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Himalayan Salt Lamps; let’s look at the benefits

Recently, I purchased a Himalayan Salt Lamp, for 2 reasons.

  1. It would be a relaxing light in the home
  2. Everyone kept raving about the benefits

Honestly, I did not know much about the benefits beyond knowing that Himalayan Salt Lamp can help clean the air and they look beautiful creating a sense of calm (like a candle). So I thought it was time to dig a little deeper. Let’s have a look at the benefits of adding a Himalayan Salt Lamp to your home.

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The Himalayan Salt Lamp

Let’s get to the research.

What exactly is a Himalayan Salt Lamp and how are they made?

Himalayan Salt comes from mines close to the Himalayas. Pretty understandable given the name of the lamp & the salt you can buy for the bath and for cooking.

The salts’ pink or orange color, is formed from trace minerals in the actual salt. These trace minerals, including magnesium, potassium and calcium, are the superpower of all the claimed benefits.

To form a lamp, large chunks are carved from these salt mines and a bulb is added, simple and lovely.

The Benefits

When doing the research for this post, I actually found contradicting research into the benefits of the Himalayan Salt Lamps. Some articles absolutely believe in the health benefits and some articles deny the benefits saying there isn’t enough research into the science of it all.

All articles, I found, agree on one thing, they look beautiful in the home. And that, is evidence enough for me. Why? If the salt lamp makes you feel relaxed, and makes you feel happy, then it’s already reducing your stress levels and that means, it is helping you.

There are said to be many benefits from these beautiful pink or orange chunks of salt. I’m not going to dig into all of them because there isn’t enough scientific evidence for some of the claims, let’s just look at a few that make sense.

1. They Clean the Air

Ions. It’s all about the Ions.

Himalayan Salt Lamps release negative Ions into the air. The thought process behind this is that the more negative ions in the home, the better we feel. Positive ions apparently, make us feel bad. It’s the one of the rare times where negative is good and positive is bad.

The bulb in the lamp warms up the salt and that is said to help release these negative ions and neutralizing the positive ions in turn, making us feel good.

One article I read when doing research says that waterfalls & oceans also produce mass amounts of negative ions and this is why we feel so darn good when we are in these environments.

As I have always said, Nature Heals.

2. They are Mood Boosters

This one, I agree with! As soon as I plugged in our lamp, I immediately felt better. The ambiance of the light is mesmerizing. At night, we turn off all the lights in the home and enjoy our TV time with just the Himalayan Salt Lamp on.

Besides loving it during TV time, I truly enjoy it during my early morning time on the mat. I turn off all the lights and turn on my lamp & essential oils diffuser. It’s the perfect setting for a yoga practice.

How exactly does it boost the mood? The research on this one, goes back to the Negative Ions as explained above. The negative ions literally make us feel good boosting our moods.

3. Increase your energy levels

See point number one. It’s all in those negative ions.

4. They Improve your sleep

And this is because the lamp makes you feel relaxed. When you feel relaxed, especially going into your evening, you will then have a great sleep.

Yes, put one in the bedroom!

5. They make you Happy

This one can go under the mood booster point also. Being happy is what we all strive for, and if a salt lamp can help, count me in!

One area of research points out that when you are exposed to the lamp, it creates serotonin in your body. Serotonin is directly linked to your mood. Click HERE to get the insights into what serotonin does in your body from Healthline. There is lots of research out there in the land of Google, Healthline has always been one of my go-to’s.

In short, serotonin is a good thing. If the lamp makes you happy, then it’s totally worth having.

Buy the lamp if it makes you feel good.

I mean, why not?!?! If it helps, enjoy it! We are certainly going to be adding to our salt lamp collection as there are some gorgeous ones out there AND, we really enjoy it.

Where to buy a Himalayan Salt Lamp

Where can you get one? Head down to your local gift shop or hardware store. If you prefer to shop online, here are a few links for you to check out.

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These 2 are nice & Simple, a great starting point, I have something similar to the first image. It is small, but fits nicely in our small, humble home.

AND then there’s this one… WOW!!

This is a cute one from Chapters, a USB charged version. Perfect for a small space.


Lastly…. I found this one and love it!

If you prefer candle holders, then these for you…

That’s it for today. Doing the research for this post was educational and super fun! I hope you’ve enjoyed it and that it helped your knowledge on these special chunks of salt.

Thank you.

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Have a wonderful day!!

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Essential Oils that you need to start with

From household and beauty DIY to diffusing and aromatherapy, essential oils have taken over the last few years. Thank goodness. Aromatherapy is real y’all! But where do you start? There are so many brands of essential oils and oil blends. Let’s go over the staples of essential oils you need to start with.

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lavender essential oil

1. Lavender

It’s the most popular oil, and for good reasons! Lavender helps calm the nerves which makes it a great essential oil to diffuse in the home and especially in the bedroom for a peaceful sleep.

Use a few drops in the bath with some Epsom salts or Himalayan sea salt for a relaxing, soothing bath encouraging stress release.

Lavender essential oil can also be used on cuts, scrapes and even as a spot treatment for acne. Using this or any essential oil topically has to come with a warning label. ANY essential oil is potent, so they are best to dilute when using it on your skin and try a test area first as you may even react to them.

2. Peppermint

The one essential oil you should never go without. Be aware that this is an extremely potent oil and will sting the eyes if near them! Clear your mind by rubbing a drop of two of this heavenly oil on your temples and third eye. Doing this is also a great practice for aiding in the relief of headaches.

Add a few drops along with your lavender essential oil to the bath or use it on its own to help relieve stress.

Diffuse it in the home for a refreshing smell.

3. Frankincense

Historically, Frankincense has literally been used forever!! And rightly so, there are a number of Frankincense essential oil benefits including promoting relaxation and tranquility. Topical uses also are said to benefit skin tone, and overall promote healthy looking skin.

Diffuse a few drops in your favorite diffuser especially nearing bed time to chill out and enjoy this lovely aroma (another one of my favorites) and one I will not go without. If using topically, be sure to add to to a carrier oil like all essential oils should be, they are potent and to be used carefully.

4. Eucalyptus

The BEST oil if you are feeling a bit congested and one I add to the shower! Add a few drops to warm water in a glass dish and let is steam in the shower with you. Honestly, It’s the best!

Other benefits of eucalyptus essential oil include applying it to your chest (with a carrier oil) when you are congested. It is known to keep the bugs away (bonus!!) and helps you breathe easier.

Diffuse a few drops in your favorite diffuser, steam it in your shower or apply it to your chest (with a carrier oil).

5. Lemon

Lemon essential oil is THE household staple! Many household cleansers can be made with this oil, here is a simple recipe that I use:

  • 2 cups distilled water,
  • 2 Tbsp. white vinegar,
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil.

Add all the ingredients to a GLASS spray bottle. Yes it has to be glass as essential oils will eat away at plastic.

Along with a great ingredient as a household cleaner, enjoy this invigorating aroma in the home by adding a few drops to your favorite diffuser.

Those are the essentials for essential oils that should be in your home. They are a great starting point especially if you are new to essential oils. Always remember, these tiny bottles contain powerful oils. Please use them carefully and with respect. Never ingest an essential oil unless advised by a pro and love the world of essential oils.

Thank you for reading and please leave a comment or share this post with your friends. Be sure to check out the other blog posts as well! Have an amazing day.

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The Best Summer Ever; 2020

The days and nights are getting cooler, and winter is not far ahead. This means it is time to kick up the blog posts again. I would apologize for being absent, but I had the best summer ever.

Let me tell you about my summer

It is a summer I will never forget.

I spent the summer in the dirt and in the garden. And from this time in the dirt, A whole new business flourished from it bringing people happiness in a time of darkness.

Glenreagh Gardens was born this summer. Hence, this was the best summer ever. Our home & yard opened up to give people a place to breathe, a place to be one with nature, a place to laugh & smile and through it all, we found our own happiness.

It all started with a dream

Literally. I had a dream and woke up to tell my husband “we have to plant sunflowers”. I didn’t know why, I just knew we had to plant sunflowers. At this time, it was mid-May and most people had their gardens in already! We scurried around trying to find sunflower seeds (in bulk) as our plan was to plant many! Acres, not rows.

We found some! And the planting began…


Sunflower. A happy flower. And so much more than a simple flower. Through their blooming time, they attract birds, bees, butterflies and it seems the garden comes to life! A sunflower is always bright even when it stops blooming as it doesn’t stop giving. When the petals have dropped, their seed appear feeding birds & squirrels & insects. It’s the flower that keeps on giving.

We planted an acre of them just off the road so all could see. Since, it was our first time growing this many, we didn’t mark the area with what it was. The signs simply said “SEEDED”.

This created a spark of curiosity from the neighbors, and we didn’t even know it.

Until the blooms start forming, this is what you see.

As they started to grow, we were excited! Our little experiment might actually work! Our mission for planting them was simple. TO give people something bright when the whole world seemed so dark. To help people smile, give them flowers all summer long (if they grew of course).

And grow they did!

They bloomed beautifully! Each seed took off as if to say, yes! We are with you! Let’s spread some happiness! We started getting messages of support. People were loving seeing these sunflowers, and the word about them spread quickly. Then, we opened up the gates & created a u-pick like no other. We met the most wonderful people through this venture, and we are doing it again next year, this time BIGGER and more sunflowers!

These beauties bloomed all summer long and straight into fall proving brightness every single day. Even now after a bit of frost, they continue to be bright. Soon, harvesting will be in full force to feed the birds for the winter.

Sunflowers. The happy flower. These sunflowers showed us the importance of spreading happiness wherever you go. It is incredible what happens when someone smiles. Worry & Fear seems to dissipate and joy takes over. So when you need a little sun, a little brightness, refer to this photo:

and let happiness take over.

Like I said, best summer ever. Spent in the dirt & spreading happiness.


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