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Why More People Need To Know About Himalayan Salt Lamps

Right now sitting on my desk is a pink glowing lamp made entirely of Himalayan salt. Two months ago I would have never known the benefits that would come from placing this little lamp in my room, let alone what a Himalayan salt lamp even was.

I have to be honest when I first heard of them I just thought they were another one of those gimmick health products that promise so many things but never live up to what they claim. How wrong I was. Hopefully this post can convince you to perhaps consider one as well.

 

 

What Is a Himalayan Salt Lamp?

Basically they are a lamp that is made entirely of hand crafted Himalayan Salt extracted from the foothills of the Himalayas, they come in many different sizes and because they are made out of pure Himalayan salt each and every lamp is completely unique. Inside they contain small globe that makes the lamp emit a warm glow.  As the lamp is warmed it creates a chemical reaction that works to emit negative ions into the atmosphere, but more on this later.

 

What are Negative and Positive Ions?

At any given moment there are both negative and positive ions in the air.

Negative ions occur more often in nature and are created by things like lightning storms, sunlight, waterfalls, and ocean waves. It is one of the reasons it feels so good to visit a beach or waterfall. I am sure that you can all attest to feeling renewed and refreshed after visiting these places. Of course there are many other factors that contribute to this, but there is no doubt that negative ions in the air around these places has something to do with it.

In fact it has been found that beaches and waterfalls have a concentration of up to 10,000 negative ions per cubic centimeter. As opposed to a city which will have as low as 100 negative ions per cubic centimeter.

Positive ions  on the other hand are created in excess by all electrical devices likes TVs, microwaves, computers, mobile phones, WIFI etc. Given our technologically advanced world we are often surrounded by excessive amounts of positive ions as a result of electromagnetic radiation (EM) that is emitted by all electronic devices.

This EM radiation which is only just beginning to be thoroughly researched has already been found to have many long-term and short term impacts on the human body. But more will be discussed on this topic further down.




 

What are The Benefits of Himalayan Salt lamps?

Now that we have covered exactly what a Himalaya salt lamp actually is as well as what positive and negative ions are, it now makes sense to go into just what the benefits are of a Himalayan Salt lamp.

 

1. Neutralizes Electromagnetic (EM) Radiation

In my opinion this would have be the most important benefits of Himalayan Salt lamps and one of the main reasons I purchased one.  I was of course skeptical at first that it would actually do anything. I had no idea that EM radiation from my computer and other electronically devices in my room could have any effect on me.

But ever since I have placed one on my desk near my computer  I have seen a noticeable increase in my energy and I am able to sit at my computer for much longer periods of time without that drained feeling you get from sitting at a computer for too long.

As previously discussed given our technology driven world each of us are surrounded by an excessive amount of EM radiation that is emitted by all electronic devices. This EM radiation has many effects on the human body both long term and short term, some of which include increasing stress levels, zapping energy, chronic fatigue, decreased immunity and much more.

The effects of EM radiation on the human body are many and I could write a whole other article on this but I recommend doing your own research there is plenty of evidence out there for it. A great article to start is this one.

 

2. Are Negative ion Generators:

As previously spoken about Himalayan salt lamps are natural negative ion generators. Negative ions have been shown through literally hundreds studies to have numerous positive impacts on the human body and the environment. I will be going into more detail about these positive impacts as well as some of the studies further on in this post. 

 

3.  Improves Air Quality:

This is yet another one of the major benefits and one of the main reasons many people purchase them, especially asthmatics.  You see Himalayan salt lamps have an incredible ability to reduce foreign particles in the air such pollen, dust and many pollutants that are present within the air.

It does this through a process known as hygroscopy meaning that it attracts water molecules from the surrounding environment and absorbs them and any other foreign particles they may be carrying into the salt lamp.

 

4. Increases Energy & Concentration:

I know it sounds like a gimmick and hard to believe but as I previously said ever since placing this in my room I have definitely noticed myself being able to sit at my computer for longer periods of time and stay concentrated without that feeling of being zapped of energy you get after using your computer for too long. Of course I still don’t like sitting at my computer for too long,  and if I do I like to have frequent breaks. But I can definitely say that I seem to be able to sit at my computer for longer periods than I used to.

If you find yourself feeling extremely drained while using your laptop for extended periods of time, say when you are studying or working on an assignment, working from home or simply surfing the internet. Then I recommend giving one of these lamps a go and see if you notice any difference.

 

 5. Improves Sleep:

Yet another bold claim that I was skeptical about, but according to many people and now even my own experience , Himalayan salt lamps can actually work to improve sleep through their ability to reduce EM radiation as well as their ability to improve the air quality. Both of which contribute to a better night’s sleep.

The fact that the lamp glows a warm orange colour is also another factor that may contribute to its ability to improve sleep as this can have a calming effect on a person. However you may be like me and not like having any light on while you sleep, in this case you can always turn it off at night which is what I do.




What is the Evidence For Himalayan Salt Lamps?

Although there has not been a lot of studies on Himalayan salt lamps themselves, there have actually been many studies done on negative ions that have shown some definite positive benefits. Here are just a few:

Evidence for positive effects of negative ions:

  • Numerous studies have actually shown that negative ions actually influenced growth, metabolism, immunological responses and reactions to environmental stressors.
  • Negative ions have been proven to have an ability to improve mood in a range of different studies
  • Negative Ions have also been proven to slow the growth of bacterial cultures and reduce viable cell count in bacterial aerosols
  • One study actually found that negative ions have the ability increase Natural Killer (NK) cells in the body and significantly decreased the incidence of cancer and inhibited tumor growths in mice.
  • Studies also show negative ions have the ability to reduce the production of stress hormones.
  • A massive study completed by the Chinese Gerontological Society, investigated the effect of air quality on well-being and longevity. The study took place Zhongxiang, a city located in the Southeast of China in which historically had many residents with long life spans. The study found that the city actually had much higher rates of negative ions in the air as opposed to those of other urburn areas. These higher rates of negative ions worked to dramatically improve air quality suggesting that air quality and therefore negative ions  can be considered a relevant factor for health and longevity.

 

 

So Should You Buy a Himalayan Salt Lamp?

Given that these lamps are relatively inexpensive (around $20 to $30) and the range of benefits they can provide, I think they are a worthwhile investment.

If you are someone who uses a computer/laptop quite frequently, have allergy problems or find yourself feeling drained all the time then I would recommend giving one of these lamps a go. 

From my own personal experience I would say it is well and truly worth your time purchasing one of these lamps, I have definitely seen benefits from placing one in my room.  But don’t just take my word for it, do your own research, look through the studies I have provided at the bottom of this post and come to your own conclusions.

Purchasing a  Himalayan Salt Lamp:

If you do decide to purchase one then I would make sure you are buying them from a reputable and trustworthy source that are made from 100% Himalayan salt. There are some fakes or cheap rip offs out there so it pays to do some research before purchasing.

I live in Australia and purchased mine from this website here:

http://www.saltlampsaustralia.com/shop/

This site does support international shipping so if you live in the US or any other country you will be able to purchase one from this site. Or you can always do a bit of your own research and find a reputable source from within your own country.

 Thanks for reading, please feel free to comment with any further questions.

References:

http://pubs.sciepub.com/rpbs/1/4/1/

http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2FBF01553140

http://www.hyperstealth.com/ions.htm

 

 

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