*Note to readers* My regular feature Tarot Tuesday is on hiatus while I participate in 31 Days, but will return in November.
Have you ever felt energized and refreshed by breathing the air near the ocean or a waterfall? Or opened up all the windows after a thunderstorm and felt a soothing change in the air inside your house? That great feeling is due to the large amount of negative ions released into the air near these natural phenomena.
Conversely, the air inside our homes (especially during the winter or hot summer months when the house is closed up tight for the heat or A/C) is generally loaded with positive ions. Attached to indoor pollutants like dust particles, pet dander, mold, fumes from toxic cleaners and EMFs from our electronics, positive ions aggravate all kinds of problems–from allergies and migraines, to sleep disruptions and depression, and more.
Enter the Himalayan salt lamp! Besides being very pretty, salt lamps release negative ions into the air by a process called hygroscopy during which the salt attracts water from the air, and then generates cleansing negative ions as that moisture evaporates. The negative ions then neutralize the harmful positive ones. Because they attract moisture, it’s a good idea to place your lamp on a saucer like in the photo above because it will sweat and shed salt in humid weather. (I’ve learned that the longer you keep the lamp turned on, the less it sweats.)
Right now I have one lamp in my bedroom and I have definitely noticed a difference in the atmosphere and air quality in there. The ideal is to have one in every room in the house, especially in rooms with a lot of electronics. This is a simple, relatively inexpensive way to physically improve the vibes in your house! (Beeswax candles have the same cleansing effect.)
How about you, lovely readers? Do you have salt lamps?