Everybody knows that too much salt isn’t good for you. But that’s when you eat it. When it’s not ingested, there are so many ways in which salt is really beneficial to your health. As an alternative remedy, its healing properties help treat a variety of ailments, including colds, allergies, dermatitis, asthma and psoriasis. Learn about the three everyday ways salt can help you.
For a cold: Use a salt inhaler. It loosens the mucus that builds up. When you inhale, the microscopic salt particles are picked up and deposited into your airways. The salt draws soothing moisture into the mucus, making it thinner and more easily swept out by cilia, the tiny hairs that protect your nostrils and other passageways from unwelcome particles. When you feel a cold coming on, use it for 15 minutes a day to reduce the symptoms.
In the bedroom:
- Use a salt pillow. It filters the air near the nose and mouth while you’re sleeping and can help your breathing.
- Use salt candles. It increases concentration of negative ions and neutralizes irritating particles in the air.
For your skin: Use salt in the bath. You can make a calming salt bath with a half-cup of sea salt and a half-cup of oatmeal. The salt hydrates the skin by drawing moisture into it. It also decreases inflammation, a symptom of psoriasis. Bonus: Oatmeal locks in moisture with help from omega-3s and minerals. -Dr. Oz.
Himalayan Salt Lamps
What is a himalayan salt lamp?
Salt lamps are blocks of pure Himalayan salt, so they come from the same region of the world. Also known as the ‘Vitamins of the Air’, they are made from the salt that came from ancient oceans, and serve as a perfect air ionizer.
Himalayan salt lamps can be solid pieces of salt or decorative baskets filled with large crystals of salt.
How can one help me?
The Dangers of Positive Ions
We are surrounded by positive and negative ions – these are atoms or molecules that have lost or gained an electron and are electrically charged.
Positive ions are created by electronic devices and have been dubbed ‘electronic smog’ or ‘electronic air pollution’. As we all know, we are increasingly surrounded by all sorts of computers, large screen TVs, telephones, microwaves and other appliances we now deem necessary for our survival and entertainment.
Studies have shown that your brain gets bombarded by frequencies 20 times higher than its optimal frequency, which results in all sorts of problems, including insomnia, nervousness and allergies.
The World Health Organization calls the electronic smog “one of the most common and fastest growing environmental influences” and states that concerns about the health effects should be taken seriously.
In short, positive ions are very harmful to us and need to be neutralized.
Nature produces negative ions to combat air pollution. They attract the harmful particles, which are positively charged, and they balance and neutralize them, so that they lose their damaging characteristics.
In order to breathe in fresh and pure air and protect our health, we want to be surrounded by negative ions. Negative ions stimulate the flow of oxygen to the brain and in this way increase our mental alertness and energy.
How do they work?
Salt lamps emit negative ions.
The bulb inside of the lamp heats the crystal and supports the ionizing effect. Salt itself is hygroscopic and attracts the water from the surroundings. You can often see that the lamp is damp or even wet, especially in more humid environments. Due to the gentle heat of the lamp, the water quickly evaporates and during the evaporation process the beneficial negative ions get created. They go on to bind with excessive positive ions (bacteria, molds and allergens all carry a positive charge) and neutralize the electronic smog in your home.
Moreover, the lamp is a very pure source of light and its multi-colored glow has a soothing effect and relaxes you.
Scientifically speaking, the Himalayan salt lamp achieves the following things:
- It ionizes the room.
- It balances artificial frequencies and unnatural electromagnetic wavelengths that originate from electronic appliances.
- It produces the light waves of the rainbow spectrum which protect your body.
People using salt lamps report improvement in their physical and mental well-being soon after starting to light them. They are said to help with:
- respiratory problems (including colds)
- skin conditions
- mental and stress-related disorders (including insomnia)
- headaches and migraines
- blood system disorders.
Due to their calming colors (different shades of orange and pink), they have also been used in color therapy to help treat neurotic disorders and sleeplessness.