There are few things lovelier to look at and better for your home environment and health than Himalayan salt lamps. The rich, warm, amber glow of these lamps will illuminate any room—and bring along a large host of other benefits.
When heat from the bulbs or candles (there are both electric and wick-lit options) inside of these lamps infuses the Himalayan salt crystals with heat, a chemical reaction takes place. As the rules of chemistry state, when salt is heated, even slightly, it begins to emit negative ions.
This process of negative ionic charge in itself is nothing unexpected; what has surprised researchers is the amazing bonding process that occurs when these negatively-charged ions bond with pollutants and other impurities in the air, neutralizing them, and making the air anywhere in range of the lamp as clear as a breeze from the Himalayans.
To be more specific, in effect, these neutralized pollutants and impurities in the air become far heavier than they were when they floated freely about your home. With the added mass, they move to the floor, completely neutralized (meaning no longer harmful) only to become part of your next mopping or vacuuming experience.
This means that Himalayan salt lamps are perfect for anyone who suffers from any condition that is related to air quality. Those who suffer from illnesses like asthma or common allergies have repeatedly praised the role that Himalayan salt lamps have played in improving their quality of life.
In addition to their unique properties in neutralizing harmful air pollutants and impurities, another popular reason that so many seek out these natural, functional and health-inspiring works of art is to minimize the effect of too many free-ranging positive ions and air pollution caused by electronics.
Televisions, microwaves, cellular phones and other devices all emit a charge that can interfere with the ionic balance of a room. Studies have shown that by neutralizing these positively-charged, free floating and harmful sources of electro-pollution, people heal faster from a number of ailments, concentrate better, and feel more relaxed and at ease. Another important study looked at this neutralization of ions from electronics and found that children with attention problems were able to begin focusing very quickly after this rebalancing of ions in a location—but when that balancer (in this case a Himalayan salt lamp) was taken away, they returned almost immediately to their original state.
Himalayan salt lamps are a panacea for spiritual and emotional disturbances as well as the air quality-related problems listed above. As we discussed earlier, they are beautiful to look at, do not cost more than most unique lamps (sometimes they are far less) and come with a host of benefits. Since there are no known harmful side effects from letting these beautiful pieces shine, there is no risk—only the promise of better sleep, a more balanced and clean environment, and a healthier lifestyle enjoyed a warm glow.