Many scientists and medical professionals are highly skeptical of the actual benefits of salt caves, but that does not seem to be slowing the caves’ rise in popularity. Whether the results are real or imagined, there is no denying that many of these salt caves are stunning in terms of physical beauty.
As many learn of the therapeutic properties of the most-used preservative in the world, commercial salt rooms are becoming more popular, as are resorts and spas located within the salt caves and mines themselves. Inside a “salt room”, you’ll find salt imported from Eastern Europe, or Himalayan pink salt (which is packed with minerals).
These man-made salt caves are very difficult to build, as glues or resins involved are thought to disrupt the natural benefit of the salt. A typical session lasts an hour or two, and guests are encouraged to meditate and relax in the thick salty air. Curious what these salt caves are like but lack the time or cash to pay them a visit and get a treatment? Check out our gallery below:
Cardona Salt Mountain, Spain.
From the Middle Ages to 1932, the Salina Turda salt mine supplied salt throughout Romania. Since 1992, it has mainly functioned as a popular tourist attraction and salt therapy spa.
Crystal & Fantasy Caves, Bermuda.
Saint Kinga's Chapel, Wieliczka Salt Mine.
Salt Cave Spa, Dubai.
Sculpture of the Holy Family at the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá.
The Khewra Salt Mine is the second largest salts mine in the world, and said to have been discovered by Alexander the Great's horse.
Primal Oceans Salt Cave, Illinois.
Salt Caves, Russia.
The beds at the Solna Vila, Slovenia.
A small mosque made of salt bricks at the Khewra Salt Mine in Pakistan.
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Himalayan Salt lamps are among some of the items customers can purchase at the Salt Mine Arium, in Seattle.
Galos Caves, Illinois.
Hotel Gasteiger Jagdschlössl, Brannenburg, Germany.
Asheville Salt Cave, North Carolina.
Salt Caves in Budapest, Hungary.
Himalayan Hills Salt Design & Art Gallery, California.
Halomed Salt Room, Hong Kong.
Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá, Cundinamarca, Colombia.
Salt Mine Arium, Seattle, Washington.
Khewra Salt Mine, Pakistan.
Solna Vila, Slovenia.
The Salt Room, Orlando, Florida.
The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá is a Roman Catholic Church built within the tunnels of a salt mine located 200 meters underground.