Does Salt Therapy Reduce Stress and How?

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The world could be a stressful place with stress coming from our personal lives, careers, and surrounding world events. Wouldn’t it be nice if a 45-minute salt therapy session could reduce stress levels? Fortunately, scientists have found that salt therapy does have a positive impact on stress.

A scientific study titled “Halotherapy Benefits and Risks” concluded that salt therapy is a natural treatment with insignificant side effects that offers a “beneficial effect on the psycho-emotional state” of both adults and children. The study also found that salt therapy might improve some psychosomatic conditions including:

  • stress and fatigue
  • headaches
  • immune reactivity

How Does Salt Therapy Improve Stress?

Salt was said to be naturally antibacterial. Salt-coated walls and floor paired with a state-of-the-art HVAC and airflow system might allow salt’s bactericidal properties to ensure air purity. During salt therapy, the body is breathing clean air, so it is not having to work as hard at cleaning the air. This allows the body to rest. Salt is naturally anti-inflammatory and potentially helps lessen inflammation in the body. Chronic inflammation has been linked to damaging healthy cells and body tissue including organs over time. Inflammation could lead to DNA damage, tissue death, and internal scarring.

All of these are linked to the development of several diseases including:

  • cancer
  • heart disease
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • type 2 diabetes
  • obesity
  • asthma
  • neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease

While reducing inflammation in the body, salt also works to potentially rid the body of bacteria and pathogens by thinning mucus in the respiratory tract, reducing inflamed passageways, thus clearing the toxins from our body. A 2006 study found that the detoxifying benefits combined with the anti-inflammatory properties that a positive psycho-emotional benefit realized, and salt therapy had an antidepressant effect. With lower stress combined with happier feelings, getting a good night of rest becomes more accessible.


With less inflammation and open airways, salt therapy has also been shown to seemingly improve sleep, even in children with adenotonsillar hypertrophy, and enlarged tonsils.

Many of us fail to take time to restore and recharge. In addition to researched potential benefits, salt therapy could provide a moment to breathe clean air, separate from daily stresses, and focus on yourself. Recharge, breathe, and reduce stress naturally with salt therapy.