WHERE DO HIMALAYAN SALT LAMPS ORIGINATE FROM?
The Himalayan Salt products supplied by Melanie’s Holistic Healing, including Himalayan Salt Lamps comes from the oldest and largest of Pakistan’s Salt Mines called ‘The Khewra Salt Mine’ and is the second largest salt mine in the world.
The mine is part of a salt range that originated approximately 800 million years ago and stretches approximately 300 kilometres in length. The Khewra Salt Mine covers an area of around 110km2.
The Khewra Salt Mine is a major tourist attraction, where the public are taken into the mine via a train. Inside there are pools of salty water, a mosque, statues, assembly hall, salt bridge and café. In 2007 a clinical ward with 20 beds was established to treat respiratory diseases including asthma, by creating an underground micro-climate (Speleotherapy) and using Salt Therapy (Halotherapy).
Himalayan Salt Lamps are blocks of salt that are either kept in their natural form (guaranteeing that no two lamps will ever be alike) or carved into a particular shape. They then have a hole carefully fashioned in the bottom and a base attached. They may contain striations, veins and small cracks as part of the salt block they were originally from. These are natural and part of the product. A bulb and cord is then inserted and Voila! You have a beautiful, natural lamp that will create a cosy, beneficial environment for you and your family.
HOW DO SALT LAMPS WORK?
Salt Lamps are naturally hygroscopic, meaning, they absorb moisture from the surrounding air. When these lamps are heated, a chemical reaction occurs, that creates negative ions. Negative ions are molecules that have gained an electrical charge (Anion).
These negative ions are naturally found in copious amounts in sunlight, lightning, waterfalls, the beach and in the mountains to name a few.
When we breathe these in, they enter the bloodstream and scientists have found that they create a biochemical reaction that increases the serotonin levels in our system. This has been known to relieve depression and stress whilst increasing our energy reserves. They also increase the flow of oxygen to the brain which results in better focus and concentration and less fatigue.
The latest scientific research has shown that you can partially recreate these wonderful benefits in your own home by using a negative ion generator. The negative ion generators have been proven to reduce the number of particles in the air, therefore, they reduce allergens, dust, odours, contaminates and germs.
When there is a high concentration of negative ions in the air, they attach themselves to the airborne particles (by being magnetically attracted). This causes the particle to become too heavy to remain airborne and as a result, the particle will descend to be collected by vacuuming etc.
Whilst they don’t completely eradicate these particles, by drastically reducing them, it helps sufferers of a variety of illnesses including but not limited to:-
*Upper & Lower Respiratory Tract Infections
These lamps can also boost your immune system and so therefore can speed up healing.
A natural ion generator is a Himalayan Salt Lamp. Studies have shown that the negative ions produced by the Himalayan Salt Lamp helps to reduce the positive ions (molecules that have lost an electrical charge, cation) that are produced by EMF (Electro-Magnetic Field) Pollution. This can come from electrical appliances and devices.
As an approximation, for every 1kg of Salt Lamp, 10m2 of room is affected. The bigger the salt lamp, the greater the area that will be affected. A number of variables that will affect this outcome are, the amount of EMF devices you have in the room, the number of people, whether it is an open space or closed room and the amount of humidity in the air.
These lamps emit a light to dark orange hue due to their natural colour. The darker the salt, the deeper the colour. If you prefer to use coloured globes, pure white Salt Lamps can be purchased. These lamps bring a tranquil ambiance to any room.
HOW DO I LOOK AFTER A SALT LAMP?
When on, these lamps produce heat and crystallisation will not occur. However, if left off, especially in humid conditions, these lamps will attract moisture. The moisture can pool at the bottom of the lamp, so it is wise to either place your lamp on a dish or some absorbent, non-flammable material. When Crystallisation has occurred, you will find a layer of white salt around the base of your lamp. This can be cleaned by simply wiping over the lamp with a slightly damp cloth (not wringing wet), then wiping over them with a dry cloth or paper towel. If leaving off, another option is to cover the lamp with a plastic bag to prevent moisture on the lamp. Your lamp can be left on as long as you desire, however, as with all electrical appliances, they should never be left unattended.
WHAT GLOBES CAN I USE IN THE SALT LAMPS?
The Eco Globes or Energy savings globes should never be used in Himalayan Salt Lamps. They do not produce enough heat to be of benefit and if the Energy saving globes explode, the toxins they produce are dangerous.
The only globes that should be used in the Himalayan Salt Lamps are incandescent globes. They produce heat and are non-toxic. Depending on the size of your lamp your globes can range from 7w to 40w. Most Himalayan Salt Lamps take 7-15w. It is only the extra-large lamps that need the extra wattage. If in doubt, please check with your supplier.
The incandescent globes are meant to be kept still. If the lamps are constantly moved or exposed to vibration, they will blow. If this is happening regularly, check that the globe is screwed in properly, that the globe is not touching the insides of the lamp, that there is not excessive vibration where it has been placed or that it isn’t attached to a circuit that produces a surge when turned on/off. These globes are more fragile than the energy savers and so, they will be exposed to susceptibilities.
WHERE CAN I PURCHASE ONE?
If you are interested in purchasing a Himalayan Salt Lamp, please contact Melanie’s Holistic Healing. We have a range of High Quality Natural Shaped and Crafted Salt Lamps starting as low as $13.50 (1-2kg). All lamps come with an Australian certified cord and bulb.
The information contained within this blog is for information purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Melanie’s Holistic Healing does not accept any liability for any injury, loss or damage incurred by use of information or products. Melanie’s Holistic Healing makes every effort to provide the most accurate and up to date information about products and services offered.