Article - Himalayan Salt Lamps

Himalayan Salt Lamps

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What do you notice when you first look at this lamp? Is it the soft hue it emits or its unique shape? Did you guess that it was made of salt? I bet your first thought wasn’t that this lamp has an extraordinary feature that can change your life. I would like to explain to you what a Himalayan Salt lamp is, how it works, and the benefits of using one.

A Himalayan salt lamp is made of salt crystals mined from the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains. These crystals are colorful and pure, untouched by pollution. They are hand carved, making each one unique and preserving the natural beauty of the salt. The inside is carved out to make room for a light bulb. Then the crystal rock is attached to a wooden base with a light bulb and electric cord. Once the Himalayan salt lamp is plugged in and turned on, it begins to work its magic.

Himalayan salt lamps clean the air around them by creating negative ions. Nature produces negative ions. Electronic devices and pollution reduce them. All of this happens at a microscopic level. Allow me to reveal the mystery behind this invisible process.

The atoms in crystal salt can change back and forth between crystalline and liquid states. When a salt lamp is turned on, the heat from the light bulb warms the salt, which attracts water vapor from the air around it. The vapor draws near to the salt along with other particles. Once the water vapor comes in contact with the salt lamp, it turns from gas to liquid, creating a pool. The pool is very tiny. We cannot see it with the naked eye. The water and salt mix into a salt solution that neutralizes or kills any harmful particle it contacts. The lamp is warmer than the surrounding air which causes the water to evaporate into gas and the salt to re-crystallize. The invisible process repeats itself without affecting the salt crystal’s quality.

Eliminating the harmful particles including bacteria, dust, mold, mildew and viruses creates cleaner air for us. Cleaner air benefits us by relieving ailments including: allergies, headaches and respiratory problems. The book, The Ion Effect, by Fred Soyka, contains a study done on negative ions to treat respiratory problems. In 1966, a hospital in Jerusalem conducted a study of 38 infants suffering from respiratory problems. Half of the infants were cared for in a ward using a negative-ion generator. The other half were in a ward without one. The study showed that negative ion treatment alone seemed to cure attacks of asthma and bronchitis more quickly than drugs and these children were less likely to relapse. It is also noted that the babies treated with negative ions didn’t cry as often or as long as the babies in normal air.

According to Bernard Brown, author of Healthy Living: Twelve Steps to Guaranteed Better Health, health practitioners throughout the world have been using salt lamps extensively in their treatments of snoring, allergies, respiratory and sinus problems, and to enhance the immune system.

Our bodies are exposed to high frequencies that are unhealthy. These frequencies are emitted by cell phones, computers, televisions and other electronic devices. They create free radicals in our bodies that damage healthy cells and increase the blood’s acidity level. They are a known cause of cancer. Himalayan salt lamps balance these frequencies.

The next time you see a Himalayan salt lamp, you will recognize what it is. Perhaps you will appreciate its beauty a little more. Now that you know the many benefits of having one, you may even consider it a great gift for a loved one.

Himalayan salt lamps are available in our bookstore.