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.