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Friday, January 29, 2016

Have You Used A Himalayan Salt Lamp?

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I have heard so many great things about salt lamps, but I had never had the chance to try one out until recently.  I was able to review the Himalayan Salt Lamp from GG's Store on Amazon.  When the box arrived, it was much heavier than I anticipated.  My family was saying "It IS a rock!".  Ok, yeah.  I knew that.  However, it was still 6 pounds and heavy for the size.  It was also very cold when it arrived, so when I unpacked it in the warm house it immediately started to attract moisture.  I quickly plugged it in, and shortly after the salt lamp was dry.

I am in love with the flame look of this lamp.  It is beautiful.  It is not the average "salt lump" with the different nooks and crannies.  This lamp is smooth.  It has the occasional chip that you can see, but not feel, from the making of the lamp.  However, it is built very solid.



This is a very wonderful Moroccan Salt Lamp.  It is from pink Himalayan salt, and looks very beautiful both when it's turned on or off.  It is securely screwed on a black metal stand.  I love this aspect, as I don't have to find something to put it on, and it provides a stable base as well as a nice decorative touch.  You can see more about the actual lamp with my video.



Why use a salt lamp?

Pink Himalayan Salt lamps clean and deodorize the air using the power of hygroscopy.  What is hygroscopy?  It is where the salt lamp attracts and absorbs surrounding water molecules, including the impurities attached to those particles.  The heat from the light then causes the impurities to stick to the salt, while evaporating the cleaned water molecules and helpful negative ions back into the air.

This produces clean air, reduced allergens which can help with coughs and asthma.

It is possible to increase energy levels, reduce stress, help with SAD (seasonal depression), provide better sleep with the negative ions.

It is theorized that it helps to counteract some of the EM (electromagnetic radiation) from all the electronics (tv, appliances, computers, smart phones, etc...) that surround us on a daily basis.  These EM cause chronic fatigue, increases stress levels, and decreases the body’s immune response.

Overall, I am thrilled to have this in my house.  So far I have noticed an increase in energy. I recently stopped drinking coffee, and yet my energy has been doubled.  I feel more like getting up and doing things again.  I have also noticed my air is less stale.  It is cold, and we can't open the windows, but the air in the house feels better and has no odor in the room I have this in.  I do keep the light on 24 hours a day, but turn it down low at night.  It's not only a beautiful looking piece of art, but it is a huge blessing for our family's health.

The big question is, what are Negative Ions?  Some information I found on Critical Cactus shows this...

The big claim made for salt lamps is that they release negative ions into the air, which improve health and mood.
Let’s take a quick look at the science behind this.
  • All matter is made of molecules. Each molecule has a positvely-charged nucleus, circled by negatively-charged electrons like moons orbiting a planet.
  • When a molecule has enough negative electrons to exactly balance the positive charge from its nucleus, it is stable.
  • A positive ion is a molecule which as lost an electron, leaving a ‘gap’ in its outer layer of electrons; a negative ion has an extra electron.
  • The positive ion wants to bond with something to fill the gap, and a negative ion wants to bond with something to get rid of its spare electron.
  • Positive ions are known as free radicals. There are clear and documented links between free radicals and health problems such as cancer. ().
The theory is that negative ions will bond with the positive ions in the atmosphere, neutralizing them before they can affect the molecules in your body.
Negative ions have been shown to inhibit bacterial growth and slow the development of cancer cells, although so far this effect has only been demonstrated in a test tube.
  • In nature, negative ions are produced by moving water and released by plants during photosynthesis.
  • Positive ions are produced by certain weather conditions and by home electronic goods – that’s why the air feels ‘charged’ just before a storm, and why you sometimes feel a crackling sensation if you touch a switched-off TV screen.
Fresh country air usually has 2000-40000 neg ions per cubic centimeter, with a slightly lower number of positive ions. (In nature, positive and negative are usually roughly balanced unless there are unusual circumstances such as a thunderstorm). City air has a lower proportion of negative ions.
The mind-blowing effects of negative ions
There is a well-documented link between ill health and changes to atmospheric ionization. Around the world, there are seasonal winds which are hot, dry, and laden with positive ions – some examples are the Santa Ana (California), Foehn (central Europe), and Siroccoco (Italy).
  • In the 1950s and 60s, a rash of studies proved an association between these winds rich in positive ions and an increase in morbidity.
  • In some Swiss cantons, the unsettling effect of the Foehn wind was accepted in court as a mitigating circumstances for a crime.
  • Roughly a third of the population is very sensitive to negative-ion depletion in the atmosphere.
  • According to WebMDnegative ions are thought to protect against germs in the air, thus reducing irritation due to inhaling various airborne particles that make you cough, sneeze, and sore throat.
  • Exposure to negative ions is proven to improve mood in those who suffer from seasonal depression (SAD). A 1995 study by Columbia University showed that 30 minutes a day of exposure to a concentrated source of negative ions led to a dramatic reduction in the severity of depressive symptoms, with no side-effects observed.
  • Other studies have indicated negative ions may improve blood flow and prevent damage to lungs.
  • Nasa employs negative ion generators to help astronauts recover after missions in space.
 So, there’s fairly good evidence that positive ions are bad for the health and negative ions are beneficial.

You can find this Himalayan Salt Lamp on Amazon.

I received this free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.  All experiences are my own.