I’ve always been attracted to the look and glow and feel of these soft, pinkish lamps. Just seeing one lit up, brings a kind of calm and a happiness that I can’t even explain…. It’s just a kind of acceptance of a warm, joyous feeling that goes throughout my entire body. No science to back it, that I am aware of except that undeniable feeling.
Now, don’t get me wrong. Himalayan Salt Lamps aren’t just about the warm and fuzzy feel.. There is in fact science around how the lamps work to purify the air. Here then is some information for you: Common household dust is made of minute particles of dead skin cells, animal dander and fur, decomposing insects, food debris, fibers from clothes, bedding and other fabrics, tracked-in dirt, soot, particulate matter from smoking and cooking, and, disturbingly, lead, arsenic and even DDT.
The majority of dust, around 60% comes from outside, which is where those super scary dust particulates come in. Generally, dust is neutral in its charge except that we live in an electronic age and appliances like televisions, laptops and computers, electronic readers, microwaves, toasters etc give off positively charged ions. LOTS of positively charged ions. Think of it as a positively charged dust storm. These ions charge the neutral dust ions and can affect your lungs and respiratory tract because positive ions can be absorbed directly into your bloodstream. An environment with an excess of positively charged ions can affect your mood causing irritability, tension and anxiety. There are studies investigating the correlation between positively charged ions with asthma and depression. When warmed, the Himalayan salt lamps attract moisture from the air and this moisture releases negative ions which attract the positive ions and render them neutral once again. The dust particles just drop to the floor and your air is clean and clear.
It’s always a good idea to have a Himalayan Salt Lamp sitting next to your television or computer to help combat the electric smog affect. Of course, you would never place atop anything that could be damaged from the moisture of the lamp.
To put it in less scientific terms, think of a dust storm or electric storm… or think about walking past one of those electromagnetic generators and how “weird” you feel. That’s due to positive ions. Now think about walking in a forest or on a beach or near a waterfall. That serene feeling is in large part due to those wonderful negative ions. How do you know what size to get? Generally, a child’s room would have less electromagnetic pollution and is usually smaller than the average bedroom, so the medium or 2 kg lamp would be awesome. If the house is particularly dusty or you have a lot of pets etc, you might want a larger one or possibly even two. The large lamp is about 3.2 kg and would be best in a higher traffic area like the family room. The extra-large is 6.8 kg and would work best where you have the highest traffic of pollutants.
This one is a no-brainer for me. Clean air equals healthy air and hey, I personally choose to be healthy… naturally. How about you?