Himalayan Salt Lamp - Medium
Benefits of Himalayan Salt Lamps
1. Salt Lamps Cleanse & Deodorise the Air
Probably the most well-known benefit, is due to their incredible power to remove dust, pollen, cigarette smoke, and other contaminants from the air. Himalayan salt lamps purify air through the power of hygroscopy, meaning that they attract water molecules from the surrounding environment then absorb those molecules – as well as any foreign particles they may be carrying – into the salt crystal. As the lamp warms up from the heat produced by the light bulb inside, that same water then evaporates back into the air and the trapped particles of dust, pollen, smoke, etc remain locked in the salt.
2. Reduce Allergy & Asthma Symptoms
Because Himalayan salt lamps remove microscopic particles of dust, pet dander, mould, mildew and the like from the surrounding air, placing a lamp or two in the rooms where you spend the most time can seriously cut back on allergy symptoms. Even people who suffer from asthma should notice a big difference after a week or two.
3. Eases Coughing
When the Himalayan salt lamp heats up and begins its hygroscopic cycling of airborne particles, it also changes the charge of the molecules which are released. The majority of homes are filled with positively charged ions which aren’t particularly good for a person’s health. The positive ions are created by a number of things, but the primary source for most of us is from our electronics. One of the health detriments of breathing lots of positive ions in the air is that the cilia (microscopic hairs) which line the trachea (aka: windpipe) become sluggish and don’t work as well to keep contaminants out of our lungs. As a Himalayan salt lamp absorbs water and particles from the air, it also takes positive ions with them. Then, when the heated salt releases the cleansed water vapor back into the air, it also expels negative ions which have the opposite effect on our airways – increasing cell activity to keep your lungs clear. So besides removing contaminants from the air, Himalayan salt lamps also help your body to filter air more efficiently so any foreign particles you do happen to breathe won’t make it into your lungs.
4. Increase Energy Levels
Taking a drive through the countryside with the windows down, spending time at the beach or camping in the mountains, or simply taking a shower first thing in the morning are all things that many people find revitalising. It’s not a coincidence that these are all activities which expose us to increased concentrations of negative ions such as those generated by Himalayan salt lamps. The fact is, positive ions sap our bodies of energy. Unfortunately, it’s all too common for us to try to diagnose the problem as something else entirely. If you constantly feel tired and don’t know why, try keeping a Himalayan salt lamp in the room or rooms where you spend the most time. After about a week, you should notice a difference.
5. Neutralise Electromagnetic Radiation
Nowadays, most of us are living in a metaphorical ocean of electromagnetic (EM) radiation which flows from our electronics (i.e. television, computer, mobile phone, tablet, appliances, stereo, etc). While they may be invisible, the long-term effects of EM exposure can be quite serious. Constant exposure to EM radiation is known to increase stress levels, cause chronic fatigue, and decrease the body’s immune response, among other things. As they emit negative ions into the air, Himalayan salt lamps work to neutralise electromagnetic radiation. Keep one next to the computer, television, and any other electrical devices which you use frequently to reduce the potential danger to you and your family.
6. Better Sleep
Another side effect which results from over-exposure to positive ions in the air is that it robs you of quality sleep. This happens because those positively-charged particles can actually reduce blood and oxygen supply to the brain resulting in irregular sleep patterns. Himalayan salt lamps are natural negative ion generators; thus they can help to reverse this problem. Keep one or two around your bedroom to improve the air quality so you can get a better night’s sleep.
7. Improve Mood & Concentration
Himalayan salt lamps are a great way to naturally enhance your mood or to help you relax and unwind at the end of the day. At the same time and on the opposite side of the coin, HS lamps are great for improving concentration. Again, this is due to the effect of the negative ions on your body, improving blood and oxygen supply to the brain and other organs, as well as providing a boost of serotonin – the neurotransmitter which makes us literally feel happy.
8. Treat Seasonal Affective Disorder
In addition to generating negative ions which improve mood and energy levels, the soft, natural light given off by a Himalayan salt lamp is close enough to the warm glow of sunshine that they can even be used to relieve the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder. This year when the days get shorter, fight back the lethargy by surrounding yourself with a few HS lamps.
9. Reduce Static Electricity in the Air
Static electricity can be a huge pain and Himalayan salt lamps are a natural way to neutralise the airborne ionized particles which cause it.
10. Environmentally-Friendly Light Source
Himalayan salt lamps are environmentally friendly. The base of a lamp is generally carved from a sustainable wood. Some lamps use a low-wattage bulb which consumes very little energy while others are powered by a lit candle.
Please Note: As this is a natural stone, there may be some variants in sizes, shapes and colours. The block of salt in salt lamps comes from the foot of the Himalayas. A wooden base is screwed underneath and then the cable with the bulb in is then inserted into the hole underneath. The cable and bulb (15 watts) are good quality with an on / off switch along the wire. The bulb is an oven bulb specifically for salt lamps.
The salt lamp comes in a simple cardboard box and sizing is fairly constant. Colouring and how they are cut will differ slightly.