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Natural Stress Relief -Himalayan Salt Lamps

Updated on July 9, 2014

 

If you are looking for a natural way to make your home more interesting, check out a Himalayan Natural Salt Lamp. The glow is said to sooth nerves and the negative ions (emitted from the salt when heated by the light bulb inside) are said to clean the air. The high mineral content of a Himalayan Salt Crystal is due to the millions of years spent forming deep underground. Each salt crystal has a unique in shape and color with the most common and most popular being a blended color pallet of orange and red. In order to preserve the original shape of the salt crystals, craftsmen hollow them out by hand. The Himalayan Salt Lamps consist of a hollowed out salt crystal mounted on a wooden base, a light kit and a light bulb. 

 

All Himalayan Salt Lamps are not the same color. White ones are the rarest. Some like the brighter light that shines through the white salt crystals while others prefer the softer glow from the orange salt crystals. There are pink salt crystals that are also rare. The red salt crystals provide much less light than the lighter colors. Some like the red salt crystal lamps for their bedrooms to use as a night-light.

The soft glow of a Himalayan Salt Lamp warms up a room. It does not add heat it adds ambiance. The mood of the room can affect those that are in it. Air pollutants such as allergens food odors put positive ions into the air. The bonding between the negative ions emitted into the room from a Himalayan Salt Lamp and those positive ions are effectively cancelled out. Once bonded the ions are heavier than air so they drop to the ground-hence the air is cleansed.

The size of the room will determine what size salt lamp is best. Each one is sold by weight and range from 4 to 5 pounds (best for rooms less than 10 feet x 10 feet) up to about 40 pounds (best for rooms up to 20 feet by 20 feet). If you do not want a huge salt lamp in a single room it may be more pleasing to have several small ones instead. The light and any other benefits will be spread around the room. The size and number of Himalayan Natural Salt Lamps used in any room is a personal choice.

 

Himalayan Natural Salt Basket Lamp - Light bulb is in the middle of the salt chunks
Himalayan Natural Salt Basket Lamp - Light bulb is in the middle of the salt chunks

 

Before purchasing any Himalayan Natural Salt Lamp look for a few features. There should not be any cracks in the crystal. The crystal should set evenly on the base of the lamp without gaps. The light socket should be spring mounted whether there is a metal clip or not. This makes it possible to remove the light fixture easily when changing the light bulb.

 

Before purchasing any Himalayan Natural Salt Lamp look for a few features. There should not be any cracks in the crystal. The crystal should set evenly on the base of the lamp without gaps. The light socket should be spring mounted whether there is a metal clip or not. This makes it possible to remove the light fixture easily when changing the light bulb.

Himalyan Natural Salt Lamp - Hand Carved
Himalyan Natural Salt Lamp - Hand Carved

 

At this point you may be thinking that this is just a bunch of bunk. However, negative and positive ions are real. Smell the air after a spring rain. The rain drops are negatively charged and as they come in contact with the positive ions of pollution they are negated. The air is literally cleansed by the rain drops. The color Orange is thought to add balance and the color Red is thought to add energy. Whether the claims can or cannot be proven – the Himalayan Natural Salt Lamps are an interesting and decorative addition to any room.

 

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