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Himalayan Pink Salt Lamp Benefits
Where does this salt come from?
Himalayan salt is mined in the Khewra Salt Mine located in Pakistan. The foothills of this salt range are located 186 miles from the Himalayas.The salt mines were formed 250 millions years ago as salt from the ocean settled into geological pockets. Iron oxide is responsible for the pink hughes found in this salt. To this very day this precious salt is still extracted by mines and caves by hand without the use of explosion techniques or mechanical devices. After being hand selected and hand chiseled it is then hand crushed, hand washed and dried in the sun.
Purifies and cleanses surrounding air
What makes these lavish lamps so popular is their air purifying qualities. They cleanse the air through the power of hygroscopy, meaning they attract water molecules from the surrounding environment and absorb them as well as any foreign particles they may be carrying into the salt crystal. As the lamps heat up those same water molecules evaporate and the trapped particles of pollen, dust, smoke etc. stay locked into the salt. This leaves the surrounding air cleansed, purified and deodorized.
Reduces allergy and asthma symptoms
Himalayan salt lamps reduce pesky particles in the air that trigger and irritate those who suffer from allergies and asthma. With mold, mildew, pet dander and dust being eliminated from the surrounding environment, people with such complications can breathe easier. If you suffer from asthma and surround yourself with a few lamps, you should notice a difference in as little as a week or two. In fact Himalayan salt is so great for you there are inhalers you can buy that are made of this precious "fifth element".
When your pink Himalayan salt lamp heats up and begins the cycling of airborne particles it also changes the charge of them. The surrounding air is filled with positive ions that aren't particularly good for our health. Our electronics are primarily to blame for these positively charged ions that surround us. One of the negative factors of breathing these ions is that the cilia which line the trachea in our lungs become sluggish and don't work as well to keep contaminants out of our lungs. As the lamp heats up and takes water and particles out of the air it also takes positive ions with them. Then, when the heated lamp releases clean water vapor into the air it emits negative ions which has the opposite effect on our airways, thus keeping your lungs clear and functioning properly.
Constantly breathing positive ions can make you feel sluggish, unmotivated and fatigued. Negative ions have the ability to increase blood and oxygen flow to the brain, resulting in improved sleeping patterns. Due to the negative ions emitted by salt lamps you experience a boost in energy and feel refreshed. If you are one of those people that has to sleep in complete darkness like me, completely turning off the lamp at bedtime is an option. However, to ensure yourself some much needed quality sleep throughout the night, be sure to leave the salt lamp on all day to let this lamp work its magic. That way the appropriate amount of negative ions have been emitted in your sleeping quarters throughout the day.
Which method of incorporating these benefits into your daily life would you prefer?
Choosing size and placement
When it comes to choosing the size of crystal you will purchase, the larger the lamp; the more area of coverage you'll have. Small lamps, roughly about 5 pounds will cover an average size bedroom; whereas a larger lamp, about a 12 pounds, will be efficient for a larger size living room or den. A general rule of thumb is to calculate that 1 pound of Himalayan pink salt will cover an area measuring 4x4. If you find it challenging to purchase larger lamps, remember you can use multiple lamps spread around in a room for the same affect. Remember that your salt lamp will melt if left in places with high humidity, such as near dishwashers, laundry machines or showers. To notice a difference in the charge of ions in your home will take roughly about a week to notice, so stay patient if you don't feel the improvement right away.