“Both tears and sweat are SALTY, but they render different results. Tears will get you sympathy; sweat will get you change.” Jesse Jackson

In the quest for optimal health and wellness- holistic medicine is a form of healing that considers the whole person- body, mind, spirit, and emotions.  Although holistic remedies and practices have been around for centuries, they’ve become more popular in recent years because people are losing faith in the healthcare system and doctors and are seeking alternatives to traditional medical practices. I am a firm believer in holistic remedies and seize every opportunity I can to experience various holistic therapeutic relaxation techniques.  I have a Himalayan Salt lamp in my bedroom and love the smell of burnt sage throughout my home.   I love a good hot rock body massage and a good foot massage.  I love hot yoga classes.  I love learning and practicing meditation.  I love a good colonic, cleanse, and detox. If it’s relaxing and has health benefits, I am willing to try it. Holistic therapies can take many forms: Acupuncture, Aromatherapy, Homeopathy, Reiki, Chinese Therapy, and Halotherapy, just to name a few.   Have you experienced any of these holistic therapies?  Over the years I’ve experienced a few of these but still have quite a few on my things-to-do list.  But, this weekend, I was able to check one off because I had a SALTY EXPERIENCE and it was remarkable. I absolutely LOVED IT!!! So for this week’s blog,  let’s talk SHIP about my SALTY EXPERIENCE!!!

For years, health organizations have warned us about the dangers of salt. That’s because high salt intake has been claimed to cause a number of health problems, including high blood pressure and heart disease. But, in reality, salt is essential for life in general, and saltiness is one of the basic human tastes. Don’t be SALTY because not all salt is bad. Salt has its benefits too. Himalayan salt is one of nature’s purest and the most complete mineral salt sources on Earth.  The unrefined rock salt, primarily sodium chloride, also contains 84 other mineral elements such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, and manganese which all have additional therapeutic properties.  These minerals are essential for our wellbeing because each mineral in our body performs a variety of important roles.  Halotherapy or Dry Salt therapy also balances alkalinity/acidity in the body, detoxifies the body of heavy metals, improves metabolic function and improves digestion, strengthens the immune system, decreases mental fatigue, and reduces stress.  It is also anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, can boost the immune system, and keeps us youthful because it also prevents aging.  So when I heard about salt caves, I knew it was a SALTY EXPERIENCE that I had to have, and yesterday it finally happened.

A friend and I spent 45 relaxing minutes in a dimly lit cave surrounded by six tons of pure pink Himalayan salt.  The cave’s walls were made of Himalayan salt and the floor was covered with inches of loose salt rocks.   Cocooned in soft blankets, listening to the tranquil sounds of a saltwater waterfall and soft music, we relaxed in zero-gravity chairs as the air in the cave became saturated with the vapors of Himalayan salt.  We walked around the cave while grounding our feet in the loose rocks. We had NO worries or responsibilities. All we had to do was relax, take deep breaths, and inhale the salt air.   Once inhaled, the salt air travels through the respiratory system providing relief for those of us with sinus and breathing ailments such as Asthma and Bronchitis.   As the salt began to nourish my body, the benefits were immediate.  My sinuses cleared up and I began to cough and expel phlegm.   Despite the salty taste in our mouths, we felt relaxed, rejuvenated, and refreshed.

Holistic remedies are based on the belief that ultimately, we are responsible for our own health and well-being and I agree with this belief because it’s true.  We are responsible for our health and well-being and can experience and create calming tranquil moments in our lives by incorporating some form of holistic therapy. Try it, they really do work.

After our SALTY EXPERIENCE, we both had an overwhelming sense of calmness and tranquillity.  We felt centered, as if our body, mind, and spirit, were aligned and fully connected. We both thoroughly enjoyed being in the salt cave and agreed that we’d certainly repeat the SALTY EXPERIENCE again, and again, and again because now we just SALTY!!!

SHIP TALK: Have you tried any holistic remedies? What have you tried?

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