Himalayan salt lamps are all the rage nowadays. Owners of these soothing lamps report numerous health benefits after only a few days of use. Both laymen and scientists admit that just one of these salt lamps can have tremendous effects on a person’s physical, psychological, and spiritual health.
The first main benefit of Himalayan salt lamps is that they effectively get rid of airborne contaminants. Just a few of the contaminants Himalayan salt lamps are good at purifying include debris from cigarettes, pollen, and dust. The salt lamp is able to purify the air through a process known as hygroscopy.
Hygroscopy basically means the salt lamp attracts water molecules in the local environment. When the light is turned on in the salt lamp, these water molecules immediately evaporate back into the air. However, when these molecules evaporate, they are totally purified. The contaminants initially carried by the water molecules are trapped within every salt lamp.
As you could imagine, this hygroscopic process has tremendous benefits for people who suffer from allergies and/or asthma. Asthmatics report seeing benefits after only a few weeks of using their salt lamps. Believe it or not, doctors have found Himalayan salt lamps so effective in reducing asthma symptoms that they have actually begun developing inhalers with Himalayan pink salt.
Himalayan salt lamps are needed even more nowadays due to the fact that we live in environments flooded with positive ions. In this instance, “positive” doesn’t mean “good,” especially regarding our health.
As you probably remember from chemistry class, all matter is made up of atoms. These atoms are made up of protons, electrons, and neutrons. Protons have a positive charge, electrons a negative charge, and neutrons are neutral. Electrons generally orbit around protons, but sometimes these electrons can fly away. Whenever an electron flies away from a proton, the proton has to figure out a way to fill that void. Often, these positively charged protons have to “steal” an electron from another molecule in the atmosphere.
Our homes are so flooded with positively charged ions nowadays mainly due to our electronic devices. Our TVs, computers, laptops, and smartphones all give off tons of positively charged ions, and, ironically enough, these ions have “negative” effects on our health. For example, doctors have observed that breathing in too many positive ions weakens the microscopic hairs (also called cilia) in our windpipes. This makes it easier for airborne contaminants to get into our lungs.
Himalayan salt lamps help not only by absorbing and trapping the contaminants, but also by releasing negatively charged ions to balance out the atmosphere. This all helps strengthen our cilia and keep harsh contaminants out of our lungs.
The Himalayan salt lamp’s ability to release negative ions also has the positive effect of dampening the electromagnetic (EM) radiation we are bombarded with from our various screens. Doctors say too much exposure to EM radiation can be linked with anxiety, poor sleeping habits, depression, and even autoimmune disorders. People who use salt lamps often find that symptoms of fatigue and general anxiety fade away after a few weeks of use. That’s because the negative ions released by the Himalayan salt lamp works to neutralize the air that has been so contaminated with positive ions.
Himalayan salt lamps have been proven particularly effective in helping with sleep disorders. Many people suffer from sleep disorders today due, once again, to too many positive ions being in the atmosphere. Positive ions actually reduce the amount of blood and oxygen that makes its way to a person’s brain. The release of negative ions helps significantly increase the blood and oxygen supply in a person’s brain, which leads to healthier sleep patterns.
These are just a few of the miraculous benefits of Himalayan salt lamps. Experts recommend placing one or two lamps in an area of the home you use most often for general wellbeing. Himalayan salt lamps make excellent gift ideas for everyone on your shopping list this holiday season.