Himalayan salt lamps are made from salt crystal rocks, formed over hundreds of millions of years and mined over 800 feet under the foothills of the Himalayas..
This rare crystal comes in a range of colours from off-white to apricot and warm pink. As the lamp warms up, healthy negative ions lift off from the surface to help cleanse and improve the quality and freshness of the air you breathe. Many of us live and work in surroundings dominated by computers, televisions, copy machines, printers, microwave ovens, air conditioners and heaters to name a few.
These "conveniences" emit excessive amounts of positive ions into the air. This can result in mental and physical exhaustion and effect our health. The most dangerous levels of positive ions occur in polluted cities. Exhaust fumes from vehicles, cigarette smoke, dust and electromagnetic pollution combine to create a potent mixture of positive ions and ozone that gradually destroys our lungs and ruins our health. Negative ions are odourless, tasteless and invisible molecules that we inhale in abundance in certain environments such as mountains, waterfalls and beaches.
Once they reach our bloodstream, negative ions are believed to produce biochemical reactions that increase levels of the mood chemical serotonin, helping to alleviate depression, relieve stress and boost our energy. Ionised air also substantially reduces the numbers of airborne bacteria indoors. It has been found that an astonishingly small quantity of negative ions could kill bacteria and quickly take them out of the air so they are less likely to infect people. Salt crystal lamps are a beautiful alternative to man-made ionisers, without any noise and with no harmful side effects.
Some Europeans have long been aware of the health benefits of salt for generations, and people suffering from chronic problems go to clinics located in salt mines for treatment. It's called speleotherapy. This very dry, negative ion-rich environment of the salt mines help to clear out patients bronchial tubes and sinuses, and to kill bacteria and other microbes. There are many proven healing properties found within Himalayan salt, this salt differs from the “normal” table salt as the table salt we all consume has been stripped of nutrients that are naturally found within salt leaving sodium and chloride which as we all know leads to fluid retention, high blood pressure and heart problems.
Himalayan salt contains such powerful healing properties that an underground hospital has been carved out of the salt mountains in Wieliczka, Poland for asthmatics and patients with allergies and lung disorders. Out of the several thousand patients who have been treated there, their success rate is over 90%! Below is a list of some of the benefits Himalayan salt has: