Sauna, SALT, and Sun... Local Immune Booster!

Sauna, SALT, and Sun... Local Immune Booster!

Herban Alchemist presents…Rx in the City!

 SAUNA, SALT, and SUN!  

Local Immune Boosters

 By Dr. Gabrielle Francis


Spring Break with no Travel?   The current Virus climate is certainly putting our holiday travels to a halt.  And yes, it is a real DRAG!   There are local things we can do to boost immunity and wellbeing and they can give us some of the same benefits as sitting on a lounge chair on the Mayan Riviera.   Let’s learn about Sauna, SALT and Sun to enhance your immune system locally!


Infrared Sauna offers the opportunity to use the Sun’s energy for immune enhancement, detoxification, weight loss, anti-aging, skin rejuvenation, and stress reduction.   In a one- hour session you can burn up to 1000 calories, boost immunity, detoxify your body, purify your skin and reduce stress.

All of this with no effort at all!

Infrared Saunas are different than other saunas in that they use Infrared Light which is energy from the invisible spectrum of light.  The infrared heat penetrates deeply into the body at the cellular level, heats the body, which activates the water molecules…increasing blood flow and vitality.

Benefits of Infrared Sauna:

Enhanced Cell Health:  Increases the circulation and oxygenates the cells.

Enhances Immune Function:  Increases flow of lymphatics, stimulates white blood cells, and may kill certain microbes and infections.

Relaxation: Decreases cortisol and increases Serotonin, Dopamine and Endorphins

Detoxification: Detoxes 7x more than traditional saunas: toxins such as heavy metals, pesticides, radiation, infections and other environmental chemicals.

Pain Relief:  Infrared penetrates the tissue, joints and muscles to relieve inflammation, aches and pains.

Weight Loss:  Increases metabolic rate while you relax and promotes the reduction of excess water retention and cellulite.

Anti-Aging: Purifies the skin and stimulates the growth of new dermal cells.  It also stimulates the production of collagen which reduces wrinkles and improves skin tone.

 The Herban Alchemist has an Infrared Sauna with flexible hours for your enjoyment and health!

Cost of 1-hour Sessions:

Trial Offer:  35$

Single Session:  50$

Package of 10 Sessions:  400$

Call us to schedule:  212-925-8772



SALT specializes in dry salt therapy. In a climate controlled, semi-private room, you relax and breathe concentrated, dry salt air. This especially helps urbanites detoxify their respiratory system from air pollution.  Salt allows lungs to work more efficiently, better absorb oxygen, and increase red blood cell production. Salt Therapy consistently demonstrates a dramatic positive effect on lung function. 

What is Dry Salt Therapy?

Dry salt therapy is a holistic, drug free, natural therapy. Dry particles of pharmaceutical grade salt as small as 1 micrometer (aka “micron”) are released in a low humidity environment. Chemists call this “a colloidal suspension of salt particles dispersed in air“. Salt therapy promotes better breathing, sounder sleep, improved physical fitness and endurance, healthier skin, and overall wellness. Salt therapy also helps alleviate symptoms of many respiratory and skin conditions.

How does it work?

The Pharmaceutical Grade SALT is propelled into relaxing Himalayan salt room. Clients breathe the dry salt air deep into the lungs. The naturally anti-bacterial salt air widens the airways, loosens clinging mucus, and reduces inflammation caused by urban air pollutants, pollens, and other irritants to our respiratory system. Breathing becomes not just easier, but more fulfilling. Non-inhaled particles land on exposed skin, helping with skin hydration, balancing pH, and inducing reparative and regenerative processes in the skin such as stimulating cell growth and microcirculation. Salt Therapy treatment room is also an excellent place for de-stressing and relaxing.

My new favorite Rx in the City is SALT!  Take a friend and have a healing adventure at SALT:

180 Ave of Americas (between Spring and Prince)

New York, NY 10013



OK so it may not be the Mayan Riviera, but we have access to full spectrum Sunlight everyday (even when it’s cloudy and cold!).   Just walk outside for 20-30 minutes per day allowing the sunlight to touch a small area of your skin such as face, arms or hands.   This must be done without sunscreen to get the benefit.   The sunlight kissing your skin activates Vitamin D.  Vitamin D is a hormone that helps to enhance immune function.   Vitamin D can modulate the innate and adaptive immune responses. Deficiency in vitamin D is associated with increased autoimmunity as well as an increased susceptibility to infection. ... The immune system defends the body from foreign, invading organisms, promoting protective immunity and preventing autoimmunity.  The Sunlight also enhances our production of feel good hormones such as Serotonin, Melatonin, Endorphins and Testosterone.  These hormones help to explain the science behind “Spring Fever!”

 Just wanted to share some Rx in the City some fun lifestyle adventures to empower you to take preventive action during this very stressful time!

 Stay Healthy and Safe!

Dr. G







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