SaltRocks! Mineral Investigation:  ACTIVE INGREDIENTS in Aroma TherapipeTM
  • Select Miocene Halite Salt Crystals
    • Amount of Crystals
      • 50-60 grams
        • There are enough crystals inside the inhaler to last up to five years, based on using
          the device only 20 minutes per day.
    • Size of Crystals
      • .8 mm
        • These salt crystals are safely sized to allow enough absorption of the microparticles
          without the hazard of being too small and breaking apart.
  • NaCl 98.7%
    • Sodium (Na)
      • Sodium is an element that is vital to human life. Together with potassium and chlorine, it forms a very important part of blood plasma. Without sodium, our cells could not get the nutrients they need to survive. Sodium also allows our bodies to maintain the right blood chemistry and the correct amount of water in our blood. This element also allows our muscles to contract normally. Furthermore, our bodies need sodium to digest the food that we eat. Normal functioning of our nervous system also depends on this crucial element.

        Having the proper amount of sodium in our blood is so critical that our bodies have special ways to maintain the right levels of this important element. For instance, if you eat a bag of salty potato chips ([table] salt is actually a compound of sodium and chlorine), your body will soon sense that there is too much sodium in your body. Your body's first response will be to become thirsty. When you drink water, the sodium in your blood becomes diluted and then your kidneys can remove the excess sodium that you consumed when you ate the salty potato chips.

        The foods that most Americans eat are very high in salt content (i.e. potato chips, french fries and popcorn). [Table] salt is really a compound of sodium and chlorine. Therefore, most Americans consume far more sodium than our bodies actually need and it is uncommon that someone would not get enough of this element. One situation that a sodium deficiency can occur, however, is when you sweat a large amount from playing sports or exercising extensively. Your sweat contains a lot of sodium and if you sweat enough, you will lose too much sodium. This can lead to dehydration, weakness and mental confusion. Many athletes drink sports drinks that contain a lot of sodium, like Gatorade, to prevent this from happening.

        • Source:
          Mineral Information Institute, The Role of Elements in Life Processes
          http://www.mii.org/periodic/LifeElement.html
    • Chlorine (Cl) - a micronutrient
      • Anyone who has ever swallowed a mouthful of water at a swimming pool would probably tell you that chlorine is one of the most unpleasant things they have ever swallowed and they wouldn't mind if they never ingested chlorine again. This element, however, is actually essential for humans to live - we would die without it. Chlorine is found throughout the body; in the blood, in the fluid inside cells and in the fluid between cells.

        Along with sodium and potassium, chlorine carries an electrical charge when dissolved in body fluids. This is why these elements are termed "electrolytes". The electrical charge that these elements carry is what allows nerve cells to work. Chlorine also works with potassium and sodium to regulate the amount of fluids in the body and to regulate pH in the body. This vital element also helps muscles flex and relax normally.

        Stomach acid is a compound of hydrogen and chlorine (hydrochloric acid, or HCl). Logically, chlorine is extremely important in allowing us to digest our food properly and to absorb the many other elements that we need to survive. Excessive vomiting can lead to a serious loss of chlorine in the body. This can lead to a dangerous imbalance of pH in the body, which can cause muscle weakness, loss of appetite, dehydration and coma.

        It is easy to get enough chlorine from natural, unprocessed foods, and deficiencies of this important element are rare. Most Americans, however, consume massive amounts of salt in their diet. Table salt is a compound of sodium and chlorine (sodium chloride, or NaCl). This means most of us get much more chlorine than we really need.

        • Source:
          Mineral Information Institute, The Role of Elements in Life Processes
          http://www.mii.org/periodic/LifeElement.html
  • CaS04 0.1%
    • Calcium Sulfate (CaS) - a macronutrient
      • Calcium is an extremely important element in the human body. It is one of the most abundant elements in our bodies and accounts for 2 to 3 pounds of our total body weight. Most of us know that calcium is important in building and maintaining strong bones and teeth, but it is also important for many other things. It helps control things like muscle growth and the electrical impulses in your brain. This vital element is also necessary to maintain proper blood pressure and clot the blood when you get cut. Calcium also enables other molecules to digest food and make energy for the body. Increasing calcium intake in our diet is believed to lower high blood pressure and prevent heart disease. It is also used to treat arthritis.

        When we don't get enough calcium, many things happen in our bodies. It is possible to get leg cramps, muscle spasms, our bones may become brittle and we may even have an increased risk of getting colon cancer. Also, when we don't get enough calcium in our diets, our bodies will actually use the calcium that we have stored in our bones. This makes the bones thinner and more brittle. In growing children and teenagers the bones may not develop fully and the person can enter adulthood with brittle bones. Further calcium deficiency can lead to serious problems.

        Therefore, it is extremely important to get enough calcium in your diet. Unfortunately, that is not always easy to do. Most Americans don't get enough from their diets. But eating a good balanced diet, including drinking milk on a daily basis, should get you enough calcium.

        • Source:
          Mineral Information Institute, The Role of Elements in Life Processes
          http://www.mii.org/periodic/LifeElement.html
  • CaCl2 0.13%
    • Calcium Chloride (CaCl)
      • A moisture-absorbing chemical compound, or desiccant (A desiccant is a hygroscopic substance that induces or sustains a state of dryness - Hygroscopy is the ability of a substance to attract water molecules from the surrounding environment through either absorption or adsorption). It is commonly used to accelerate setting times in cement and as a drying agent.
        • Sources:
          Offshore Minerals Management Glossary (MMS)
          http://www.mms.gov/glossary/c.htm
          Answers.com
          http://www.answers.com/topic/hygroscopy?cat=technology
  • MgCl2 0.028%
    • Magnesium Chloride (MgCl)
      • Magnesium (Mg), a macronutrient, is an element that is required by our bodies for numerous different functions. We need it for the proper growth, formation and function of our bones and muscles. In fact, magnesium and calcium even control how our muscles contract. Magnesium prevents some heart disorders and high blood pressure. Higher intake of magnesium is also associated with improved lung function. Our bodies use it to help convert our food into energy and it helps our bodies absorb calcium and potassium. This important element also helps our brains function normally. Magnesium even helps to prevent depression.

        Magnesium is essential in allowing your body to control insulin levels in your blood. This means that it is very important in the amount of energy that your body has to operate. It is suspected that taking extra magnesium might be beneficial for those suffering from fatigue.

        Taking extra magnesium is helpful for treating some medical conditions. Magnesium is sometimes injected into patients' veins in emergency situations such as an acute heart attack or acute asthma attack. In non-emergency situations, magnesium is sometimes given to asthma sufferers in a pill form. It relaxes the muscles along the airway to the lungs, which allows asthma patients to breathe easier. Magnesium is effective in treating numerous heart / lung diseases and has been used for over 50 years.

        Foods high in magnesium include fish, dairy products, lean meat, whole grains, seeds, and vegetables.

        • Source:
          Mineral Information Institute, The Role of Elements in Life Processes
          http://www.mii.org/periodic/LifeElement.html
  • Fe203 0.00056%
    • Iron (Fe) - a micronutrient
      • The element iron has many functions in the body. This mineral is used by the body to make tendons and ligaments. Certain chemicals in our brain are controlled by the presence or absence of iron. It is also important for maintaining a healthy immune system and for digesting certain things in the food that we eat. In fact, it plays a vitally important role on how our body obtains energy from our food.

        The iron we obtain from our diet is an essential part of hemoglobin - the part of our blood that carries oxygen. Iron is essential for blood to work efficiently. If we don't get enough iron in our diets, our blood won't carry enough oxygen to our bodies and we can feel tired, have decreased alertness and attention span and our muscles may not function properly. This type of iron deficiency is not uncommon among athletes, especially long distance runners. This is frequently the cause of fatigue among these athletes. If the lack of iron in our bodies is severe, we can get "iron deficiency anemia", which essentially means that our blood won't carry enough oxygen to our bodies so we can function normally. Iron deficiency anemia is probably the most common nutritional disease in the world, affecting at least five hundred million people.

        Fortunately, it is easy to get enough iron in your food, if you eat a balanced diet. Many foods contain iron, and eating a wide range of foods can help most people meet their needs for this important element.

        • Source:
          Mineral Information Institute, The Role of Elements in Life Processes
          http://www.mii.org/periodic/LifeElement.html
  • K
    • Potassium (K) - a macronutrient
      • The mineral Potassium is an extremely important element in the human body. Our bodies are made up of millions of tiny cells, such as brain cells, skin cells, liver cells etc. These cells make up the different organs in our bodies, such as the brain, skin, or liver. Potassium is vital to cells, and without it, we could not survive.

        Cells are the small building blocks of the human body. In order to work properly, cells need to let things enter and leave them. Cells have many ways by which they can control what (and how much) enters and leaves. Most of the ways that cells do this requires potassium. In fact, without potassium, cells lose control of what goes in and out of them. As you can imagine, this could be very bad.

        Imagine a nerve cell in your finger for a moment. Normally, it doesn't really do very much. But when you touch something, it sends messages down a chain of many nerves to your brain that help you determine what it is that you just touched. When a nerve cell does this, it actually pumps out chemicals, which give the message to the next nerve cell and eventually to the brain. Potassium helps control the release of those chemicals. Without potassium, the nerve cell couldn't send those messages to your brain.

        But it is not just nerve cells that depend on potassium. Most, if not all, of our cells depend on it. Just think of it for a minute. Every time you flex your muscles, blink your eyes, yawn in chemistry class, eat lunch, or do anything, you are using potassium. This element is indeed a very important mineral in our bodies.

        It is also worth noting that in the plant kingdom, potassium is one of the 3 main elements that make plant life possible. (Nitrogen and phosphorus are the other two, and you may hear them referred to collectively as N-P-K whenever talking about key plant nutrients).

        • Source:
          Mineral Information Institute, The Role of Elements in Life Processes
          http://www.mii.org/periodic/LifeElement.html
  • I
    • Iodine (I)
      • Iodine is an element that is required in very small amounts by the human body. You are probably already aware of some of the uses of this element. Iodine is found in a purple solution that we often put on scrapes and cuts to help our wounds heal faster by preventing them from getting infected. Also, backpackers and campers often add iodine to river and lake water to make it safe to drink.

        But the most important thing about iodine is that it keeps our thyroid gland healthy. Most of the iodine in our bodies is stored in this organ, located in the base of your neck. The thyroid gland uses iodine to make chemicals that affect our growth, the way we develop and how we burn the energy that we get from the food we eat. If we don't get enough iodine in our diets, we can expect to have a loss of energy and to gain weight.

        Iodine is found in large amounts in seafood, sea vegetables (for example, kelp), dairy products and iodized salt (table salt). It is easy to get enough of this element in your normal diet, and you probably get more than enough if you eat salty foods (with iodized salts, not salt substitutes) like potato chips or french fries.

        • Source:
          Mineral Information Institute, The Role of Elements in Life Processes
          http://www.mii.org/periodic/LifeElement.html
  • Br
    • Bromine (Br)
      • Bromine is suspected to be an essential trace element in red algae and possibly humans. No specific role for this element in human health has been identified. Bromine is found in the mollusk pigment "royal purple", but its purpose in that pigment is not known. In the past it was used to dye clothing purple, very inaccessible and only for the rich, or royalty.
        • Source:
          Mineral Information Institute, The Role of Elements in Life Processes
          http://www.mii.org/periodic/LifeElement.html

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