You may have seen a Himalayan salt lamp recently in a shop or a friend’s home. They are growing in popularity because they provide a number of health benefits making it worth having one around. Beautiful and highly decorative, these lamps make for lovely decor as well as enhancing your wellbeing.
The salt lamp is made from a chunk of Himalayan salt. The inside is hollowed out and a bulb is placed inside. You may have also seen some that look like a basket with the salt crystals inside.
These salt lamps provides the incredible benefit of cleaning the air you breathe that can help you feel better on a regular basis. This is true for everyone, but especially true for people with respiratory issues or allergies.
Using a Himalayan salt lamp is like bringing the outdoors inside. Have you ever noticed that you feel better by spending time outside, especially if you are nearby water, like an ocean or waterfall? The same is true for after a rainstorm. This is because the air is filled with negative ions. Negative ions are good.
To give you some perspective, in locations such as the beach, there are up to 10,000 negative ions per cubic centimeter. A place such as a city will be as low as 100 ions per cubic centimeter.
Positive ions are a result of electronic equipment in our environments such as computers, televisions, microwaves, etc. They cause problems including allergies, increased bodily stress and insomnia. Generally, too many positive ions in the air can make you feel sluggish and stuffy. Positive can also impact your health by causing increased nervousness, sleep interruptions, increased brain fog, increased free radical accumulation in your body and increased bodily stress. It is really important to neutralize the positive ions in your air.
How it Works
The salt lamps work by creating negative ions – the light within the lamp heats up the salt crystals creating the negative ions. This then neutralizes the positive ions in the air. Positive ions are a result of electronic equipment in our environments such as computers, televisions, microwaves, etc. They cause problems including allergies, increased stress and insomnia. Generally, too many positive ions in the air can make you feel sluggish and stuffy. The salt lamp helps to clean the air and you feel better as a result.
Likewise, airborne toxins such as allergens, bacterias and mold carry positive charges and are neutralized by the salt lamp.
Himalayan salt lamps have been shown to be helpful with:
- blood system disorders
- stress-related disorders
- insomnia and sleep disturbances
- skin conditions
- respiratory problems
Where to Put Your Himalayan Salt Lamp
These salt lamps have a limited range. Having one in your home is a great thing but it will not impact the air of your entire home. Rather, it will improve the air within the general vicinity of the lamp.
It is important to place the lamp wherever you spend the most time or where your environment is most impacted by electronic devices.
The Importance of Choosing the Right Salt Lamp
There are many fake salt lamps out there on the market. You will want to be sure you purchase a lamp that is from the Himalayan region that is made from pure Himalayan salt crystals.
Note that your salt lamp may sometimes appear wet or “sweaty.” This is because water is attracted to the surface of the lamp (the salt) and then it evaporates quickly because of the heat from the bulb inside. This evaporation process is what generates the negative ions.