People travel from all over the world to visit natural salt mines like those found in Austria, Germany and the Himalayas. In Germany, the hot springs near the salt mines are so highly regarded for natural healing that companies have been known to send stressed employees there to rejuvenate.
But wait…don’t we hear all the time that too much salt is bad for us? So why would anyone want to surround themselves with it?
Well, these natural salt mines don’t contain the highly processed white salt you’re used to seeing on restaurant tables.
They are full of pure salt crystals that have been beautifully preserved by nature allowing them to remain pristine, rich with minerals and awesome at releasing negative ions into the air that benefit your health.
How Negative Ions Positively Impact the Environment Around You
Have you ever felt calm and refreshed after a thunderstorm? This is a great example of how nature releases negative ions into the air and how they make you feel good.
Here’s how it works:
Right before a thunderstorm, you can feel the build-up of tension in the atmosphere. This is because positive ions in the air are reaching their peak.
Once the storm hits, the air produces electrical charges into the atmosphere and rain falls. This results in air that’s rich in oxygen and bursting with negative ions.
This rush of negative ions works to neutralize the positive ions, while also cleansing the air. This is what causes the feeling of calm and rejuvenation after a storm.
If you’re like me, you don’t have the luxury of regularly traveling to the natural salt mines in Europe and Asia to chillax and get your fix of negative ions.
No worries, you can bring the health benefits of pure salt crystals right into your home with Himalayan salt lamps!
Health Benefits of Himalayan Salt Lamps
By making lamps out of Himalayan salt, the heat from the light in the lamps activates the healing magic of the pure salt crystals.
Not only do these lamps cleanse the air by emitting negative ions, they also create light waves that neutralize the positive ions that are released from electronic devices around you (cell phones, tablets, TVs, microwaves, computers, etc.).
The “electro smog” or “electronic air pollution” created by electronic devices can cause many health issues like added bodily stress, sleep disruptions, feelings of nervousness, difficulty concentrating and the increased accumulation of free radicals in your body that can lead to disease. That’s why it’s critical to neutralize it.
The release of negative ions and neutralization of positive ions from Himalayan salt lamps provide multiple health benefits:
- Breathe Easier & Relieve Allergy Symptoms: The lamps reduce air irritants and allergens resulting in less coughs, sneezes and allergic reactions.
- Natural Healing & Mental Focus: The lamps encourage increased oxygen flow to your brain, which can alleviate headaches and migraines. This also helps with mental focus!
- Reduce Stress, Anxiety & Depression: The lamps can improve your mood by increasing your levels of serotonin (the “good mood” chemical in your brain).
- Sleep Better: Your body heals best at night while you’re sleeping. The warm glow of these lamps creates a soothing and tranquil atmosphere for sleep and relaxation.
- Offset Radiation Exposure: The lamps counter the harmful radiation and positive ions emitted by the electronic devices around you.
NOTE: Salt is hygroscopic, meaning it attracts water to its surface. So don’t be alarmed if your lamp looks wet at times, particularly when it’s humid inside your home. When the lamp is turned on, the water should evaporate quickly from the heat produced by the light. Negative ions are generated through this evaporation process, which is a good thing!
Other Benefits of Himalayan Salt Lamps
Even if you think the health benefits associated with Himalayan salt lamps sound like hocus-pocus, they still make a stunning addition to your home or office. Plus, they can totally take the place of night-lights and candles. SCORE!
- Decor / Feng Shui: Whether they’re turned on or off, Himalayan salt lamps have a unique and natural beauty that make them a great decorative piece for your home and office.
- Practical Uses: The lamps provide a beautiful and soothing glow that’s perfect for a nightlight. They also work great in place of candles for a romantic ambiance (bow-chick-a-bow-wow) or for providing a dim light while enjoying a movie.
How many Himalayan salt lamps do you need?
To get the maximum health benefits, it’s best to place a lamp in each large area of your home. Of course, you can put more than one lamp in a room if you want.
I live in a two-story house with 3 bedrooms and a basement. I have 10 lamps in my house:
- 1 in my basement (which is where is my indoor exercise space)
- 1 in my living room
- 1 in my kitchen / dining area
- 1 in my bedroom
- 3 in my home office (one is on my desk and the other is in the opposite corner of the room)
- 3 in the guest bedroom
I also have 2 Himalayan salt nightlights in the kitchen and one in our powder room on the first floor.
If you work outside of your home, don’t forget to grab a lamp for your office!
When purchasing salt lamps, you’ll notice they come in various weights and sizes. Below is a chart to help you figure out which size to buy:
As I mentioned before, I like to use a small nightlight that mounts right in the outlet like this for smaller areas in my home. For areas where I don’t have access to an outlet, I like to use Himalayan salt candleholders like these to burn pure beeswax candles that also release negative ions into the air.
What brand of lamps should I buy and from where should I buy them?
Be careful when selecting Himalayan salt products, because there are lots of imposters and low-quality lamps out there. (I learned this the hard way!)
Make sure you’re buying a reputable brand that’s made of pure Himalayan salt crystals.
Though amazon doesn’t need any more money, I do like using it to find credible vendors that have been well-vetted and have received many positive customer reviews.
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A note about Himalayan salt candleholders
Normally, I recommend using flameless candles in your home to avoid releasing toxins from burning paraffin wax candles into the air. (Plus, flameless candles last forever and aren’t a fire hazard!). In the case of Himalayan salt candleholders, however, they need heat to help ignite the health benefits of the salt.
To make this happen, I recommend burning non-toxic candles made of 100% pure beeswax like these, which also emit negative ions into the air. SCORE!
Cheers to transforming the health of your home with Himalayan salt lamps!
With love and gratitude,
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