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.
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.
Himalayan salt lamps have become increasingly popular in home for health, spiritual, and mental benefits. But how do salt lamps work? Most people have no idea the technicalities behind the salt lamps sold on the market today and, unfortunately, this leads some people to purchase low quality or faux products. Before you buy a salt lamp, learn a bit about how real salt lamps really work.
It all starts with ions. Learning about how negative ions are created from salt lamps may sound intimidating, but once you understand the basic concept, it’s actually not hard to separate the phonies from the real deal. The ground-level idea behind Himalayan salt lamps is that the air around us is electrically charged. The particles in the air are called “ions”. Ions can be either negatively or positively charged. In our natural environment, all living and non-living things change the quality of the electricity in the air.
However, electronic, cars, air conditioners, and other luxuries of our modern world actually output more positive ions (bad Ions). Tobacco, smog from factories, cell phones, and heaters are just a few of the other things that output a large percentage of these bad ions. This creates an imbalance within nature. Scientists have found that rock salt crystals are actually one of the best natural emitters of negative ions in the world. That means that a rock salt lamp can help to equalize the positive ions in your house, especially in home offices, television rooms, and kitchens.
What does negatively-charged air smell and feel like? Well, if you’ve ever been outside after a lightening storm, in the mountains near waterfalls and away from cities, or at the beach, you may have gotten a sense of just how salt lamps can work in your life. The air is refreshing, easy to believe, and healthy. Most people also associate these negatively-charged air situations with calmness, peace, and relaxation. A Himalayan salt lamp can do the same thing in your own home. Naturally in these health places, there are about 4000 negative ions in a cubic centimeter of air. However, in a city during rush our, that number drops to more like 100 negative ions per cubic centimeter. You can see how this big difference really can affect the body.
If you’re feeling generally unhealthy, consider a salt lamp. Allergies, asthma, and other breathing problems can especially be improved by using just a single salt lamp in your home. The negative ions of the salt lamp help to clear theair of pollen, dust, smoke, pet dander, odors, mold, dust mites, and other forms of pollution. You can get a negative ion machine to do this job, but frankly, a Himalayan Salt Lamp looks much classier in a home décor setting.
Of course, when you purchase a Himalayan Salt Lamps, makes sure that you are getting the real deal. One common rock salt lamp hoax is to use other materials that simply look the same as the rock salt. While these items may still be beautiful, they are not effective. Get what you pay for by always working with a company that provides great rock salt items from genuine sources.