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The scientific name for salt therapy is halotherapy. Salt has many health benefits including treating asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory illnesses. One way to breathe in salt is to head to the sea shore and breathe in the salt air. Of course, this is not practical for individuals who live far away from an ocean. These individuals can create a steam with sea salt to practice halotherapy at home.

Pour your water in a pot and bring it to a boil.

Add the sea salt and stir until combined.

Remove the pot from stove and set it on a pot holder on your kitchen table.

Lean your face over the pot. Your face should be 12 inches away. Any closer and you could get burned by the steam.

Cover your head with a towel to form a tent. This will trap the steam so that you can breathe it in.

Breathe normally. Once each minute take a deep breath in and let it out. Do this for a total of 5 to 10 minutes.

Repeat once a day or more often if symptoms persist.


You can also add a few drops of some essential oils if desired.


Be very cautious. Boiling water can cause severe burns if it is spilled on to your skin.