If you have walked through our reception area lately you would have noticed a couple of Himalayan salt lamps. We do not have these just because they look good or because Himalayan salt is the latest craze, we did our research. There are so many benefits to the lamp that they now reside in all our therapists’ houses!
Firstly the salt lamp cleanses and deodorises the air. This may seem a little crazy as it is just a big lump of salt but it is true. The salt has an incredible power to remove dust, pollen, cigarette smoke and other contaminations from the air. They do this through hygroscopy. This means that they attract water molecules from the surrounding environment then absorb these molecules as well as any foreign particles that they may be carrying into the salt crystal. Due to the heat of the lamp the same water then evaporates back into the air but the particle of dust or pollen etc remains locked in the salt. Clever huh?!
Secondly benefit in conjunction with the first is that the lamp reduces allergy and asthma symptoms. Because the lamp is removing foreign dust particles there are less in the air to be irritants. This also works in the same way to act as an ease to coughing. Besides removing contaminations from the air, the Himalayan salt lamps also help your body to filter air more efficiently so any foreign particles you do happen to breathe in wont make it to the lungs.
The next benefit is a boot in energy levels. When we take a walk outside or spend time at the beach, even take a shower we get invigorated and that is because we during these times we are surrounded by negative ions. Exactly the same negative ions that are created by the salt lamp. It is a fact that positive ions sap our bodies of energy. If you find yourself feeling tired and don’t know why try putting a salt lamp in the room you spend most time.
Improved sleep is a big bonus for me – how about you? When you are over exposed to positive ions it can actually reduce blood and oxygen to the brain resulting in irregular sleep patterns. As the salt lamp generates the negative ions it can in effect reverse this situation and give you a seamless sleep.
Finally the benefit of a better mood and the treatment of SAD (seasonal affective disorder). The light of the lamp is a great way to relax and unwind at the end of the day. Improved sleep and relaxation is easily key to a better mood. The soft nature of the is close enough to the warm glow of sunshine that it can be used to relieve the symptoms of SAD.
Lets face it they also look pretty.