Himalayan Salt lamps are lanterns made entirely of salt. The lamp is either fitted with a small bulb or a tea candle inside.
Himalayan salt is deemed as the most pollutant-free form of salt on the face of the planet. The salt is formed in high altitude, pollution-free locations in the Himalayas. It contains 84 beneficial minerals and trace compounds. The salt is also hand-harvested in salt cave floors that dates back to the Precambrian Age. Experts who practice alternative medicine believe that Himalayan salt has been used since the earliest stages of mankind’s evolution. These lamps are made from high quality, food-grade Himalayan salt crystals, not ordinary salt. In fact, parts of a Himalayan salt lamp can be grounded and added in cooking if needed. Once lit up, the Himalayan salt lamp will disperse negative ions.
What are Negative Ions?
Negative ions are molecules that rejuvenate the body. They are produced in nature from waterfalls, lightning storms and sunlight. It’s the reason why we often feel refreshed after a storm. On the other hand, positive ions are produced artificially by electronic appliances. These appliances include TV, microwaves and computers. These ions increase the risk of allergies, and stress.
Negative ions can neutralize the effects of positive ions. Salt attracts water to the surface, allowing moisture to dissipate quickly. This is the reason why the surface of Himalayan salt lamps take on a glistening, almost wet-like appearance.
How Himalayan Salt Lamp Works
When it’s lit, the salt lamp starts attracting moisture from the air. As the water evaporates, the salt generates negative ion. The amount of negative ions one salt lamp generates will depend on two things: the size of the lamp and the level of heat applied to it. As such, smaller salt lamps should be used in small spaces and vice versa. Small salt lamps are ideal in offices while bigger salt lamps are best for bedrooms and living area.
The Health Benefits of Himalayan Salt Lamps
Himalayan salt lamps are meant to improve physical and mental health. It’s geared towards individuals with a very reactive immune system. Whether lit or not, Himalayan salt lamps will alleviate all types of respiratory problems, allergies and inflammatory diseases. These lamps also heal skin disorders, soothe anxiety and stress as well as improve the mood. Himalayan salt lamps are also used as a treatment for severe migraines, mental and stress-related disorders and blood diseases.
It helps that the lamps come in calming colors of pink and orange. Once lit, they set a soothing, calming ambiance. This is why Himalayan salt lamps are often used to treat neurotic disorders and insomnia. These lamps are also used for meditation. Apart from treating physical and mental issues, Himalayan salt lamps are used to improve air quality and kill airborne microbes.
Cleaning the Himalayan Salt Lamp
Never immerse the salt lamp in water when it’s dirty. Instead, get a slightly damp washcloth and spot clean the lamp. Then, get a dry soft towel and immediately wipe the cleaned area. You can also dry the damp areas by simply lighting the lamp. Let the warm temperature dry any areas you just wiped.