Authentic Himalayan salt lamps at Amber

Amber stocks salt lamps in raw form, carved shapes, and T-lights. Salt lamps are simply large pieces of pure Himalayan salt with a small bulb inside. It is important to make sure that the lamp is from a pure Himalayan crystal source and not a cheap imitation made from rock salt.

At any given time, there are both positive and negative ions in the air and Himalayan salt lamps are natural ion generators which emit negative ions into the atmosphere, helping to restore and neutralise air quality. Negative ions occur more often in nature and they are often created by things like lightning storms, sunlight, waterfalls, and ocean waves. This is one of the reasons people often report feeling renewed or refreshed after a storm or at the beach.

Positive ions are often created by electronic devices such as computers, TVs, microwaves, and even vacuum cleaners and can often exacerbate problems such as allergies, stress, and sleep trouble. Negative ions can neutralize positive ions (they bond together ) and help cleanse the air.

The unique combination of salt and a light source in salt lamps are what cause the negative ions. Salt is hygroscopic, meaning that it attracts water to its surface and this water evaporates quickly due to the small amount of heat from the light source (this is also why salt lamps tend to sweat and appear wet in humid climates ). The negative ions are generated during the evaporation process. Since things like airborne mould, bacteria, and allergens often carry a positive charge, they can be neutralised by negative ions. Salt lamps are also thought to protect against germs in the air, resulting in decreased irritation due to inhaling various particles that make you sneeze, cough, or have throat irritation.

Other benefits associated with salt lamps include: increasing chi, eliminating allergens, reducing effects of SAD, supporting the immune system, boosting serotonin levels, improving mental alertness, and promoting general wellbeing. Salt lamps are often used in homes especially in winter months when it is not possible to have the windows open or to spend as much time outside.

Amber stocks salt lamps in raw form, carved shapes and T-lights. The staff are very helpful and knowledgeable, with expertise in different areas. To find out more call into Amber at 18 Mary Street, Galway, or phone 091 567810 or visit

On November 5 Amber celebrates its third anniversary with beautiful and detailed henna tattoos with Vcenza and 20 per cent off Saturday only, spot prizes and free goodie bags for the first 20 customers. Drop in and join the team in celebrating this special day.


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