While they make attractive pieces for your home, these lamps are more than just decorative. They are helpful in filtering impurities from the air, and that’s just for starters.
Himalayan salt lamps are carved out of pink Himalayan salt, which is harvested in Pakistan, in particular the Himalayan mountain region. They have a distinctive look that emits a warming pink glow when lit.
They are believed to have a number of health benefits because they are natural ionizers. This means they change the electrical charge in the circulating air, which has health benefits.
Himalayan salt lamps may produce negative ions by attracting water particles that evaporate off as a salt solution when heated by the lamp.
The air, no matter how dry it feels, is always full of water vapour particles; these carry dust, smoke, bacteria, viruses, pet dander and pollen, which is obviously unhealthy for you.
The salt lamp attracts and neutralizes the pollutants in the air. Once the contaminated particles are attracted to the salt lamp, they remain there, preventing them from entering your body. Amazing!
Wireless electronic equipment is known to emit positive ions into the air, creating electronic smog, which can cause serious health problems. There is nothing positive about these ions. They have been known to cause health problems such as: insomnia, allergies, mental health problems, to name a few. The reasons? These problems occur because our brains are exposed to the electronic smog 20 times more than our brain can handle. Neutralizing these positive ions have now become necessary.
The most popular health benefit is the fact that salt lamps can clean the air in your home, soothe allergies, boost your mood and even help you sleep.
Here our top 5 reasons to have at least one Himalayan salt lamp in your home:
Improved Air Quality
Salt lamps improve air quality in your home. They are extremely beneficial for those suffering from allergies, asthma, or other respiratory conditions that make it difficult to breathe.
Over exposure to positive ions can affect the quality of sleep. Positively charged particles can actually reduce the blood and oxygen supply to the brain causing irregular sleep patterns.
Since Himalayan salt lamps release negative ions into the air, it encourages a relaxing atmosphere for sleep, and helps to reduce anxiety.
The calming dim light from the salt lamp helps promote sleepiness. Using bright lights before bed can delay production of the sleep hormone, melatonin. Although this isn’t specific to salt lamps, it is definitely an added bonus.
Exposure to high levels of negative ions in the air may improve our moods and improve levels of serotonin, which is the chemical in our brains involved in mood regulation. Again, the salt lamps emit negative ions into the air, thereby increasing blood and oxygen to the brain, it is excellent at improving moods.
Alleviates Coughs and Other Cold Symptoms
Another benefit of have negative ions discharged into the air by Himalayan Salt Lamps are that the may shield against airborne germs. Salt lamps also permit the body to filter air more efficiently, which helps block any foreign particles from entering into the lungs.
This may help stop coughing, sneezing, sore throats and other minor cold symptoms.
Calm Allergies and Reduce Asthma
Himalayan salt lamps filter dirt, mold, mildew and pet dander from the indoor air.
Most nasal saline sprays use salt to clear airways. Himalayan salt lamps work similar.
Most people believe it to be an excellent respiratory aid that can help sufferers of an asthma attack, respiratory illness, and different metabolic process problems.
We have listed only 5 health benefits, but there are so many more. So, go ahead and buy one, aside from being decorative, they offer so many health properties.
Marian Grande is a Certified Clinical Aromatologist with the Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists, in good standing.