New ‘salt rooms’ aim to remedy allergies

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Whether it’s cedar fever, a cold, or asthma, at some point we can all have difficulty breathing. A new business in North Austin claims it has the cure: salt.

Breathe It In Salt Rooms office manager Sabrina Arnold-Gibson remembers when her son first went into a salt room.

“The difference in his allergies and his asthma was night and day,” said Arnold-Gibson.

That was in Colorado. Sabrina brought the idea here to Austin and started what she says are the first salt rooms in Central Texas. Customers sit in the rooms for 45 minute sessions, surrounded by salt.

“You’re breathing it in, so it’s going into your lungs, into the alveoli, into the bronchioles, like it just starts doing a complete wash through,” said Arnold-Gibson.

Arnold-Gibson said more than seven tons of salt fill both a kids and adult room.

In both of the rooms, the owners say there are three different types of salts. There’s Morton “Kleer” granulated rock salt on the walls, a rock salt on the floor, and pharmaceutical grade sodium chloride in the air.

Arnold-Gibson said the idea is considered alternative medicine. Doctors said it is not uncommon for salt to be used in a lesser role to help improve symptoms.

“We use salt in allergies all the time,” said Dr. Nastaran Safdarian. “We use nasal saline rinses like Neti pot or the saline rinse.”

“It’s for anybody,” Arnold-Gibson added. “If you have just mild allergies, if you have horrible allergies, it’s all natural, so it helps all spectrums.”

The doors at Breathe it in Salt Rooms should open to the public next week, right in the thick of cedar fever season. The owners of Breathe It In Salt Rooms said for best results, it can take up to a dozen visits spread out over several weeks. A single adult session costs $45, but the company will also offer several membership packages.

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