In my bedroom there is a Himalayan Salt Lamp that we turn on during down time before bed. Its glow reminds me of a planet - maybe Venus, or a fiery warm sunset set in stone just for me. It's apricot glow feels warm - just looking at it.
It adds ambiance to the evening. It's calming and soothing and seems to lull us to sleep.
Are these lamps just a tangible piece of nature brought inside or are there health benefits as well?
What is a Salt Lamp?
A salt lamp is a chunk of Himalayan salt that has been hollowed out to enclose a small light bulb.The light shines through the salt.
Ions: The Negative and Positive
Salt lamps have become quite popular. There are claims that they carry health benefits because of the negative ions they emit.
The salt lamps themselves do not produce the negative ions. Salt, by its own nature, attracts water. It is adding heat to that salt, through the light bulb, that causes this water in the air to evaporate creating the negative ions.
Negative ions are found in nature in large amounts close to waterfalls, oceans and before storms. If you recollect feelings attached to these natural sources of high negative ions, you may connect the feeling of peacefulness and calm.
“Normal ion counts in fresh country air is 2,000-4,000 negative ions per cubic centimeter. At a large water fall you might find over 100,000 negative ions. Polluted air in large cities might have less than 100 ions.”
Positive ions are emitted by technology like computers, cell phones, microwaves. Mold, bacteria and pollution are also bad for our quality of life, and all carry positive charges. Positive ions are absorbed into our body as free radicals and cause cell damage and premature aging.
But add negative ions to the positive ions and they help cleanse the air.
A few various websites stated the following:
When you start seeking information regarding salt lamps, you will find opinions trying to debunk their benefits along side of those trying to promote their benefit. To me, it's common sense - we gargle salt water for sore throat. We enjoy healthy skin when we have the luxury of living close to the ocean. Salt is known for it's healing properties. * Dr. Albert P. Krueger, a microbiologist and experimental pathologist at the University of California, found that an astonishingly small quantity of negative ions could KILL bacteria and quickly take them out of the air so they were less likely to infect people. A separate series of scientific studies elsewhere show that Salt Lamps and salt tea lights can increase the negative ion count by up to 300%!”(drleakelley.com)
*The lamp will help neutralize the air if placed right next to your computer (perfecthealthnow.com)
Win - Win:
I have two salt lamps in my home. They do something for me. I feel peaceful in their presence, calm, soothed. I might not be able to exactly explain why, but I choose them. So much in fact I'd like to have one in each room of my home. The aesthetic appeal is reason enough in my opinion. The warm glow cannot be replicated by anything man made - as is often true with natural materials. They are gorgeous even when the light isn't on. I just love them.
So the combination of the feel and look of them is a win win to me, no matter why.
Where to Find Your Salt Lamp:
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