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How Halite Salt Crystals Help the Common Cold

Colds are most common in winter and spread easily among people in constant close contact, such as families and children at school. Several different viruses cause colds, so we can suffer from more than one cold, each caused by a different virus. The Cisca Saltpipe® is a simple and natural dry salt inhaler that can help sufferers.

A cold can be caught by: touching an object or surface contaminated by infected droplets and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes; touching the skin of someone who has the infected droplets on their skin and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes; inhaling tiny droplets of fluid that contain the cold virus – these are launched into the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. [1]

Although the reason for increased frequency of colds in winter is not known, one theory is that colds spread most easily among groups of people in constant close contact, and in winter we tend to spend more time indoors in close contact with people. So we are more likely to suffer a cold in winter.

The Cisca Saltpipe can alleviate sneezing, coughing and shortness of breath, help you to breathe easier and leave you feeling revitalised. The dry salt inhaler contains Halite salt crystals – formed around 20 million years ago in Hungarian and Transylvanian salt caves – that are held between ceramic filters. Salt crystals have been used for decades in the treatment of respiratory disorders and to help strengthen the immune system by cleansing the lungs, allowing them to absorb more oxygen.

The Cisca Saltpipe is easy to use; place the pipe in the mouth and inhale as normal, exhaling through the nose. Air is drawn through the filters and is purified as it passes over the natural salt crystals. This gives the user a sensation that similar to taking a deep breath of fresh sea air or visiting salt caves.

Using the salt pipe, the moisture of the air absorbs the microscopic particles of salt, allowing it to penetrate the entire respiratory tract. It works by drawing excess fluid from the sinuses and cell lining, cleansing the nasal passages and opening the airways to relieve the main cause of congestion and irritation. The salt has a thinning effect on mucus, helping you to clear it naturally and breathe more easily.

The salt pipe is available in three models and requires no refills. The Original Patented Saltpipe is perfect for anyone who wants to alleviate the symptoms of the common cold and other respiratory problems. The Cisca Elipipe® has been developed especially for children. The elephant shape is fun and friendly for kids to use. Cisca's Easy Saltpipe® is perfect for people always on the move; its lightweight, compact size fits easily into all bags.

Mrs R Davies comments, “I have found the salt pipe helpful particularly when starting a cold. Several times I have been starting with cold symptoms and on taking up the salt pipe the cold has not fully developed. If I am left with catarrh I find the salt pipe helpful to disperse it. My husband also uses one and has found it helpful with colds and catarrh symptoms. We are both singers, so managing throat and lung conditions is essential.”

The The Cisca Saltpipe and Cisca Elipipe retail at £26.99 and the Cisca Easy Saltpipe® retails at £14.99, and are available from Holland & Barrett, independent health stores and pharmacies, and on 0191 3734 425.


The Cisca Elipipe is recommended for children aged three and over; however there is no real age limit, but children younger than three may struggle to use it. Children should also be taught to breathe through the mouth and out of the nose. Before the child uses the Cisca Elipipe, it's recommended that an adult uses the pipe a couple of times first; the air in the saltpipe can initially be a little salty which can put children off.

[1] NHS Choices.


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