Health Briefs salt-of-the-earth

Published on September 30th, 2021 | by Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp.


Salt of the Earth Center for Healing

Celebrating their fifth anniversary this month, Salt of the Earth Center for Healing co-owners Susan Toron, DC, and Sheryl Silver, MS, FMCA health coach, reflect upon how grateful they are for the people they have met at their holistic wellness center in Chestnut Ridge. When they first opened the salt cave in October 2016, the two women weren’t sure how it would be embraced by the community. As more practitioners have joined the business, their original vision of a true healing center has come to fruition.

Salt of the Earth offers a variety of natural healing treatments that complement traditional therapies, including a Himalayan salt cave, Far-infrared Biomat therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic, cannabidiol (CBD) consultations, reiki, functional medicine counseling, craniosacral therapy, massage and manual lymphatic drainage.

In the cave at Salt of the Earth, clients are surrounded by thousands of pounds of pink Himalayan salt in an environment that recreates the microclimate of naturally occurring subterranean salt caves (speleotherapy). In addition to the Himalayan salt on the walls and floor, a halogenerator crushes salt into micron-sized dry particles that are inhaled (halotherapy), a non-invasive treatment that allows the body to use aerosolized salt as a method of natural healing. Himalayan salt particles have anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties that open the airways and reduce or eliminate mucus from the lungs. These properties make it an ideal natural therapy for the symptoms associated with asthma, allergies, COPD, sinusitis and more.

In addition to owning and practicing at Salt of the Earth, Toron, a chiropractor, and Silver, a health coach, together implement a functional medicine approach to wellness for their clients. They believe it is best to get to the root cause of a patient’s condition rather than address only the symptoms. This philosophy allows them to incorporate the multitude of healing modalities offered at the cave. They will create a plan that is specific to individual health needs and assist patrons on their journey to wellness, including proper eating plans, vitamins and lifestyle changes.

Another specialty they offer at the cave is private CBD consultations. Along with its popularity comes a lot of misinformation and products of varying quality. Toron and Silver have spent the time researching CBD—how it’s made, what the potential benefits are and how best to use it. In the process, they’ve investigated many products to establish which brands they are comfortable carrying at their center.


Salt of the Earth Center for Healing is located at 811 Chestnut Ridge Rd., in Chestnut Ridge. For appointments and more information, call 845-290-0678 or visit SaltOfTheEarthcfh.com.

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