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Himalayan Salt Lamps for the Body and Mind

I keep telling myself to get one.

Photo courtesy of Hawkesbury Natural Therapies Centre

People often complain that they have trouble sleeping at night, and even claim that they feel tense with every waking moment that they spend in the house. Chances are, the air quality in their homes is subpar, and it may even be contributing to certain health conditions that account for the aforementioned symptoms.

In order to prevent these symptoms and maintain good health, it is important to ensure that clean air is circulating in the house. Andrew Jonasson from Healthy Holistic Living recommends placing Himalayan salt lamps in the most used rooms in the house, because they induce relaxing and meditative vibes.

What are these lamps exactly, and how do they work? Himalayan salt lamps are blocks made of pure Himalayan pink salt from a sea salt deposit located deep in the Himalayas, where the prehistoric ocean called Tethys used to be. This salt is preserved beneath Pakistan’s monolithic mountain range, and it is hygroscopic, which means that it attracts water molecules from the air and its surroundings (where there’s humidity, for example, the lamp will appear wet). It traps all the dirt, water, and smoke particles that are carried in water vapour.

Theoretically speaking, clean water is re-released back into the air and purifies it once air pollutants are locked in the salt. On its own, however, salt can only absorb water up to a certain point before it becomes saturated. This is where the lamp comes in, because through the drying process, it is able to restore the equilibrium, meaning that the purification process does hold scientific merit.

The bulb inside of the lamp, meanwhile, doesn’t just produce light. It heats the lamp, which causes the absorbed water to quickly evaporate, creating an atmosphere of negative ions. Health-wise, negative ions are extremely important molecules—especially in highly industrialized environments like our modern homes—because they rid air contaminants of their harmful properties. These ions are produced in natural settings, as opposed to the electronically generated positive ions that plague our homes as a result of the countless electronic devices in our possession.

Contrary to popular belief, positive ions are actually detrimental to our mental health. According to the World Health Organization, the brain is forayed by twenty times more frequencies than necessary, exposing it to constant electromagnetic radiation. Janice Taylor from Natural Living Ideas says that the long-terms effects this radiation can have on the brain include: increased stress levels, chronic fatigue, a lowered immune system, allergies, nerve disorders, insomnia, and other mental health issues.

It is for this reason that sources of negative ions, including Himalayan salt lamps, are crucial to balancing out and neutralizing these unnatural electronic waves. In addition, positive ions decrease ciliary activity in the trachea, which causes lung contamination, so negative ions help lungs to breathe properly. Jonasson says that these lamps are associated with other health benefits such as: reduced headaches and migraines, an improved respiratory system, improved arthritis, stimulated blood, serotonin production and oxygen flow in the brain, improved allergies and skin conditions, and improved mental and stress-related disorders—which, in the case of the latter, can otherwise even be caused by something as simple as static electricity. Taylor adds that having several lamps on a timer in the vicinity can help treat Seasonal Affective Disorder by providing light right when the days start getting shorter.

The effectiveness of the lamps is said to be apparent right from when they’re plugged in and turned on. Jonasson advises that one be placed in every room in the house; Taylor says that the lamps should be concurrently placed near electronic devices and paired with other air purifiers such as air-cleaning houseplants.

The lamps themselves, according to her, are also environmentally friendly. At the current extraction rate, the salt is predicted to last for another 350 years as only approximately 80 to 600 million tonnes of it is mined every year. The lamp’s base is carved from sustainable woods such as neem, and the light source used is typically either a low-wattage bulb or a lit candle placed in each lamp.

Interested buyers, beware: there are plenty of imitation lamps for sale, so be sure to confirm that the lamps are indeed made from actual Himalayan pink salt before purchasing as proxies do not provide the same benefits, if any at all.

Having these lamps radiate their brilliant glow in the house is sure to warrant an invigorating, as well as a soothing experience without all those chaotic microwaves coursing through our bodies.

With files from: 

This Is What Happens To Your Body When You Start Using Himalayan Salt Lamps

11 Himalayan Pink Rock Salt Lamp Health Benefits

10 Reasons To Have A Himalayan Salt Lamp In Every Room Of Your Home

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