Recently you may have seen me post photos of our sessions at Salts of the Earth! Heaps of people have been asking about it so I thought that I would share our experience with salt therapy.
When Annabelle was about eight months old she was hit with her first cold. We had managed to get that far without even a single runny nose and the first week she started daycare, BAM! This meant over two weeks off from daycare to fully recover, as well as a lot of tears and late nights! In that time we tried every trick in the book, anything people suggested I tried – vicks on the chest and on the feet, nose suckers, vaporizer, the works! It was hard because there is obviously so many things you can’t give those under two and being viral there is nothing a doctor can prescribe anyway!
So fast-forward to now and the poor doll is still suffering from the occasional runny nose and colds that come with attending daycare! For months my mum had been telling me to get to Salts of the Earth, as well I had seen heaps of celebrity endorsements, including Megan Gale! Finally, we made the trek to the Moonee Ponds clinic as silly me didn’t realize there is actually heaps this side of town (east). The staff members there were so lovely and got us all set up in the kid’s room – it blew my mind!
Inside it’s like a cave with what looks like sand all over the floor, but actually its fine salt! The walls are all covered with rock hard salt and once it’s all going there is a machine called a Halogenerator, which ‘grinds up pharmaceutical grade salt to such a minute particle that it becomes airborne and is then dispersed into the salt room’.
In the kids room there heaps to keeps little ones distracted and occupied as well. Including a TV, beanbags, play table and beach toys so that kids can play in the salt like they are at the beach – it’s such a fun experience for them.
Well according to the SOE website ‘salt therapy is a therapy designed to relieve congestion, inflammation and allergies of the airways and skin. Salt therapy cleanses the airways and skin, relieving the symptoms of the sufferer’s condition and works in conjunction with the sufferers prescribed medication. By relieving the symptoms of a condition, medication can become more effective resulting in better management of the condition and stronger relief.’ ‘Salt therapy is another method of administering salt deep down into the airways, helping to clean out and relieve symptoms of respiratory conditions in a non invasive way.’
‘You inhale these minute particles deep down into your respiratory system, also salt will land on the skin and from here, the salt draws out the inflammation, and then breaks up mucus and cleans the surface. Mucus and congestion will then be coughed up. Many people feel flu like symptoms during this stage, however it is expected as your lungs are being cleaned out.’
So during our session, Belle’s nose began to run, watering eyes and the rash around her mouth from teething was slightly redder. This was good because it meant that it was doing exactly what it was supposed to do. Then over then next day or two Belle seemed to be experiencing great relief from her sinuses being un-blocked. She was also coughing a bit but she was cough up the mucus that has dislodged from her lungs.
We have since been trying to go at least once a week, and have been attending at Traralgon, where Robyn took fantastic care of us and helped me wrangle Belle while I got ready! It has made a huge impact for us, and coming into this winter we plan to be proactive in attending to make sure we don’t se any repeats of last years hellish cold & flu season!
I have already recommended it to so many of my family & friends with little ones! A good friends little boy who is the same age as Annabelle suffers from asthma and recently had croup – now, even after a few sessions now swears by it as he’s had no issues since he started going and goes every week
If you are interested in trying SOE you can head over to their website and sign up for the 2 for 1 deal they have kindly offered our readers!! For anyone in the same boat as us, or anyone who struggles with any kind of respiratory and skin conditions I highly suggest giving salt therapy a go