Becoming increasingly popular for improving the air quality we breathe, real Himalayan salt lamps are hand chiseled solid blocks of ancient crystal salt, hollowed out in the middle and a heat-producing lightbulb inserted within the salt.
They give off a soothing orange glow, like gazing into a warm fire, due to the high concentration of trace minerals contained within the salt.
Himalayan salt lamps purify the air through the power of hygroscopy, meaning that they attract water molecules from the surrounding environment. Microscopic particles such as dust, pet dander, mold, and pollen are often attached to these water molecules and as the lamp warms up, that same water then evaporates back into the environment and these particles remain locked in the salt, thus the process 'cleans' the air of pollutants.
Also, salt lamps generate beneficial negative ions. The majority of homes are filled with positively charged ions, created primarily by electromagnetic (EM) fields from our electronic appliances (television, computer, cell phone, tablet etc) that increase the number of positive ions in the environment. Constant exposure is now known to increase stress levels, cause chronic fatigue, and decrease the body’s immune response, among other things.
As the 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, helping neutralise the effects of EM radiation.
Negative ions help improve oxygen and blood supply to the brain, so increasing the quantity in the air is thought to improve energy levels, mood and promote more restorative sleep.
There are many shapes and sizes of rock salt lamps available, our friend Dathan has gone a step further and added a therapeutic aspect to using the salt lamps by benefiting from the hidden nutrients within the salt too!