Seawater & its Richness
 The composition of seawater
 The sea water of Cancale,
 Brittany, France
 The benefits of seawater

The benefits of seawater

Used for healing purposes for thousands of years, few of us realize just how healthy the oceans and seas of the world are. Home to millions of creatures, our sea waters are salt-laden and undrinkable, but full of beneficial salts to cleanse and purify our bodies and clear up many skin conditions.

In recent decades people searching for cures from a wide variety of health conditions started turning to nature. One of these natural methods, known as halotherapy (derived from Greek halos=salt) or speleotherapy (derived from Greek speleon=cave), is based on the positive effects on people’s health after staying in salt mines or caves.

The history of halotherapy can be tracked down from ancient times. Historical records contain information on the treatment in salt mines since the Roman and Medieval times.

Since the 19th century halotherapy has began to spread in Europe. In 1843 Polish physician Felix Bochkovsky was the first to suggest that specific therapeutic effects on patients occur in the salt mines of Solotvyno, Ukraine. He was the first to discover and research the Solotvyno phenomenon. Scientist noticed that the people working in salt mines, despite harsh labor conditions and poor nutrition, do not suffer from colds and respiratory diseases and are distinguished from others by good physical health, unique calmness and a strong physique.

Until 1987, underground treatment was the only method available, but in 1987 a new system was developed in Russia, constructing Halochambers using underground salt rock that had been shaped into blocks. These Salt Rooms recreated in clinics above ground the microclimate of salt mines. Halotherapy is a common treatment in eastern and central Europe. In fact, Halochambers are certified as medical devices in Russia since 1995.

Most Scientific research on Halotherapy has been published in Russian journals and has been focused on Halotherapy as a treatment of asthma and chronic bronchitis. However, Halotherapy may also be effective as a main or adjuvant therapy across the entire range of upper and lower respiratory tract diseases.

The use of a mist of saline solution delivered by a nebulizer to treat bronchiolitis in children has been systematically reviewed. Moreover, there is evidence that suggests that breathing an aerosol of salt water may be an effective treatment for the heavy build up of mucus typical of cystic fibrosis.