This winter, I got hit with one of the worst colds I’ve ever had. I was sick for legitimately a month. The first wave of sickness resulted in me staying home from work for a week, and once I thought I was better, it turned out I got sick again and once more stayed home for another week. When I finally got better, however, I still had coughing fits that made me wheeze and tear up. It was as though the slightest trace of dust triggered me to cough uncontrollably. At this point, I had also tried all sorts of medicine to cure my symptoms from Theraflu and NyQuil when I was sick to Mucinex to ease my cough, and even Flonase, thinking this could be allergies. When nothing was working, I decided to look toward a natural remedy and came across a promising solution: halotherapy.

Halotherapy involves breathing salty air and is said to treat respiratory symptoms such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, and allergies. What piqued my interests are Himalayan salt caves, which are the dry form of halotherapy. The cave is made entirely out of salt and is set to 68 degrees and free of humidity. People are encouraged to spend at least 30-45 minutes in the salt cave, and the salt particles are said to absorb irritants including allergens and toxins from your respiratory system, which breaks up mucus, reduces inflammation, and in turn clears your airways.

I decided to book myself in for a session at the Montauk Salt Cave outpost in New York City. They have 45-minute sessions to either sit in the main or private caves, or you can book a specialized program with led by healers, such as gong sound healing, reiki, and guided meditations. I showed up to the salt cave, trying very hard to suppress my cough and still congested, but once I entered the salt cave, I felt my cough start to subside. When the session was over, I went home and as I entered had an extreme cough attack that—TMI—involved a lot of phlegm. And when I woke up the next morning, I had another cough attack but this time a ball of green mucus came up, which signified to me that the viral infection left my system. A few days later, my voice no longer sounded congested and I felt 100% better.

From now on, especially during the wintertime when I’m susceptible to cold and flu season and indoor allergies, I’m going to be sure to book myself in for a salt cave session at least once a month. Have you ever tried halotherapy before? What did you think of it?

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