Benefits of Negative Ions - Today, we can't imagine living without electric devices that make it easier for us to work in the office and at home. Computer terminals, fluorescent lighting, forced-air ventilation systems, and modern building materials generate an overabundance of harmful positive ions sometimes referred to as electric smog. Electric smog deteriorates the quality of air, which negatively affects our physical and emotional state. You may have experienced the positive power of negative ions when you were recreating at a beach, walking beneath a waterfall or through a pine forest. The air circulating at the beach and in the mountains is said to contain tens of thousands of negative ions. "The action of the pounding surf or sudden spring thunderstorms create negative air ions. The ions are generally produced by the action of cosmic rays , lightning and radon from the earth's crust . Crystal salt lamps emit negative ions by heating the salt crystals. When heated, the salt pulls water molecules from the air to its surface and combines with the water, neutralizing positive ions and their attendant pollution, and emitting the neutralized molecule back into the environment. A crystal salt lamp acts as a natural air ionizer, boosting the count of negative ions in the air. Scientific studies show crystal salt lamps can increase the negative ion count up to 300%. Many Europeans and Australians are aware of the benefits of negative ions to our health and well being. Crystal salt lamps are a beautiful, maintenance-free, natural mood lighting alternative from Mother Nature for improving air quality. With time, the crystal salt lamps do not reduce in size, color or shape, and don't lose weight or their ionizing effect!