This weekend Derek surprised me with an unexpected gift. We went to Noche de Colores in the city this past weekend, which I will touch on more in another post. At this event, there were several artisans from the local shops from around Barrio Italia. This part of town is known as the hipster haven of Santiago, so you can imagine the industrial look of this barrio (neighborhood). Anyway, a beautiful and calming light caught my eye as we were perusing the different boutiques. It came from the Heima stand which was full of glowing crystals. The man told us they were salt crystals. I fell in love. He told us all about the natural healing benefits of these beauties, I took a card, and we continued on our way. Then the next day, Derek surprised me with my favorite lamp for my birthday!! So, of course, I researched.
^My desktop wallpaper is from an artist that I love - Parima Creative Studio^
What on earth are salt crystals?
Salt crystals (a.k.a. Himalayan salt) are simply crystals that formed from salt. People use this type of salt for cooking, beauty treatments, natural healing, and so on. The larger crystals are sometimes used to make salt crystal lamps. It is usually pink, orange, red, or white. You can also make your own salt crystals! This is a really fun activity for kids, so I am excited to try this in the classroom. After all, this is the UN's international year of crystallography!
What's so great about them?
- Salt crystal lamps purify the air by emitting negative ions. They attract moisture from the air and then evaporate it with the warmth from the light inside the crystal. This is beneficial for your health, because many other daily items such as your computer, smartphone, TV, fridge, etc. all carry positive ions. This helps to create a balance in the air to improve its quality.
- Reducing stress is another fantastic benefit to having a salt crystal lamp. Research has shown that negative ions in the air can actually improve your mood and energy levels. People with anxiety, insomnia, migraines, attention deficit, etc. are especially recommended to own one.
- They are an inexpensive and beautiful way to add some color to your home. Even if you aren't in to all the natural healing methods out there today, you can still find a reason to have a salt lamp. These are very beautiful, and they last forever. The glow is so calming, and they make perfect night lights for kids' rooms.
Where should I put it?
It is up to you where you would like to put your new lamp, but there are a few suggestions for ultimate benefit. If you work from home, you should put one in your office by the computer. I put mine on my desk for these photos, but I usually keep it on my nightstand. I like to blog in bed, so having the salt lamp near by helps to balance the ions in the room. Also, I watched a Youtube video that recommended using the salt lamp as the only light before you go to bed to ensure a proper night's rest and restoration of energy. Another site says to leave the salt lamp on at all times of the day. I don't do this, because we are not home all day. However, if you work from home, this would be a good suggestion.
What else can I do with Himalayan salt crystals?
Himalayan salt crystals are used for so many things. They are natural, and many people have taken notice of their healing attributes. You can cook with them, use them for at home beauty treatments, utilize a slab for a serving tray, create jewelry, detox your body, decorate your home, or think up your own unique ways of incorporating them into your life!