In the 1840s, a Polish doctor named Feliks Boczkowski noticed something interesting while treating workers
the Wieleczka Salt Mines. Unlike other miners who routinely experienced lung problems from breathing in the
pollutants in the mines, he found that patients rarely had respiratory issues. Boczkowski attributed this to
high salt content in the cave’s microclimate and he published a treatise detailing his theories in 1843.
years later one of his pupils opened the first salt inhalation clinic in Poland. Today, Boczkowski is
the father of modern Halotherapy.
This wasn’t the first time people had drawn the connection between salt content in the air
respiratory health. Catholic monks in times in Europe regularly brought people with respiratory issues into
caves and then crushed the salt with their feet to release it into the air. Salt therapy was also used in
of ancient Greece and Rome.