What does a walk along the beach, a dip in the ocean, a walk through a rainforest, a waterfall and a shower all have in common? I bet you said water. You’re right, but I’m actually talking about negative ions.
Negative ions are charged molecules in the air that are found in higher concentrations in nature, and have a positive effect on our sense of wellbeing. The act of water crashing in a waterfall creates as much as 30,000 to 100,000 negative ions per cubic centimetre in the air around them. This isn’t the only way they’re created – sunlight, lightning, moving water and plants also create these negative ions.
When we live in a city or an environment that has a lot of pollution, we’re exposed to more positively charged ions that are bad for our health. Things like wifi, mobile phones, electronics and microwaves operating inside our homes all produce positive ions. Negative ions are attracted to the positive ions, attach to them, and this neutralizes them.
Himalayan salt lamps do this by drawing water molecules in the air to the salt, which is heated by the lamp. This creates a chemical reaction, that releases negative ions into the air. This in turn reduces microbes and bacteria throughout the room, as they cant survive in a negatively charged environment.
Negative ions are also claimed to assist with producing serotonin, which elevates our mood, and it is thought that negative ions may assist with depression! How many times have you jumped in the shower when you feel horrible, then you immediately felt better? Or when your home feels ‘stuffy’, so you open all the windows and let the sunlight and breeze in, suddenly the space feels so much clearer. There is a reason we love going to the beach, hiking through a rainforest and swimming under waterfalls – they’re all beautiful to look at, but we’re also attracted to them because it’s the natural environment that our bodies are designed to thrive in.
Have a lovely Friday!