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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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How Himalayan Salt Lamps Work for Allergies!

Himalayan salt lamps for allergies

Many of us suffer from irritating allergy symptoms in our everyday lives. From hayfever to sneezing and congestion, allergy symptoms are not much fun to deal with, particularly when it becomes an ongoing issue.

You may have already heard about the benefits of Himalayan salt lamps for improving sleeping patterns and boosting our mood. But did you know Himalayan salt lamps are also renowned for reducing allergy symptoms too?

How do Himalayan salt lamps work for allergies?

Different allergy symptoms can be caused by different irritants, but are usually related to particles found in the air like dust mites and other contaminants.

Himalayan salt lamps are a natural hygroscopic – meaning they have the ability to trap and hold water molecules from their surrounding environments. This means that a Himalayan salt lamp essentially acts as a natural air purifier – by trapping dust and other particles within its interior, and recycling fresh, clean air instead.

Himalayan salt lamps are most effective when placed in the areas in which we spend the most time, or any areas where allergy symptoms seem to be aggravated.

Which Himalayan salt lamps work best for allergies?

If you’re interested in exploring the benefits of Himalayan salt lamps for your own allergy symptoms, you’ll be pleased to know that all genuine Himalayan salt lamps have hygroscopic properties – including natural lamps, crafted lamps and glass jar lamps.

However, you will need to remember that the effectiveness of the lamp will depend on its size in comparison to the size of the room. For example, larger rooms will require a larger lamp or even multiple lamps – you can check out our Himalayan salt lamp size guide here to find the perfect fit for your requirements.

What about other Himalayan salt pipes?

As well as salt lamps, Himalayan salt pipes and inhalers can also be used to alleviate allergy symptoms.

We’ve previously spoken on the blog about the benefits of inhalation therapy through using Himalayan salt pipes. Salt pipes contain pure Himalayan salt crystals which are absorbed through the natural moisture in the air when inhaled.

Salt therapy helps to protect and coat our mucus membranes, which balances our histamine response in the lungs and sinus and helps to reduce allergy symptoms. You can read more about the benefits of Himalayan salt inhalers on the blog here!

Ongoing allergies can be irritating to say the least, but these Himalayan salt remedies may help to reduce your symptoms, the natural way.

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