The popularity of salt bricks in the interior decoration of baths and saunas continues to grow. Our advice site will tell you about this unique natural material, which can make the bath more beautiful and original, as well as increase the benefits of bath procedures.
Salt bricks are carved pieces of Himalayan salt. It is mined not only in the Himalayas, but it is here that the deposits are especially large, hence the name. The salt minerals contain calcium, potassium, copper, iron, sodium chloride and magnesium. The material is natural and decorative, because Himalayan salt can be of different shades of red-orange, pink, black. But the decor is not the main thing. Salt bricks create a unique microclimate in the steam room that has a beneficial effect on health.
Himalayan salt has the following positive properties:
- Ionizes, disinfects, sterilizes the air space.
- Has a positive effect on human skin.
- Restores water-salt balance.
- Relieves headache.
- Removes slags.
- Improves blood circulation.
- Relieves muscle and joint pain.
- Improves the functioning of the digestive system.
Remember the salt rooms that some sanatoriums, SPA centers and clinics have? A steam room finished with salt bricks can give the same effect..
But, like any other treatment, and the use of salt bricks in the bath and sauna is such, there are limitations. You can not steam in such a bath during pregnancy and breastfeeding, in case of tuberculosis, skin diseases, tumors and thrombophlebitis.
On sale today, Himalayan salt can be found in the form of blocks, thin panels, tiles, cubes. The choice depends on the financial capabilities of the owners and their wishes. Working with salt bricks and tiles is not that difficult. Problems arise with cutting them. For this purpose, a grinder with a stone disc is most often used. You need to work carefully, as salt brick can simply crack, crumble in the process.
Traditionally, the area around the sauna stove is trimmed with salt panels or bricks, the installation of which the portal wrote in detail about. This mineral is not afraid of high temperatures, but high humidity – yes! There should be good ventilation in the steam room, and it is undesirable to increase the humidity level above 55%. So for those who like hot steam and throw water on the stove, this finishing option is not suitable..
Do not put salt bricks on mortar! Professionals advise making the solution yourself. It should include:
- Five parts of magnesium chloride.
- Three parts of caustic magnesite.
- One piece of tile adhesive.
- One piece of liquid glass.
Salt dissolves first, then all other components are added. The solution is consumed economically, applied in a thin layer, but hardens quickly. After 72 hours after the end of the laying, the bath can already be used for its intended purpose.
Salt bricks with LED lighting look very beautiful in the interior of the bath. This is actually an unusual and useful finish option. Only the price can scare away the owners. A brick of a standard size 20x10x5 centimeters will cost about 300 rubles.