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Salt Lamps 101: What is a salt lamp?

Updated on May 31, 2016
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Many of us are searching for ways to improve the quality of health in our daily lives. My newest health enlightening endeavor has been to clean up the air around me (yes I mean the air in my home). As a unique, eye pleasing object, the salt lamp does just that; it cleanses the air in your home naturally, makes for a beautiful home display, and it does it all silently.

I have tried everything you could possibly think of, air fresheners (I think the chemicals made me sick), lava rocks, powders, gels, and oils. Chemicals degrade air quality rather quickly, lava rocks produced no discernible difference, powders are messy, and gels and oils only mask smells, rather than work to eliminate the true odor source. A friend suggested I try a salt lamp to attack odor problems.

What exactly is a salt lamp? Well, that’s a great question, especially if you are considering purchasing one of these natural air purifiers. In a nutshell, this is the main function of a salt lamp; salt lamps silently cleanse the air you breathe. ***Notice in the video there is no noise pollution coming from these lamps!***

Where did salt lamps come from, and how are they made? Just as the name implies, a salt lamp is merely rock salt. Most often the material is mined in places like Russia, the Himalayas, and other parts of the central European region. A large salt crystal is mined and transformed into a salt lamp. The center is cored out and an opening is left to allow for the lighting essentials, such as a bulb and cord apparatus, with the results being a basic salt lamp.

Salts lamps work silently to filter your air with negative ions. Negative ions remain largely a mystery in the scientific arena. What scientists do know is that salt lamps work to clean your air by strengthening the ionic field in response to the humidity in the air. As negative ions enter your bloodstream, they act as a catalyst and induce biochemical reactions; these biochemical reactions increase levels of the chemical serotonin, serotonin naturally alleviates depression, aids in stress relief and is also known to be a natural energy booster. The concentration of negative ions emitted from a salt lamp varies greatly, and is highly dependent upon the size of the salt lamp itself. The density of negative ions in the air begins to dramatically dissipate within just a few feet of the salt lamp. So, with that being said, one might consider placing several smaller or medium size salt lamps in an area versus just one large one. Salt lamps are an all around ambiance enhancer, and are eye candy for any décor scheme.

Salt lamps are inexpensive, and are good for your overall home air quality. Not only are they inexpensive, they are health enablers, and they offer a sultry ambiance to your home. The amber color is warm, natural, and inviting. Find salt lamps, and more here.

Salt Lamps in Action

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As negative ions enter your bloodstream, they act as a catalyst and induce biochemical reactions; these biochemical reactions increase levels of the chemical serotonin, serotonin naturally alleviates depression, aids in stress relief and is also known to be a natural energy booster. The concentration of negative ions emitted from a salt lamp varies greatly, and is highly dependent upon the size of the salt lamp itself. The density of negative ions in the air begins to dramatically dissipate within just a few feet of the salt lamp. ***Notice the salt lamp owner has two separate lamps placed in the room.*** So, with that being said, one might consider placing several smaller or medium size salt lamps in area versus just one large one. Salt lamps are an all around ambiance enhancer, and are eye candy for any décor scheme.

Salt lamps are inexpensive, and are good for your overall home air quality. Not only are they inexpensive, they are health enablers, and they offer a sultry ambiance to your home. The amber color is warm, natural, and inviting. Find salt lamps, and more here.

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    • hempsuperfood profile imageAUTHOR

      Diane 

      5 years ago from Colorado

      They are definitely a great way to keep your air clean without introducing additional noise pollution. I enjoyed your lemon balm article Marlene, thank you for sharing. Cheers!

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      5 years ago from USA

      Until now, I had never heard of salt lamps. I'm glad I read this about salt lamps. I do want to find one for my home - maybe several.

    • hempsuperfood profile imageAUTHOR

      Diane 

      5 years ago from Colorado

      Awesome Rajan, I will check it out. Thanks for reading.

    • hempsuperfood profile imageAUTHOR

      Diane 

      5 years ago from Colorado

      Anytime Heidi, thank you for reading!

    • hempsuperfood profile imageAUTHOR

      Diane 

      5 years ago from Colorado

      Thanks Long Time Mother, I appreciate that, it's lonely being new, lol.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      You are right. These salt lamps work silently to make the air around full of negative ions which is beneficial for health. I have a hub on these salt lamps too.

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      Heidi Thorne 

      5 years ago from Chicago Area

      I've heard of these lamps, too, but hadn't done much reading about them. Thanks for the great info! I'll be looking into it.

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      LongTimeMother 

      5 years ago from Australia

      I have seen salt lamps in stores, but never known anyone who actually used a salt lamp.

      Interesting hub. Voted up, and sharing to help introduce you to some other hubbers. Welcome to HP. :)

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