Health and Wellbeing
By Bex Tereu
.So. Himalyan Salt Lamps.
Everyone know what I’m talking about? Those pretty things in the shop windows that vaguely remind you of hippies and ancient rituals. Or is that just me? I have been reading Clan of the Cave Bear lately (totally unrelated).
It was the glowing light that attracted me at first. The little girl in me was wooed by the mellow glow, and like a moth to a flame I stood there transfixed. Come on, who else does this?
The lady in the shop took her cue and began her sales pitch to the sucker who got caught with the dreamy look on her face, and as it turns out these lamps are not just about being friggin cool. Not believing a word she said, I went home to do my own research. I had recently been diagnosed with cancer (just the week before actually) so was already looking at different things that could assist that journey. Getting sick like that can really force you out of your judgemental bubble (sorry hippies, or anything that resembles hippie-dom).
There’s a whole lot of science behind the effects of having a Himalayan salt lamp in your world, and because I don’t want to risk boring you to death, I’m not even going to get into the science. If you want to know more, click here.
The fact is there is science that backs the claims. It’s not just a pretty good idea. Yes the right light can create ambience and a relaxing environment, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Salt lamps have been proven to clean and deodorise the air, reduce allergy and asthma symptoms, ease coughing and increase energy levels, gives you a better sleep and reduces electromagnetic radiation.
We don’t often think about electromagnetic radiation (who even knows about this stuff right?), but let’s just say in today’s technological world, we are exposed to enormous amounts of radiation through TVs, wifii, computers, cellphones, in fact anything electronic – take your pick. And it’s only going to get worse as we get more clever!
Truth is, this stuff can really harm you – and over LONG periods of time (everybody say L-O-N-G), can be extremely dangerous to your health. It’s not easy to think about the long game (especially when you’re young), but from one fool to another – you would be foolish not to. Let’s not do that right?
Now we can’t live in today’s world without technology, it’s just impossible, but where possible – we can combat the nasty effects, and the Himalyan Salt Lamp is one effective way of doing this.
So all that electro stuff is just one example.
Our experiences with our salt lamp have been awesome, and because it’s been in our bedroom, both my hubby and I have benefited from it. For example, there was a month where it wasn’t going because the bulb had blown (after 3 years – come on!) and I was otherwise indisposed from surgical recovery.
During that month my husbands hayfever sored through the roof. He came to me one day and said “Babe, when are you going to sort this lamp out because I’m really suffering here and I think it’s because the lamps been off”. Apart from my obvious distain at ‘his’ suffering, the man was on to something! And yes I did keep my s*#t together as he made his hayfever suffering case…wife of the year right here!
Now for my hubby to think that, let alone say that is surprising, and if you knew him you’d know why. He’s very much a mans man and doesn’t get into any of this ‘hippie voodoo’. He also has really bad asthma and hayfever can be the beginning of that slippery slope if we’re not careful.
So I make it a priority to get another bulb, and every night he turns it on himself and you guessed it, doesn’t have an issue with his hayfever anymore. Interesting right? The proof is in the hayfever pudding my friends!
As for me, well admittedly I still turn the lamp on because it’s pretty, and just looking at it relaxes me, but also because I know on an intellectual level that it’s helping me in ways I can’t even begin to comprehend. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll do my research (how do you think I can even write about this!) but as soon as those scientific words start running one after the other, my eyes begin to glaze over and it’s all over in the brain of Rebecca.
Himalayan salt is also great to take as an alternative to white processed salt on your food, and also chuck in your bath. It has a variety of huge benefits and I don’t use anything else now. But instead of me telling you about it, how about you go read about it here (if your interested).
Happy Himalayan Salt hunting.
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