8 Benefits of Himalayan Salt Lamps

1. Cleanses and Deodorizes the Air
Himalayan pink salt lamps help clean the air through an operation called hygroscopy, which attracts and absorbs contaminated water molecules from the immediate environment and locks them into the salt crystal. The process has the amazing ability to remove cigarette smoke, dust and other contaminants from the air. This benefit is particularly popular, as salty air acts as an overall health booster and can help clear the air passages.

2. Reduces Allergy and Asthma Symptoms
Himalayan salt lamps are believed to filter dust, mold, mildew and pet dander from indoor air. Just as a nasal saline spray uses salt to clear airways, they help to relieve allergy symptoms of all kinds. Those who struggle with asthma also claim to benefit from Himalayan salt. It is such an effective breathing aid that certain manufacturers have produced Himalayan salt inhalers targeted toward sufferers of asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory issues.

3. Eases Coughing
When the Himalayan salt lamp heats up and begins its hygroscopic cycling of airborne particles, it also changes the charge of the molecules which are released. (Remember our chemistry lesson?) The majority of homes are filled with positively charged ions which aren’t particularly good for a person’s health. The positive ions are created by a number of things, but the primary source for most of us is from our electronics.

One of the health detriments of breathing lots of positive ions in the air is that the cilia (microscopic hairs) which line the trachea (aka: windpipe) become sluggish and don’t work as well to keep contaminants out of our lungs. As a Himalayan pink salt lamp absorbs water and particles from the air, it also takes positive ions with them. Then, when the heated salt releases cleansed water vapor back into the air, it also expels negative ions which have the opposite effect on our airways – increasing cilial activity to keep your lungs clear.

What all this means in a nut shell: Besides removing contaminants from the air, Himalayan pink salt lamps also help your body to filter air more efficiently so any foreign particles you do happen to breathe won’t make it into your lungs.

4. Increase Work Productivity and Concentration

Exposure to negative air ions reduces stress and enhances overall performance. Negative ions increase blood and oxygen supplies to the brain, making Himalayan salt lamps great at improving concentration. They also provide a boost of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which literally creates the feeling of happiness.

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5. Neutralize Electromagnetic Radiation
Everyday appliances such as televisions, cell phones, computers and tablets release positive ions into the air constantly. These and other common electronics can cause an overflow of electromagnetic radiation (EM), which, although invisible, is believed to cause some serious long-term effects. Constant exposure to EM radiation is known primarily to cause fatigue, increase stress and weaken the immune system. Himalayan salt lamps emit negative ions and cancel out positive ones. Therefore, by neutralizing electromagnetic radiation, they help reduce artificial frequencies and even prevent static buildup.

6. Better Sleep

Over-exposure to positive ions reduces the brain’s blood and oxygen supply, which can lead to irregular sleeping patterns. The negative ions from a Himalayan salt lamp are said to reverse this effect, making them a popular sleep aid. Also, in direct relation to chromotherapy, the soothing light can help people who suffer from insomnia.

7. Boost Blood Flow
Particular studies have suggested that negative ions, such as those emitted by Himalayan salt lamps, can accelerate blood flow. This boost helps to improve several disorders of the vascular system and can prevent certain damage to the lungs.

8. Reduce Stress and Promote Relaxation
Himalayan salt lamps can be used as an aid in color therapy (chromotherapy), an alternative method of diagnosing and treating a large number of illnesses. They produce a soft light in hues of ambient orange, yellow and red that helps with stress, attention deficit disorder, and general relaxation, among others. The serene light is thought to balance physical, spiritual and emotional energies.

Tips in Using Himalayan Salt Lamps

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Himalayan Salt Lamps can last forever with proper usage, here are the best practices based from years of experience:

1. Make sure the lamp is the right size for your room– when choosing the size of the Himalayan Salt Lamps, . Smaller rooms (20 Sq meter or smaller) less then 5 kg lamps are sufficient. Bigger rooms (20 sq meters- 30 square meters) 5kg-8 kg lamps are suitable. For bigger than 30 sq meters, multiple lamps can be used.

2. Use the lamps regularly- the Himalayan salt lamps need the warmth of the light, if you’re going to go on vacation, it’s best to put in plastic and keep it. Leaving it exposed will make it moisten.

Added: During rainy seasons, the lamp will moist more so it’s best to use them more often. (the bulbs are usually low wattage bulbs so it’s not consume a lot of electricity)

3. Place the lamps on a good location- Himalayan salt lamps are great night lamps, use it beside your bed BUT make sure the it’s the air-condition unit is not blowing air directly into the lamp.  The lamp needs heat and this will negate the heat produce by the bulb, again this will make the lamp moist.

4. Make sure the lamp is turned off when adjusting its location . This affects the longevity of the bulb inside the bulb.

5.  Don’t use LED bulbs– lamps need heat and LED bulbs don’t generate much heat. For the lamps to be effective,they need bulbs that generate heat- incandescent bulbs is advised (wattage can be a variant depending on its size).

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