Salt is not only an essential mineral for life, it is also packed with healing powers and offers a load of health benefits.
We have previously explained how salt baths can help relieve the pain of arthritis but what if we told you that, when placed on a heat source, salt can help cleanse the air around you, ease coughing and even help you get a much better night’s sleep? Well, let me introduce you to Himalayan salt lamps.
What are Himalayan Salt Lamps?
Himalayan salt lamps are basically large blocks of pure Himalayan Salt with a small bulb or candle inside. In recent years, these lamps have gained a lot of popularity due to their beautiful, soothing glow and their air-purifying abilities.
Salt is hygroscopic; which means that it has the natural ability to absorb moisture from the air. When a salt lamp is switched on, it attracts water molecules -as well as allergens like dust, smoke and pollen- from the surrounding environment, absorbing them into the crystal and trapping them there. The heat from the bulb then releases cleansed water vapor back into the air, improving breathing problems and reducing allergies as a result.
Another benefit attributed to Himalayan salt lamps is the generation of negative ions which help reduce headaches, low attention spans, sleepiness and that general sense of feeling unwell.
Himalayan salt lamps are also a great way to lower the potential danger of Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) emitted by electronic devices. In today’s world, not a day goes by when we are not exposed to EMR and although invisible to the eye, its long-term effects can be rather serious. Constant exposure to EM radiation is known to increase stress levels, cause chronic fatigue and lower immunity.
Negative ions have the power to neutralise the effects of EMR, so keeping a salt lamp close to devices you frequently use will help protect you against their radiation.
So there you have it, if you are looking for a natural and beautiful way to enhance your mood and help you relax at the end of the day, then a Himalayan salt lamp is what you need.