How To Use Himalayan Salts To Improve Air Quality, Remove Headaches, and Sleep Better Tonight
Himalayan salts has had a place at our table for some time now. When used in the kitchen pink Himalayan salt has a ton of benefits, from lowering your blood pressure to helping with digestion. But what can Himalayan salts do in the rest of our homes?
This mineral is hand-mined from the Himalayan mountains and is available everywhere, in several different forms. The edible form has less sodium than regular table salt, but the edible form of this salt isn’t what we’re here to talk about.
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There are natural phenomena that make us feel refreshed or revitalized. You know, simple things like sitting next to a huge waterfall, or being in front of rushing waves at the waterfront. If we were able to soar through the air like birds that would probably do it too.
What about these natural locations and events gives us the good goosebumps? Negative ions.
Negative ions are produced in nature and there’s even a way to mimic them in the walls of your home. Himalayan salt lamps chemically and physically transform a room – not just in colour and glow, but in its healthy benefits and effects.
We are constantly surrounded by positive and negative ions – charged molecules that float through the air without our noticing. Positive ions have been dubbed ‘electronic smog’ which sounds cool but is actually dangerous for our mental health and wellbeing. These ions have been given a charge by our big screen TVs, smartphones, telephones, microwaves, computers, and any other electronic wave in the air.
The World Health Organization calls electronic smog “one of the most common and fastest growing environmental influences” and states that the health concerns should be taken seriously. Further studies show that our brains are bombarded by 20 times more frequencies than it should be. These frequencies attribute to mental health issues, insomnia, nerve disorders, allergies, and potentially more – more study is needed.
So positive ions aren’t actually a positive thing. They are produced by just about everything in our 21st Century-style of living and they need to be neutralized. Fortunately, there is a simple way to give any room in your house a neutralized (or even negative) ion effect.
The Positivity of Negative Ions
Negative ions are created when a molecule gains a negatively charged electron. Negative ions attract natural pollutant like dust, mold, and other allergens and irritants. The ions attach to these pollutants and give them a negative charge, neutralizing them so they lose their damaging properties.
Negative ions are mostly produced in natural settings: in the forest, at the beach, and (most abundantly) near waterfalls. Supposedly these ions stimulate oxygen flow to the brain, giving us increased mental alertness and energy. But we can’t all bring huge waterfalls into our houses.
So where can we get something that will produce negative ions? We shop for positive ions all the time: new TV, wireless router, microwave popcorn – but how do we bring a positive ion-neutralizing power into our homes?
Himalayan Salt Lamps, Of Course
A Himalayan salt lamp – also known at “Vitamins of the Air” – is a block of pure Himalayan salt that came from ancient oceans. With a small bulb on the inside, these lights produce more than just light – they produce a negative-ion atmosphere and the health benefits that come with it.
The bulb inside the lamp heats the crystal, emitting negative ions. Salt is hygroscopic and attracts water from its surroundings – in more humid environments the lamp will even appear damp or wet. The heat of the lamp evaporates the water quickly, creating negative ions. The negative ions go on a mission.