New Ionic Salt Lamps
People have different opinions of Himalayan Salt Lamps, calling them old age, new age, or anything in-between, but fact is, they are the latest, most exotic form of negative ion delivery systems in the holistic health community. Scientific studies show that a salt lamp installed in a home can provide incredible health benefits, especially for individuals suffering from sinus or bronchial conditions. Exposing oneself to these amazing Salt Lamps is often compared to inhaling rarified air at the top of a mountain, or breathing in the refreshing air following a storm.
History of Salt Therapy
Centuries ago, people often turned to mineral water, salt water, and salt mines to find therapies for chronic congestion problems. Individuals suffering from severe illnesses often found the distances quite prohibitive, which led to the establishment of clinics in different towns around the globe to make salt-based remedies accessible to them, in what is referred to as Speleotherapy rehabilitation. Salt has been used for generations to dry bronchial tubes and relieve sinus cavities of bacteria and micro organisms; and has naturally evolved to Himalayan Salt Lamp, which employs a low-wattage light bulb or candlewick to expend negative ions originating from the salt crystals.
Himalayan salt is considered as the most pollutant free salt on earth, containing about 84 useful minerals and trace elements. The salt is mines at extremely high altitudes, where there are no traces of pollution or even environmentally compromised materials in the air. Himalayan salt is very different from regular salt, which contains a mix of sodium, chloride, and other chemicals that cause the body to view it as a potential toxin, and subsequently attempt to eliminate it. Inorganic sodium chloride can interfere with fluid balance and even overburden the body’s faculties.
According to scientific reports, every gram of sodium chloride that the body is unable to process causes the body to use 23 times the amount of cell water to neutralize it. This is why people feel thirsty after taking excess refined table salt, resulting in excess fluid in the body tissue. This in turn contributes to a variety of medical conditions that make too much table salt unhealthy. Himalayan crystal salt, on the other hand, is readily metabolized by the body, which makes it ideal for cooking, baking, and seasoning food, except when one suffers from salt-induced high blood pressure, or kidney failure.
How do salt lamps work?
A salt lamp comprises a mass of mined salt that has been hollowed out to provide space for a tiny candle or light bulb. Salt crystals are mined in Central Europe, Russia, and the Himalayas, and then used to make salt lamps with attractive accent lights. The light glowing through the salt crystal medium can range in color from white to a dark salmon pink. While they have a splendid glow that infuses a natural calm bringing the body and mind to a gradual sense of serenity and wellbeing, their main attraction is the negative ions released by the crystal when the salt is heated.
Rock salt crystal lamps are scientifically proven to function as air purifiers; hence, their reference as nature’s air purifier. Heath from the light causes the salt lamps to emit negative ions that combat positively charged particles, which are responsible for making one feel stuffy and sluggish. It is important to note that salt lamps do not produce negative ions themselves. Instead, their hygroscopic property allows them to attract moisture, humidity, or airborne water molecules. A heat source is required to accelerate evaporation, and it is this evaporation that produces the negative ions that are beneficial to human health.
Negative ions are considered healthy; the mountain air, sea air, and the air around running waters, such as waterfalls, is high in negative ions. Indoor air, air around electronic appliances, and re-circulated air is extremely low in negative ions, which is one of the reasons why many office workers suffer health complaints around computer monitors and fluorescent lighting. However, an increase in the concentration of negative ions in the air around the office considerably reduces reports of fatigue and headaches.
How negative ions can be beneficial is only partly understood. Studies have revealed that negative ions in the air bind with airborne pollutants, causing them to be denser so that they fall to the ground, making them unavailable for inhaling. Many modern air purifiers, commonly known as ionic air cleaners, employ this technique to provide cleaner indoor air for individuals who suffer from allergies. Other studies indicate that a surge in the concentration of negative ions in the air increases blood flow to the brain.
Health benefits of salt lamps
The objective is for the user or person in need of therapeutic effects to be exposed to as many negative ions as possible being emitted from one or several salt lamps. Some ways to achieve this include:
Use of salt lamps in living rooms, bedrooms, hallways or any other place where one want to create a cozy, relaxing, and serene atmosphere
Placing a Himalayan salt lamp near electrical equipment, like computer, to reduce fatigue and electro-magnetic pollution (EMF) created by such equipment. The lamp will not only offset the negative effects of electronic smog, but also enhance your concentration.
- Strategically placed salt lamps can enhance Ki.
- Can be used for yoga and meditation to enhance one’s meditative experience.
- Can be placed in the massage room to enhance and create a relaxing, refreshing, and calming environment.
- Can be used in a treating room to create a calming environment and assist in the healing process.
- A crystal lamp placed in your vicinity will keep the air around you clean and ionized.
- Negative ions in the air can relieve symptoms of allergies and asthma while neutralizing odors.
Physicians in the field of complementary medicine can use these salt lamps for color therapy, which is a great alternative for diagnosing and treating a variety of illnesses by balancing the individual’s energy. Color therapy can also be used to positively influence one’s mental state, mood, and energy level.
That said, the amount of negative ions that a salt lamp can release is dependent on its size and how warm the light bulb or candle can make it. Larger crystals are more expensive, but they can also supply a larger area with negative ions.