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I’ve been intrigued by salt lamps for awhile. Some people say they help purify the air by emitting negative ions (which counteract the positive ions emitted by electronics we are surrounded by) and promote general well being. Others say they don’t do anything beneficial for health and are just pretty to look at. Either way, I’ve decided to give one a try. It arrived this week (from Overstock , my string of Overstock purchases continues) and I do really enjoy the glow it gives off. It’s a very pretty night light. It’s an 8lb piece of Himalyan salt sitting on a wood base. There’s a small light kit inside that holds a 15 watt bulb. The one I have has a dimmer and I have it placed on my night table so I can sleep with it on low.
These solid, Himalayan Salt Slabs can be used in an infinite number of ways. The can be chilled in the fridge or freezer, used at room temperature and heated in the oven up to 900°F. Due to its nature and dense properties, salt will retain its temperature for a long time.
At any temperature Himalayan Salt is the ideal platter for the presentation and seasoning of just about any item! Many of the world’s professional chefs and most exclusive restaurants are now using Himalayan Salt slabs as plates to serve just about any dish including Kobe beef, poultry, seafood, sliced fruit and vegetables and unsalted butter…the list is endless!
Heat your oven to 450°F and heat your Himalayan Salt Brick. Use it straight out of the oven to sear light items such as fish and thinly sliced carpaccio of beef. The heated rock salt will sear, cook and delicately season your items at the same time. At room temperature it is perfect for serving sushi and sashami. In addition to a unique and beautiful presentation of your meal, the raw fish will begin to cure as soon as it is placed on the salt. When cooled in the refrigerator it is the perfect serving platter for fruits and today’s gourmet desserts which require a hint of salt.
Care of your Himalayan Salt Brick
Himalayan Salt is antimicrobial. As such, it inhibits the growth of bacteria and helps to preserve food. Each tile can be used repeatedly. Simply rinse with warm water, using a soft brush to ensure the removal of all food particles. Dry the salt rock thoroughly in a warm oven to prevent further dissolution of the salt and seal it in plastic wrap until your next use. While it will shrink slightly with each use, if treated properly your salt tile will provide service for a very long time.
Salt is essential to life. It is the most common ingredient in all our food. Unfortunately it has been getting a bad rap in recent years. Regular iodized table salts and sea salts contain toxins and pollutants from our industrialized civilization. In addition, these salts have been sanitized, reduced to the unnatural chemical sodium chloride, and infused with unhealthy preservatives. Himalayan Pink Salt remains wholly natural and uncontaminated.
Containing the same 84 minerals that are essential to our health and vitality, there is no better seasoning available on the market. Recent studies have found that Himalayan Salt has many healing properties and its use is now being endorsed internationally by cardiologists, neurologists, dietitians and researchers. Use Himalayan Salt anywhere you would normally use cooking and table salt.
Our Himalayan Salt is stone ground by hand to preserve its purity. While our Pink Salt is available in fine grind which can be used in a traditional salt shaker, we recommend using coarse ground salt with a ceramic salt grinder to ensure freshness at each use.
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Pure Himalayan Pink Salt is the hottest item in gourmet cooking today. The world’s top chefs are discovering the unadulterated taste and wholesome goodness of this natural seasoning. This pristine salt is the purest available in the world and contains all of the trace minerals and elements that can be found in the human body.
Hundreds of millions of years ago the primordial oceans were evaporated by the sun leaving behind the untainted salt. The tremendous heat and pressure that occurred during the creation of the Himalayan Mountain Range refined the structure of the salt into pure crystals which were trapped and protected, deep beneath the earth. Today, mining in the Himalayan region is strictly regulated and performed by hand to preserve this purity.
Have you ever noticed how fresh the air feels after a thunderstorm? Wonder why you feel so much better breathing the mountain air or standing alongside a waterfall? This is due to the ratio of negative to positive ions in these surroundings.
Today’s conveniences, such as computers, televisions, fluorescent lamps, air conditioners, heaters and microwave ovens, emit an abundance of positive ions. Research has shown that high levels of positive ions make us feel tired, depressed or irritable. Salt crystals naturally emit negative ions allowing air particles to achieve an optimal ionic balance. Negative ion emissions are increased when the salt is heated, hence the invention of Himalayan Salt Lamps .
Due to the unique, air purifying ability of Himalayan Salt, Europeans have long believed in the usefulness of Rock Salt Lamps for the treatment of a variety of illnesses including asthma, allergies, rheumatism, high blood pressure and migraine headaches. These lamps are particularly beneficial as desk lamps and night lights.
All Salt Crystal Lamps have a limited range of effectiveness and are only of use in the room in which they are placed. The larger the surface area of the lamp, the greater the output of negative ions, however negative ion output drops off dramatically within a few feet of the lamp regardless of its size and ion output. As a result, if it is ionization you are looking for, you may prefer to have a few salt lamps placed strategically within a room rather than one excessively large lamp.
Apart from ionization, illuminated Salt produces a pleasant, relaxing glow. Many reiki and yoga practitioners now use Himalayan Salt Lamps in their studios to promote tranquility, peace and general well-being.