If you've ever seen, or own, a Himalayan salt lamp, you'll know that they are beautiful structural objects that naturally glisten in their own right. However, did you know that these little gems are more than just visibly aesthetic decorative pieces? They offer an array of benefits that can positively influence your home or work space.
Himalayan Salt Lamp Glowing. Photo Courtesy of Gnangarra (Workshop at Toodyay Community Resource Centre) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0), via Wikimedia Commons
1. They naturally improve indoor air quality.
These beauties have the ability to purify our indoor air quality by creating healthy negative ions.
How does this happen? Well, the salt lamp almost acts as a sponge; it draws the water molecules from the air and attaches them to its surface and base. As the lamp glows and warms up, a slow chemical reaction is initiated.
Healthy negative ions are released into the air, which then counteract the positive ions from all the electrical equipment that floods our homes and offices constantly.
What does this mean? It means that because the air has been purified due to the healthy negative ions of the salt lamp; airborne bacteria, mould, viruses and allergens can't survive in the charged environment. This also helps those who suffer from respiratory issues such as asthma that can be worsened by allergens and irritants.
Ground Himalayan Rock Salt. Photo Courtesy of FreeImages.com/Dhiya Faris
2. Salt lamps create a relaxing and tranquil environment.
They say that you're a product of your environment, or that your surroundings play an important role in your personal outlook and attitude towards daily living. I personally find this to be true. For example, if my house is a mess, I am automatically setup for disaster, as my mood reflects this. A chaotic and messy environment can definitely make one feel scattered, disorganised, frustrated and even depressed. By creating a more relaxed, clean, tidy and serene home life, you will also gain a more positive demeanor.
The Himalayan salt lamp naturally accentuates this, as it is a naturally carved product sourced from the Himalayan foot hills. Crystals, gems and salt lamps equally possess healing properties.
The colour and texture of these lamps also help to create a warm, welcoming and ambient space. When they are put to use, they naturally glow and almost sparkle against the light, which can be enough to put you to sleep. I know when I have a candle burning, my body instantly feels relaxed. Salt lamps are also praised by Feng Shui enthusiasts, who thrive on creating a balanced and calm environment, whilst clearing and enhancing energy.
My Himalayan Tea Light Holder
3. They increase serotonin levels.
Salt lamps have been associated with increased serotonin levels; a neurotransmitter that carries signals along and between the nerves. Serotonin is primarily found in the brain and contributes to well being and happiness. It's said that a low level of serotonin is responsible for issues such as depression and anxiety.
The salt lamp has been reported to increase levels of alertness, heighten sensory stimuli and improve cognitive abilities such as thinking and learning. The negative ions which are released by the salt lamp work to significantly improve physical and mental health. As mentioned earlier, the cleansing properties of the salt lamp can eradicate bacteria in your home or space, which connects to well being and mental ability.
Other major benefits of a salt lamp are:
-Relieves migraine headaches
-Reduces the severity of asthma attacks
-Enhances the immune system
-Increase work productivity and concentration
-Reduces susceptibility to colds and flu
Any way you look at it, a salt lamp is a great addition for any home; they can be bought online or at a local health shop.
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