What you need to know about Salt Lamps

01 Oct 2011

If someone were to tell you that they could clean your home's air by using a salt lamp, you would probably think that they were crazy, however if you were to give them a chance to explain themselves, you would discover how clean your indoor air could be with the help of a Himalayan salt crystal lamp.

What is a salt lamp anyway? With numerous lamps in the house, do you still need more light? Also, from the look of a salt lamp, you may initially wonder how a chunk of salt would influence your home decor. Note this, a salt lamp may be the most important lamp you can have in the home. How so? A salt lamp promotes the health and wellness of everybody living in the household; it is recognized for its air-cleansing ability in addition to its aesthetics.

A salt lamp is a natural chunk of salt rock taken from the Khewra mines found in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains. Since the salt mines have been in existence for millions of years, they have gathered many minerals within their salt supply. Therefore, a piece of salt rock from these mines also contains the minerals of the earth that have accumulated for millennia, minerals which are effective in helping to ionize air.

The chunk of salt is shaped and then mounted to a wooden base. A hole is then drilled into its base that can accommodate a light bulb. It is made available in different sizes and shapes to give variety to the user. When used, the heat that is emitted by the bulb makes the salt lamp emit ions that are negatively charged. These negative ions then permeate throughout the room helping to produce cleaner air.

How can the salt lamp actually do this? The air is composed of many elements. These elements include ions which are pollutants, such as dust particles. Pollutants make up most of the air particles and they are also positively charged ions. The action of the salt lamp is to neutralize these positive ions through emitting negative ions. When this happens, the neutralized substances get heavy and ultimately fall, eliminating them from the normal air circulation, thereby eliminating pollution. Electronic devices used at home also produce electro-smog which can affect concentration as well as breathing. Ironically, many mechanical air ionizers that are meant to clean the air actually produce pollution of their own in the form of electro-smog. With a salt lamp, this electro-smog is significantly repressed; in fact, the salt lamp helps eliminate electro-smog of other devices in the home such as personal computers.

Salt lamps will not only complement the natural look of your home but they will also encourage health and wellness by creating a cleaner environment. In addition, a salt lamp not only enhances the health of an individual, but it also helps in keeping other ailments and allergies at bay. For an inexpensive and easy way of boosting the health of your family, try using a salt lamp.