natural allergy relief

People are already starting to complain about their allergy symptoms in New England. How do you manage your allergies? Have you considered trying salt therapy?

Two years ago in May, I was on a retreat in Vermont. I was not having fun. Not because the retreat wasn’t fabulous. It totally was. However, I had a headache and severe congestion from my allergies. I was taking Claritin but it was just making me sleepy and foggy-brained. It was difficult to focus and I wasn’t feeling well.

On the second day of this retreat, we went to a salt cave in Vermont. We experienced a guided meditation by Lisa Campbell and spent 45 minutes in this little cocoon. When we came out, I could breathe through my nose! What an amazing feeling. My headache was gone and I had a lot more energy. I was able to really enjoy the rest of the retreat.

This lasted 2 or 3 days without medication.

As my symptoms returned, I decided that I wanted to try a salt room at home to see if I could control my symptoms with a more holistic approach than medicine. I started exploring salt caves near Boston and I discovered that the closest one was over an hour away in Salem, New Hampshire. I started going there and quickly discovered that the symptom relief that I had experienced in Vermont was a real thing.

Since opening a salt room in Westborough, I hear many stories from my clients about how coming to the salt room has allowed them to reduce or eliminate their allergy medications.

  • John was on Flonase daily for chronic year-round allergies for years. He started coming to Just Breathe two years ago. When he first came, he salted, on average, twice a week for a couple of months. He was able to wean it down to once a week. Now he comes when he needs a “tune-up” which is once every two weeks or so.
  • Allen had to adopt his cat’s son. To make life tolerable with the cat, he had to take Claritin daily and sometimes Benadryl when the cat want to snuggle, which it loves to do. He was also on an inhaler for “possible asthma” according to his doctor. Allen started coming to the salt room about a year and a half ago. He no longer needs Claritin or Benadryl. He does still carry his inhaler but finds that he fills it about every 6 months instead of monthly.
  • Our very own Francesca, who teaches Guided Meditation in the salt room, used to need allergy medications for her seasonal allergies. She no longer experiences allergies and has not taken medication for them in over a year and a half.

These are just a few of the stories of how salt has helped people with their allergies rather they are seasonal, year-round, or environmental.

If you think salt therapy is expensive, think again. If these stories have not convinced you, perhaps trying it for yourself will. We offer packages for those who just want to try it and memberships for those who are ready to feel clearer, less congested, and reduce or eliminate their medications.

Please note: Halotherapy has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

The September Epidemic and What Can Be Done

There is an epidemic related to asthmatics that is known as “the September Epidemic.”

Clinical studies show that 25% of hospitalizations for asthma peak 17 days after Labor Day. The reason for this has been linked directly with children returning to school. People are put in an enclosed, climate-controlled space and exposed to more allergens and viruses than they have been all summer. Schools are places where there is more mold, dust mites, cockroaches, mice, and are considered, for some, places of high stress. In addition, there is an increase of viral infections during this time of year, especially rhinovirus which causes colds.

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Salt and Allergy Relief

Allergy season is hitting us hard this year. I see people all the time with runny noses, red puffy eyes, headaches, exhaustion. They may or may not be taking medication for these symptoms, either prescribed by their physician or bought over-the-counter at a local drug store. These drugs may help their situation short-term but they need to keep taking it and it does not continue to help them. They may have to take more to find continued relief or move on to a different drug with side effects that are worse than the first one.

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