Whilst spring is in full bloom, the pollens in the air can unfortunately also trigger various respiratory and skin conditions including asthma, eczema and other skin irritations, hay fever, and even colds and flu.

But there’s a locally available medically proven and natural therapy that is cleansing the airways and skin to relieve congestion, inflammation, allergies and skin irritations – salt therapy.

Salt therapy actually dates back to the 1800s when miners working in salt caves reported less respiratory illnesses and skin conditions, but it’s also gaining significant popularity today, as sufferers in our own backyards are visiting locally established salt rooms to gain relief.

Colleen Balfour, who is the franchisee of the Salts of the Earth Centre in Albury, established the facility for the border region after nearly losing her husband to asthma.

“Salt therapy has been amazing for my family. Not only does it help control my husband’s asthma symptoms, it keeps our children’s health all year round,” Colleen tells me.

“When we first opened the centre two years ago, our youngest was still at childcare and anyone who has a child in childcare understands they are always sick.  By doing 2 to 3 sessions a week his immune system built up to the point were he was never sick, which meant no one else in the family was unwell either.  In the two winters since we opened in September 2014, both our kids and us have not been sick.

“We see salt therapy as an opportunity to help others who suffer from respiratory and skin conditions, whether ongoing or seasonal, and aid sports recovery and general wellbeing.”


Salt therapy is a method of administering salt deep down into the respiratory system by the breathing in of minute particles of salt, which then widens the airways of the respiratory tract and loosens up mucus, helping to reduce inflammation.

Colleen says natural, unrefined salt has anti-inflammatory, anti-histamine and anti-biotic and anti-viral properties, which act to help clean the respiratory system and skin.

A machine called a halogenerator grinds up a pharmaceutical grade sea salt to such a minute particle that it becomes airborne and is then dispersed into the salt room and controlled by concentration sensors in the room to ensure sufferers get the most effective therapy.

Mucus and congestion will be coughed up which will help clear the airways.

By relieving symptoms, medication becomes more effective allowing for better management of the conditions in conjunction with other treatments. There are no side effects and the types of conditions it can provide relief for include asthma, cold and flu, pneumonia, hay fever, psoriasis, sinusitis, snoring, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, emphysema, bronchitis, eczema, cystic fibrosis, allergies, croup, and stress and anxiety.

Colleen says that several people of all ages have benefitted from salt therapy, from a teenager with cystic fibrosis, to a three-year-old boy with severe eczema.

Even international public speaker, wellness ambassador, and one of Australia’s top 50 most influential women in 2015, Therese Kerr, shared her experience with salt therapy at Salts of the Earth in Albury on a recent visit to the Border region on her social media pages.


“Our Albury salt centre has rooms to cater for all ages and conditions, with adults’ rooms equipped with massaging recliner chairs, warm lighting and tranquil music, a kids’ room stocked with bean bags, toys and movies, and a private room for clients with skin conditions or compromised immune systems,” Colleen says.

“Clients then simply sit back and relax whilst listening to ambient music in a controlled environment to mimic a salt cave.”

Salts of the Earth Centre in Albury is one of 16 franchises in Australia. http://www.saltsoftheearth.com.au