By Arwa Lodhi
Ever wondered why you feel so good when you’re on holiday, with the sea breeze blowing through your hair, your skin kissed by the salty air and sun?
Of course there are lots of reasons: less pollution, more sunshine, not having to join hoards of stressed out commuters on the train after sleeping badly each night…but one reason for your sense of well being by the sea is ionized air.
Research has proven that the amount of ions in the environment beneficial to humans should range between 1000-1500/cm3. Scientific tests have revealed that the ratio of negative to positive ions should be between 1.02to 0.98, yet in typical offices or rooms in the house where a few people are gathered at the same time, the amount of negative ions may fall to as low as 200/cm3. This is because harmful positive ions are emitted from computers and mobile phones, dryers, cigarette smoke, photocopiers, TVs and other electronic items commonly found in homes and offices.
Wondering how this is related to the benefits of Himalayan salt lamps, or how can we bring sea air to a city setting? Fortunately, negative ions fill the air before thunderstorms, even in the city. You can also buy ionizers for the air, and these are sometimes included as options in good quality air conditioners and humidifiers. But maybe the cheapest and most effective way is buy using a Himalayan Rock Crystal lamp.
Himalayan Rock Crystal Salt Lamps are made up from ancient salt that originated from oceans millions of years old, when the oceans were free from any man made contaminants. The effects of the salts are similar to those of an ionizer, but it is the heating of the salt crystal with a small bulb inside the lamp. This attracts water molecules from the air, forming a NaCl and H20 solution. Sodium is a positive ion, and Chloride, a negative ion. Hydrogen has a two part negative charge and Oxygen is a positively charged ion. These ions create a reaction of two positive ions and three negative ones; after cancelling each other out, one lone negative ion is produced. This negative ion seeks out the first positive ion like a dust, or bacteria particle and zaps it, making your environment cleaner and safer.
Bioenergy therapists and homeopaths have recommended crystal salt lamps for a long time to support treatment of allergies, respiratory and blood systems and rheumatism. Because of their pinkish hue, they are also used in chromotherapy to help sooth nervousness and insomnia, but they work to calm us down in another way: ever noticed that you can’t sleep after watching TV, looking at a computer screen or mobile phone for hours on end? These activities disrupt sleep because the constant light of the monitors interrupts production of melatonin, the ‘sleeping hormone’ that makes us tired.
In addition, electromagnetic fields from electronic devices produce frequencies of approximately 100-160Hz. Our brainwaves however, produce only 8Hz according to the Schuman resonance frequency. Therefore, the body is exposed to up to 20 times higher frequency patterns than it is generally used to, and the consequences of this can be nervousness, insomnia and lack of concentration. Electromagnetic fields also cause an accumulation of free radicals in the body, known to be a cause of cancer, but Himalayan Salt Lamps can neutralise this effect.
It’s not for nothing that salt is called the “Vitamins of The Air”. While a beach house may not be affordable for all, the Salt Crystal lamp is nature’s next best ioniser, providing multiple health benefits and looking organically chic, too.