• Sue Williams

The Science of Salt Lamps

Without question, health is your most important form of wealth. Without a strong and well-tuned body that can withstand the test of time and the rigors of living, how can you expect to enjoy all the other wonders of life?

Most people, of course, would answer with an unequivocal “yes” if asked whether they wanted to protect their health, and we’re sure you’re among them. You’ve probably heard of salt lamps, however, you might not be clear on exactly what they can do for you – or whether you really should get one.

Salt Lamps: Fabulous Chemistry

First, a throwback to high school science class. The basic makeup of an atom includes protons and neutrons stuck together in a nucleus, while electrons orbit outside. When an atom has a full complement of electrons, which varies by element, the atom is happy and stable. However, when an electron flies off and becomes attached to other atoms, they create negatively charged ions or atoms with an extra electron. These ions want to return to stable, so they look for other molecules to attach themselves to.

Salt lamps operate on another scientific principle as well, that of hygroscopy. The word refers to a material’s propensity to attract water molecules, and salt always attracts water. The main outcome is that the salt lamp attracts a lot of oxygen atoms to which extra electrons can attach, creating those negative ions. As the salt lamp warms up from the bulb inside, it attracts more and more water, and creates further ions through the photoelectric effect, which is when the emission of light through a material knocks extra electrons off the atoms within it.

Regulate Breathing and Reduce Coughing

These negative ions are beneficial because in their hunt to once again find stability, they attach to a number of unhealthy particles in the air, including dust, smoke, pollen, and even bacteria. Once attached, they neutralize the threat. Many people suffer year-round from these substances; dealing with coughing, asthma, congestion, itchy eyes, and other symptoms you might recognize from your own life. Plus, negative ions help combat mold as well, a serious health detriment in many households.

All the negative ions created by salt lamps are also a good way to combat the ill effects caused by the constant use of technology. While a wonderful thing in a vacuum, technology in practice generates a large number of positive ions, which diminish lung function and make coughing and breathing troubles even more likely. These positive ions can be counteracted by the negative ions produced by a salt lamp.

Combat the Detriments of Radiation

A salt lamps ability to generate negative ions also means that salt lamps can combat electromagnetic (EM) radiation, which is produced by cell phone signals, wi-fi routers, and television sets as well, as outside structures such as cell towers. Radiation causes a field in which you are constantly enmeshed, especially when in close proximity to technology.

While you can’t do anything about the existence of EM radiation in the world, you can protect your body from it with a salt lamp. Negative ions help limit your exposure to electric radiation by regulating your own bioelectric field and making sure it is at healthy levels. Doing so can combat much of the harm of being exposed to radiation; such as stress, fatigue, low immunity, and cancer.

A Caveat About Negative Ions: You Need a LOT!

It’s important to understand, however, that salt lamps are a relatively weak source of negative ions. Compared to, say, a thunderstorm or a huge waterfall – both of which generate substantial amounts of negative ions, explaining why people often feel so refreshed in their presence. Your salt lamp can only do so much but, they are a good source of negative ions for your home, especially for their cost and ease of use.

So, how do you make the most of them? Start by putting a salt lamp in every room. In the case of offices or family rooms, put the salt lamp close to where you work to counteract the effects of technology. In bedrooms, put them right next to the bed. Blanket your house with them, and you might be surprised how much better you feel in just a few short weeks!