250 million years ago during the Jurassic era, insurmountable pressure of the Indo-australian tectonic plates created the Himalayan Mountains, and to this day it continues to push Tibet upwards at a rate of 2 cm a year. The study of these salt deposits has revealed not only their geologic age but also the type of environment and climate in which they formed. Studies indicate that the salt crystals lived under a relatively mild, wet environment about 105 million years ago, when Tibet was closer to the equator. During this time, the scorching sun dried up the primal Tethys Sea and left behind massive Himalayan salt beds. Simply put, these trace elements and minerals became fossilized and crystallized in the mountain over millions of years and ultimately produced is the most pristine, natural salt the world has ever known.
It’s fascinating to discover that Himalayan crystal salt is identical in composition to the ancient primal ocean which ironically, has a similar composition of our blood; that is a brine solution or fluid consisting of water and salt. Himalayan salt contains all the elements found in our bodies that occur naturally for example, iron. Astoundingly, it constitutes 84 trace minerals and elements. No other product in the world can boast this fact and that’s why it was historically known as “King salt”, “salt of life”, or “white gold”, as it was only reserved for royalty. Alchemists called it “the fifth element”, besides air, water, earth, and fire – because its qualities were comparable only to ether, the actual fifth element.
Since ancient times, salt has been the principal source of income for people living in those remote regions. Because food preserved in salt retains its nutritional properties for several months, Himalayan people use it to keep fish and meat all year long. They also use it as a currency in trading. For centuries, once a year in springtime, the Himalayan people have been transporting the salt to the Nepalese valleys for trade. Heavily burdened yaks carry the salt, traveling along narrow sloping paths, often these paths have been carved in cliffs. Once they have arrived at their destination, the salt is traded for cereals, which is the staple of the diet for these Himalayan salt traders. It is easy to understand why salt has always been so precious for mankind.
Himalayan Salt is a form of halite also commonly known as Rock Salt from Pakistan which is the mineral form of sodium chloride (NaCI). Containing 84 minerals- Himalayan Salt is considered the purest salt because the salt is mined at extremely high altitudes, where there is little traces of pollution or even environmentally compromised materials in the air. Some other names for Himalayan Salt include Rock Salt, Pink Salt, Himalayan Sea Salt, or Himalayan Crystal Salt, Salt of Life and King of Salt.
This mineral rich salt is mined from the second largest mine in the world, called the Khewra Salt Mines which is located in the beautiful Himalayan Mountain Range- Jhelum District, Punjab, Pakistan- 945 feet (288 meters) above sea level. Khewra city situated about 200 kilometres (124 miles) from Islamabad and 245 kilometres (152 miles) from the city of Lahore is famous for having world’s second largest salt mines (Khewra Salt Mines) which is located in the District Jhelum of province Punjab, Pakistan.
How is a Himalayan Rock Salt Lamp made?
1. A Himalayan Rock Salt Lamp starts its journey in the Khewra Salt Mines.
2. Himalayan salt is excavated from the walls of the Khewra Salt Mine in carefully cut blocks. These blocks of salt are then transported by truck to local factories that awaits local artisans to carve each Himalayan Rock Salt Lamp by hand.
3. Mostly carved in their natural form, artisans would cut the bottom of the Himalayan Salt Pieces flat, and drill a hole in the center of the Himalayan Rock Salt to allow for the placing of lighting instruments which would provide the needed heating source to create the all natural negative ions.
4. The Himalayan Rock Salt Lamp is then completed with the addition of a base.
How Himalayan Rock Salt Lamp work?
The heat from the lightning instrument causes the Himalayan Rock Salt Lamp to draw water molecules from the air to the surface of the Himalayan Rock Salt Lamp also known as hygroscopy.
A gentle reaction takes place producing healthy negative ions which bonds with the positive ions (pollutants such as dander, pollen, mold spores) and neutralize them. The air is purified which means airborne bacteria, mold, viruses and allergens as well as respiratory irritants and asthma triggers cannot survive in the negatively charged environment freshen the air by removing any stale scent. The negative ions produced are also said to combat electro smog caused by the many electronic devices we use now.
*It is important to note that salt lamps do not produce negative ions themselves. Instead, their hygroscopic property allows them to attract moisture, humidity, or airborne water molecules. A heat source is required to accelerate evaporation, and it is this evaporation that produces the negative ions that are beneficial to human health.
- Great as a night light
- Perfect for yoga, spa & massage room
- Improves relaxation & sleep
- Improves air quality
- Removes humidity
- Reduces stress
- Removes odor
- Improves immune system
- Eliminates air borne germs
- Eliminates air borne bacteria
- Reduces migraine
- Reduces sinus problems
- Reduces allergy problems
- Reduces electromagnetic fields (EMFs)
Recommended for FengShui by FengShui Practitioners.
Recommended for cleansing, ridding of negativity energy and space clearing.
We all breathe and feel better in nature, that’s because negative ions can found in nature by the sea, in the forest, on mountain tops, after thunder storms and near water falls. Negative ions give the air its invigorating freshness and cleanliness which can be beneficial to one’s well being.
For hundreds of years, people have believe in the ability of Himalayan Salt Rocks to improve their well being by cleaning and purifying the air by enriching the air with negative ions. With this being said, people have over time recommended Himalayan Rock Salt Lamps as natural air ionizers as it works with the environment to produce negative ions improving the quality of the air around us allowing us to breathe better and feel better!
Good lighting plays an important role in helping us relax, distress and sleep better. This can often be seen and felt in massage and spa places where lighting is often dim and calming.
The beautiful glow of a Himalayan Rock Salt Lamp makes it a great light source for any place that requires a warm soothing light. It is an perfect for the yoga room, spa room and massage room. The glow is so comforting that it will make a great night light that helps one feel more relaxed and sleep better.
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In many cultures, salt has been extensively used for improvement of luck, well being, cleansing, purifying and clearing of negativity while creating good and positive energy.
In Chinese and India cultures, a traditional method of using salt to cleanse the house is to mix 5-6 tablespoons of the mineral in a bucket of water and mop the floors once a week to get rid of bad luck and negativity.
Another way is to fill up small bowls with salt and place them in front of the main door at both sides and also in every corner of the house facing northeast and southwest. This bowls of salt must be placed in an open space exposed to air therefore not be kept in cupboards or cabinets. This salt should be replaced every month.
Salt can also be sprinkled onto the soil of plants and around the perimeter of the house to prevent negative energy from entering.
“Salt is insanely magic. Nearly every single culture considers it protective. Voodoo, Pagan, Hindu…Various cultures has it that you can put a line of salt across your threshold to keep those would wish you ill out, put in a circle around you to do a spell ‘in private’ and sprinkle it in all corners of your house/a room.”
“Sprinkling salt near someones front door is supposed to protect them in modern Wicca. Evil cannot cross a salt line.”
It is believed that having a few grams of salt inside your wallet attracts wealth luck. The best is to place the salt inside a plastic bag, then put it in a secret compartment inside your wallet. You have to change the salt each month, otherwise it loses its potency. There are some who say the use of salt can also be extended to the house. Make your house attract wealth luck by having salt (placed inside a small plastic container) in all the corners of your house i.e. wherever two walls meet. Change the salt every ten days. You can also hang a bag of salt on the center of the main door, changing it once a month. This is said to attract wealth luck as salt attracts water.
Salt is considered good luck by many cultures in the world. In order to get rid of many forms of bad luck you can take a pinch of salt and throw it over your LEFT shoulder (throwing salt over your right shoulder will bring you more bad luck).
Cleanse your body of bad luck by bathing in salt water.
Sprinkle salt in the corner of each room and underneath each windowsill. This will protect your home from bad luck.
In Germany, you should take bread and salt when you visit someone who is a new resident, as these two things are never missing in a home.
Salt Culture in Japan
“Mori Shio” or little salt mounds (salt-flowers) at the entrances to commercial establishments, like restaurants, stores, theaters, etc signifies two things. They first act as a purifying agent that prevents evil or misfortune from entering the particular establishment, but they also act to invite good business and patrons.
In Japan, left outside of houses in little pile of “mori shio” (piled up salt) generally to the right of the door or both side of the door so that people who pass through the door are purified.
Mori-shio piles outside restaurants was to encourage the arrival of rich and noble customers such as a “daimyo,” who would come on horseback since horse love salt.
Maki-shio (scattered salt) will be scattered around the boundary of a house on the first day of the month so that impurities do not enter the house.
Mori-shio may be put at the four corners of a plot of a land to purify that area, especially when one moves in.
At a Japanese funeral ceremony, two small mounds of salt (known as the shio-hana, salt-flowers) will be found on either side of the entrance of the house. Once the coffin is gone, the house will be purified of any spirits by scattering salt over the floors. Those who attend the funeral will usually sprinkle salt-water over the coffin at the graveside, and will themselves be sprinkled with salt before returning to their own homes- this is believed to be cleansing.
Salt will be scattered on the ground in the pacifying the spirits of the land ceremony held on the empty plot before buildings are erected.
Salt is also scattered in quantity by sumo wrestlers before each bought to purify themselves and the sumo ring ( “dohyou”) which is considered to be a sacred place.
It is also claimed that sumo wrestlers scatter the salt also because it helps to kill germs that might otherwise infect cuts and that 45 kilos are scattered every day at the national sumo tournaments. The crowd seems to like it when a wrestler scatters a lot of salt since such action is often met with a cheer.
Salt is also an offering made to the spirits (kami) on the household altar in a little dish (again
in a little conical pile) and at shrines again in piles, sometimes enormous conical piles
The room where the mother gives birth is purified with salt (and water) and the mother may also purify herself with salt or a salt-water bath after the delivery.
At weddings, salt may be used at the wedding ceremony itself as a purifying agent as well as provide the couple the “force of life”.
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