Himalayan salt lamps are my newest obsession. If you don’t know what they are, fear not. I’m about to introduce you to the amazing world of salt lamps and all of their benefits.
First off, here’s some scientific trivia. Inside Himalayan salt, there are 84 minerals, all of which are naturally present in our human bodies. This kind of salt formed in the last 250 million years in an environment that protected it from toxins.
How does the salt lamp work
The lamps made from Himalayan salt, offer a very dim light so their main purpose isn’t to brighten up rooms. However, there are many other reasons to prefer this lamp to a normal one. Some of them are:
1. Purify Air
Out of all the benefits, the most important one, is that it purifies the air. A salt lamp is great at attracting the polluting agents in the air, like allergens, moulds and bacteria, present in the form of water vapour. When the water in the air hits the heated lamp, the salt traps the polluting substances. This cycle is repeated when the lamp is on and hot. This allows us to breathe cleaner air.
2. Reduce Electromagnetic Radiations
We are surrounded by objects (like mobile phones, computers, televisions), that release electromagnetic radiations as positive ions that are far from being healthy. This radiations are invisible, but they have proven to have very damaging effects longterm, like causing tiredness, stress and a weakened immune system. Scientists concluded that even a light exposure can cause a variety of tumours, contribute to Alzheimer, dementia, heart diseases and many others. A great way to contrast this effect, increasing the negative ions to balance the positive, is spending time in nature, especially near the water. Salt lamps, being a piece of nature, emit negative ions in small quantities and eliminate positive ones. In neutralizing the electromagnetic radiations, they can reduce the negative effects of electrosmog on our health.
3. Improve Symptoms of Asthma and Allergies
Himalayan salt is used into the inhalers to help those who suffers from asthma and allergies. Salt therapies are also used to cure patients with pulmonary diseases. Just as a curiosity, Siberian miners in the 1800, had less respiratory problems compared to miners that didn’t work with salt. Coincidence? I think not.
4. Better Mood and Better Sleep
Salt lamps can reduce anxiety. According to cromotherapy, the colour light pink (when it’s switched off) or light orange (when on) are a calming presence. Being a piece of nature, they release negative ions, helping to reduce anxiety and promoting a better sleep. I keep one on my bedside table, and I move it next to me when I’m working for hours at my computer. It really helps to relax the sight as well. Negative ions are really powerful. Once they reach the bloodstream, serotonin levels increase, relieving depression, stress and giving you more energy.
Where to Buy a Real Salt Lamp
You can find them in health food stores or easily online. It’s important that you make sure that the lamp is real. It’s full of scam out there, so if you are interested I can write about how you can recognize if they are real or not. You can find real ones online on Amazon here: Himalayan Glow Hand Carved Natural Salt Lamp