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Dead Sea Salt Brings Significant Lung Benefits: Help overcome respiratory ailments through this alternative to drugs, says Pavel Gershkovich

Dec 31, 2012 10:55AM ● By Pavel Gershkovich

Those with respiratory ailments like asthma and bronchitis that populate the Valley of the Sun have to cope with smoggy air, dust, high pollen counts and frequent visits to the doctor. However, one specific form of salt is gaining popularity as an alternative to drugs. The ancient Dead Sea, in the Middle East, has a long and storied history as a Mecca for health seekers that immerse themselves in the salty atmosphere. Historian Titus Flavius wrote more than 2,000 years ago that salt from the Dead Sea was known to heal the human body.

But you won’t need to show your passport to enjoy genuine Dead Sea salt right here in the Phoenix area, because salt rooms are making their way to the United States as more and more people seek out this natural remedy. The Salt Chalet, in Scottsdale, maintains two salt rooms, both covered from floor-to-ceiling with layers of pure salt imported from the Dead Sea. While patrons sit inside the room for a 45-minute session, a fine mist of salt is sprayed into the room. They breathe in deeply as the salt makes its way deep into the lungs, where it kills harmful bacteria, clears mucus buildup and opens air passages. Reported benefits include relief from asthma, sinus headaches, allergies, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and more.

Salt from the Dead Sea is unique, containing 10 times as much salt as ordinary seawater. It is also more highly saturated with minerals that help detoxify the body, stimulate blood circulation and relieve tension and muscle aches. A far cry from commonplace table salt, Dead Sea salt is a natural healing gift from Mother Nature. Wise men all over the world have sought out Dead Sea salt for its natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

The National Psoriasis Foundation even recommends Dead Sea salt as an effective treatment for psoriasis because its high concentration of magnesium is instrumental in improving skin hydration and reducing inflammation. A private session in the salt room deposits this natural antibacterial salt on the skin of folks suffering from psoriasis or eczema. Also, putting some Dead Sea salt in the bath can help with the dry skin we get from our desert climate.

Pavel Gershkovich operates the Salt Chalet Arizona, which maintains two salt rooms at 5011 N. Granite Reef Rd., in Scottsdale. For more information, call 480-621-6041 or visit

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