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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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The Benefits of the Himalayan Salt Lamp

the benefits of a himalayan salt lamp

Many of us, at one point or another have found ourselves standing surrounded by nature, dwarfed by beautiful green trees or standing with sand between our toes while we listen to the crash of the waves on the shore of a beach. You probably felt rejuvenated, refreshed in a way you hadn’t felt in a long time, as you breathed deeply, enjoying the fresh air.

There’s little doubt that being surrounded by nature can be beneficial to your health. Bushlands and forests are oxygen rich environments that our bodies don’t often experience in the city, and ocean breezes are charged with negative ions that feed our cells, in large part because of the salt in the water.

Most of us don’t have the luxury of living in an environment like that full time, but thankfully we are able to duplicate some of the benefits of those natural environments in our own homes with the help of a Himalayan Salt Lamp.

Himalayan salt lamps improve the quality of the air you breathe by creating a dry, negative ion environment, similar to what you experience at the beach.  These beautiful, natural, hand crafted lamps attract the positive charged ions in the atmosphere in your home, absorbs them, neutralise them, and then release them back into your atmosphere as negative ions. The amount of negative ions in your environment directly contributes to not only your sense of well being, but can have a significant impact on your overall health.

Not only will you feel an overall sense of calm and rejuvenation, Himalayan salt lamps also relieve the symptoms of asthma and other respiratory illnesses, depression and anxiety, chronic fatigue and even hay fever. The lamp assists with sleep disturbances, boosts immunity and even helps relieve migraines.

Best of all, the salt mineral structure of the lamp itself will never lose its ability to absorb positive ions or generate negative ions and so will continue to improve the quality of the air in your home for as long as you need it.

To take a look at our range of beautiful, hand crafted, one-of-a-kind himalayan salt lamps click here.