Monday 24 May 2021

Love To Colour? Colouring with Cats #126 ~ Getting Your OM’s on with Mandalas on Mondays ~ Crystal of the Week PLUS **Your Crystal Questions Answered** What Are Salt Crystal Lamps Good For?

Turquoise Mandalas on Mondays Banner 2020 ©BionicBasil® getting your Om's on and unleash Your Zen Harmonies

Supurr Monday greetings beautiful furiends

We're continuing our crystal journey today, and this week, we've got a lovely gemstone to share as Kelli asked us; what are salt crystal lamps good for? 

Crystal of The Week


What Are Salt Crystal Lamps Good For?

Salt crystal comes in all shades of orange, pinky, salmony, brown/reddish and white tones.  And they are usually rough-hewn chunks that are bored out inside to create the lamps or tealight holders, although some are shaped as spheres, obelisks, cones and pyramids etc..., and even bowls now. Mew can also get smaller rough-cut stones as in the top right picture below, which mew could place in a bowl or whatever mew have. They are mined in the Himalayas and are around 250 million years old, so purretty old as all things go! MOL

Salt crystal is a friable stone much like selenite, so mew really don't want to wet it; when mew occasionally clean it, use a damp cloth to carefully wipe the outer surface, or use a small brush and give it a little tickle, as they can become dusty.
Colouring with Cats #126  ©BionicBasil® Crystal of The Week - Salt Crystal Lamps

This is the salt lamp we have at BBHQ, sorry there's no Melvyn modelling alongside it today, he was too busy playing with his new toy! MOL

Ours is a pale salmony tone, although it looks lighter in the picture below and when lit, it casts a really relaxing orangey glow to the room.
Colouring with Cats #126  ©BionicBasil® Crystal of The Week - BBHQ Salt Crystal Lamp

Anyhoo, let's jump right in and tell mew a little about the gem lore and reputed benefits surrounding these ameowzing crystal lamps.

Not only are they gorgeous to look at as each one is unique, they supposedly are a supurr addition to your home as they are natural negative ion generators. Now, what does that mean? Well, let us explain like this; mew know when it's been a hot stuffy and humid day and the air feels heavy and cloying, and then along comes a thunder or rainstorm and immediately afterwards it feels so fresh and the air is light, it feels energised and full of oxygen again. Well, salt lamps do the same thing, they create the negative ions just like aftur a rainstorm and energise the air and clear the smog.

They wurk by using the heat generated by either the bulb in the electric lamps or by the flame in candle tealights, and as the salt heats up it attracts the moisture from the air, then as it evaporates the salt emits the negative ions. So the larger the lamp, the more ions mew get.

These ions also purportedly help negate the effects of electromagnetic smog within the home that are created by modern-day living such as; routers, air-con, electrical appliances, fluorescent lighting, TVs, computers, phones, heating,  etc... all of these items/things can drain your natural energy/chi and create positive ions. So by using a salt crystal lamp and introducing negative ions into your home, this aids in balancing the air and surroundings making for a much nicer and energised environment.

Some of the reported benefits we've read about from using salt crystal lamps are:- air purification, reduction in airborne allergens, increased energy and chi, mood-boosting, increased wellbeing, increased mental alertness, better sleep, reduced stress. Obviously, mew would have to determine these claims yourself by introducing a salt crystal lamp into your home. 

Originally we bought ours in about 2005, and it is an electric lamp, and it uses a small 5W sewing machine bulb, which are readily available from Amazon or other DIY retailers. We don't have the candle votives at BBHQ as obviously cats and real candles are not a great combination - check out our Cat Hazards post.

We really like our lamp, and whether or not it does any of the supposed claims or benefits, it's a lovely looking lamp to have in your home.

So if mew're looking for a nice crystal to decorate your home with, which apparently has many reputed benefits, this might be one to try, and if mew do, let us know if mew feel better for it as curious minds want to know.

Many thanks for DM'ing us Kelli, and we hope that answered your question.

 If mew have any crystal questions; email us, DM us or ask us in the comments below.

To check out last weeks Crystal of the Week, click the link: Ocean Jasper.

(disclaimer; we are not health or medical practitioners, all crystal info is purely for entertainment purposes only.) 

Anyhoo, we do hope mew've all have a totally pawesome weekend, and that mew're ready fur the week ahead, so let's jump right in and start as always with our little breathing exercise, which we're sure mew all have down paw by now...  but if mew've furgotten, stop what mew're doing fur a moment and take deep fulfilling breaths; counting to five on the inhale and five on the exhale:

Breathe in
Breathe out

Breathe in
Breathe out

Breathe in
Breathe out

Smooch is here again to offur mew assistance in getting your OM's on and Zen Harmonies happening, so just press play, close your eyes and follow his instructions.

Don't mew feel better already?  I know we do!

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Here's this weeks mandala.
Mandalas on Monday ©BionicBasil® Colouring With Cats Mandala #126 Downloadable Image
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And here's our finished version... in a kaleidoscope colour palette.

Mandalas on Monday ©BionicBasil® Colouring With Cats Mandala #126 coloured by Cathrine Garnell

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So on that note, we'll say bye for now and hope to see mew on Wednesday when we're back with Part IX of our epically epic adventure rerun; Fast, Furry and Dangerous, and if mew've missed any of the action so far, don't panic, just click here to catch up. 

Until then

Keep Calm and Colour OM!

Supurr  chilled purrs

Wing Commander Basil & The B Team xox

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  1. WOW, we finally knew one, salt crystals are cool and so is your coloring!

  2. We used to have a salt crystal pyramid lamp that plugged into a USB port. Mom used it in the Computer lab at work to balance the ionization (too many positive ions). Alas, when we moved back here to Midway to take care of Daddy, she inadvertently left it there. It is amazing how salt crystal lamps can reduce headaches and lethargy. We give these lamps 4 paws up!

  3. Love the lamps. Beautiful.

    You know how I look forward to your breathing exercises each Monday morning. A great way to start the week.

    Love the coloring too. All the vivid colors.

    Have a purrfect day and week. Scritches all around and my best to your wonderful mom. ♥

  4. We have shops in our area, that have salt crystal rooms, where one can relax and energize!

  5. That is an amazing crystal and we love your Lamps! Great Mandalas and Smooch that is sooo relaxing. Love it friends love it

  6. smooch....dood......we iz total lee gonna hafta chex out theez lampz....for sure...thanx for sharin bout them and pleez ta tell de PA her did a grate job on thiz mandala; we like de way it ree minds uz oh a bright moon lit nite !! ;) ♥♥☺☺ hope eveeree onez happee and healthee ☺☺☺♥♥♥

  7. Your crystal lamp is beautiful ! Thanks for the breathing exercises, Smooch ! Purrs

  8. I really like salt crystal lamps, I'll have to get one for my house.

  9. Oh. we have seen those lamps around, but now we know the what and why and how!! Thanks!!

    Thats a lovely Mandala! Do I see birds?? LOL!

  10. I have always wanted one, but I read if cats lick it they can get sick. I have no place to put it so they can't get to it. How do you keep your away ? XO


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