Himalayan salt lamps are continuously becoming famous all over the world, and for a good reason. They are used as beautiful interior decoration and act as a natural source of light. However, the function of the Himalayan salt lamps is far more than the aesthetics.
They are carved out of pink salt and are believed to have numerous health benefits. In this post, we are going to discuss some of the health benefits of the Himalayan salt lamp benefits.
A brief account of the Himalayan Salt lamps
Himalayan salt lamps are a big chunk of pink salt extracted from the salt mines in Khewra, Pakistan which is illuminated by placing a light bulb inside of it.
The salt mountains found at this place are said to be millions of years old. Although it is very similar to common table salt, the minerals found in the salt are what gives it the pink hue.
Many people choose to buy a pink salt lamp simply because of how they look and the atmosphere the pink lights create in their houses. While others find them to be highly beneficial for their overall health.
The Chemistry behind Using Himalayan Salt lamps
Salt lamps are said to provide numerous health benefits and are known as “natural ionizers”. It means that they change the electrical charge of the air and the environment.
It is a fact that all matter is made of molecules that are made of atoms, which consist of three basic particles known as electrons, protons, and neutrons. Electrons consist of the negative charge, protons have a positive charge, and neutrons don’t have any charge. The Electrons of an atom revolves around the protons and neutrons like a planet orbiting around the sun. Occasionally, these electrons abandon their orbit, leaving behind the positive charge. In order to fill the void, the protons look for the negative charges to complete the molecular structure.
With the basic understanding of the chemical bonding and physics of the structures, it can be said that the salt combined with the light source inside the lamp, they produce negative ions that can complete the molecular structure of the material.
To be more elaborate, let’s discuss some of the reasons to use Himalayan salt lamps.
- Cleanse and Deodorize the Air
Salt lamps are natural air purifiers. The process is known as Hygroscopy, where the salt absorbs the water present in the environment along with the foreign particles. As the salt lamp warms up with the heat from the light bulb, the water trapped in the salt evaporates back into the air leaving back the pathogens and particles trapped in the salt.
- Reduce allergy and asthma symptoms
Salt lamps remove the elements of dust, mold, pet dander, and more from the air. Placing a lamp in the room where you spend most of your time can cut back on the allergy symptoms. If you suffer from allergy or asthma, you will notice a difference after a week or two.
- Eases coughing
In the Hygroscopy process, the charges of the molecules change when they are released back to the environment. Breathing positive ions into the cilia (microscopic hair in the trachea-the windpipe) makes it sluggish, keeping it from working properly. The salt lamps take positive ions with the particles. It absorbs and releases the water vapors back to the environment with a negative ion, which has a positive effect on the airways by increasing the performance of cilia. It helps in keeping our lungs away from the contaminants.
- Increase energy levels
Taking a ride down to the countryside, letting the fresh air into our systems, spending the time on the beach, camping in the mountains, or simply taking a shower in the morning are all things that people often find refreshing. All these activities are a source of negative ions such as those generated by the Himalayan salt lamps. So if you constantly feel tiresome and don’t know why, try keeping a salt lamp in your room. After about a week, you will feel the difference.
- Neutralize Electromagnetic Radiations
Electronic devices such as Television, laptops, cellphones, and more emit electromagnetic radiations which may be invisible but can affect our health in numerous ways. As they emit negative ions into the air, the Himalayan salt tends to neutralize the radiations. You can keep one next to your electrical devices, which can reduce the potential risk to you and your family.
- Better sleep
Positive ions in the environment steal your quality of sleep as they reduce the blood and oxygen supply to the brain, which results in irregular sleeping patterns. Although there are many natural health and beauty products available in the market to stimulate better sleeping, Himalayan salt lamps and natural negative ions emitted from them reverse the problem by neutralizing the air quality so you can get better sleep a night. However, if you are habitual of sleeping with complete darkness in the room, turn off the light at night and use it in the day time.
- Improve mood and concentration
The salt lamps can work to improve your mood and help you to relax while at the same time, it helps in improving concentration. The negative ions that are emitted by the salt lamps improve your blood and oxygen supply to the brain and other organs of the body that boosts serotonin—a neurotransmitter making us feel happy.
- Decreases Static Electricity in the Air
Static can cause stress, embarrassment, and frustration. It can result in a bad hair day, leave your sloths clinging to your skin and turn into an embarrassment. Static can become a huge pain, and Himalayan pink salt lamps can naturally naturalize the airborne ionized particles which cause it.
- An environment-friendly light source
The salt that is extracted from the mines is a very slow rate and is estimated to last for another three hundred and fifty years to come. The base of the salt lamps are made from wood and uses a low-wattage bulb for the light. All in all, it is a friendly source of light that has many health benefits for humankind.