For literally as long as man has been recording history, natural salt like Himalayan salt has been revered as having many well known benefits to humanity. It is one of the most potent minerals – a mineral created eons ago when two tectonic plates collided. In past civilizations, it was valued so much that it was used as currency.
In the salt mines of the Himalayas, miners are happy to mine the salt! Why? Because the Himalayan salt actually emits negative ions into the air, and negative ions helped the miners to feel good. Sounds odd, but that’s the truth…
Many European countries use salt mines and salt baths as a place of rejuvenation. People would even go into salt caves just to unwind and relax.
Himalayan salt is a natural ionizer. When it is heated by a light bulb, it will emit negative ions. That’s how the Himalayan salt lamp works – it has a light bulb inside it that heats it up, creating negative ions. These negative ions get attached with the positive ions in the air and then whatever it is attached to, like dust, pollen, or microbes falls to the floor.
In some countries, companies even send their overworked employees to hot salt springs in order to relax and unwind. What is it about the Himalayan sea salt lamp that can make people feel so good?
Lets cover eleven health benefits of Himalayan salt lamps.
1. Improves Breathing
If you have ever gone outside just after a thunderstorm, or if you have ever stood by a waterfall and taken a deep, refreshing breath in, you already know the benefits of negatively charged ions in the air. It’s natures way of cleansing the air. In addition, the negative ions are said to be good and healthy for the cilia in your lungs. And since their job is to filter the air you breathe, you will then breathe cleaner, fresher air.
2. Purifies the Air
Besides creating negative ions through the heat of light next to the salt, Himalayan pink salt lamps help clean the air through a process called hydroscopy. Hydroscopy attracts and absorbs contaminated water molecules from the air and locks them into the salt crystal. It can remove things such as cigarette smoke, bacteria, dust and other contaminants in the air. If your room is particularly humid, the salt lamp will actually get wet on the outside.
3. Removes Radiation
Electronic components create electronic radiation in the form of positive ions. This radiation can cause you to feel tired, feel more stressed out, decrease your body’s immune system and more. But since the lamp emits negative ions into the environment it is in, it can neutralize the bad effects of electronic components. It does this when the negative ion particle attaches itself to the positive ion particle. So it basically removes radiation from your home – and that’s a good thing!
4. Raises Energy Levels
Positive ions can drain your body of energy, making you feel tired, irritable, stressed out and even depressed. By removing the positive ions, the Himalayan salt lamp can raise your energy level. It’s the same effect as going out into nature and enjoying the feeling of vitality out there.
But if your lamp is too small for your room, you may not feel the full benefits. In general, one pound of Himalayan salt will handle a 4 foot by 4 foot area. Typical Himalayan salt lamps start at about six pounds.
5. Better Sleep
If you want to have better sleep, install a Himalayan salt lamp in your bedroom. It is said that too many positive ions in your area can restrict the blood flow to the brain, and limit the oxygen supply. By removing the positive ions, you can counter-act the effect of too many electronic components.
Plus, the soothing amber light from the salt lamp is known to help people with insomnia too…
6. Boosts Blood Flow
Scientific studies have suggested that negative ions can improve blood flow. The result is that certain disorders of the vascular system improves too. The boost in blood flow can also help prevent lung damage.
7. Enhanced Mood
According to certain studies, negative ions increase the hormone serotonin which is the “feel good” chemical released into the body. Since Himalayan salt creates negative ions, it can enhance and improve a person’s mood which can benefit a person suffering from depression.
8. Improved Brain Function
Studies show that depressed people who were exposed to high amounts of negative ions felt less depressed after the experiment. It is believed that the negative ions released from the Himalayan salt lamp causes serotonin to be released which improves brain function.
9. Reduces Asthma and Allergies
Negative ions is natures way of cleansing the air of smoke, dust, mildew, mold, pollen or anything else that a person may be allergic too. Since the salt lamp produces negative ions, it can greatly benefit a person with asthma and allergies because it cleans the air and allows them to breathe more easily.
10. Reduces Stress
The creation of negative ions from the Himalayan salt lamp is really what makes it so beneficial. Studies show that negative ions can reduce stress and help a person to feel calmer and happier. If you put one in your bedroom, you’ll get better sleep. And when you get better sleep, you’ll perform better in every way during the day.
11. Removes Pathogens
Pathogenic microbes can float around in the air, but not if there is a Himalayan salt lamp in the area. Negative ions can remove germs and viruses from the air, which will help the whole family.
The nice thing about Himalayan salt lamps is that they can double as home décor and also a night lamp. Not only that, but the soothing, natural amber light of the lamp is much better for you than regular blue and white light.
Most of us stay in doors too long. And usually there is more pollution indoors than out. But with a Himalayan salt lamp, you can rest assured that the air in your house is fresh, clean and healthy.