Recommending holistic therapy always carries the risk of sounding like a hippy-happy, up in the clouds kind of person. But when you suffer a chronic disease, you’ll try anything just to breath normally and feel better.
And let me tell you, in the last 8 months, since I moved home and invested in these types of things, I have made significant improvement. I bought several things, a Himalayan Salt Lamp, the Saltair Purifier, a HEPA filter air purifier and an aromatherapy diffuser.
This may sound OTT…but I’ll tell you about each of them in turn. First let’s address the issue of indoor air pollution. Less attention is paid to this because emphasis is on outdoor air pollution. If you’re asthmatic or have COPD, your airways are much more sensitive (and prone) to the particles in the air. Indoor pollutants, such as dust, chemical cleaners etc can trigger a serious attack. This does not mean you have to become a Dust Annihilator or Kim and Aggy.
But being aware, and having an above standard level of hygiene goes a long way to helping you manage COPD and preventing attacks. Before delving into the alternative therapies, simple things like dusting, changing bed sheets once a week, using a steam-cleaner (because it is chemical free) all helps. If you can’t do it yourself, get someone else to do it for you and ask for help.
Saltair therapy and Himalayan lamp
To put it simply, salt particles are released into the air. And ‘these breathable salt particles penetrate deep into the lungs, up to the alveoli, cleaning the mucus, killing bacteria, reducing inflammation and humidifying the whole respiratory tract. The salt aerosols have very good effect in cleaning the indoor air as well, due to the bactericide property of salt and the high concentration of negative ions that stick to the positively charged particles of dust, bacteria and viruses.’
You can find out more on the Saltair website here.
If you’re lucky enough to live in a city that hosts salt houses, I would go check it out!
Himalayan lamps have the same effect but work slightly differently. The salt lamp absorbs water and particles from the air, it also takes positive ions with them. Then, when the heated salt releases cleansed water vapor back into the air, it also expels negative ions which have the opposite effect on our airways – increasing cilial activity to keep your lungs clear. On the plus side, it also offers an aesthetic and nice feature in your living room and bedroom.
There are plenty of places you can purchase them from including Amazon. But watch out for many of the fake ones out there in the market! Make sure you do thorough reviews before purchasing one.
HEPA air purifier
HEPA stands for High Efficiency Particulate Air. And I wouldn’t buy an air purifier that doesn’t use HEPA standards and with an activated charcoal filter.
When I was confused by all the acronyms and different air purifiers on offer in the market, I found this site useful to describe its origins and how it actually works. I won’t even attempt to explain it myself, especially when this site does it so well anyway. It’s expensive, so it’s worth doing the research first.
Essential oil diffusers can help to improve your health, increase your energy, or to help you sleep better. Not only can it help you breath better, it can also help you ward off illnesses, provide pain relief and even repel insects!
Specifically a cold-air diffuser is advised, as one that uses warm or hot water changes the composition of the oils and therefore it’s effectiveness.
On top of helping remove bacteria and viruses in the air, your house can smell wonderful with warming essences and aromas! My personal favourite is Eucalyptus through the day or Peppermint as it’s energising through the day and Lavender at night to promote relaxation and aid sleep.
So you may ask…. with so many devices, how and where do you use them?!
Well the obvious answer is that I can’t have them all on at the same time in the same room, as they could potentially cancel each other out.
I usually have the diffuser on during the day while I work in the spare room and get those amazing smells on during the day (plus healing benefits) and the HEPA air purifier on during the day in the living room. For night, its safe to have the himalayan salt lamp and Saltair on in your bedroom as you go to sleep, as they are effectively doing the same job- salt into the air and your lungs.
Despite the expense associated to these, for all of them , it’s no less than £600 but SO worth it. Quality is important too. The investment into these devices are critical for me so I can keep my COPD under control and simply put, self-care is one of the most important things in the world. It could sound selfish, but actually self-care lets you look after your own needs AND be able to cater to others. Putting yourself first means you’ll have the energy to consider and look after external matters and people important to you.