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Volume 26 Issue 1
September/October 2020

Taking Care of Our Mental Wellness

Eating Better for Your Health and Satisfaction

Book Review: All Things Being Equal: Why Math is the Key to a Better World by John Mighton

Salt Therapy – Is This Right for You?

The Broadway Health Collective Welcomes You

The Cannabis Plant and Our Relationship with Nature

Fight, Flight, or Freeze

Editorial

Salt Therapy – Is This Right for You?
by Lynn Constantinoff
Nadine LeBean


Knowledge is important when developing an opinion, or making an informed decision. With knowledge, you gather the facts, weigh them out, then determine what’s right for you.

I built my own Salt Therapy room and use Himalayan salt lamps because they’re right for me. I’d like to share my knowledge of the benefits of Salt Therapy and Himalayan salt lamps, so you can decide if Salt Therapy is right for you. 

Himalayan salt from the Himalayan Mountains is different from other salts in that it contains about 86 minerals and trace elements that your body requires. It can be used in many ways including Salt Therapy rooms and Himalayan salt lamps. Salt Therapy has been recognized and respected in European cultures for over 175 years.

The design and layout of my room was done intuitively after experiencing the beneficial properties of this therapy. The room is more about the healing energy and vibration of the salt than it is about the aesthetics. However, my therapy room has become a sanctuary of peace and tranquility, while enjoying the benefits.

How can I describe my room? Simply, there is Himalayan salt spread about 4–6 inches thick across the floor. The room is dimly lit with soft-coloured lights and Himalayan lamps that provide a relaxing and calming atmosphere. Pharmaceutical grade salt, ground into micro-particles by a halo-generator, is dispersed through the room for you to inhale. Instrumental music plays softly in the room to help heal and restore your energy.

With the many environmental, physical, and emotional stressors that attack the respiratory system, using this kind of therapy keeps my immune and respiratory system healthy. It does this in a natural holistic way, without the use of inhalers and pharmaceuticals. For lung health, dry salt air is more effective than moist salt air. A 45-minute session has the healing properties of spending 2–3 days at the ocean.

So what are the benefits of Salt Therapy? It is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and it is a natural disinfectant that fights germs and helps detoxify the body. It alleviates headaches, and respiratory and skin conditions. It promotes sounder sleep, reduces chronic stress and fatigue, improves health and mood, increases energy, improves physical fitness and endurance, providing overall wellness for children, adults, and athletes. Mineral salts have strong rejuvenating properties that support the immune, nervous and lymphatic systems.

What about Himalayan salt lamps? Many of you have these lamps, but don’t realize the benefits of having them in your homes, or how best to use them.

With COVID-19 keeping us at home, now more than ever we should turn on our Himalayan salt lamps. As we spend more time on our computers, laptops, iPads, cell phones, gaming devices, TV, and other electronics, we are being bombarded with electromagnetic radiation.

Although invisible, the long-term effects of this radiation exposure can be significant. It is known to increase stress levels, chronic fatigue, and decrease the body’s immune response. Himalayan salt lamps work to neutralize this radiation. These lamps are best kept in the general area of the electronic devices that you use most often to reduce the potential danger. When purchasing Himalayan salt lamps take into account the size of room and/or the number of electronics within a given space.

These lamps are natural room purifiers that cleanse and deodorize the air. This helps reduce allergy and asthma symptoms, and can ease congestion and coughing. Salt lamps purify the air as they attract water molecules from the environment. As the lamp warms from the heat of the bulb, the water molecules are absorbed and impurities like dust, pet dander, mold, etc. are left trapped in the salt crystals.

Positive ions are harmful as they reduce blood and oxygen supply to the brain, resulting in irregular sleep patterns, robbing you of quality sleep. These salt lamps reverse this, improving air quality for a better night’s sleep. If you like a darker room and have a pink or white lamp, turn it on during the day, then turn it off before going to sleep. There are also dark red and grey lamps available that emit less light and can be left on all night.

Himalayan salt lamps also improve mood and concentration. Using a lamp improves blood and oxygen supply to the brain (and other organs), and provides a boost of serotonin to the neurotransmitters. This mood booster makes us feel happy. The soft glow of a natural pink Himalayan salt lamp resembles the glow of the sun, so a salt lamp can also relieve the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

Your salt lamp reduces static electricity, and consumes very little energy while providing an environmentally-friendly light source. They use a low-wattage heat-emitting bulb (15–25w) depending on the size of your lamp. Unless your lamp heats up, it cannot work properly. Always use a heat generating bulb and keep your lamp turned on.

If you have more questions, please visit my website (below). I carry salt inhalers, bath salts, table salt, and a beautiful variety of lamps in all shapes, styles, sizes, and colours. I’m available to share my knowledge and help you make an informed decision as to whether or not Salt Therapy and Himalayan salt lamps are right for you.

Lynn Constantinoff is a 40-year licensed funeral professional who lives in Saskatoon. She is certified in holistic healing modalities—Jikiden Reiki, Hands on Healing, and Quantum Touch. She is also a Transformational Health and Life Coach. For more information and an opportunity to create your own unique experience, contact her for a booking by visiting her website salttherapyyxe.ca and see the display ad on page 25 of the 26.1 September/October issue of the WHOLifE Journal.

 

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