"Good News" Magazine July '17 GN issue to publish online - Page 54

HIMALAYAN SALT LAMPS So what is all this excitement about Himalayan Salt Lamps lately? As with any popular health trend, it's important to educate yourself about what is hype and what is real regarding any popular new item that hits the market. These beautiful lamps have gained much popularity recently, and are said to provide many health benefits, as they have the ability to chemically and physically transform a room. The benefits of Himalayan salt lamps stem from two key factors: they are hygroscopic (water-attracting), and they produce negative ions. A Himalayan Salt Lamp is simply a decorative lamp consisting of a block of pure Himalayan sea salt crystals with a small bulb inside. Not only does the bulb give off with a nice warm glow when lit, it also causes the lamp to emit negative ions, long considered to be beneficial for indoor air quality. The gentle heat of the lamp causes the water it attracts to quickly evaporate, creating the beneficial negative ions, which bind with harmful positive ions, responsible for bacteria, molds, and allergens. Positive ions are known to cause sleep problems, increase stress, and exacerbate allergies, so when they are neutralized by the salt lamp’s negative ions, these harmful effects are thought to be also neutralized. Another benefit is the negative ions that salt lamps generate can help counteract the positive ions pro- duced by televisions, computers, microwaves, and other electronic devices in your home, known as electronic smog. People who use Himalayan salt lamps say that they help reduce asthma, coughing, and allergy symptoms, relieve headaches and migraines, boost energy, concentration, and mood, promote better sleep, lessen stress, ease Sea- sonal Affective Disorder, and reduce static electricity in the air. Moreover, salt lamps offer a pure source of light and a soothing glow that is calming and relaxing. When shopping for a Himalayan Salt Lamp for your home, look for these features to ensure the best quality: • Darker colored lamps usually indicate higher quality. Lamps should specify that they are 100% Himalayan salt, as cheap imitations may use lower quality salt. • Choose a good sized lamp. The bigger the lamp, the bigger the effect. Lamps can weigh anywhere from 5-6 to 50 pounds. A good general rule of thumb is that 1 pound of salt will filter approximately a 4×4 area of a room. • The surface area of a salt lamp determines the potential of its hygroscopic properties. Rougher lamps have a higher surface area than smooth lamps, and are said to be more effective at improving air quality. • Be sure to use a heat-producing bulb, as it's necessary for salt and heat to produce the hygroscopic benefits. LED bulbs will not work with salt lamps. Make sure