Whether it takes the form of lamps, therapeutic rooms, or healing baths, salt therapy is the darling of the spa community—but as it stands, there are a lot of unsubstantiated claims floating around about the health benefits of salt therapy, especially in the context of Himalayan pink salt. Whether contemporary salt therapy is an effective health practice or just hype, consider these ten curative properties of salt, backed by a healthy dose of science:
1. Salt Therapy is a Natural Antimicrobial
Ever hear people tell you to wash out a wound in the sea? Turns out there’s some scientific merit to that advice. A study of mice cited by Time found that skin cells naturally accumulated more salt (sodium chloride) near infected areas; without salt, bacteria were able to flourish. Furthermore, mice fed high-salt diets were able to recover from infections more quickly.
Until further studies are performed using human subjects, researchers won’t be able to determine a “dosage” of salt that supports immune function; but in the meantime, it might be worth taking a nice salty bath (table salt, not Epsom salt) if you’re covered with minor scrapes or bug bites.
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