Salt Crystal Lamps and Color Therapy
The beautiful and rich color of the Salt Crystal Lamps has been known to be useful in color therapy. THE THEORY BEHIND COLOR THERAPY is that when you absorb color energy it travels, via the nervous system, to the part of the body that needs it. Each body has its own optimum state of well-being and is constantly seeking ways to maintain or restore a balanced state. Utilizing COLOR is one way you can help yourself to harmony.
Some of the colors that occur in many of the Salt Crystal Lamps when they are illuminated with an ordinary “white” light globe range from the original off white of pure salt through various degrees of yellows, peach, orange and shades of red to deep red.
The natural variations in the color of the Salt Crystal come from the Iron Oxides in the soil above the salt crystal deposits that leach down over hundreds of millions of years. The colors and combinations of colors are made up from the different density of iron oxides left on the salt crystal veins. The patterns and combinations of colors naturally occur in much the same way as an iron pipe leaves varied, abstract and totally unique rust stains on a wall over time.
Effect of light
98% of Sunlight enters our body through our eyes and remaining 2% enters through our skin. We receive light during day time from Sun and the light emanated from Sun is reflected by Moon during night time. This is why Astrology relates Sun and Moon as causative planets for eyes and eyesight. There is a nerve that connects the eye with hypothalamus gland located in the brain. Upon receiving light from the eyes, this hypothalamus secretes a hormone called serotonin. During day time, serotonin production will be more as there is more light entering the eyes and stimulating the hypothalamus.
Just a bit above the hypothalamus, almost in the middle of the brain, we got pineal gland. This is in the form of a pea nut of about 1 cm size. Serotonin which is produced in the hypothalamus gets into pineal gland. Within the pineal gland, serotonin in the presence of Hydroxy-indole-O-Methyle Transferase (HIOMT) will produce an enzyme called ‘Melatonin’. More light will reduce the production of HIOMT and hence during day time less quantity of melatonin is produced. During night time, more melatonin will be produced.
Serotonin and Melatonin control the functioning of our body. When more Serotonin is produced in our body, there would be diseases like migraine, headaches, insomnia, hypertensions, schizophrenia, mania, anxiety and impulsive acts of violence and aggression. These diseases can be eliminated by decreasing the Serotonin levels in our body by exposing to less light.
Colors can be changed by replacing bulbs in salt lamps which are easily available from any hardware store.
Red (Bright Red)
Warm and stimulating. Use in anemia, or whenever you are feeling cold and pale, with chilled extremities; also useful for ultraviolet and X-ray burns and frostbite; red is a liver stimulant and counter-irritant (to bring internal inflammations to the surface). Nutrients: vitamin B12, acidity.
A respiratory stimulant; useful for weak lungs, asthma, consumption, emphysema; also for overweight and under-active people with an under-active thyroid (energizes thyroid, sedates parathyroid). Orange relieves spasms and cramps, increases milk secretion, corrects rickets and soft bones, osteoporosis; stimulates stomach and digestion, and relieves flatulence and distension; also stimulates the bladder, kidneys, liver and pancreas, try with epilepsy. It is valuable for chronic kidney disease and gallstones; arthritis, gout and rheumatism during non-painful periods. Minerals: boron, calcium, copper, selenium, silicon.
The most luminous color. A strong stimulant and energizer for muscles and nerves: use in all cases of paralysis and muscle disorders, for nerve building, and in nervous exhaustion. Yellow energizes the alimentary tract and stimulates digestion, flow of bile, gastric juices, pancreas activity, lymphatic system, heart, eyes and ears. It generally activates all bodily functions except those of the spleen, which is sedated; use for indigestion, constipation, diabetes, and depression for skin cleansing and to destroy intestinal worms. Minerals: magnesium, molybdenum, sodium.
Green improves the memory power and intelligence. Hence it is very affective for dull students. Green is applied for the treatment of bronchitis, whooping cough, inflammations of the joints, and swellings. In addition, green is thought to have a positive influence on the treatments of cysts, eye diseases and diabetes, generally promoting the secretion processes.
Green color influences Heart which is located at thymus. Thymus contains the power required for the growth and development of the embryo.
Blue is claimed to profoundly calm and relax us. So, it is applied for rheumatism, arthritis, headaches and migraines, the pains of stomach, muscle cramps, and even liver disorders.
Throat is associated with thyroid gland. Its color is blue. The thyroid gland is present inside the throat. It plays a major role in maintaining mental stability and development of one’s nature. It helps kids and teens develop strong bones, and play a role in the development of the brain and nervous system in kids.
Indigo is believed to be a cooling color that develops psychic perception and intuition. It is applied in health treatments for eyes, ears, nose, and mental problems. It is also used in attempts to treat addiction. Indigo is also ascribed to have sedative and calming effects. It also regulates the growth of the body. This tiny gland governs the transitions associated with puberty, youth and reproductive potentials, too.
Light therapy entails sitting in front of bright and colored lights in order to alleviate restlessness, behavioral and sleeping problems.