anecdotal evidence has suggested that salty air promotes better respiratory function. This has lead to numerous studies and doctors recommending those with pulmonary diseases undergo halotherapy (aka salt therapy). We at EG have taken note of these findings, and have a few simple solutions as to how you can combine the benefits of salt and essential oils to promote better breathing. Here’s how and why.
When you take into consideration the fact that most bacteria can’t survive in salty environments, that salt isa natural mucolytic, and that it reduces moisture (including moisture in the lungs), the role that salt plays on respiratory function becomes more defined. Yet, much of what we know about salt’s ability to help with pulmonary diseases such asCOPD andbronchiectasis, is still very muchanecdotal. Nonetheless, we’ve taken note of this timeless remedy, and the fact that many from our very ownEG family have benefited from the use of salt and essential oils.
DIY Salt Inhaler Hack
How can your lungs benefit from salt? Combine your choice of coarse salt, with essential oils for the respiratory system (might we suggestDeep Breath,Respiratory Ease orBreathe Easier?). Remove the wick and add your salt and EO mixture to apersonal pocket inhaler. Not only does salt help to enhance the aroma of essential oils, but it will also give your lungs a breath of fresh air. For ease of use, you can also add a pinch ofEG’s bath salt to your personal inhaler (try ourBreathe Bath Salt!).
Another way to benefit from the use of salt is to create an oceanic atmosphere. To do so, boil two cups of water and stir in ½ cup of salt. Transfer the hot water to a heat safe bowl and add two drops of respiratory-friendly essential oils. Close your eyes, place your head over the bowl, and cover your head and the bowl with a towel to lock in the steam. Practice breathing exercises for 5 minutes or longer and enjoy refreshed happy lungs.