A Holistic Approach to Seasonal Allergies

Lately my seasonal allergies have been making me miserable. I’ve plagued with allergies for most of my life. Allergies are the only symptom that I have not been able to cure with a vegan diet. I’ve decided to kick things up a notch a bit and incorporate more raw vegan foods into my diet. I’ll let you know how that works out once I’ve been eating raw for a couple of weeks.

Before I went holistic, I use to beg and plead doctors to prescribe me RX allergy pills and especially loved Nasonex (the chemical spray you shoot up your nostrils). Of course the RX drugs would cause side affects even worse than the allergy symptoms and I ended up feeling worse, not better.

These days I take the holistic route whenever possible and I can’t remember the last time I took an aspirin. It’s not that I suffer through my symptoms, it’s that I seek out alternatives. Unfortunately, when it comes allergies my go to holistic tricks have not been giving me adequate relief.

I did some searching on Google and discovered salt therapy. Salt rooms are very popular in Europe and are a clinically proven drug free treatment for asthma, allergy, bronchitis, sinusitis, skin irritations, congestion, cough, ear infection, wheezing and seasonal affective disorder.

I’m lucky that there is a salt room in Bellevue, WA which is a 15 minute drive from downtown Seattle.

 

 

Relaxing room at the Salt Mine Arium, Bellevue, WA
Relaxing room at the Salt Mine Arium, Bellevue, WA

So what’s salt therapy like? My salt therapy appointment was 45 minutes long and was very relaxing. The salt room serves not only to help your physical symptoms but also to clear your mind and is an excellent place to meditate. As I reclined in a zero gravity chair, the lights in the room periodically changed color. Smoothing music played and a comforting salt waterfall added to my relaxation. The owner of the salt room also let me know that they offer yoga classes and crystal bowl sound healing. I plan on checking these options out in the future .

 

Salt waterfall
Salt waterfall

Salt therapy is not only for soothing allergies. Below is an extensive list of benefits salt therapy offers.

Benefits of salt therapy:

  • reduces inflammation of the airways
  • improves lung function
  • strengthens immune systems
  • improves sleep
  • improves skin conditions
  • clears excess mucous, pollutants and toxins
  • cleanses airways, nasal cavities and sinuses
  • relieves stress and naturally calms
  • reduces symptoms of allergies, asthma and other respiratory issues
  • decreases the likelihood of catching a cold, flu and other illnesses
Salt waterfall.
Salt waterfall.

 

**Source: Salt Mine Arium, Bellevue, WA: www.saltminearium.com

Finally, salt therapy is a good deal and not expensive. I printed a coupon online and my session was only $25. I plan to go back again soon. Of course the more you go, the better you feel.

Are there any “alternative” therapies you have used to treat your symptoms? Let me know about them in the comments below. Also, if you enjoyed this content, please make sure to sign up for my weekly wellness newsletter.

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