I get a lot of questions about Himalayan Salt Lamps:
What’s the big deal about these Himalayan Salt Lamps?
Do they really do what everybody says they do?
So the major thing that Himalayan Salt Lamps “do” is that they induce negative ions into your environment. (We’ll get to that in a moment).
I have 1 in my sacred crystal studio here. He’s super heavy & pretty darn big…he’s comes up to my knee:
I really like to have a salt lamp in just about every room of our home (2 in the bedroom; we have one on each of our night stands on either side of our bed.) My husband, Frankie & I really enjoy having them in our home due to how they restructure the energy of our environment.
Now, salt is a crystal; halite to be exact & it’s well-known for its cleansing, purifying properties. It is a very “soft” mineral (only a 2-2.5 on the Mohs Hardness scale) and is extremely water soluble so don’t wet your lamp to clean it off…ever.
SCIENCE GEEKERY: Due to the nature of salt & its ability to draw moisture out of a substance, if you live in a high-humidity climate your salt lamp may “sweat” a bit. Keeping your lamp lit helps prevent the sweating due to the heat from the bulb or candle.
They’re great to have in a sacred space or anywhere you want to pump up the number of negative ions in a space….and that is something you’ll want to do.
What is a negative ion?Basic idea of an atom. Image author: Fastfission at en.wikipedia
GEEK ALERT!!: A negative ion is an atom where the number of electrons whizzing around the outside is more than number of protons in the nucleus, giving the atom or molecule a net negative electrical charge. Got it?
Most agree that the negative ions generated by a salt lamp happen via the photoelectric effect (the salt lamp emits electrons when struck by light).
Now there are things in nature that are much better & more efficient at putting out negative ions than salt lamps; like mountains, waterfalls, beaches or forests. Ionic minerals such as Tourmaline also produce them!
Geeky factoid: Very old growth forests have higher negative ion output than a newer forest or a man-made planted forest. They put out thousands & thousands of negative ions.
Those are the spaces you want to be in.
Then there are the times, if you’re in an office or a home that always has its windows closed & no plants or doesn’t have much connection to the outdoors when you have very little or no negative ions. Like those offices that are considered “sick buildings”, where you can never open the windows. You can never get fresh air. Where there are UV lights you know blinking away down at people all day long. YUCK!
Those areas usually have zero negative ions but an excess of positive ions.
So what’s the big deal about negative ions?
Who cares? Who wants more “negative” anything? Sounds like a bad thing because I’m saying “negative ions”, right?
Well, It’s not a bad thing at all, Chick Pea. 😉
Negative ions are actually something that we need to help balance ourselves because we are bombarded with positive ions, especially from the electronics we’re surrounded by all day long. Having more negative ions in your environment actually has beneficial biochemical effects for us.
The goal is to have a balance of both negative + positive ions. Not an overabundance of positive ions…which is how many of us now live.
We want to have those negative ions within our space because it helps increase certain hormones in our physical body that actually benefit us in lots of ways; like Serotonin. which alleviates depression if you’re Serotonin levels are balanced. It’s also been said that a healthy balance of negative ions can:
- relieve stress
- boost your energy
- boost your immune system
- balance the air quality in a space by reducing dust, pollen & bacteria
Obvious benefits right? Things that we’d like to have
Some salt lamps use electricity to light their glow & some use candle light. The bulbs used to light them from within are very low-wattage so I’m not concerned with the amount of EMF emitting from them and you can insulate the wires with an EMF blocking material if you’re concerned about being too close to them.
Now like I said before, Himalayan Salt Lamps do produce negative ions, but they are not like mega-producers. Nature is your BEST source! So, it’s most beneficial to use them in an environment where you are really cut off from nature. Where you just don’t have a better option & can’t get a lot of energy from outdoors.
And of course, use them wherever you just want the space to feel clearer, more fresh, closer to nature or to create a more serene sacred retreat space for yourself.
In my space I can open up lots of windows. I also have big sliding glass doors that I can open up & be one with the outdoors.
I love to have that energy coming in. But the salt lamp helps to really boost it.
And the bigger the better.
Topaz is a smart cookie, you know! Our animals always know.
Evidence! Evidence! Give Me Evidence!
Himalayan Salt Lamps have been tested by negative ion measuring devices by various labs. Although the test results vary, many results show that they do produce negative ions, but not much.
Yeah, but they produce something and I feel that something is better than nothing!
And many of us do feel the differences & that is better than any lab test for me b/c the lab tests are so very limited in WHAT they can measure.
Overall, I enjoy having the lamps in my space & encourage using them in a space along with waterfalls and other things like that, that can also help boost the negative ions in your environment. Go for it!
Do you use Himalayan Salt Lamps in your space or around your home? Do you feel the benefits? Let me know in the comments below.
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