Unique Benefits of Himalayan Salt Lamps
A new kind of lamp has taken the world by storm, for an unexpected reason. Himalayan salt lamps are emerging in households across the world, because they claim unique health benefits. What exactly are Himalayan salt lamps, and what is the science behind their health benefits?
Himalayan salt lamps are pretty much exactly what they sound like. They are pure blocks of salt that come from the Himalayan Mountains. These blocks of salt are found deep within the earth’s surface, and is mined for its many benefits.
The main purpose for Himalayan salt lamps is to reduce air pollution in our homes. With the rise of technology like phones, computers, and TV’s, our air is loaded with positive ions. Positive ions have been found to negatively affect our bodies in numerous ways. Positive ions have been linked with increased asthma attacks, insomnia, anxiety, headaches, nausea, and irritability. They can also turn into free radicals in the body, which are known to possibly cause cancer.
Himalayan salt lamps emit negative ions, which bind with the positive ions, neutralizing the air. This happens by turning the bulb on, which heats the salt. Salt attracts water in the air, which then evaporates due to the heat from the bulb. The negative ions are created through the evaporation, and the neutralization process happens.
By increasing the amount of negative ions in your environment, you are helping your body physically and mentally. Negative ions are said to increase levels of Serotonin, the mood chemical, which helps with the treatment of depression. According to WebMD, negative ions can work as well as anti-depression medications.
Not only do the negative ions neutralize the harmful positive ions, but they also help with other types of pollution. Dust, pet dander, and tobacco are other air pollutants that can aggravate your body. The negative ions can help eliminate these pollutants, which can reduce your risk of common ailments like headaches and asthma. In fact, people have been on the hunt for salt caves since the 1800’s when it was discovered that they can help with respiratory conditions.
I think that anyone can benefit from keeping a Himalayan salt lamp in their homes. With the amount of air pollution found in each home, everyone could benefit from one. Some people even recommend having one in each room. With the amount of air pollution the standard home has, you might be surprised how much better you will feel with clean air. If nothing else, it at least gives off a nice, warm glow to make any house feel cozy.
One thing to watch out for is fake Himalayan salt lamps. With every great product, there will always be an imitation. There are companies out there that sell fake lamps made of regular rock salt that do not have the same benefits as the real product does. Always be sure to do your homework and make sure you are getting 100% pure Himalayan salt.