Tuesday, January 19

Mineralogy 101 // Himalayan Salt Lamps

Sure, you've seen Himalayan Salt Lamps emitting their lovely pink glow in your yoga studio and local health food store. But they go way beyond a new-age tchotchke you're apt to find in your eccentric hippie Aunt's house. These salt crystals have been proven to provide a ton of benefits to your health and happiness. In our second installment of Mineralogy 101, we're talking about how salt can naturally purify the air in your home, give you more energy, and help you sleep better!

First, here's a little science lesson. Positive and negative ions are always floating around in the air. Negative ions occur more often in nature. They are created by things like lightening storms, sunlight, and ocean waves. This is one of the reasons people feel renewed and refreshed after a storm or a trip to the beach. It's believed that heated salt crystals emit negative ions, or positive energy waves, into the air.

Things like airborne mold, bacteria, and dander carry a positive charge. Positive ions can also be created by electronic devices like computers, TVs, microwaves, and cell phones. These ions exacerbate problems like allergies, stress, and insomnia. Negative ions bond to positive ions and neutralize them. Zap! The air is cleansed of those negative energy waves. But what does that mean for you?

Sleep Better
We all know that reading on a screen before bedtime is a no-no. Over-exposure to positive ions can rob you of quality sleep. This happens because those positively-charged particles actually reduce blood and oxygen supply to your brain. A salt lamp night light in the bedroom will not only calm you, but improve the air quality so you get a better night’s sleep!

More Energy
The negative charge from a salt lamp combats positive ions that drain our bodies of energy. Meaning, keeping a salt lamp glowing will naturally give you a boost!

Reduce Allergy + Asthma Symptoms
Salt lamps remove microscopic particles of dust, pet dander, mold, mildew and the like from the air through a process called hygroscopy. Not only will a lamp seriously cut back on allergy symptoms, but asthma sufferers have reported breathing easier after a week or two.

Battle the S.A.D.
Negative ions improve mood and energy levels. That's something we can all use in the dead of Winter. Salt lamps give off a soft natural light that mimics the warm glow of sunshine, and that can ease your case of seasonal affective disorder!

Feeling the need for some negative ions in your life? Shop our favorite lamp here!


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    1. Hi Kiana,

      The side table was actually a gift from my super handy and crafty parents who made it themselves! They sourced a piece of raw edge wood and added hairpin legs. It's one of my favorite pieces of furniture in my home!

      Xx. Lauren