Himalayan Salt Lamp Information
Salt crystal is known as one of the most efficient emitters of negative ions which have many benefits; studies by Columbia University suggest that negative ions can help relieve depression as well as antidepressants. (Source: WebMD)
Pierce J. Howard, PhD, author of The Owners Manual for the Brain: Everyday Applications from Mind Brain Research and director of research at the Center for Applied Cognitive Sciences in Charlotte, N.C. said “Generally speaking, negative ions increase the flow of oxygen to the brain; resulting in higher alertness, decreased drowsiness, and more mental energy,” (Source: WebMD)
Salt lamps add smooth, tranquil lighting to any room of the home or office, creating an earthy, relaxing atmosphere where ever they are placed. Utilizing the natural beauty of Himalayan Salt for home decor and lighting, these lamps emit an enchanting glow in varying shades of peach/pink, oranges and dark reds. Salt lamps continue to gain in popularity around the world, having attracted the attention of interior decorators, as well as individuals seeking a more natural look and feel to their living space decor.
In addition to their natural beauty and captivating lighting, Salt Lamps also help to purify the air for healthier, easier breathing, through the scientifically proven effects of the negative ions they emit when heated. In addition to this air cleansing ability, scientific studies have shown that negative ions may reduce depression, and may also possess other natural health benefits.
Salt has been used for centuries, by many different cultures, to clear sinus cavities of bacteria and microbes along with clearing bronchial tubes of congestion for relief of common respiratory problems. Individuals in these ancient cultures noticed relief of chronic respiratory symptoms while visiting salt caves and thus used them frequently as a remedy for common respiratory ailments. To this day, sufferers of asthma, allergies pneumonia, hay fever, bronchitis, sinusitis and cystic fibrosis find this salt treatment effective in treating their symptoms, visiting modern Salt Caves around the world to gain the benefits this effective treatment.
Modern Salt caves are constructed from several tons of Himalayan Salt blocks, the exact amount depending on the size of the cave, which are usually heated by lighting placed within the walls. The heating of the salt causes the air in the cave to be infused with a dry aerosol of tiny pharmaceutical grade salt particles. Salt Cave treatment is widely used in Eastern Europe and Russia and has been a well known natural therapy for at least 200 years. In these parts of the world, people with chronic breathing disorders often spend two to three hours per day in salt cave grottos. In 1995, the Russian government approved salt caves for medical use. Irelands’ first salt cave opened near Dublin in 2009. Himalayan Salt Caves are also springing up all over the US, from The Salt Cave MPLS in Minnisota, The Salt Spa in Lakewood, Co.
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This simple, drug free therapy is made possible by the controlled micro-climate created by the salt used to construct the salt caves or rooms. There are no side effects related to this therapy method, making it a safe treatment for adults as well as children. In fact, in recent years salt caves have become a popular natural therapy for children experiencing respiratory issues such as asthma or allergies. It is known scientifically as Halotherapy, the term used to describe salt therapy in an artificial or simulated salt cave. (Splenotherapy is the scientific term for salt therapy experienced in a natural salt cave.)
Clinical studies have now shown that breathing Himalayan Salt air can help to stimulate the respiratory system’s natural ability to reduce inflammation, clear blockages, fight infection and reduce discomfort. *Some of the conditions that have been shown to respond to salt cave therapy include:
- Circulatory issues
- Chronic Ear Infections
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Post-operative recovery
- Skin conditions such as Psoriasis & Eczema
- Smokers Cough
- Weakened immune system
- Various Sleep Disorders
Fortunately, for those who are unable to visit a salt cave, these same Himalayan Salt crystals have been fashioned into lamps and candle holders for use by individuals in their homes, allowing you to experience similar effects of visiting a salt cave right in the comfort of your own home!
Heated by either a bulb or a candle, these unique lighting elements are used for their air ionizing effects, much like those created in a salt cave. These authentic salt crystals, collected from the deepest & highest mines on earth, located under the foothills of the Himalayan Mountain range, have remained untouched by environmental pollutants for over 250 million years. The most pollutant free form of salt crystals in the world, Himalayan Salts are hand picked from salt deposits & crafted into the Salt Therapy caves mentioned above, as well as our quality Himalayan Salt Lamps and Candle Holders.
Salt crystal lamps are used in Alternative Medicine because of their ability to improve health through the production and release of negative ions into the air. These negative ions are produced when a salt crystal is heated by a bulb or flame, and help to cleanse the air of harmful particles which may provide complementary treatment for many illnesses,
The cleaner air produced by a Himalayan Salt Lamp is reputed to cause the symptoms of ailments brought on by unhealthy air and environment, such as respiratory problems, sinusitis, and migraines, to subside with no ill side effects.
Placing Himalayan Salt Crystal Lamps in bedrooms may provide a more peaceful sleep, aided by fresher, cleaner air & a warm, tranquil glow. Salt Lamps may also increase productivity in the workplace, home office or study area by reducing the amount of electromagnetic pollution emitted by electronic home & office equipment, so you may experience increased concentration & reduced fatigue. Allergy & Asthma sufferers report quick relief of symptoms & easier breathing with the use of salt lamps.
HOW SALT LAMPS WORK
As Salt Lamps or Candle Holders are warmed by the bulb or candle inside, they release negative ions into the air. Negative ions cause harmful particles in the air to clump together and become heavy, then fall to the ground cleansing the air of these irritating particles. This process is Scientifically Proven to help purify the air by reducing pollen, mold spores, electromagnetic pollutants & naturally dilute odors!
You may have experienced an enhanced sense of well being along with clearer, more open respiratory airways after breathing fresh mountain air, or on a beach after a thunderstorm, this is due to higher concentration of negative ions in these areas. Similar effects are experienced when in the presence of a Himalayan Salt Lamp!<
These effects are reputed to:
- Help relieve symptoms of Asthma, Sinusitis and common allergies.
- Provide Migraine headache relief.
- Enhance serotonin levels in the blood,
- Reduce irritability and depression (See information about Columbia University studies below in the section entitled “Himalayan Salt in the News”.)
- Beneficial results of a Himalayan Salt lamp are also noted in the treatment of attention-deficit disorder (ADD), anxiety and other mind maladies.
Please Note: As with any treatment, individual results may vary.
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*Note: Independent scientists and leading industry researchers have studied the curative and ionic powers of salt. We do not actively accept nor refute any of these findings. The information we provide is strictly intended to educate and inform our readers, empowering them to form their own independent assessments and arrive at their own conclusions. We believe in the aesthetic beauty of the salt products and we assert that any further benefits gained by our customers are an added benefit.
What are “negative ions”?
Negative ions are oxygen atoms with an extra electron. Ions are charged particles that are formed by nature when enough energy acts upon a molecule. An electron is ejected leaving a positively charged ion. The displaced electron attaches itself to a nearby molecule, which then becomes a negatively charged ion. In fresh country air it is common to find up to 4000 negative ions per cubic centimeter. By contrast, it is common to find that the number of negative ions in major cities at rush hour is less than 100.
What are the effects of negative ions?
They cause harmful microscopic -particles (particulates) in the air to clump together then weigh them down to the floor. Particulates include all forms of air pollution (smoke, chemical odors, carbon monoxide, bacteria, viruses, mold, etc.) Negative ions in the environment create a powerful antidote for many environmentally induced health problems such as allergies, respiratory ailments, headaches, and infections.
What size should an Ionic Salt Crystal Lamp be to give the best results?
A rough rule of thumb is 1 pound for every 10 square feet. See the guidlines below for more information. For optimal results in large rooms, several lamps should be strategically placed throughout the room.
We carry several styles & sizes of Quality Salt Lamps including Natural Himalayan Crystal Lamps, shown to the left, all with wood bases & UL Recognized cords!
When deciding what size of lamp to purchase, a good rule of thumb is 1 lb per every 10 square feet you want to cover. The following guidelines are recommend:
Room Size Lamp Size
Cubicle/office 4-6 lbs.
10’ x 10’ 7-10 lbs.
10′ x 15′ 11-14 lbs.
12′ x 12′ 15- 20 lbs
14′ x 14′ 21-25 lbs
Himalayan Salt Lamp Bulb Replacement Instructions
(Also instructions for inserting the bulb and cord when your lamp arrives- diagrams 7-10)
- Carefully Lay the salt lamp on it’s side.
- Gently press down and push back the clip.
- Pull bulb assembly gently out.
- Simply squeeze the spring loaded clamp.
- Remove the bulb assembly.
- Fix the bulb into assembly.
- Gently insert the bulb assembly into salt lamp.
- Place the bulb assembly into desire location/position.
- Pull the clip forward and fix into the screw.
- Place the salt lamp in natural position.
- *See illistration below
What kind of bulbs should be used?
A small night light or chandelier bulb works well in smaller lamps, large chandelier bulbs work best in larger lamps. (Depending on the look you want, higher wattage bulbs up to 25 watts may be used in smaller lamps. This will however produce a brighter affect.)
Watts should be used as follows:
- 15 watts for small and medium lamps (between 3-11 lb)
- 15-25 watts for a medium to large lamps (between 7-25 lb)
- 40 watts for a large to x-large lamps (between 25-50 lb)
- 40-45 watts for x-large lamps over 55 lbs
How do I clean my lamp?
Wipe the lamp with a slightly damp towel or sponge to remove dust. Dry the lamp with a paper towel or turn on the lamp for a while.
What precautions are necessary in moist/humid climates?
Himalayan Salt Crystal has hydroscopic properties, meaning the crystal absorbs moisture from the air. As a result you should not store or use Himalayan Salt Crystal Products in excessively moist rooms such as bathrooms with showers, or outdoors. If the Himalayan Salt Crystal gets wet, use as normal allowing the heat to dry it out. If you live in an exceptionally humid area, be sure to use your product continuously or for longer periods daily to help keep it as dry as possible.This will reduce the amount of moisture absorbed by the salt crystal thereby reducing erosion to the salt crystal for optimal longevity.
How long should the lamp be used daily?
The Ionic Salt Crystal Lamp is only effective as an air purifier when it is warm, therefore salt lamps should be kept on continuously for optimal air cleansing effectiveness. Use at your discretion. If you plan not to use the lamp for long periods of time, as in several weeks or more,cover the lamp with a plastic bag to protect it from moisture.
Size, Color, and Shape
No two salt lamps or natural salt products will ever be alike. The salt crystals used to make the lamps contain natural veins, cracks and striations with colors ranging from light peach/pink to orange and dark red. Weight and size will vary within product styles and we only give approximations based on averages. Due to these variances, we cannot guarantee shape, size or color but do we do guarantee our entire salt lamp and salt product collection will be one of a kind.
Himalayan Salt In the News:
➤ The New England Journal of Medicine has stated that various forms of salt therapy treatment are effective as an additional therapy for cystic fibrosis patients.
➤ ABC7 News Report – The Tranquility Salon & Wellness Center in Carlisle, PA
Halo-generators are used to simulate the salted atmosphere of salt mines. These highly developed machines crush rock salt into dry micrometer sized particles, ionize the particles, and release them into the air. Salt particles of sizes 0.1-2.5 micrometers are able to escape the natural defenses of the upper airways and travel deep into the lung to the level of the alveoli. Typically used in a small room with floors and walls lined with rock salt.
Salt lamps are another method of ionizing rock salt. A large crystal of natural salt is hollowed out and heated with a tea light or light bulb. The crystals give off an attractive glow in various colors of pink, orange, red or purple according to the minerals present.
Dry saline generators are certified as medical devices in European countries, and are in use throughout Europe. Their use is increasing in North America with the escalating public interest in health.
Breathing an aerosol of hyper-tonic salt water (3-7% NaCl) has been found effective as a treatment for the heavy build up of mucus typical of cystic fibrosis. The benefits of this were first noticed by sufferers who regularly surfed in Australia and so were exposed to the natural aerosol of the salt spray.
The use of saline solution delivered by a nebulizer to treat bronchitis in children has also been systematically reviewed. The conclusion was that, “Current evidence suggests nebulized 3% saline may significantly reduce the length of hospital stay and improve the clinical severity score in infants with acute viral bronchitis.”