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5 Things to Know Before Buying a Himalayan Salt Lamp!

5 things to know about Himalayan salt lamps

Thinking about purchasing a Himalayan salt lamp, but not quite sure where to begin?

Here at Inspire Me Naturally, it’s no secret that we are huge advocates for Himalayan salt lamps and their benefits for health and wellness. However, there are a few things you should know before introducing a Himalayan salt lamp into your home.

If you’ve never purchased a Himalayan salt lamp before, here are 5 things to keep in mind about these incredible ancient crystals.

Be wary of fake Himalayan salt lamps

Unfortunately, due to the recent popularity of Himalayan salt lamps, there are now several fake Himalayan salt lamps on the market. It’s so important to do your research to ensure the Himalayan salt lamp you purchase is authentic – otherwise, you’ll be wasting your money.

There are a few different ways to tell if your Himalayan salt lamp is a fake, from moisture retention to brightness and durability. You can read more about spotting a fake Himalayan salt lamp on the blog here.

Himalayan salt lamp size is important

Himalayan salt lamps are available in a variety of different sizes, ranging from 1kg all the way up to 100kg. The bigger the salt lamp, the more impact it will have when it comes to purifying the air and releasing negative ions.

Before purchasing your first Himalayan salt lamp, you’ll want to consider the size of the room it’s going to be placed in. Smaller lamps are suitable for smaller rooms like bedrooms and home offices, while larger lamps are better for living spaces, dining rooms or studios. You can check out our Himalayan salt lamp size guide here to identify which size salt lamp is going to be the perfect fit.

Your Himalayan salt lamp might sweat

Remember, Himalayan salt lamps absorb moisture from the surrounding air, so your salt lamp might “sweat” from time to time, particularly if you are turning your salt lamp off for extended periods.

You can simply use a lint-free cloth to pat down your lamp and power cord to ensure everything is dry before switching back on. Remember, leaving your salt lamp on for as long as possible will help to reduce the amount of moisture on the lamp.

Himalayan salt lamps can be left on during the night

Himalayan salt lamps don’t use up much energy at all, and are completely safe to be left on 24/7 – you don’t need to worry about switching your salt lamp off!

Himalayan salt lamps are actually known for promoting better sleep, so they make great night lights when left on throughout the evening. Their warm, amber glow make them ideal for kids rooms, too.

Himalayan salt lamps can be fragile

Don’t forget, your Himalayan salt lamp will be fragile! Salt lamps are essentially giant chunks of ancient, pure crystal, so you’ll need to treat it with care. You should also ensure your salt lamp is placed somewhere safe and secure – avoid any uneven surfaces or anywhere that can be reached by young kids.

Ready to get started? You can check out our range of natural, crafted and glass jar Himalayan salt lamps online at Inspire Me Naturally, with AfterPay available on all purchases!

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What are Negative Ions and How do They Improve our Wellbeing?

What are negative ions

We often talk about the benefits of Himalayan salt lamps on our Inspire Me Naturally blog, with one key benefit being their ability to generate negative ions for the surrounding environment.

But do you know exactly what negative ions actually are, and how they work to improve our wellbeing?

Today on the blog we’re talking about how negative ions are formed, why they’re important, and the benefits they have on our health and wellness!

First things first – what is an ion?

An ion is essentially an electrically charged molecule, formed when atoms either lose or gain an electron. This happens due to environmental or atmospheric influences.

Ions are all around us, and can directly influence our mood, wellbeing and even in some cases our health.

There are two types of ions – negative ions, and positive ions. These ions are formed in different ways, and have different impacts on our bodies.

What is the difference between a negative and positive ion?

Don’t be fooled by the names – a positive ion (or positively charged ion) is actually known for having a negative effect on the body when we have a high exposure to them.

Positive ions are often formed in nature due to humidity, extreme wind and pollution, but are also generated through electrical equipment like fluorescent lighting, air-conditioning, televisions and even our computers and mobile phones.

When we find ourselves in environments with high levels of these positive ions (like a stuffy office with fluorescent lights) we can start to feel anxious, irritable, tired and tense.

On the flipside, negative ions have the complete opposite effect, with a positive impact on our health and wellbeing.

Negative ions are most commonly found in nature near waterfalls, forests and the ocean. At home, they’re also produced in your very own shower! There’s a reason why most people find themselves feeling fresh and energised in these kinds of locations – the negative ions help to counteract the positive ions, and provide a better surrounding environment.

Himalayan salt lamps are also purported to release negative ions as the crystal is heated by an internal lamp. Negative ions are naturally attracted to pollutants like dust and allergens, and their negative charge means they can actually attach to and remove these pollutants from the air.

How do negative ions benefit our health and wellness?

There are several benefits to being exposed to negative ions in our everyday lives. Negative ions are reported to help with:

  • Purifying the air and therefore reducing allergy symptoms
  • Improving respiratory issues and preventing respiratory illnesses
  • Mental clarity – feeling energised, alert and refreshed
  • Decreasing the number of airborne bacteria
  • Reducing headaches
  • Improving sleeping patterns

Just to name a few! This is why products like Himalayan salt lamps are so popular around the home, particularly in areas where we are often exposed to positive ions due to electrical equipment, dust or pet allergens.

If you’d like to experience the benefits of negative ions for yourself, check out our full range of Himalayan salt lamps online, or read more about how Himalayan salt lamps work on the blog!

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Himalayan Salt Lamps Versus Selenite Lamps: Which Lamp is Right for You?

Himalayan salt lamps verses selenite lamps

We’ve spoken many times on the blog about the benefits of both Himalayan salt lamps and Selenite lamps. But what exactly is the difference between the two, and which one is better for health and wellness?

Although both Himalayan salt lamps and Selenite lamps have various health benefits, their properties are very different and can be suited to different situations. So today on the blog we’re explaining how to determine which lamp is the right one for you!

What are the differences between Himalayan salt lamps and Selenite lamps?

Appearance: The first key difference with Himalayan salt lamps and Selenite lamps is their appearance. Himalayan salt lamps are large chunks of genuine Himalayan salt crystals, and can be found in orange, pink and red tones. They emit a warm glow when in use.

Selenite lamps are a pearly white, almost opaque crystal. They have been split and chipped to create their tower-like appearance. They emit a soft white glow when in use.

Properties: Himalayan salt lamps and Selenite lamps are known for different reasons.

Himalayan salt lamps are renowned for being naturally hygroscopic – meaning they attract and absorb water molecules from the surrounding air. This allows them to trap dust and other contaminants, acting as a natural air purifier.

Himalayan salt lamps are also known for their ability to generate negative ions. Being exposed to negative ions has a positive impact on our health and wellbeing, helping to boost our mood and improve our sleep. You can read more about how Himalayan salt lamps work here.

Selenite lamps are not known for being hygroscopic or generating negative ions. Instead, selenite lamps are renowned for their cleansing and healing abilities, and can help to clear negative energy both from our chakras and the surrounding environment.

Selenite also has calming properties which makes it ideal for meditation or spiritual work. You can read more about the benefits of selenite here.

Choosing the right lamp

When it comes to choosing the right lamp for your own situation, it’s important to consider what your requirements actually are.

For example, if you suffer from allergy symptoms or want to improve your sleeping patterns, the properties of a Himalayan salt lamp would be best suited for you.

Or, if you’re hoping to clear out some negative energy from your home, a Selenite lamp might be a better fit.

The good news is, you don’t have to choose between the two. If you want to explore the various benefits of both Himalayan salt lamps and Selenite lamps, you can introduce both styles into your home and utilise them for different situations!

Where can you buy Himalayan salt lamps and Selenite lamps?

We stock both genuine Himalayan salt lamps and authentic Selenite lamps online at Inspire Me Naturally! We also offer AfterPay and ZipPay, so you can buy now and pay later.

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