Last night I had a client ask me what this funny looking lamp was in my treatment room. I hadn't really stopped to think that people wouldn't know what they were. So I launched into an explanation as to why I have several of these lamps throughout my home and figured it would be a good topic to blog about.
Salt lamps are natural Ion generators. They emit negative Ions into the atmosphere. Now hold on, I hear you saying..."WHAT...Negative Ions, that can't be good for us"? Actually, they are very good for us. Negative Ions restore and neutralize air quality and can be used to treat illness and improve overall health. In this technological day and age we have filled our homes and offices with electrical appliances and electronics of all sorts (televisions, computers, florescent lighting, microwaves, heaters, air-conditioners and so on) As much as a lot of these devices have made our day to day living easier and more enjoyable it is also what is being blamed for lowering our energy levels and making us feel tired, cranky and depressed through their constant emmissions of Positive Ions. That's right, we're being bombarded by positive ions and it's making us sick. Keeping a Salt lamp in areas of your home or office where these Positive Ion emitters dwell will help to neutralize the air that you are breathing, creating a constant balance of Positive and Negative. This has also been proven to help to reduce airborne infections.....so don't forget to put one in baby's room....there may not be a heavy load of electronics in there, but the Salt lamp will help to clean and purify the air that your little one is breathing.
SO HOW DO THESE LAMPS WORK?
I know there are those of you who just have to know how these lamps work, so here it is in simplest form. The heat from a lighted salt lamp (can be candle light or the small bulb lights) attracts moisture. The evaporation of water through salt emits negative ions. Obviously, size matters in this case. The bigger the lamp the more negative ions it will emit and the bigger the space it can purify. For example a small candle holder or night light sized unit will be effective for an small room or office cubicle. The larger the room the larger your lamp needs to be.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF EMITTING NEGATIVE IONS INTO YOUR LIVING OR OFFICE SPACE
Increased Chi (universal energy)
Helps to eliminate allergens
Can reduce the affects of SAD
Helps to support the immune system
Boosts Serotonin levels
Helps to improve mental alertness
Promotes general overall health
Himalayan rock salt lamps are made from salt crystals that are approximately 250 million years old taken from the Himalayan Mountain Regions. These mined crystals can come in shades ranging from white, pink, peach, orange and into the red hues. You can usually find a variety of natural or sculpted shapes.
Put several of them throughout your home, but if you are going to place one in a high moisture room (bathroom or basement) be sure to keep it turned on at all times. Left to sit turned off it will soak up the moisture and begin to weep.