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Improving Air Quality with Salt Crystal Lamps

Updated on January 12, 2015
Salt Crystal Lamps
Salt Crystal Lamps

People who are regularly exposed to fresh air are rarely tired and feel more easily rejuvenated and recovered after a tiring day. The healthiest people on the planet are not the ones who take their medications and regularly dose themselves with bottled vitamins. Rather, they are the ones who maintain their connection with nature. If you are living in a congested urban setting or working long hours on a daily basis, then you must be looking for ways to improve your health and prevent the onset of illness so that you can continue performing your everyday tasks.

The human costs of air pollution and contamination

Respiratory problems are some of the most common ailments affecting modern populations. Human lungs are exposed to intense stresses, mainly due to the increasing amounts of pollutants in the air that we breathe. Because of the importance, and increasing rarity of clean air, people have been trying to find ways to improve the quality of the air that they breathe at home and in the workplace.

One of the key discoveries of the 1800s was the benefits of breathing pure ionized air, which led to the interest in Eastern European salt caves to cure diseases of the lungs. This method is known as dry salt therapy and is the basis for the increasing popularity of crystal salt lamps. This kind of therapy has been proven helpful to people who suffer from colds, congestion, asthma, and different types of allergies

What are salt crystal lamps?

Dry salt therapy has led to the invention of salt crystal lamps. These are commercially available home décor with additional health benefits. These days, salt lamps can be found in the waiting rooms and offices of traditional medicine practitioners as well as doctors practicing Western medicine. They are also popular amongst feng shui experts and therapists. The choice to place them in strategic places is due to the relaxing and calming effect.

Salt crystal lamps serve as attractive room decoration, but they do more than spark up a conversation and lighten up the room. The lamps are typically hand-chiseled and have beautiful designs. The lamps emit a warm and comforting inner glow, which is brought on by the mineral content of the salt core. A solid block of hand-excavated crystal salt is at the very heart of salt crystal lamps. The salt is usually sourced from natural cave deposits in Poland and the Himalayas. Some are taken from Persian salt beds.

Salt Crystal Lamps
Salt Crystal Lamps

How crystal salt lamps purify the air

The air inside a natural salt cave is brimming with negative ions. Salt deposits emit ions due to the alternating processes of absorbing and then evaporating water. This effect is duplicated in salt crystal lamps, which also emit negative ions that purify the air.

How exactly does a salt crystal lamp work? When the lamp heats up, there is an increase in the temperature of heated salt crystals. Water molecules from the air are attracted to the surface of the crystals and the salt goes into solution. As a result, there is emission of chloride and sodium. Chloride is a negatively charged ion, while sodium is a positively charged ion. Negative ions such as chloride are known for their ability to remove contaminants from the air. They attach to positively charged allergens and contaminants in the environment neutralize these possibly harmful elements. This interaction forms larger particles that become too heavy to be airborne. As such, they fall down toward the ground. Essentially, this is the mechanism by which contaminants are removed by salt crystals lamps from ambient air.

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The influence of salt crystal lamps on electromagnetic fields

Human beings are exposed to electromagnetic fields due to their usage of electronic devices such as television sets, smartphones and tablets. It has been reported that repeated exposure to EMF at the frequency of 100-160Hz could be detrimental to health. One of the most affected body systems is the immune system, which mitigates the responses that neutralize harmful microorganisms, deals with infections, and prevents future illnesses. Aside from affecting immunity, the electromagnetic fields humans are exposed to on a daily basis are associated with poor concentration, insomnia and other sleep disturbances, anxiety, and nervousness.

How can a salt crystal lamp help in minimizing the effects of EMF on the body? Salt crystal has a frequency oscillation of 8-10 Hz, which is believed to have the ability to counter the much higher EMF frequency emitted from electronic hardware that is harmful to humans. The frequency oscillation value of crystal salt is close to the natural resonant frequency of the human body and the earth.

Salt Rock Candleholder
Salt Rock Candleholder

How to maximize the effects of salt crystal lamps at home and in the workplace

If you want to maximize the benefits of these lamps then you must be looking for guidelines on how to use them. If you want to minimize the effects of potentially harmful electromagnetic waves, then you can procure a small to medium lamp and place it on your workstation. Small to medium lamps can also be placed inside bedrooms and smaller rooms in the house such as bathrooms. In the workplace, this kind of lamp will suffice for individual offices. For family rooms, kitchens, playrooms, home theaters, and reception areas in the office, medium to large lamps are better suited.


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    • FlourishAnyway profile image


      3 years ago from USA

      This is worth a try. The candles are really pretty.

    • Joyfulcrown profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago

      Hi Iris, I had seen these around for awhile too. A friend of mine told me about them because I have allergies. They have made a difference for me.

    • Iris Draak profile image

      Cristen Iris 

      3 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      Joyful, I see these sometimes but I was unaware of this information. Now I'm curious about the research that has gone into them. Cool.

    • Joyfulcrown profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago

      Hi BlossomSB, I am glad you found the hub interesting. Yes bathing in sea is good too. :)

    • BlossomSB profile image

      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Different and interesting. Bathing in the sea is good, too.

    • Joyfulcrown profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by Rachel. Yes they are very pretty, they give a nice glow to a room.

    • Joyfulcrown profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago

      Thank you Judy. They are amazing to me too. I have allergies and they have made a huge difference for me.

    • Judy Filarecki profile image

      Judy Filarecki 

      3 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      Interesting hub. I always wondered how they worked.

    • Rachel L Alba profile image

      Rachel L Alba 

      3 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      How interesting. The little candles are so pretty.


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