Yeo Valley organic TV ad becomes the most watched ‘music video’

Yeo Valley Organic is a British organic farm whose aim is to support sustainable British farming and to work in harmony with nature. They are the UK’s biggest organic brand and produce high-quality organic milk, organic yogurts, organic cheese, organic butter and organic fruit compotes while respecting the environment and their animals which are fed with natural food. They wanted to make an impact in promoting British organic farming and they have succeeded thanks to their £5 milllion TV advert created by the famous music video director Julien Lutz that is known for working with artists such as Alicia Keys, Nelly Furtado, Sean Paul and Christina Aguilera. The advert featured rapping farmers promoting organic products and organic farming. The TV advert was so successful that it has reached the internet and 10 days after its first appearance, it has already reached 512,000 viewers. This is what we call successful viral marketing and hopefully, it will be one of many adverts to come to promote organic products.

Love it or hate it but the Yeo Valley Organic Tv advert is a first and the advert is aimed at competing with big players such as Danone or Muller.

Organic dark chocolate truffles with goji berry

We have found an amazing gourmet product that not only tastes good but that also makes up for a little healthy snack: dark chocolate truffles with goji berry. The truffles are made from organic cacao powder and organic cacao butter and also contain goji berries, well-known for their health properties as well as cherries. They are sweetened with fruit extracts (dates and agaves) and do not contain any chemicals or added sugar. The truffles are made by hand and have each a delicious flavor and texture that will make you want to eat the whole box at once. dark chocolate truffles with goji berriesThe organic dark chocolate truffles with goji berries can be part of your “sweet” cabinet but they also make for an excellent gift for chocolate connoisseurs. Plus, they come in a very cute little container. The dark chocolate truffles, can purchased online here. They are shipped internationally and will be home withing 6 to 10 days depending on where you live. Eating chocolate can be healthy if the chocolate is dark and unprocessed and does contain any additional sugars or fats.

cacao-treeDark chocolate is derived from cacao seeds. The cacao tree, also known as Theobroma cacao which means the “food of Gods” in Greek and is native from South America although it is also grown in Africa and more particularly in Ivory Coast, the largest world exporter of cacao. The cacao tree is an evergreen tree belonging to the Sterculiaceae family that needs a humid climate and an irrigated soil to grow properly and is often found at altitudes ranging from 600m to 1000m. It produces poisonous leaves, flowers that grow in clusters on the tonk of the tree and fruits or cacao pods that resemble of a yellow melon and become orange/light brown when ripen. cacao-podsThe cacao pods measure from 10cm to 40 cm and contains 30 to 60 seeds or cacao beans that are enclaved in a whitish and dry pulp. cacao-beansThe cacao beans, once extracted, are fermented between 2 to 8 days in order to release their aroma or chocolate flavor and then dried. Later on, the beans will be roasted at the factory to start the process of making chocolate, first producing a thick chocolate liquor that is cacao contained in cacao butter. Cacao liquor is then separated from the cacao butter that contains 40% to 50% of fats and turned into cacao powder. chocolate liquorDark chocolate is typically made from chocolate liquor and milk chocolate with chocolate liquor, sugars and milk. Chocolate can also be made from cacao powder extracted from beans that have not been fermented or roasted and therefore are packed with much higher percentage of antioxidants. Unfermented beans deliver a stronger and bitterer-tasty chocolate.

Organic dark chocolate health benefits

Cacao is packed with antioxidants called polyphenols that protect the cells from oxidation much like berries or beans and that result in good health, helping boost the immune system, prevent cardio-vascular complications and even cancer, reduce bad cholesterol levels and can even lower the blood pressure. Cacao is also packed with minerals that are essential for health such as copper, calcium, potassium, iron and magnesium. Cacao also helps make us feel good and are a sort of anti-depressant because it contains phenylethylamine, a substance that helps produce natural chemicals in our brain, also known as endorphins. It contains mild stimulants like theobromine that is also helpful in reducing coughing and caffeine in small dosage to give us a little boost.

Organic dark chocolate

Let’s not forget that cacao is derived from a tree, hence its beneficial properties and we are not talking here about sweet and unhealthy chocolate bars but the cacao itself or pure chocolate. The healthiest chocolate will be a very dark and organic chocolate and even a fair trade organic chocolate although it is important not to rely only on the packaging to chose your chocolate but like with all organic products, to also check the list of ingredients to ensure this is a truly organic chocolate. Organic chocolate is made from organic beans that have not been spread with pesticides and that have not been fermented or roasted, keeping intact its health properties. Also, dark and organic chocolate is unsweetened or less sweetened, contains less fat and has not been mixed with other ingredients that give the bad reputation to eating chocolate. Dark chocolate can be incorporated in the diet if it is not eaten abusively.

Zoom on the superfruits: organic goji berry

The organic goji berry is also known under the name wolfberry and belongs to the Lycium genus and Solanaceae family, just like tomato, pepper, eggplant and patato. Goji berry comes from south-east Europe and Asia and the plant grows goji berry flowers of lavender or light purple color that goji berry flowerbloom from June to September while the seeds produce bright orange/red fruits that ripen from July to October. The fruits are sometimes referred to as red diamonds.

Goji berries have drawn attention the past few years and are now marketed as superfruits for their nutritional values and are often referred as Novel Foods. However, goji berries are not new and have been eaten for more than 600 years especially in China and the plant was introduced in the UK in 1730. Being forgotten by the general public, it was put back on the market in the years 2000 and onwards.

Goji berry health benefits

Goji berries are known for their high content of antioxidants and this is why they have been marketed as superfruits. As such, they can help boost the immune system. They are also used in Traditional Chinese medicine to protect the liver, to improve blood circulation, to enhance sexual functions, to protect the eye sight and to reduce cardio-vascular risks. They can help reduce high blood pressure, eliminate bad cholesterol, increase energy levels, improve skin complexion and even as anti-aging. They are a great fruit to include in the diet as they are rich in Vitamin C (more than oranges), Vitamin B2 (for the metabolism), antioxidants (phenols), zinc, selenium, iron, potassium, calcium, beta-carotene, amino acids (to build blocks of proteins), monosaccharides and polysaccharides (carbohydrates), unsaturated fats (linoleic acid or omega 6 and alpha-linolenic acid or omega 3) and fibers.

Organic goji berries

Goji berries are known to be spread with a lot of pesticides, fungicides and insecticides especially when coming from Asia. Some goji berries batches were even refused from entering the USA because of the level of chemicals that they contained. Therefore, you should favor organic goji berries as most organic products are grown naturally but again, always check the origin and the packaging to ensure they are truly organic goji berries. dry goji berriesGoji berries are often sold in the form of dried goji berries that are chewy in texture and sweet and sour in taste because fresh goji berries are not easy to find. They are also sometimes found in tisanes in the organic teas section but the most common form is goji berry juice. However, pure goji berry juice is also hard to find and you will notice that the goji juice is in most cases mixed with other berries juice and sugar. Again, an organic goji berry juice will contain higher percentages of organic goji berries and no added sugar. You can at last find delicatessen food such as dark chocolate truffles with goji berry. If the chocolate is dark and the product does not contain added sugar, it can make up for a pleasant and healthy snack.

Organic rose geranium essential oil

Organic rose geranium essential oil is extracted from the leaves and stalks of the plant Pelargonium that belongs to the Geraniaceae family and is not to confused with geranium. Pelargonium comes from South Africa but is nowadays popular in every garden as they can resist strong heat and even mild frosts. Besides being a beautiful flower with a very pleasant smell, it is also believed to repel insects and mosquito.

Rose geranium essential oil is a valuable essential oil with a sweet and rosy note and has antiseptic, antibacterial and anti fungal properties, it is astringent and tonic, it has anti inflammatory properties, it is anti depressant, cicatrisant and haemostatic (stop haemorrhage). Its properties are due to its chemical composition that includes terpenes, cetones and aldehydes.

Health benefits of organic rose geranium essential oil

Rose geranium essential oil can be used as such:

– to lift the spirit and release stress and tiredness by rebalancing the nervous system; it puts you in a good mood
– for detoxification and elimination because it has a diuretic effect and will be beneficial in case of water retention; it also helps cleanse the lymphatic system
– for PMS
– for inflammation in the joints, muscles or connective tissues
– on the skin, it has amazing effects especially in case of acne, eczema, psoriasis or other skin disorders caused by bacteria, but it can be used by anyone to regulate the sebum secretion and is beneficial to dry skins
– it can be useful for nose bleeding because of its haemostatic properties and even in case of cuts, wounds or burns thanks to its cicatrisant properties

You can use rose geranium essential oil in baths, massage oil, diffusion in the home, in a vaporizer, in organic cream or shampoo bases, or other organic products. As it is an insect repellent, you can use a few drops on a tissue if you are sitting outside or even at home to avoid insect bites. However, essential oils are very strong and only one or two drops should be used. It should not be applied undiluted on the skin as it can create irritations or burns and rose geranium essential oil should be avoided by pregnant women. Also, chose an organic essential oil to guarantee its quality as fragrance essential oils do not carry the therapeutic effects a therapeutic grade oil does.

The gross reality about meat products

This is a video about meat farming that is so disgusting, it might turn you vegan. You might have seen it already but this is really shocking and it should be seen by everyone to stop the ongoing massacre. The video speaks for itself so we will not comment but hopefully, it will give you food for thought so to speak. We have compared it with an organic chicken farm video that yes, might not be a certified organic chicken farm, but organic is here used as a term for natural, non cruel and even normal. In the organic chicken farm, chickens are grown outside, they have space, they eat natural grains, they see green things and are only part of the natural food chain, as opposed to a mass production meat factory that treats living things with cruelty only to ensure that big food chains continue to feed us with their burgers, chicken wings and what not.

Disgusting meat factory:

Organic chicken farm

You can find organic meat products at your local natural store or even online buy organic meat online at shops such as as http://www.laverstokepark.co.uk/ to contribute to the fight against animal cruelty. Organic products are becoming a fashion but what it means deeply is going back to the traditional ways of growing things, may it be animals, vegetables or fruits; a traditional way that respects nature and all living things.

Top 10 organic gift ideas to turn green

With the holiday approaching slowly but surely and even not so slowly after all, we have compiled a little list of organic gift ideas that could make your friends/family/co-workers turn green or make them really happy if they are already following an organic lifestyle and are into organic products. We found gifts for both genders and even for the little ones because they need to be trained young on the eco-friendly concept if we want to save our planet! We thought also about our friends the pets that should not be left behind.

organic coffee and organic tea title=1) Organic coffee and organic tea with handpainted mug: This is a sort of neutral gift that could fit for the Secret Santa at work. However, everyone loves coffee and tea and if it’s organic, it still adds a touch of originality! This basket contains a large variety of organic coffee and 20 bags Zen Blend green tea as well as a coffee mug. You will receive a $5 gift certificate for any further online purchase at Rogers Gourmet Coffee and Tea market. View the organic coffee and organic tea gift basket here.

organic spa basket2) Organic Spa Gift Basket: This is a nice woman’s gift because every woman or almost every woman likes to pamper herself. Here is a choice of various spa gift baskets including truly organic face creams, organic body creams, organic exfoliants, organic bath products and organic salts that are paraben, chemicals-free and of different natural flavors.
The products can be shipped internationally by UPS who is supporting the recycling movement by using recycled materials. View the organic spa gift basket here.

korres shaving cream3) Organic shaving cream and after-shave for men: Alright, you might think that the shaving cream idea is a bit lame but what says more that you care about the person that an organic shaving cream? Men have a sensitive face skin, even more than women because they need to shave almost every day. Most shaving creams contain ingredients that you would not dare to eat while a truly organic shaving cream is made of natural ingredients and healing ingredients such as essential oils to soothe the skin irritation at deeper skin levels. We have selected the Korres Absinthe Heady Shave Cream and Korres Ginseng and Marigold after shave balm. He will ask you for more because it’s just an awesome product. View the organic shaving cream and the organic after-shave.

recycled laptop bag4) Fancy laptop sleeve made from recycled material: This is for our fancy geek friends who care about the environment and their look. The recycled laptop sleeve comes in different colors and is made of 79% upcycled materials. It is also waterproof and comes in size 16″ X 12″ X 5″. View the recycled laptop sleeve here.

skateboard-earrings5) Skateboard earrings: Yes, that’s correct, those fun earrings are made from old or damaged skateboards and sterling silver ear wires. They are rounded and come in unique colors and patterns. They are original while being fancy at the same time and bring a very happy touch. They are hand-made and have been designed by Lindsay Jo Holmes, a jewelery designer during the day and skateboarder at night. View the Skateboard earrings here.

organic-candle6) Organic Happiness candle: You might not know what to think when you receive a candle as a gift, but we do love it so we decided to suggest it. Most candles we buy are made from paraffin wax which is a derivative of kerosene and contain unnatural scents that can actually be hazardous for the health but not this one.This is not an ordinary candle but a candle made of vegetable wax and essential oils. Everyone loves to put candles in their home so this can be a great gift if someone has just moved in. View the organic happiness candle here.

himalayan-salt-lamp7) Himalayan salt lamps: The therapeutic Himalayan Salt Crystal Lamps can be an original gift for your stressed out friends or family members. The salt lamp creates negative ions that purify the indoor air making it similar to the outdoor air and resulting in a state of well-being. It also creates a nice atmosphere in the home, may it be in the living room, bedroom, bathroom. You can read about our Himalayan salt lamps and its therapeutic properties for more information. View the Himalayan salt lamp here.

eco friendly purse 8 ) Eco-chic purse: The eco-chic purse by Urthbags is made from recycled newspaper which gives it its truly uniqueness. Not one bag is the same and you can choose from a vast range of colors, materials, sizes and features. Also, if you become an UrthBags Fan on facebook, you receive a 15% OFF any retail purchase by using the coupon code: FACEBOOKFAN15 at the check out. *Offer Expires on 12/31/10. View the eco-chic purse here.

organic pet shampoo9) Organic shampoo, soaps and lotions for pets: For our pet lover friends, what about a line of organic pet products that will not irritate the animal skin? Most products used at the pet groomers are packed with chemicals that the animal intakes when licking itself. This is a great alternative! View the organic shampoos, soaps and lotions for pets here.

organic baby gift basket10) Organic baby gift basket: Maybe your sister, sister in law, friend or even coworker has just given birth so we have selected the organic baby basket from Neal’s Yard. This basket contains organic Baby Bath of 100ml, Baby Powder (75g), Pure Baby Oil (50ml), Baby Balm (15g) and an organic cotton flannel. These products are made from 100% natural ingredients such as shea butter, sunflower oil, cocunut oil, lavender essential oil to calm and chamomile to stop irritations. It can be an awesome present to pamper the little ones. View the organic baby gift basket here.

Fancy an organic cup of tea?

All types of teas are made from the plant Camellia sinensis that belongs to the Theaceae family. In Latin, sinensis means Chinese and this is no wonder since the plant originated in Mainland China and South East Asia but is now also cultivated in tropical and sub-tropical regions and a cultivated version also exists in order to grow it commercially from anywhere. Camellia sinensis is a small tree usually kept trimmed to reach a height of 2m, it has white yellow flowers, leaves of 4 to 15cm long and it grows naturally in high altitude from 1000m to 2500m. The seeds of camellia sinensis are used to produce tea oil (not to confuse with tea tree oil), which is an oil used for culinary purposes much like olive oil and that has naturally occurring vitamin E, unsaturated fats and antioxidants. The tea oil is also used in the manufacturing of cosmetics (soaps, hair products).
organic black teaThe dried leaves of camellia sinensis are used to make tea and depending on the age of the leaves, the quality of the tea varies as their chemical composition changes. The altitude at which the plant grows plays also a big role and tea leaves grown at higher altitudes give the tea a much better flavor. Soils and harvesting and processes are as much as important since these factors will contribute to producing the various types of teas we know such as black tea, green tea, white tea, pu-erh tea or oolong tea, all having a different oxidation.

Organic black tea: Black tea is darker in color because it is more oxidized due to the fact that the leaves are dried longer, withered, fully fermented, and fired. The used leaves are usually more mature leaves. The best quality black teas are rarely exported unless fair trade deals have been made with the growers so always read the label and favor fair trade products.
Organic oolong tea: Oolong tea is also made with mature leaves that are withered, semi-fermented, panfired and dried. The cooking of the leaves is typically made over charcoal, giving the tea its characteristic taste.
Organic pu-erh tea: Pu-erh tea is made with matures leaves that are withered and go through a special fermentation process that darken the leaves and change their flavor over time, just like a good wine.
Organic green tea: Green tea uses mature leaves that are withered, steamed or panfired and dried.
Organic white tea: White tea uses young leaves that are only steamed and dried.

These types of teas are divided in sub-categories resulting in a variety of more than 2000 teas. Then, we can also find beverages made from botanicals or herbs and these are often wrongly referred to as “herbal teas”; wrongly because all teas come from the Camellia sinesis plant so that a beverage made of chamomile flowers is not a tea but a tisane or an herbal infusion.

Organic tea health benefits

People have been drinking tea for more than 5000 years and for a reason. Tea is rich in phytochemicals that are chemicals naturally present in plants, some of which are beneficial for health. Tea contains antioxidants (flavanoids and polyphenol types) that may reduce the risk of cardio-vascular disease and cancers. Tea can also help fight bad cholesterol and boost the immune system and it contains fluoride that is beneficial to the teeth and bad breath. Tea is however rich in caffeine and green teas, white teas and all teas contain more or less the same amount of it. The caffeine content is found in the fresh tea leaves (4% of caffeine) so the way the tea is processed does not drastically influence the amount of caffeine although black tea is the most caffeinated of all teas. Black tea contains 4g of caffeine per serving, oolong tea 30g, green tea 20g and white tea 15g. Black tea is also more oxidized and because of the way it is processed (fully fermented, fired and dried), it looses some of the effect of the polyphenol content while green tea is only withered, steamed and dried, and white tea only steamed and dried, keeping fully their health properties.

However, it is important when you chose a tea to chose it right. Indeed, the tea plant is today commercially grown and therefore is sprayed with chemicals that inevitably end up in your cup of tea. Also, what is better, a tea bag or loose tea leaves? The loose tea leaves are derived from the full tea leaves or broken leaves but from the best part of the leave. Meanwhile, tea bags usually contain the fannings or the dust of the leaves, basically the worse part. Tea bags are convenient but they are not as high quality as full tea leaves. The same applies for herbal infusions.

Regardless of the type of tea you prefer, chose an organic loose leaves tea that has been grown in non-contaminated soils and that has not gone through a chemical treatment such as pesticides or herbicides spray. As always, read the label when you buy organic products because of the marketing scams. Don’t forget that where you prepare your tea is also important not to boil the leaves. Bring the water to boiling and once off the cooker, throw 2 to 4 grams of leaves and let it infuse for a few minutes. If in a hurry and you want to pour the boiling water on the leaves, you should first dip them in cold water so that the tea will keep all its good properties.

Enjoy 🙂

Organic maitake mushrooms

Maitake is a Japanese mushroom also known as the “Dancing mushroom” belonging to the Meripilaceae family and the G. frondosa species. The maitake mushroom grows in Japan and in North-America and has been praised for its healing properties, restoring unbalanced body systems. Maitake mushrooms are recognizable as they look like a cluster made of of multiple grayish-brown caps that are curled or spoon-shaped. It can be as big as 60 cm large and it grows at the same place for few years in a row. The maitake mushroom can weigh up to 20 kg and is dubbed as the King of the Mushrooms in Japan where it widely used for cooking purposes just like the Shiitake mushroom.

Maitake mushroom health properties

Besides being used for culinary purposes, the maitake mushroom also have amazing health properties and can be found in various forms: fresh mushroom, dry mushroom, powder, capsules, liquid or tea. In Asia, it has traditionally been used for its ability to boost the immune system thanks to its active constituent, Beta-glucan and is a good supplement/food to intake before the winter to fight colds and flu. It is also known to lower blood pressure, to lower bad cholesterol levels as well as to lower sugar levels in diabetic patients thanks to its hypoglycemic properties (naturally occurring alpha glucosidase inhibitor). It can also help manage weight loss. Maitake is rich in minerals, vitamins (B especially), fibers, amino-acids (proteins) and antioxidants and can help release inflammations.

Many studies have been conducted on the maitake mushroom and in 2009, a human trial was performed at the Memorial Sloan–Kettering Cancer Center in New-York on breast cancer patients demonstrating that the maitake mushroom could stimulate the production of immune system cells. Other studies were performed to research on prostate cancer, bladder cancer and various types of cancer cells and revealed that a portion of the mushroom called D-fraction was responsible for the anti-cancer activity. Further studies are being performed on the maitake mushroom that could become a life saver in the future.

How to take maitake?

First of all, depending where you live, it might be hard to find fresh maitake since it does not grow everywhere. However, dry maitake is commonly found in natural health stores or online and organic maitake is recommended to ensure it has grown on untreated soils. Dry organic maitake mushrooms can be soaked in warm water until it becomes soft (1 hour usually). It can then be cooked with other organic products such as olive oil and added in meat, pasta, organic quinoa or with other vegetables. The taste is quite pleasant although it is very different from the mushrooms we are typically used to eat; however, knowing what good it does to us, the taste can easily be put aside. maitake ampulesYou can also find maitake in the form of liquid in maitake ampules. You can use these ampules to do a cure of 21 days during the fall and during the spring, basically at the times when the immune system is at its lowest and needs a boost. You can also use 2 to 4 grams of maitake mushrooms to make a maitake tea. Bring to a boil and simmer for 2 to 4 hours, pass it and drink a cup in the morning and the evening. You can also easily find maitake supplements to take with a glass of water, but be always careful with the origin of the product to ensure it has not been mixed with other powders, as the effects will be lowered.

Brain wave therapy audio tracks to heal body and mind

What is brain wave therapy?

Have you ever heard of brain wave therapy? Brain wave therapy consists of brain waves frequency available in audio tracks that have healing properties and can help induce sleep, weight loss, relax, meditate, have more creativity, expand your relationships, quit smoking and much more. Brain wave therapy helps you modify patterns in order to bring positive change in your life, regardless of the area concerned. It re balances the brain, thus enhances your ability to think, learn and create, concentrate, fight stress, fear and even addictions and get rid of everything that was preventing you from living at your full potential.

How does brain wave therapy work?

Brain wave therapy comes in the form of audio programs that contain pure and precise tuned sound frequencies that drive the brain activity into high level states of mind. Brain waves include alpha waves that stimulate creativity and deep relaxation, beta waves that help focus and concentrate, theta waves that are used for deep meditation, insight and memory, delta waves that induce deep sleep and healing and gamma waves that increase cognition and improve IQ.

Brain wave therapy was first brought forth by biophysicist Gerald Oster in 1973 at the Mont Sinai Hospital in New-York who discovered that when sound frequencies are delivered to the brain separately through each ear via stereo headphones, a third beating sound is perceived by the brain, as if the two tones mixed naturally. This signal is called a binaural beat, and for this third signal to be heard, the frequency difference between the two original sounds must be minimal (typically below 30 Hz). The perception of the sound that arises in the brain has a huge, yet subtle influence on the brain, creates a stimuli called frequency following response that activates different parts of the brain and has specific therapeutic properties. The binaural beat corresponds to different beat frequencies under 30 Hz such as alpha, beta, delta, theta, and gamma brain waves that lead to asymmetric hemispheric balancing or balancing of the brain. brain wavesDepending on the beat frequency used, the stimuli produces an effect that can range from relaxation, focus, alertness, memory, concentration, sleep and more. Brain wave therapy has raised the interest of neurologists for its therapeutic properties and is used in hospitals or by physicians and therapists all over the world to help patients.

In the 80’s, a legendary woman, Kelly Howell, who was victim of a car accident started developing meditation tapes with positive reinforcing messages in order to overcome her accident. Surprised by the fast results she encountered, she developed self-help audio programs with the collaboration of biofeedback therapists and neuroscientists in San Francisco that led to the creation of Brain Sync, a complete series of brain wave therapy audio programs to be used both by medical professionals and people at home to treat various conditions.

Brain Sync audio programs are available in so many forms ranging from Brain Power (to boost your creativity or memory), Brain Health (to overcome issues such as depression, quit smoking, insomnia), Health and Fitness (to loose weight or help your body self-heal if you are sick), Stress Management (to help you relax and channel your energies), Prosperity and Success (to think positive and stop self-sabotaging your success) and Personal Growth (to help you with your meditation routine).The programs are downloadable and can be used in the car, in mp3 players, before you sleep, during meditation, at work, when you have a headache, in a spa to help clients relax and much more.

The Brain Sync audio programs may sound weird at first because they are basically wave frequencies combined with subliminal messages in order to help you achieve your goal depending on what you are looking to treat or overcome but once you have tried it, you will quickly notice the changes. You have to try the brain sync audio programs in an open state of mind (no judgment) and be persistent (do it for a few days at first and then on a regular basis). The programs are short (30 minutes to an hour) and can be done everywhere, anytime. You can listen to some sample audio programs such as the Increase Creativity program.

Enjoy and give me some feedback on your brain wave therapy experience!

Himalayan salt lamps to purify indoor air

What are Himalayan salt lamps?

Himalayan salt lamps are salt crystal lamps made from the purest salt in the world, found at the foothills of the Himalayan mountains. The large salt crystals salt crystalsare hand-carved and shaped into lamps or candle holders that are unique in shape, size and color. The salt lamp is composed of a base in order to place the lamp or the candle holder anywhere you want and of a light bulb socket to insert a light bulb or a small candle. The salts typically come from Khewra Salt Mines that are located in Pakistan, 300Km from the Himalayan border. Khewra salt mineIt is is the 2nd largest salt mine in the world, attracting more than 40 000 visitors a year. The salt started being extracted in 320BC at the time of Alexander the Great. The mine is located at almost 300m above sea level, forming a 19 story-building. The tunnel where the salt is extracted from is more than 40 km long and 465,000 tons of salt is produced each year. The salt crystals are of pinkish, whitish, reddish or even transparent colors and can be 99% pure at certain spots.

How Himalayan salt lamps work?

The Himalayan salt lamps are a nice decoration item, providing soft light and thus creating a very relaxing and subtle atmosphere. However, salt lamps are more than that since they also have therapeutic effects that have been proven by scientific studies, much like speleotherapy, a salt-based therapy that can help cure a wide range of bronchial problems. First of all, salt lamps are hygroscopic, which means that they attract and retain moisture and humidity in the atmosphere. The salt lamps have indeed the ability to produce negative ions thanks to their chemical composition. Negative ions produce an air that is similar to the one after a rain storm: the air is clear and recharged with oxygen. They are therefore ideal at home to absorb humidity and to reduce bacteria, germs or airborne particles that feed from humidity but they also counteract the positive ions created by electrical appliances, computers, cell phones that often have a negative impact on our mood and health. In country side, forests, mountains or near waterfalls, the air is charged with 4000 negative ions per cubic centimeter while in polluted areas or cities, the air is only charged with 100 or 200 negative ions per cubic centimeter. By producing negative ions, the salt lamps recreate this natural atmosphere, leading to a state of well-being.

Himalayan salt lamps are said to help with conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, chest congestion, coughs, sinus problems, snoring and allergies because they contribute to a cleaner air. They also increase energy levels and contribute to a better mood while inducing relaxation and well-being during stressful times. They can also help improve sleeping patterns. They have even been used by health practitioners in Europe, Japan or North America for their proven benefits and ionized rooms are gaining in importance because according to the US Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air pollution is in the top 5 threats for health.

Salt lamps can be placed at home in each room, next to the computer, on in the bedroom or living room. They are ideal for work space such as spas or relaxation rooms to create a nice atmosphere while purifying the air. The salt lamp works best when lit up for a while because it had time to warm up and make the lamp surface warmer than the surrounding air, therefore attracting water molecules that form condensation on the salt crystals.

Where to find Himalayan salt lamps?

You can find salt lamps in natural stores, specialty stores or decoration stores, even online. However, salt lamps have become popular and it is important to double check their origin to ensure that they are not fake as the same applies for all organic products. Also, a true salt lamp will not be polished but rather will have this rough effect. This is important because polished salt lamps will not produce negative ions the same way as rough salt lamps will. Also, larger salt lamps made of salt chips are better because they will also produce more negative ions. Ask your vendor for more details and if he/she cannot give you an answer, look somewhere else. We also suggest the online store Solay Wellness that carries a vast variety of hand-crafted salt lamps made with salt crystals from the Khewra salt mines.

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