Did you know that indoor air can often contain more toxins and chemicals than outdoor air? Everything from mattresses to pots/pans to kids PJs can contain harmful chemicals in indoor air. It’s best to reduce chemical exposure in any way possible, but in today’s chemical laden world, it is practically impossible to completely avoid harmful toxins. For the remaining chemicals in indoor air, there are some natural ways to help reduce your family’s exposure. Since the beginning of recorded history, the beneficial properties of salt have been well known and documented. Early civilizations greatly valued salt, and used it as a trading currency as well as a preservative for food. People travel from all over the world to visit salt mines like the ones found in the Himalayas, Austria, and Germany. In Germany, the hot salt springs are so revered, companies often send overworked employees there to rejuvenate. Why are the salt mines so beneficial? Quite simply... the very dry, negative ion environment of a salt mine is key.
About The Himalayan Salt Shop
The Himalayan Salt Shop was founded in 2005 by Ernest Gaglione in the basement of a two family house in Bloomfield, NJ. Originally, Ernest had to lug his heavy inventory up and down steep basement stairs as he personally shipped each customer`s order. As his company grew through hard work and perseverance, Ernest reached the point where he could afford a small office space in Parsippany, NJ. Ernest continued to expand by employing a fulfillment center to help with the shipping of orders.
What are Salt Lamps?
Salt lamps are simply large pieces of pure Himalayan Salt with a small bulb inside. They can be solid pieces of salt or decorative baskets filled with large crystals of salt. It is important to make sure that the lamp is from a pure Himalayan Crystal source and not a cheap imitation made from rock salt. Himalayan salt lamps are made from pure, food grade, himalayan salt crystals and can even be powdered to use as salt in recipes if needed.
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I have several Himalayan Salt Lamps
in my house and absolutely LOVE them! This 6-8 lb. Himalayan Salt Crystal Lamp is a common first purchase. It is still on the small side, but big enough for sufficient ionization of a small bedroom. It allows you the luxury of significant ionization at a low price. Those who wish to start their ionization process in their bedroom typically look for this lamp. From our experiences, the people who start out this way usually enjoy the lamp and decide to furnish additional rooms in the home.
Salt lamps are natural negative ion generators. At any given time, there are both positive and negative ions in the air. Negative ions occur more often in nature and they are often created by things like lightning storms, sunlight, waterfalls, and ocean waves. This is one of the reasons people often report feeling renewed or refreshed after a storm or at the beach. Positive ions are often created by electronic devices like computers, TVs, microwaves, and even vacuum cleaners and can often exacerbate problems like allergies, stress and sleep trouble. Negative ions can neutralize positive ions (they bond together) and help cleanse the air. The unique combination of salt and a light source in salt lamps are what cause the negative ions. Salt is hygroscopic, meaning that it attracts water to its surface and this water evaporates quickly due to the small amount of heat from the light source (this is also why salt lamps tend to sweat and appear wet in humid climates). The negative ions are generated during the evaporation process. Since things like airborne mold, bacteria, and allergens often carry a positive charge, they can be neutralized by negative ions. Places like waterfalls and beaches where negative ions are naturally produced can have a negative ion concentration of up to 10,000 negative ions per cubic centimeter whereas busy cities can have negative ion levels as low as 100 ions per cubic centimeter. It is possible to buy machines that create negative ions, but I’ve found that salt lamps are a less expensive and very effective alternative.
As far as my lamp goes, I found it has amazing quality. It comes with a lightbulb and you simply have to insert it into the salt rock/lamp and turn it on. I`ve had mine on non-stop since receiving it in, for about a week now, and it has shown no signs of dying. I keep this particular one at my desk next to the computer. While I didn`t necessarily feel an immediate difference, over the past week I noticed less sneezing. Maybe it`s a coincidence? I should mention we have a household full of pets and bedrooms are carpeted - so dust and dandar settle in quite well around here. We vacuum regularly as well, but there just seems to be a bit of a difference since adding the salt lamp to the room. On top of the difference in air quality, I love the appearance of the lamp in the light shade of pink, being pink is my favorite color. It is presented well on the small round wood pedistle and the light from the lamp is a soft glow. So it`s not too much to keep you awake in the night, but it`s enough so even the darkest of rooms dosen`t seem so dark - if that makes sense. Needless to say I am very happy with the salt lamp I received from the Himalayan Salt Shop and would certainly recommend it to anyone who has been considering purchasing one of their own.
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