Hello Readers,

For today’s Wholesome Wednesday I want to talk about a specific type of air purifier and why they should be in your home. According to many researchers, the air inside your home can be 10 times more polluted than the air outside! Reason being is that your home contains many toxins, such as; benzene and formaldehyde that come from your furniture, paints, rugs, carpet, and more.

“Sooner or later, we will have to recognise that the Earth has rights, too, to live without pollution. What mankind must know is that human beings cannot live without Mother Earth, but the planet can live without humans.”

-Evo Morales

Having a surplus of chemicals in an environment that you’re living in is obviously not healthy and can lead to headaches, fatigue, allergies and wheezing, stress and even depression. These chemicals are also accompanied by even more bad guys; EMFs. EMFs are electromagnetic frequencies that are emitted from our electronics and even appliances, such as your dryer and microwave. Continuous research is showing that high levels of EMFs in our home contribute to many diseases. They have also been associated with our moods; such as making us feel cranky, depressed while also draining you of your energy levels leaving you to feel tired.

Himalayan Salt Lamp as an Air Purifier

 Yes you read that right. These lamps are so cool, not only do they set an ambiance in the room with their luminous beauty, but they are also purifying the air as you breathe. So is it real salt??? Yes, I do have to be honest and tell you…I licked it! It most definitely is salt! I have done tons of research on these and bought one about two months ago… let me just tell you that it has already improved my mood and I have noted that my sinuses have improved {although, I have restarted drinking my bee pollen smoothies again}! Living on the first floor of an apartment, we don’t get very much privacy. So Shane and I will close our blinds during the late afternoon-evenings, leaving us to be in the dark with a few candles or in the overbearing room lights. This lamp adds a warming feeling, similar to my candles, but on a bigger scale reducing the need for the room lights. The orange/red light relaxes me and gives me an inner calm. This light is also known to offer great light therapy and won’t disrupt sleep hormones like the lamps using fluorescent or blue lights, making these the perfect night lights for children or in bathrooms.

Ok so lets break this whole thing down…

Salt Lamp History

Himalayan Salt Lamps are made from salt crystals that are around 250 million years old!! Most of the mines are in Pakistan near the Himalayans. Being that these are a natural formation of rock salt they come in different shades of reds, pinks, peach, orange and even whites. I bought a natural shaped lamp, but they also come in smooth shapes like; spheres, pyramids, blocks and even bowls, etc. You can even get one that plugs into your computer’s USB port, which is great to take to work or school to help reduce the EMFs, extra air pollution and even the radiation from the computer itself…spoiler alert: Shane is getting this for Christmas or Birthday {Nov 23}.

How do Himalayan Salt Lamps Work

These crystal Salt lamps only work when they are turned on. Being that Salt is hygroscopic it absorbs moisture. Once the lamp is heated all the way through {don’t worry it’s only warm to the touch} it causes the moisture to evaporate on the surface of the salt which produces negative ions. These negative ions attach themselves to positive ions such as impurities. Don’t get caught up in thinking that negative is bad and positive is good. In this situation impurities carry a positive charge. Impurities such as;

  • Allergens
  • Dust
  • Fungus
  • Mold
  • Odors
  • Pet Dander
  • Pollen
  • Pollutants
  • Smoke
  • Toxins

Being that these are positive, they are able to float in the air. The negative ions basically neutralize and weigh them down. This allows you to breathe cleaner air and improves your respiratory health.

Try this: After you buy your lamp, see how long it takes to notice no more floating dust in the sunlight through your windows.

With all this air cleaning, people with asthma often notice a reduction in their symptoms. It is best to leave your lamp on at all times {unless going on a vacation or trip}. But What about the EMFs? Salt lamps reduce the effect of positive ions from our electronic devices, while the color of the lamp supports the rejuvenating and healing influence around it.

Another great thing about these lamps is, other than replacing the bulbs, they last basically forever! Here is a great article to help answer any other questions you may have.

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Question of the Day

Would/Do you purify your home with natural air purifiers?

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I want to thank you for reading today’s post and educating yourself on holistic health. Not only are you helping the planet but you are helping yourself and those around you truly heal. Living a healthy lifestyle takes some work but I promise you it’s 100% worth it!! I also want to mention that I am not a doctor and all the information given to you today is for information purposes only, please continue to educate yourself from other sources. Please read my disclaimer for more information. Be sure to share this post with your friends and family, like us on our social media platforms and subscribe to our newsletter for more topics on holistic living!

Ashleigh is a stay at home mom who enjoys blogging about balancing the mind through meditation and conscious parenting, the body through plant based eating and yoga, and the soul through up cycling and sustainability. Keep your life balanced & subscribe to her weekly emails, like OmLivin’ on FB or check her out on Google+ for more.

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