Himalayan salt crystal lamps are not only beautiful – consumers report they are responsible for a long list of surprising health benefits including:
- Improved mood
- Increased energy levels
- Reduced anxiety and stress
- Reduced allergy and asthma symptoms
- Less illness
- Improved focus and concentration
- Fewer headaches and migraines
- Arthritis relief
- Skin disease relief
- Better sleep
Researchers attribute the health benefits to two main attributes of salt lamps – their ability to produce negative ions and their ability to filter the air.
The positive effects of negative ions:
“Fresh air is chemically different from the recirculated indoor air most Americans breathe,” writes founder of a world-famous depression recovery program Dr. Neil Nedley. “High-quality fresh air is actually electrified. The life-giving oxygen molecule is negatively charged or “negatively ionized.”
Go stand under a waterfall, amidst evergreen trees, near the ocean or outside after a thunderstorm, and you’ll be charged up with the positive energy of negative ions, Nedley says.
Conversely – spend most of your time sitting in an office full of computer screens, cell phones, wifi, and other forms of electromagnetic radiation, and you’ll be bombarded with positive ions associated with countless negative health effects.
If you must spend a great deal of time indoors, there are several ways freshen up your air with negative ions – open a window (assuming you don’t live in a polluted city), set up an indoor waterfall, buy a negative ion generator and decorate with salt lamps!
While salt lamps don’t emit as many negative ions as an ion generator, the cumulative effect of several salt lamps left on for long periods of time can help contribute to a net-negative ionic charge, and placing a lamp in close proximity while you work on a computer or cell phone can help neutralize the wave of positive ions.
Salt lamps as air filters:
Water vapor circulating in indoor air carries with it allergens like dust, pollen, pet dander, smoke particles, and even bacteria and viruses.
The salt attracts the water molecules and the pollutants they carry. As the salt rock becomes saturated with water, the heat from the lamp releases water vapor back into the air, but the contaminants remain attached to the salt (until they are wiped away with a damp cloth).
Many who suffer from asthma and allergies have also found relief from Himalayan salt inhalers.