Story of the Salt Cave
Globally, we are increasingly exposed to pollutants in the air we breathe, the food we consume, and the water we drink. It is no surprise that over the last decade there has been a drastic increase in respiratory and skin issues, such as asthma and allergies. Many other health problems, including breathing difficulties, heart and metabolic disturbances, skin rashes, depression and countless other modern ailments have become so prevalent they are almost considered common.
Bethesda Salt Cave is a family-owned and operated business located in downtown Bethesda, Maryland. Based on medical science and longtime human experience, our unique, therapeutic Salt Cave replicates the natural, salt-enriched micro-climate of a Himalayan salt cave. This beautiful, meditative space contains salt rock crystals weighing between 2 ounces and 250 pounds each, all imported directly from the Karachi district of Pakistan and mined from the deepest recesses of ancient salt deposits located in the foothills of the Himalayan mountain range.
Himalayan Rock Salt was created more than 250 million years ago before humans or dinosaurs walked this earth. Our earths crust was volatile with volcanic activity and the salt that was brought to the earths surface was combined with micro-organisms, clays, silt and minerals brought to the earth surface by volcanic activity. All these constituents fossilized over millions of years of tectonic plate movement, folding and pushing the salt deposits deeper and in between thousands of tons of solid rock that protected it from erosion. Today the end product is a rock salt that is high in mineral and trace element content. The purity of the salt is retained due to the solid rock masses which created and protected it from surface water erosion. Himalayan crystal rock salt is highly acclaimed as a natural anti-microbial agent, uncontaminated by dirt and free of toxins and pollutants.
The Secret of Salt Therapy is Simple
Bethesda Salt Cave is lined from floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall with Himalayan salt crystals. The room temperature is kept at 68-70 degrees fahrenheit, the ideal temperature to maintain the health of the salt crystals, which is then released into the air. By relaxing in this meditative space and inhaling the salty air, we activate our body's own natural healing processes. As we rest in the quiet beauty of the Cave, the mind settles down, the heart rate slows, the spirit expands, and the body is able to restore, recalibrate and heal itself on many levels.
Our salt cave will leave you feeling refreshed, replenished and in balance. Through the natural healing process of salt therapy, people of all ages can experience deep relaxation and wholistic health benefits that are entirely natural, non-invasive and drug-free.
One of the most important aspects of our cave is not only the esthetic value, nor the peaceful and meditative surroundings but rather the manner in which we deliver medical grade salt into the air in our cave. The micro climate which we are recreating is that of the salty air you would experience at the sea. We use a Halo-Generator to achieve this. This device was designed by a NASA engineer and the objective is to ensure that medical grade salt is crushed so fine it is dispersed into the air at a rate of 0.4-0.5 micro ions per square foot in the salt cave air. This salt combined with the correct moisture in the air is able to kill viruses, bacteria and help open up the sinuses, airways and soothe the upper respiratory system. This assists us so that we can breath better.