How Breathing In Salt Can Help Your Cold

You may remember being asked to ‘take a deep breath of healthy sea air’ during childhood trips to the seaside. Well, evidence shows that this wasn’t just an old wives’ tale – breathing in salt, a well-established Transylvanian treatment known as ‘Speleotherapy’ or salt cave therapy, can help with so many respiratory conditions. And at this time of year, it’s especially useful for that wretched cold that won’t go away…


Back in Roman and Medieval times records show that the breathing of miners improved after breathing in the air from salt crystals. Dr Feliks Boczkowski, a doctor working in the Polish salt mine at Wieliczka in 1843 recorded that the miners there did not develop lung diseases and his successor decided to set up a salt cave therapy spa because of this [1]. In Germany, Dr. Karl Hermann Spannagel noticed improvements in his patients’ health after they had hid in the Kluterthöhle karst cave to escape from bombing [2]. Speleotherapy is now utilised in Bystrianska in Slovakia [3], Wieliczka in Poland [4], Solotvyno in the Ukraine [5] and successfully in many other Eastern European countries [6].


The Cisca Saltpipe harnesses all the benefits of salt cave therapy in a convenient form, which can be used the home or when you’re out and about. It’s a completely natural product, invented in Hungary, in the form of a dry salt inhaler that contains Halite salt crystals formed around 20 million years ago in Hungarian and Transylvanian salt caves. The crystals are placed between 2 ceramic filters and its ergonomic design makes it convenient to use whilst being comfortable in your hand.


It provides a simple and natural way to make a real difference to your health. This dry salt inhaler can give the benefit of ancient salt cave therapy to maintain respiratory function and can help easier breathing, alleviate the sneezing and sniffing associated with the common cold, to leave you feeling revitalised. The salt crystals help to strengthen the immune system by cleansing the lungs, allowing them to absorb more oxygen. Air is then drawn through the filters of the salt pipe and is purified as it’s drawn over the natural salt crystals. This gives the user the sensation of taking a deep breath of fresh sea air or visiting salt caves.


The salt pipe works by drawing excess fluid from the sinuses and cell lining, cleansing the nasal passages and opening the airways to relieve the main cause of congestion and irritation. The salt has a thinning effect on mucus, helping you to clear it naturally and breathe more easily. It cleanses deep into the nasal cavity, helping symptoms of the common cold.


It’s easy to use. Sufferers simply place the ceramic pipe in the mouth, then inhale as normal, exhaling through the nose. The first taste may be a little salty, but this will fade after a few uses.


Unlike other similar Saltpipes, the original and patented Cisca Saltpipe® requires no refills. This also allows the Saltpipe to be manufactured in one solid piece of ceramic which makes breathing through the device a breeze. It is also the only one to feature both a safety valve and CE medical registration. Because of its unique ceramic build and design, the Cisca Saltpipe® lasts 5 years and doesn’t need refilling.


Mrs R Davies comments, “I have found the Saltpipe helpful particularly when starting a cold. Several times I have been starting with cold symptoms and on taking up the salt pipe the cold has not fully developed. If I am left with catarrh I find the salt pipe helpful to disperse it. My husband also uses one and has found it helpful with colds and catarrh symptoms. We are both singers, so managing throat and lung conditions is essential.”


There is also a fun shaped children’s version, the Elipipe®, which is a fun and friendly way to help children deal with coughs, colds and sore throats. A smaller, lightweight version, the Easy Saltpipe, is also available, and lasts for about 6 months.


The Cisca Saltpipe® and the Elipipe® both retail at £26.99, and the Easy Saltpipe® retails at £14.99. They are available, on 0191 3734 425, selected Holland & Barrett and independent stores nationwide.