A simple way to improve indoor air quality

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Simple Way to Improve Indoor Air(NaturalHealth365) It’s well known that the quality of outdoor air can affect our health, but lesser known is the idea that indoor air quality is even more of a risk. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission warns that indoor air can contain more pollution than outdoor air – especially in highly polluted cities.

Home and office buildings gather pollutants from heating and cooling systems, ventilation systems, household and personal care products and building materials. The resulting air quality can have a significant effect on our health, causing problems that range from fatigue, eye irritation and headaches to heart disease, respiratory conditions and cancer.

Is your indoor air quality making you sick?

Fortunately, there is a natural way to counteract the effects of air pollution in your home or office.  Obviously, you’ll want to remove as many threats as possible, but you can also add a salt lamp – which is a type of ionizer air purifier that will add a soothing ambiance to your indoor space, while cleaning the air at the same time.

There’s a rich history behind the use of salt therapy – indoors.

Many people have visited natural and man-made salt caves and areas with salty air, throughout the ages, to improve their health by being exposed to natural mineral salts or sea salt.  The idea of using salt in the air to gain health benefits – which is called halotherapy or salt therapy – has now extended to versions you can use indoors, including salt lamps.

A beautiful way to reverse disease symptoms

Salt lamps are natural salt crystals that contain a man-made opening in the center. Depending on the type, you use a light bulb or tea light candle within the center of the lamp to create a soft glow and to gain the benefits of the salt lamp.

All you need to do is plug in and turn on the salt lamp, or light the candle, to enjoy its ambiance and its health benefits.

Editor’s note: I personally enjoy the health benefits of the Fair Trade AMBER Himalayan Salt Crystal Lamp Collection – from Solay. And, yes, if you purchase a salt lamp from Solay, they give us a small commission – which helps to fund our operations (at no extra cost to you).  They really are beautiful and I use them everyday.

How can salt lamps improve my health?

In the book Pharmacology and Nutritional Intervention in the Treatment of Disease, Vincent S. Gallicchio explains that breathing in salt can improve the health of people with many health conditions or diseases, including chronic respiratory diseases like asthma.

Salt lamps increase the amount of negative ions in the air – which will reduce the volume of dust, mold spores, pollen, bacteria and viruses by attaching themselves to positively charged toxic particles.  Once the air is saturated with negative ions, those unwanted pollutants become too heavy to stay airborne and get removed from our indoor breathing space.

Think about it: when we do forest walking or spend time at the beach – we consume far more negative ions versus time spent in more populated urban areas, but salt lamps can add up to 300 percent more negative ions to our indoor living space and that’s a good thing.

Negative ions also seem to fight bacteria, so they could further cleanse indoor air in this way. A study in the International Journal of Food Microbiology found that negative air ions can reduce the count of P. fluorescens bacteria.

Simply put, salt lamps represent a simple, natural way to create health and harmony within the home.

References:
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0168160510004952
http://www.ashevillesaltcave.com/salt-lamps-benefits
http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Safety-Education/Safety-Guides/Home/The-Inside-Story-A-Guide-to-Indoor-Air-Quality
http://cdn.intechopen.com/pdfs/46531.pdf

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  • Gail

    I keep my home as chemical free as possible. Once I go to restaurants, visiting, medical offices or shops all bets are off. It seems the vast majority of places like to use industrial cleaning supplies to keep us safe from germs.

    Sharon, I love the simple easy solution you suggest and I am going to get one to use, now how do I bring it everywhere I go?

  • kkc003

    I have a lamp in bedroom, living room and office. Grandkids never read this article (their young 7 and 11) but said they enjoy playing in the livingroom- could lamp have an impact? Who knows. We moved and they said this in 2 nd location as well. Kids hold nothing back- very good at displaying emotions.

  • susan

    Hi, everyone I have one of these salt lamps in my home for the last 5 years. It’s really beautiful I love it. It is a great decorative piece and gives off a very soothing light. I love this company that sells it – I also buy their himalayan sea salt. Thanks for posting.

  • jason

    Article states that, “unwanted pollutants become too heavy to stay airborne and get removed from our indoor breathing space.” How to they get removed? Do they just fall to the floor and surfaces and get removed via sweeping, dusting, vacuuming?

  • Rebecca

    Hi Jason, pollutants make up most the air particle, which also are positively charged irons. Salt lamps increase the amount of negative ions in the air and when the air is saturated with negative irons the substances get heavy.

    The neutralized substance ultimately fall eliminating than from circulating air, and by taking them out of air we breath we can’t inhale these toxic elements.

    Note though, that ionising does not mean the toxins have left your
    house, just your air. This is where vacuuming regularly using a HEPA
    filter is essential.

  • Tracy

    This is such a simple solution, to make a chemical free home environment. It also is a way to add a decorative touch that is enjoyable to view. Good Article.