Himalayan salt is high in sodium chloride and is believed to have a great number of beneficial properties which positively affect the human body, such as relaxation, body detoxification and respiratory support, among the others.
The salt mines of the Himalayan Mountains can be found in the foothills of Pakistan. The salt mines of Khewra are the 2nd largest salt mines in the world producing 325,000 tons annually from 500 feet underground. These mines were created millions of years ago, due to the evaporation of inland sea water, creating salt veins in the mountains.
It is said that the amazing Himalayan salt was first discovered in 326 BC, by Alexander the Great.
The salt is harvested with a similar technique used in coal mining. Although the technique of collecting the salt is slightly different, the same salt is used for cooking as well as for the lamps.
However, let us now examine the ions and their action: Namely, they are unbalanced molecules, so they can be positive or negative. Electrons and neutrons are unequal in ions.
“Negative ions increase the flow of oxygen to the brain; resulting in higher alertness, decreased drowsiness and more mental energy,” says Pierce J. Howard, PhD, author of The Owners Manual for the Brain: Everyday Applications from Mind Brain Research, and director of research at the Center for Applied Cognitive Sciences in Charlotte, N.C.
These ions are created by many beautiful acts in nature, including the roar of a waterfall, crashing of large waves onto the beach, the electric charge of the air during a lightning storm, the bright shining sun uninterrupted by a single cloud, which can charge, exhilarate and refresh our bodies.
These amazing moments in nature naturally create 10,000 negative ions per cubic centimeter, while a busy city creates 100 negative ions per cubic centimeter.
On the other hand, positive ions will not create a positive experience. They are created when microwaves, vacuum cleaners, electrical equipment and air conditioners stir up the air, irritating our airways, and causing coughing and sneezing. These ions may also contribute to trouble sleeping, migraines, stress, asthma and other respiratory illnesses.
Luckily, negative ions can unbalance positive ions and purify the air.
Salt therapy has been practiced in Greece since ancient times. Salt room therapy is a room that has dry- salt- enriched air to be inhaled with natural breathing. It dissolves phlegm, kills microorganisms and reduces inflammation while strengthening the immune system. Even something as simple as gargling salt water can sooth mouth sores or a tender throat, and swimming in the ocean can provide relief from skin rashes.
Similarly, back in the 19th century, Polish salt caves were a known treatment for respiratory ailments.
In European countries, these treatment rooms have a 90% success rate in children under the age of 7. This treatment relieves symptoms without using or reducing the need for medication. For adults the success rate is 70%.
Himalayan Salt Lamp
The Himalayan Salt Lamp is becoming a very popular addition to people’s living areas. Himalayan Salt Lamps are a welcomed addition to people’s living spaces, especially in the winter months when we aren’t as likely to spend much time outdoors.
It is in fact a large solid salt crystal or it can be chunks of salt crystals displayed in a beautiful salt bowl. An electric source like a light bulb heats the salt, or it can be heated with a candle. The warmed salt purifies the air by emitting negative ions.
To be more specific, the salt lamp doesn’t actually create negative ions itself, but it supports the environment for the negative ions to thrive.
Salt naturally attracts humidity from the air, so the heat from the lamp’s heating element causes the moisture within the salt to evaporate, which thus releases negative ions.
In order to enjoy the negative ions and the color therapy of the soft peach, cream and pink colors of the Himalayan salt crystal, place the lamp near your most common resting points in your living area. Moreover, note that this lamp works especially well near your computer and television.
These incredible lamps are an amazing addition to a child’s room as a soothing nightlight while they inhale the benefits of the negative ions and are comforted by the warm colors. The lamps are absolutely silent, so you can leave them on as long as you like.
Do you feel instantly refreshed as soon as you open a window and take a deep breath of the fresh humid air? One in three of us are sensitive to the effects of negative ions. They can give us the feeling of walking on air.
In the end, it’s totally up to you when or whether you would choose to try and enjoy the healing properties of this lamp. Nevertheless, it is undoubtedly one of the most valuable things you can possess at home.