I’d long admired the warm glow of Himalayan Salt Lamps when I saw them yoga studios, health spas and in various shops that I frequent. Due to the fact that the hunk of salt is natural and not factory made, each lamp is different in size, shape and color. However, they all create a soft, cozy light and lend a peaceful “vibe” to the room.
Before investing in one of these lamps for my home, I did a little research and came to understand where that peaceful vibe comes from. As it turns out, these lamps have some unique health benefits, which are the result of the negative ions that they emit.
Ok, so here’s the brief science lesson…
Have you ever noticed how peaceful and refreshed you feel after spending time at the beach, walking or hiking in the woods, lying on the grass at the park or sitting in a beautiful garden? Well the reason we feel so good is that those environments contain large amounts of negative ions, which nature produces in abundance. These negative ions counteract the positive ions that we are constantly surrounded by and absorb.
Positive ions are created by electronic devices and have been dubbed ‘electronic smog’ or ‘electronic air pollution’. As we all know, we are increasingly surrounded by all sorts of computers, large screen TVs, telephones, microwaves and other appliances we now deem necessary for our survival and entertainment (although only a decade ago we did perfectly well without most of these).
Studies have shown that your brain gets bombarded by frequencies 20 times higher than its optimal frequency, which results in all sorts of problems, including insomnia, nervousness and allergies.
The World Health Organization calls the electronic smog “one of the most common and fastest growing environmental influences” and states that concerns about the health effects should be taken seriously.(Source)
Like certain plants, Himalayan sea salt produces negative ions and when the crystal is heated slightly, the ionizing effect of the salt is increased quite a bit…hence, the birth of the salt lamp.
Several health benefits are associated with the salt lamps, as they are reported to help with:
- Respiratory problems (including the common cold and allergies)
- Anxiety and stress related conditions
- Headaches and migraines
- Chronic fatigue
- Seasonal depression
- suppressed immune response
I have this lamp in each bedroom, which is beautiful as a night light (you can adjust the brightness, which I love!). I also have one in the living room, where we tend to have a lot of electronics. Wherever you place it, I’m sure that you’ll find it to be a lovely natural element in the decor.
In good health,
- Negative ions create positive vibes, WebMD.
- The New England Journal of Medicine, nejm.org.
- Science and Education Publishing, There’s Something in the Air: Empirical Evidence for the Effects of Negative Air Ions (NAI) on Psychophysiological State and Performance, pubs.sciepub.com.