Himalayan Salt Lamps: How They Work and Why You Should Use Them
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An ion is a particle that is electrically charged (positive or negative); an atom or molecule or group that has lost or gained one or more electrons.
We are surrounded by ions. Some of them are positive ions (the bad guys) and some of them are negative ions (the good guys). Since 1932 negative ions have been believed to be a positive influence on us when Dr. C.W. Hansell noticed violent mood shifts of a co-worker as he sat next to an electrostatic generator when it made positive ions. The same co-worker was in turn, cheerful when the machine made negative ions.
The Positive ions that surround us include things like air pollution, dust, allergens, electropollution, which is pollution that comes from computers, televisions, cordless and mobile phones. So, it is important to know that there are ways to help combat some of the effects of these “bad guys”.
It has been found by researchers that negative ions reduce neurosis, anxiety, depression and act on brainwaves resulting in an overall calming effect. At a time when depression and anxiety are affecting millions of people, a simple, natural solution involving exposure to negative ions seems a logical step in the right direction.
One way to be exposed to more negative ions is through salt therapies. In Eastern Europe a salt therapy, which has been around for generations, known as Speleotherapy, (“speleo” in Greek means cave) involves spending time in natural salt caves. It is believed that the reaction of the humidity in the air to the salt creates more negative ions which can help treat respiratory problems like bronchial asthma and other nonspecific lung diseases.
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An even easier way to expose ourselves to more Negative Ions is through the use of Himalayan Salt Lamps right in our homes or offices. The closed in spaces we live in with electronics on most of the day bombards us with Positive Ions. Dust, cooking odors, dander from our animals, electropollution, floats around in our homes and then we breathe them in.
What are these beautiful lighted crystal lamps?
Aside from the fact that these Himalayan Salt Lamps are gorgeous to look at, they also provide benefits to your well being. Not only can they help relieve the stress of everyday life, but they also help clean the air you breathe.
Low voltage light bulbs (nightlights) are positioned in the middle of the crystals which then warms the crystal when turned on. The difference in temperature of the surrounding air and the humidity causes the salt crystal to give off moisture condensation, which translates to Negative Ions. Remember, the more exposure to Negative Ions - the better. These ions attach themselves to the Positive Ions floating around; dust, allergens etc. and draw them to the ground instead of into you! This results in cleaner air. So, if you are looking for natural remedies for asthma or allergies, you might want to consider adding salt lamps to your home or work environment, so you can breathe in cleaner air.
Quality is important when buying a Salt Lamp. Himalayan Salt Lamps are created from salt crystals found in the deepest mines on earth, high in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains, where there is no contamination by pollution. They also contain over 84 minerals and trace elements. Therefore, the Negative Ions released from these Himalayan salt crystals are highly beneficial, pure and chemical-free. Not all Salt lamps can provide that advantage.
It is also important to consider the size and color of the lamp you are buying. Choose a lamp with a deeper hue; the redder the color, the higher the mineral count. A lamp with the most exposed salt surface allows more exposure to more Negative Ions. Smaller spaces require smaller size lamps and larger spaces, larger lamps, or several smaller size lamps in a large space. You can never have too many lamps!
Even though Negative Ions sounds, well, negative it couldn’t be farther from the truth. Surround yourself with functional beauty and more Negative Ions. Your body and mind will positively thank you!