Since the beginning of time, salt has been an essential part of human life. It has been used in cooking, as a preservative, and on icy roads for traction. Centuries ago it was even used as a currency! Salt is also used in holistic wellness practices as a beauty aid, for cleaning sinus passages and in bath salts.
In the 1800’s, in salt caves and mines in Eastern Europe and Russia, it was noticed that workers in the caves did not have respiratory ailments like others who did not work in the caves. The salt mine workers also tended to be healthier overall.
Dr. Feliks Boczkowski founded the first salt therapy treatment in 1839 at a resort facility at the Wielicaka Salt Mine in Poland. He brought particular attention to the fact that staying in the underground salt caves was an extremely effective asthma treatment.
During WWII, doctors observed that people hiding in salt mines and caves began to experience benefits of improved respiratory health. In the 1960’s, underground spa facilities became a popular means of therapy for people with respiratory conditions.
In 1985, the first halogenerator was made, and halotherapy (dry salt therapy) was born. It was first practiced in the USSR and Europe. Salt therapy then spread to Canada, Australia and finally the United States in 2011.
For a more detailed history, go to www.salttherapyassociation.org.