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Benefits Of A Himalayan Salt Lamp

Hey Farmers..... Ever wanted to ask? What on Earth is a Himalayan Salt Lamp? Himalayan sea salt is believed to be composed of dried remnants of the original, primal sea - dating back to planet earth's creation. There are heaps of benefits of Himalayan and Celtic sea salt but what if I told you there are actually lamps made from Himalayan Salt that have health benefits too?

Its true! They're called salt lamps or salt rock lamps, and yes, they're actually made form pink Himalayan salt and are able to light your surroundings - but they're really not bought for their moderate lighting abilities... there re major

claims that a Himalayan salt lamp does much more then provide you with a pretty glow. Himalayan salt lamp benefits supposedly include:

* decreasing air pollution

* reduction in allergies

* releasing negative ions in to your room and atmosphere

* reduction in asthma

* elimination of electrosmog (cause by electronic devices in the home or office)

But are there really health benefits to these lamps or are they just a glowing, earthy addition to your home AND how can you tell if your salt lamp is legit.... Im glad you asked!

Real Himalayan salt lamps are actually solid blocks of Himalayan salt that have been hand-carved. Deep underground mines in Khewra, Pakistan (located on the western edge of the Himalayan Mountains, are the only source of true Himalayan pink salt. The color of the lamps range from a light pink through to a pinkish orange with the hue a result of the mineral concentration.

Within the hollowed-out centre of this block of salt is a light bulb that emits both light and heat. A salt lamp is not a lamp at all if it doesn't have the light and heat source within it. Without that, its just a hunk of salt.

Salt is hygroscopic, which means it attracts water molecules to itself. Being a big hunk of salt, its believed to work by attracting the water molecules. This water vapour can also carry indoor air pollutants like mould, bacteria and allergens. Once the water vapour comes in contact with the salt lamp, the pollutants are believed to remain trapped in the salt. Since the lamp is heated, the salt dries out and is able to continue to cycle of attracting water vapour and pollutants, releasing the water vapour back into the air but holding on to the hazardous pollutants.

Just looking at the glow of a Himalayan salt lamp can be calming, which is therapeutic in itself, but what about other health claims? To date there aren't any scientific studies focusing specifically on Himalayan salt lamp benefits. However, there are good reasons to believe that a REAL Himalayan salt lamp may provide some health benefits given the other salt research out there as well as many encouraging user testimonies.

According to the Lung Institute, salt (in general) has the following health properties:

* anti bacterial

* anti inflammatory

* loosens excessive mucus and speeds up mucociliary transport

* removes pathogens - airborne pollens

* reduced immune system over sensitivity

Lets take a more detailed look at the benefits:

1 Air Purification - Out of all the possible health benefits, air purification is often the quintessential goal for most buyers! People love putting plants in their homes or offices for this very reason. There is no doubt that cleaner air in your home is better for your health!

2 Reduction in Electromagnetic Radiation and Airborne Infections - So many gadgets these days release electromagnetic radiation in the form of unhealthy positive ions - mobiles, iPads, computers, televisions, Xbox's ..... this 'electrosmog' may be invisible but its believed to cause some serious long term effects. Constant exposure to this smog radiation is known primarily to cause fatigue, increased stress and also weakens the immune system!

3 Eases Asthma and Allergy Symptoms - Himalayan salt is now used in some asthmas inhalers to help bring relief to allergy sufferers. Salt therapy is also used to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This is a debilitating and degenerative lung disease which restricts the airflow in and out of the lungs. Some people have found salt therapy to be of enormous benefit for this disease resulting in easier breathing!

4 Mood Booster and Sleep Promoter - Who doesn't need more of this! According to color therapy as well as general human enjoyment, the warm pink/orange glow of the salt lamp is a calming and happy presence in the room. Additionally, as the lamp gives off negative ions - similar to a waterfall, just in smaller amounts, they

can help reduce anxiety and also encourage a relaxing atmosphere for sleep and relaxation. many people like to keep salt lamps in their bedroom for this reason!

So how do you tell if your salt lamp is a fake? If you're in the market for a lamp, you want to do your homework first. There are several ways to tell if you have a salt lamp that's legit. Unfortunately some of these characteristics will only be known to you if you read reviews very carefully or if you test them out when you get home.... so keep your receipt!

The top signs that you've bought a lemon are:

* real Himalayan salt lamps are made or salt... duh! so its not surprising that they're fragile objects... a good seller knows this and has return policies that are flexible since there could be some damage in transit. If a salt lamp is market NO RETURNS then it should be a sign that it might not be real.

* Once you get it home, salt lamps are, like I said above.. Fragile! Once you own one, you definitely need to be careful not to drop it or bang it on something, cause the salt crystal can be damaged really easily. If you're salt lamp is NOT damaged by a bump, it could be a fake!

* If you're looking for a bright light in your lamp, it probably isn't the way to go. Due to its high content of numerous minerals, a Himalayan salt lamp gives off light in an irregular and muffled manner. A true salt lamp does not give off enough light to completely illuminate a room. So if yours does... its probably a fake!

* If there's no mention of Pakistan on the label or on advertising material as its source or country of origin, you've probably got a fake. Look under the lamp on the base or assembly piece.

When it comes to buying a Himalayan pink salt lamp, take into consideration the size of the room in which you wish to use it. The coverage of a salt lamp is determined by the size of the salt crystal. For the average sized bedroom, a smaller lamp is usually adequate, but if you're looking for a larger area like a living room, youll need one kilo of salt rock for 2.6 square metre of room.

If you live in Queensland like us, be aware that with prolonged exposure to high humidity, its a good idea to keep them away from this.

Being a hygroscopic organism it will absorb the moisture in the air and your salt lamp may start to melt! You should keep your lamp away from sources of moisture like, showers, dishwashers, washing machines etc. It can also be dangerous if the salt begins leaking on the lamp holder. Avoid this by buying one that has a safety standard on the label. Like anything that involves heat and light, always practice proper fire safety including keeping it in a place where a kiddie cant pull it down or knock it over... common sense rules the day!

So there you go.... if you're looking to make a Himalayan salt lamp the newest addition to your home or office, just make sure you get the real deal. If you buy a true Himalayan Salt Lamp and use it regularly, you may just notice easier breathing, calmer moods and better sleep.

Let us know if you have one, see any benefits or if you're heading out to buy one, if you feel the difference!

Until next week.... Happy Farming!