Science Behind Himalayan Salt Lamps: What They do for Your Body and Brain

Posted On: 10/25/2017 - Viewed: 51492
Standing on a pounding ocean shore, reveling in the rollicking beauty of a waterfall and inhaling the crisp, bristling air after a thunderstorm can make you feel awesome. The scientific explanation that backs up the feel-good vibes that arise from these energizing environments is the same science behind Himalayan salt lamps.

All those positive vibes surge to your body and brain due to the high levels of negative ions in the air. While a Himalayan salt rock lamp may not be able to produce the astounding 100,000 negative ions per millimeter of air that a giant, gushing waterfall can, they can help decrease the positive ion count in your home, vehicle, office or anywhere else you place the lamp.
‘Positive Ion Poisoning’
Positive ions come about when air molecules are broken apart and lose a negative ion by the wear and tear of pollutants, thanks to things like smog, electromagnetic radiation and a forever-running air conditioner that filters and circulates lousy air, making it even lousier.
In a perfect world, our atmosphere is balanced with enough positive and negative ions to keep our body and minds just as balanced. In our modern world rife with pollution, positive ions consistently outweigh the negative, sending our bodies and minds into an, irritated and depressed state.
A report out of North Carolina’s Fayetteville State University points to more than 5,000 research-based scientific documents backed with evidence supporting the concept of positive ions being negative for our health and negative ones bringing copious benefits. That’s where the science behind a Himalayan salt lamp can kick in.
Himalayan Salt Crystal Lamps Myth and Truth
One of the myths flitting about is that Himalayan salt crystal lamps have this astounding ability to shoot out gads and gads of negative ions like some kind of subatomic particle machine. That would be very nice, indeed, but lamps with such capabilities would probably be out of the price range of most mere mortals.
Your Himalayan salt rock lamp does not shoot out negative ions, although it does generate negative ions in the surrounding atmosphere due to the process of evaporation it creates. Science tells us that moisture is attracted to salt, which naturally brings water molecules shimmying over to the surface of the salt lamp. Thanks to the heat of the lamp, the water molecules evaporate rather rapidly, creating negative ions that are then free to float about and do their thing.
Himalayan Crystal Salt Lamp Benefits
Air infused with negative ions produce a pack of positive effects on our health and wellness. These include cleaner breathing, alleviation of asthma, allergies and respiratory ailments due to the germ and pollutant protection, and a significant decrease in stress. Himalayan salt additionally serves as one of the top-ranked natural detox products and the lamps take on that trait by helping to purify the air.
WebMD reports negative ions increase the oxygen flow to our brains, resulting in higher levels of alertness and awareness, a boost in mood and mental energy and a decrease in drowsiness and fatigue. Its effects on depression may be powerful enough for negative ion therapy to be an effective supplement, and perhaps in some cases a potential alternative to traditional treatments for the often crippling condition.
A 1995 study published in JAMA Psychiatry, formerly known as Archives of General Psychiatry, combined negative ion therapy with light therapy to gauge its effects on seasonal depression. Results indicated that both bright light therapy and high-density negative air ionization acted as antidepressants, alleviating depressive symptoms after 20 to 28 days of twice-daily treatments.
While you may still want to visit the ocean, a waterfall or open the window wide to inhale after a stormy rain, you can prompt the same type of effects by plugging in and switching on a salt lamp.

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