by Isabella Samovsky
Negative ions are considered the ‘vitamins of the air’
Negative ions are odorless, tasteless, and invisible molecules that we inhale in abundance in certain environments.
We are today surrounded by artificial electric devices such as computers, televisions, microwaves, radars, x-rays, to name a few, that are sources of energy-draining positive ions. We work every day under bright white light bulbs, sometimes without fresh air or natural light in our environment. We are getting used to feeling tired after a day’s work, sometimes not realizing that it might be due to the environment’s energy and air quality.
Negative ions balance this energy, making us feel rejuvenated and energized. Generally speaking, negative ions increase the flow of oxygen to the brain; resulting in higher alertness, decreased drowsiness, and more mental energy,” says Pierce J. Howard, PhD, author of The Owner’s Manual for the Brain: Everyday Applications from Mind Brain Research and director of research at the Center for Applied Cognitive Sciences in Charlotte, N.C.
Perhaps you have noticed that your feeling of well-being is intensified in pure mountain air, or at the seashore, near a waterfall or after a thunderstorm?
This is due to the higher concentration of negative ions in these surroundings. Plentiful Negative Ions cause air particles to achieve electrical or ionic balance.
Excessive negative ions are essential for high energy and positive mood. Bioenergetics vibrations improve the energy level and strengthen one’s nervous system, harmonize the function of sexual glands, and even help to promote sexual energy.
For generations Europeans have been well aware of the health benefits of negative ions and for treatment of chronic congestion problems. They sign up for a month stay in Salt Mines. This treatment is called Speleotherapy. The very dry, negative ion-rich environment of these salt mines helps to clear out the patients’ bronchial tubes and sinuses, and to kill bacteria and other microbes.
There are several salt mines around the world and some of them are in the Himalayan mountain range. The salt coming from these mines is one of the purest remaining on earth. It still contains all natural minerals that are taken away through the refining process to produce our common table salt. Crystal salt not only contains sodium chloride, but also around 84 elements, the same found in human blood, making it compatible and replenishing to our bodies. This salt can be used as table salt, bath salts, and as a natural ionizer in the form of lamps and tea light holders.
Big pieces of the crystal salt are carved out from the mine, and then shaped in different forms and sold all over the world. When warmed up by fire or a light bulb, they emit negative ions, which have an energizing effect, such as the one we feel when we are on a mountaintop, by the seaside, or after a thunderstorm. They can be a great contrast to our daily exposure to positive ions. Salt crystal lamps also help people suffering with Asthma, Respiratory issues and Chronic Bronchitis.
Using the crystal salt for bathing has relaxing effects, as well as skin treatment properties. It is helpful for sore muscles and injuries, improves skin quality and as an overall beneficial effect. Bathing in crystal salts, granules, or in rocks, is like soaking in an un-polluted sea, and is a very primitive, affordable and effective remedy for fatigue and stress as well as a wonderful and natural way of pampering yourself!
Attributes and Uses of Natural Salt Lamps
Apart from their health-related qualities, crystal salt lamps have a wonderful visual effect. The crystals have different colors depending on the mineral concentration. Colors range from light pink, orange and yellow, to more intense tones of oranges and reds. Their light is unique and soothing, and has a meditative quality. The tea light holders glow with the fire of a tea light or votive.
They can be used in an office, in a bedroom, as a nightlight, they are great for children’s bedrooms. Natural practitioners use them in their facilities, massage therapists love them, Feng Shui practitioners recommend them to focus energy and cleanse the space, gift stores find them unique and spas and health clubs use them and sell them.
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