The crystal salt rocks used for our products were formed millions of years ago by natural forces. When the ancient sea near the Himalayas dried up from the energy of the sun, layers of salt were deposited deep into the earth.
During this period, the Himalaya mountain range was rising; many mountains rose to altitudes of more than 7000 meters. The layers of salt settled deep beneath these mountains. The layers were exposed to considerable pressure and intense temperatures, resulting in the formation of this rare crystal salt. When mining the salt crystals, the use of dynamite is strictly prohibited to preserve the natural crystal structure. Salt crystals for salt lamps are mined in Russia and central Europe as well.
Lamps are carefully hand-crafted to retain the beautiful and natural shape of the rock. Their main attraction is that the heating of the salt causes the crystal to release negative ions. Negative ions have long been considered healthy; the sea air, mountain air and the air around swiftly running water is high in negative ions. Indoor air, recirculated air, and air around electronic equipment is very low in negative 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.
Himalayan Salt Lamps vary in color from light apricot to dark orange, with every shade of pink and peach in between. This colorization is caused by the infusion of minerals within the salt crystals: the redder the salt, the higher the iron content. The most common colors are a medium peach or pink. Some of the crystals do have a reddish glow and some crystals are deep red or almost brown; these lamps are very hard to light up even with higher wattage light bulbs.
Touted as the most pollutant free form of salt on the earth, Himalayan salt contains over 84 minerals and trace elements. Found at locations so high there’s not a trace of pollution or environmentally compromised material in the air, Himalayan salt is light years away from the chemically-altered salt reduced to a sodium and chloride mix most commonly found on grocery shelves and rarely touted as being beneficial to the human body. Himalayan salt, some proclaim, approximates primal oceanic elements our bodies were exposed to during the earliest stages of man’s evolution, which is why it claims to have so many healing properties when negative ions are disbursed from its crystals. To add to its mystique, authentic salt crystals come from the deepest mines on earth located under the foothills of the Himalayan Mountain range. Crystals are hand-harvested from mineral deposits on salt cave floors that have been dated by geologists to the Precambrian Age.
Natural salt lamps are said to have many healthy benefits, such as:
- Improve air quality by reducing air pollution, airborne dust particles, and airborne bacteria and viruses
- Reduce symptoms of asthma, allergies, bronchitis, sinusitis, and other respiratory diseases
- Reduce the effects of Season Affective D
- isorder (SAD) and other mood problems
- Reduce stress
- Improve concentration
- Relieve headaches and migraines
- Reduce feelings of fatigue and insomnia
Feng shui consultants recommend placing one or more lamps in strategic locations of your home to stimulate ch’i. For example, use a lamp in the prosperity area of the home to improve wealth and finances, or use a lamp in the relationship corner.