Have you ever been in a situation where you wanted to open the window to let some fresh air in, but it was too cold or windy, or rainy outside? Well, there is a solution for this problem – a Himalayan Pink Salt Lamp. This lamp is a softly glowing natural source of fresh, clean air that you can put on your desk, in your living room, next to the bed, or anywhere you choose.
Before we go further on with the benefits of the salt lamp, you should know the following:
All matter (the human body, air, water, etc) is made up of molecules which are made up of atoms which are made up of three types of particles: protons (positive charge), electrons (negative charge), and neutrons (no charge). Electrons orbit their molecules like planets revolve around a star. Occasionally an electron flies off and when it does, it leaves behind a positively-charged ion whose sole purpose in life becomes to fill the void left by its little lost electron. In other words: it wants to steal a replacement electron from another molecule. Due to differences in molecular structure (number of electrons in the outermost orbit, strength and structure of electron bonds, etc) some materials lose electrons much more easily than others.
Now, let’s continue by presenting you the health benefits the lamp offers:
- Cleanse and Deodorize the Air
This is the most well-known benefit. The lamp has incredible power to remove dust, pollen, cigarette smoke, and other contaminants from the air. This is due to the power of hygroscopy, ability to attract water molecules from the surrounding environment then absorb those molecules – as well as any foreign particles they may be carrying – into the salt crystal. As the HPS lamp warms up from the heat produced by the light bulb inside, that same water then evaporates back into the air and the trapped particles of dust, pollen, smoke, etc remain locked in the salt.
- Reduce Allergy and Asthma Symptoms
Since the HPS lamp can remove microscopic particles of dust, pet dander, mold, mildew and the like from the surrounding air, this can significantly reduce your allergy symptoms. It is highly beneficial even for people with asthma.
- Eases coughing
The HPS lamp also alters the molecule charge in the air. The air in many homes contains positively charged ions which aren’t particularly good for a person’s health. They are created by a number of things, but the primary source for most of us is from our electronics. When we breathe in these ions, 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.
The lamp absorbs the positive ions and 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.
- Increase energy levels
We practice many methods to increase our energy levels like spending time at the beach or camping in the mountains, or simply taking a shower first thing in the morning. All of these activities increase concentrations of negative ions such as those generated by Himalayan salt lamps. So, the next time you feel that your energy level is at zero, try keeping a HPS lamp in your room. After about a week, you should notice a difference.
- Neutralize Electromagnetic Radiation
Our modern day lives have gotten us drowning into an electromagnetic (EM) radiation which flows from our electronics (television, computer, cell phone, tablet, appliances, stereo, etc). Long-term exposure can leave very serious effects like increased stress levels, chronic fatigue, and decreased body immune response, among other things.
The lamp neutralizes this radiation, so make sure you have one next to the computer, television, and any other electrical devices which you use frequently to reduce the potential danger to you and your family.
- Better sleep
Another negative effect caused by positive ions is lowering your quality of sleep. This is due to the positively-charged particles that reduce blood and oxygen supply to the brain resulting in irregular sleep patterns.
As we mentioned above, the lamp removes the positive charges and releases negative ions, so keep one close to your bed. People in humid climates should be aware that HPS lamps tend to weep when the salt becomes cool. You’ll definitely want to protect surfaces by placing a saucer underneath and be sure to follow the instructions for use and care which should be included with your lamp!
- Improve Mood and Concentration
The HPS lamps can naturally enhance your mood or to help you relax and unwind at the end of the day. And, again due to the negative ions, they will boost your concentration. They improve blood and oxygen supply to the brain and other organs, as well as providing a boost of serotonin – the neurotransmitter which makes us (literally) feel happy.
- Treat Seasonal Affective Disorder
The soft glow that HPS lamp gives is close enough to the warm glow of sunshine and can soothe the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder.
- Reduce Static Electricity in the Air
Static electricity can cause stress, embarrassment, and frustration. We all have found ourselves zapped by it when we touch something metal or even when you kiss your beloved one, or even when you touch someone randomly. Static can give you a bad hair day, make it impossible to clean crumbs or coffee grounds off of the kitchen counter. HPS lamps are the best natural solution for this annoying problem.
- Environmentally-Friendly Light Source
The HPS lamps are completely environmentally-friendly. The reserves from which HPS is mined measure somewhere between 80 and 600 million tons and is projected to last for at least another 350 years at the current extraction rate, while the base is generally carved from a sustainable wood such as neem. Some lamps use a low-wattage bulb which consumes very little energy while others are powered by a lit candle.
As for purchasing the lamp, coverage is determined by the size of the crystal. Smaller lamps (like this 5.4 lb) are good for the average bedroom, while larger lamps (like this 12 lb) are better for spaces like the living room or den. On average, calculate that 1 lb of HPS crystal will cleanse the air in approximately a 4′ x 4′ area.
If you can’t find a large lamp for a big room, you can put few smaller ones spread around the space. It does the same job.
Start by purchasing lamps for those rooms where you spent most of your day, and then for those that contain lots of electrical devices, and finish your collection by adding lamps to infrequently-used spaces.
You can also consider purchasing Himalayan pink salt tealight holders for a portable air purifier that can move around your house with you.
As we mentioned above (remember this well), when HPS lamps are under a prolonged exposure to high humidity, they will start to melt. Pay close attention to it and don’t place it near sources of steam such as dishwashers, laundry machines, or showers.
Moreover, the results of negative ion generation may take about a week to be noticeable.
You can take a step further and pair the lamp with air purifying houseplants.