Himalayan salt is a term for halite (commonly known as rock salt, pink salt, Himalayan pink salt from Pakistan which is the mineral form of sodium chloride (NaCI). This mineral rich salt is mined from the second largest mine in the world, called the Khewra Salt Mines which is located in the Jhelum District, Punjab, Pakistan. It is generally mined by hand to help preserve the chemical structure It is closely located (approximately 300 km) from majestic the Himalayan Mountains which are known to contain the purest form of salt on Earth, Himalayan salt. Historically, this rare salt has been used for centuries as a trading tool. Every spring the Himalayan people would transport the salt through sloping paths, mountain edges and narrow bumpy roads to the Nepalese valleys for trade. It was an extremely important commodity as it could be traded for anything.
Have you heard of salt therapy before? Also known as halotherapy, it’s an ancient practice that involves cleansing and purifying the air, and our bodies, using large pink Himalayan salt lamps placed in a space. It’s been shown to ease anxiety, skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema, congestion, colds, sinus infections, insomnia, bronchitis and ear infections, among many other issues.
Water vapour is always circulating in the air of any room of your house. This water vapour carries with it allergens like dust, pollen, pet dander, smoke particles, and even bacteria and viruses.
Salt is hygroscopic, meaning it attracts water molecules from the surrounding air. A large block of rock salt, like a Himalayan pink salt lamp, is especially attractive to water vapour and its pollutants.
Once attracted to the pink salt lamp, these microscopic compounds remain on the salt and not floating in the air where you can breathe them in.
As Himalayan pink salt lamps slowly become saturated with water vapour they attract from the air around them, the heat, from the lamp inside or beneath, dries them, thus continuing the hygroscopic effect for as long as the light is on.
This heat also re-releases water vapour back into the air. Importantly, any airborne contaminants attracted to the pink salt lamp remain trapped there and will not become airborne again.
The Dangers of Positive Ions
Positive ions are created by electronic devices and have been dubbed ‘electronic smog’ or ‘electronic air pollution’. As we all know, we are increasingly surrounded by all sorts of computers, large screen TVs, telephones, microwaves and other appliances we now deem necessary for our survival and entertainment.Studies have shown that your brain gets bombarded by frequencies 20 times higher than its optimal frequency, which results in all sorts of problems, including insomnia, nervousness and allergies.
In short, positive ions are very harmful to us and need to be neutralized.
Role of Negative Ions
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.
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:
Freshen and deodorize indoor air
Remove airborne germs and contaminants
Promote better sleep
Reduce microscopic allergens like dust, pet dander, mold and mildew
Increase blood flow and oxygen supply throughout the body
Leave pink salt lamp on wherever possible as the heat from the light bulb will prevent the salt lamp absorbing moisture
If pink salt lamp gets wet leave in strong sunlight for 4 to 5 hours and brush off any excess crystals
When not in use for long periods, disconnect your power cable and remove from the salt lamp, and store the salt lamp and base in a plastic bag to help prevent the salt lamp absorbing moisture
In humid conditions we recommend placing your pink salt lamp onto a small tray or dish in the rare case they may pool water
It's a well know fact that, through scientific and empirical research, pink salt lamps exhibit biophysical characteristics, which demonstrate a positive effect on our well-being. From a scientific view there are three natural action principles at play: ionization, the electromagnetic oscillation and the transparent-crystalline structure developing the light waves.