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Salt lamps are quite simply large chunks of pure Himalayan salt fitted with a small light bulb inside. These lamps are made from food grade salt crystals and could be powdered for use in cooking if desired.
Positive ions are frequently created by electronics such as computers, TVs, microwaves, and so on. Even mold and bacteria often carry a positive charge. Often these positive ions exacerbate problems such as allergies, stress, and sleep issues. Negative ions can neutralize positive ions by bonding together. Salt lamps attract water molecules from the surrounding environment and absorb those molecules, along with any foreign particles they may be carrying, into the salt crystal. As the lamps warms from the heat generated from the light bulb, the water evaporates leaving dust, pollen, etc. trapped in the salt. This process helps clean the air and salt lamps are a natural negative ion generator. In general terms negative ions increase oxygen flow to the brain, resulting more mental energy and alertness and decreased fatigue.
The neutralization can take about a week to be noticeable, so allow adequate time for your lamp to work properly.
Once the air is cleaned by the salt lamp several benefits occur. You could notice reduced allergy and asthma symptoms, better sleep, less coughing, deodorized air, and even treating Seasonal Affective Disorder. One of the detriments of breathing lots of positive ions in the air is that the microscopic hair or cilia lining our trachea become overwhelmed and sluggish. As a salt lamp cleans the air removing contaminants, the cilia increase their activity. Basically by breathing clean air, your body will naturally filter air more efficiently on its own. This helps your body to do a better job of keeping foreign particles out of your lungs.
When buying a salt lamp, crystal size determines the coverage area. Smaller lamps, about 5 pounds, are adequate for the average bedroom. While larger lamps, about 12 pounds, are better for living spaces such as dens and living rooms. Typically 1 pound of salt will cleanse the air in a 4X4 area. You may use multiple lamps in one room to achieve the most thorough cleansing.
It is vital to make sure the lamp you buy is from a pure Himalayan Crystal source and not a cheap imitation made from rock salt. Also salt lamps will begin to melt with prolonged exposure to high humidity. So it is important to monitor lamps positioned near sources of steam like dishwashers or showers.