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Salt Therapies. By Our Student Pharmacist, Sandy Saleh.

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Salt therapy is popping up all around the map and it is the process in which humans inhale small particles of salt for many different types of claimed benefits.

Even though salt therapy seems new, it is actually very dated and has been around since the 1800’s. A physician noticed that salt mine workers had less health issues, including less respiratory problems, than workers who had been in other types of mines. Even many years later, when people used to hide in salt caves during WWII, their health improved prompting the spread of salt therapy.

Salt therapy is still confusing in terms of science, but the theory is that when salt particles are inhaled, the particles kill off microorganisms in the lungs to reduce inflammation and decrease mucus. A senior scientific advisor to the American Lung Association suggests that when fine salt particles are inhaled, they fall on the airway linings and draw water into the airway, thinning the mucus and making it easier to breathe, thus making people feel better. The salt particles also can pull out other toxins and bacteria from the body cells in the process.


The treatment essentially involves sitting in a warm room filled with rock salt, with walls that are made of salt and inhaling salty air that’s being pumped into the room by a machine. The room itself usually consists of dim lighting, comfortable seating, and is often very pretty. The surroundings provide a relaxing environment.

People can choose to sit in the salt room anywhere from 30 minutes to a couple of hours, with the most commonly chosen time being one hour. There are many different modified versions of the salt room with some rooms including salt and toys that kids can play in like sand, and salt baths that allow for people to float and feel lightweight. The salt rooms are advertised towards all ages.

Initial recommended therapy, by the salt room therapists, for asthma and COPD includes twice weekly therapy for 6-8 weeks. Some people use salt rooms daily and have no complications. It is always important to discuss any type of new therapy with a doctor.

The claimed benefits of salt therapy include relief of symptoms of skin, respiratory and lifestyle conditions, including:

Many people just use salt therapy as a way to relax in the comfortable quiet rooms and clear the mind as a form of self care. Self care alone is shown to improve health outcomes both mentally and physically.

There is not much evidence showing that salt therapy is harmful. However, since there is no evidence-based findings or guidelines to salt therapy treatment, before starting salt therapy, it should be discussed with a doctor.

Salt rooms can be dehydrating and it is very important to drink plenty of water. There are reports of watery stinging eyes due to the salt. Any patient with eye health concerns should also consult a doctor.

We have a wonderful salt spa right here in Plain City. Sweet Dreams Float and Dry Salt Therapy, 218 West Main Street, offers dry salt therapy, as well as a floatation pod. They also have wonderful gifts for the holidays including salt lamps, aromatherapy dispensers, and essential oils.

Like Sweet Dreams on Facebook HERE and find out more about how to book an appointment.

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Small Business Saturday is November 25.


After Black Friday and the mad rush to start the holiday shopping season, small businesses ask you to take a deep breath and shop small and locally on Saturday, November 25, Small Business Saturday

Shopping locally helps your community in a number of ways:

  • Improves your family’s health by eating locally grown produce and food from farmers you know.
  • Helps the local economy by keeping money within the community.
  • Protects the environment because you’re not wasting fuel and resources traveling long distances to shop.
  • Allows you to know the people behind the products you buy.
  • Keeps your community unique with interesting stores found nowhere else.
  • Supports business owners who also live in your community, are your neighbors, send their kids to the local schools, go to church at your church, pay taxes that benefit your police department and firefighters, support the local PTA and animal shelter, and also shop at other local businesses.

Here is a really cool infographic that shows the benefits of shopping within your own community. Click HERE to take a look.

We hope that you will stop in the pharmacy on Saturday from 9 am until noon and take a moment to shop within our store. We appreciate your loyalty and business so much and your continued support allows us to remain in the Plain City community.

Where you shop matters.


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Lovejoy’s Sale Ad for August 1-7.

Take a look at the special Lovejoy’s sale ad for August 1-7.

Stop by the deli the next time you need lunch or dinner. They always have something great and, best of all, you don’t have to cook!

Don’t forget that Lovejoy’s also offers: ATM, Carryout service, film developing, lottery tickets, 2 day movie rentals (Monday to Thursday, movies are $1.99; Friday to Sunday, movies are $2.49), and double manufacturing coupons EVERYDAY.

Wednesdays are Senior Citizen Discount Days!

Like Lovejoy’s on Facebook by going HERE.

For more information on Lovejoy’s IGA, visit their web site HERE.

Lovejoy’s is open 7 days a week from 7 am to 9 pm.

Remember, we hope you will shop locally and support locally owned businesses here in our community!

Click on each of the pages of the ad to enlarge them. When they show up on a separate page, click again to make the pages even bigger. You can also print them out and take them with you when you go shopping!


Have a Happy and Safe Fourth of July!


We want to wish everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July. Please remember that the pharmacy will be closed on Monday to celebrate the holiday.

If you have an emergency and need to reach Joe over the holiday weekend, please call the after hours number at 614-240-8421.

We will reopen on Tuesday, July 5, at 9 am, and will be open regular hours (until 6 pm).

Please have a safe and enjoyable holiday! Look for us in the parades in Plain City, West Jefferson, and at Karl Road in Columbus!

While we will be closed on the holiday, Lovejoy’s Market will be open on July 4th. Stop by to pick up all those items you may have forgotten for your Independence Day barbecues and parties.


Join Happy Druggist for a One Year Anniversary Party on July Fourth After the Northland Community Independence Day Parade.

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Mondays can sometimes be a bit stressful, but we can’t wait for Monday, July Fourth. This particular Monday will be filled with fun and laughter and family.

There is so much going on at Happy Druggist on the Fourth of July that we wanted to keep you updated on our plans. We are using the entire holiday to thank you, our customers, for your loyal support over the past year.

To begin the day, we will be participating in the Northland Independence Day parade which will get underway at 11 am near the intersection of Morse and Karl Roads. The parade travels north on Karl Road to the intersection with East Dublin Granville Road (State Route 161). As usual, the parade will feature marching bands, bicycles, floats, and tons of other entries from around the community. The last entry should complete the route around 12:30 pm.


The theme for the parade this year is “Building Our Future Together,” which is exactly what we want to do with you, our patients.

For more information on the parade go to The Northland Community Council page HERE or the Northland Parade page HERE.

Following the parade, we will be setting up in the parking lot of Happy Druggist Pharmacy, 5770 Karl Road, serving hot dogs with all the fixings and ice cold water in appreciation for your support. There will also be a face painter, balloon animals, and water balloon games, as well as other activities for the kids.

As many of you may know, Joe and Robin Craft, both pharmacists, purchased Family Medical Pharmacy in December 2014 from previous owner, Maria Masco. They changed the name to Happy Druggist Pharmacy, because they wanted a positive, sunny image that made people smile when they thought of the pharmacy.

Mark Robbins came on staff at the beginning of 2015 as the pharmacist manager. Mark is a graduate of Westland High School who was born and raised on the west side. His grandmother lived nearby in Sharon Woods, so he is very familiar with the area.

Mark graduated from The Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy in 2005. He loves giving back to the community and interacting with his patients here at Happy Druggist. His wife, Shelley, and their children, Natalie and Brady, jump right in and help with everything at the store, too. They are Mark’s biggest cheerleaders.

Please stop by and help Happy Druggist celebrate one year in the community. If you don’t know us, we’d love to meet you. And if you are a loyal customer, we want to say THANK YOU!!


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