• Israeli researchers say they have discovered the world’s longest salt cave near the desert site where, according to the Bible, Lot’s wife was turned into a pillar of salt.
  • The 10-km long warren of underground passages and chambers in Mount Sodom, overlooking the Dead Sea, was mapped out over two years by cavers from nine countries, led by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
  • The cave is called Malham.

What Is Salt Cave Therapy, And Does It Have Any Real Health Benefits? (Concept Builder)

  • Salt caves are generally constructed with sea salt bricks lining the walls, and a looser grain of salt on the floor.
  • It’s common to have salt lamps within the space, sometimes clustered in a salt “fireplace” where the lamps collectively emit a soothing glow.
  • The salt therapy trend is growing here in Canada, although Europe is far ahead of the game with thousands of salt rooms to speak of, while the U.S. boasts more than 200 options.
  • Halotherapy works by creating a hypo-allergenic and allergen-free environment (with controlled temperature and humidity), where salt particles diffuse naturally from the walls into the air.
  • Inhaling the salt sends it through the respiratory tract, where it cleanses and kills bacteria and germs.
  • The effect is apparently similar to how rejuvenated you feel after spending time near an ocean.
  • Although the opportunity to step away and connect with nature is beneficial in and of itself, the salt that we breathe oceanside helps boost immunity, clear skin, and relieve respiratory conditions.
  • And so the theory goes for an hour in a salt cave, though the results are intensified; one hour in the salt cave is said to equal about a day at the beach, though some experts contend it equals three times as much.
  • Breathing in salt particles might also help reduce inflammation in the lungs and clear mucus, as well as potentially increases lung capacity.