The growing popularity of Himalayan pink salt lamps has resulted in increased interest in these natural air purifiers. Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions that we receive every day from people interested in our Himalayan Salt Lamps.
Himalayan salt or rock salt is a halite and is similar to common table salt. It has been found from around dry lake beds and seas ,from salt springs and from underground mines. Salt is typically colorless or white, but may also be colored ranging from shades of blue to purple to pink, red, orange, yellow or gray.
It can be found in many parts of the world but Pakistan is the only country from where real Himalayan pink salt is obtained. The salt is mined from Khewra Salt Mines of province Punjab, Pakistan. The Khewra Salt Mines are second largest salt mines in the world and are located in the foothills of salt range in Jhelum District about 300 kilometers from the Himalayas.
The real salt lamps are made of Himalayan pink salt mined from Khewra, Pakistan. The solid blocks of Himalayan salt are hand -carved into lamps . They have a bulb inside which gives off a dim light and very low heat.
Colors of commonly available salt lamps vary from shades of pinks and oranges, although rare , white crystals of Himalayan rock salt do exist. The color depends on the type and amount of trace minerals, mostly transition metals that are present in it.
It is difficult to tell apart a real salt lamp from a fake one, but a few basics can help. A lamp is not real if the country of origin is other than Pakistan, if you are getting a white crystal in the price of a colored lamp, if the lamp gives a bright glow rather than soft and jagged light, if the lamp is claimed to be unbreakable and tough and above all if the return policy is poor.
For achieving best results place them somewhere where you and your family spend a lot of time, or where there are a lot of electronic appliances.
If you use the appropriately sized lamp regularly there will be positive effects on your health and environment. The air around you will feel light , you should also feel lighter and healthier, energetic and experience an elevated mood and better sleep.
Salts are hygroscopic and can soak up water from the atmosphere. The salt lamps work on the same principle. The bulb inside of the lamp heats the salt crystals. The mild heat of the lamp, evaporate the water and during the evaporation process the advantageous negative ions are formed to combat the positive ions by binding to them. Positive ions are considered to cause problems like hypersensitivity, stress and insomnia. Once these airborne contaminants have been locked in the salt, clean water is re-released and thus it has a purifying effect on the air.
Bacteria, molds and allergens all carry a positive charge and the positive ions are also constantly added to our surroundings by electronic devices like laptops, LCDs, microwaves, and other household gadgets and form “electronic smog”.
The production of negative ions is constant phenomenon where nature keeps on producing negative ions to struggle the pollution in the air. Although nature is producing negative ions but our modern lifestyle is producing a lot more positive ions than can be managed by nature. We need to supplement the negative ion production to help stay healthy, both physically and emotionally. This is very easily done by keeping salt lamps in our homes.
If direct contact of salt lamp with water or exposure to excessive moisture is avoided, it can last for lifetime. Salt lamps do “sweat” in extreme moisture but heat from the bulb evaporate moisture and prevent sweating.
The lamp needs very little care. Dust can be removed if you wipe it with a damp cloth once a month after removing it from electric socket. Switch on the lamp after cleaning to dry it off.
Salt lamp accessories like bulb, cord and dimmer come with the lamp but are easily available from market, if needed.