What is a Himalayan Salt Lamp and Why Would You Want One?

What is a Himalayan Salt Lamp and Why Would You Want One? - janny: organically.

Himalayan Salt Lamps are becoming increasingly popular in homes and it's not just because of their psychedelic 70's vibe. It is because of their apparent ability to naturally purify the air. 

How? Well, let's talk about ions.

An ion is an atom or molecule with a net electric charge due to the loss or gain of one or more electrons. Positive ions in the air are molecules of carbon dioxide that have lost an electron. Negative ions in the air is a molecule of oxygen that has gained an electron.
— http://www.natural-salt-lamps.com/howdosaltlampswork.html

The air contains both negative and positive ions.

Many positive ions are created by our electronic devices; cell phones, computers, microwaves, televisions, baby monitors, etc. They can trigger or worsen allergies, stress, sleep conditions and more. 

Many negative ions are created in nature by thunderstorms, ocean waves crashing, waterfalls, the sun, etc. Ever notice how crisp and clean the air feels after the rain? Its mostly due to those positive ions bonding with negative ions during the storm.

In your home, positive ions can be neutralized by negative ions but there needs to be an energy source. Enter the salt lamps.

Himalayan Salt Lamps

Salt mines have a very dry and negative ion-rich environment. When heated, the salt essentially removes moisture from the air around it while generating negative ions.  

When pollution encounters a negative ion in the air, it is neutralized by obtaining a negative charge. The bulb or flame  "activates" the salt to do this, and in the process, purifies the air. The result can be anything from allergy relief, lowered stress, improved mood and better sleep. This is probably the only place in life you want to surround yourself with negativity! ;)

There are several sizes of lamps (and solid vs. chunks but be sure that you are buying pure himalayan salt like the ones in my links) the bigger your room, the bigger the lamp should be. We have an air purifier running in our daughter's room, but good purifiers are expensive and these lamps are an inexpensive way to help clean the air. We currently have one lamp in our bedroom and we turn it off only when we go to sleep, though some people find the light soothing.

I know what you want to ask. Did you lick the salt lamp? Indeed I did. I just wanted to make sure! 

In addition to the salt lamp, you can add these measures to your home to help keep with air purity:

  • Plants - Bring some nature indoors
  • Open the windows - Circulate some fresh air at least a few times a day, especially when it rains!
  • Dust and Vacuum regularly
  • Take off your shoes - reduces the amount of outdoor toxins being brought inside
  • Use non-toxic cleaning products (read this post on what I use)
  • Buy an Air Purifier
  • Burn Beeswax candles (more on this soon!)

Northern California just got some rain, so you better believe our doors and windows are open! But with this drought, we need all the air purification we can get.