Dry salt therapy, or speleo therapy, was discovered by a Polish physician in the 1800's, when it was learned that breathing pure, ionized air in salt mines cured respiratory conditions. These salt caves can be found in Eastern Europe, particularly Poland and the Himalayans. The healing salt caves are known for their antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antifungal benefits.
So, instead of finding a salt cave, anyone can enjoy the healing properties and benefits by using a salt lamp. Salt lamps are made from the salt of the cave and when lit, they will release negative ions into the environment, creating some of the benefits of being in a salt cave halogenerator. Negative ions are electrically charged particles that help remove airborne contaminates which has a beneficial effect on our respiratory and immune system. How does this work? The negatively charged ion helps cleanse the air because they attach themselves to contaminate and allergens, which are positively charged. The larger particles formed by this connection then fall to the ground, and out of the air that we are breathing, thus cleaning the air.
The lit salt lamp reinforces the earth and our body's natural resonant frequency, which helps combat the harmful higher EMF's from computers and cell phones.
To preserve the primordial energy, the salt lamps should be hand-excavated from a solid block of crystal salt. Because of this hand-chiselled practice, your salt lamp will be one-of-a-kind. The salt blocks are excavated from the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains, Polish Salt Caves and rare Persian Beds. The Himalayan salt lamps are a deep brownish-orange color to a light orange which when lit reminds me of the color of the moon. They give off a deep, serene glow that reflects their superior mineral content: reds from iron, oranges from copper, yellows from magnesium. The Persian salt lamp ranges from fuchsias, magentas, lavenders and purples with some variations of white all in one lamp. The colors are an optical illusion and we find these lamps get darker at night.
If you're using your lamp in a bedroom, or wish to adjust the brightness, look for one with a built-in dimmer switch. Safety can also be a concern; be sure the lamp comes with a steady base and a UL-listed cord. And make sure the lamp is attached to its base. Lamps where the salt just sits freely on the base are unstable and dangerous. Finally, make sure the light fixture is secure within the lamp, and holds the bulb.
My first purchase I bought 3 lamps - one for my bedroom, one for my daughter's room and one at the office, by my computer. I could feel the energy in each of the rooms and since having these lamps, my house smells fresher. I also have noticed that my husband does not snore as much and we all sleep better.