We generally think in terms of positive and negative. We want positive things in our lives, but in the case of negative ions, we needs LOTS of them in our lives. Here's why -
(LINK) Ions are molecules that have gained or lost an electrical charge. . They are created in nature as air molecules break apart due to sunlight, radiation, and moving air and water. You may have experienced the power of negative ions when you last set foot on the beach or walked beneath a waterfall. While part of the euphoria is simply being around these wondrous settings and away from the normal pressures of home and work, the air circulating in the mountains and the beach is said to contain tens of thousands of negative ions -- Much more than the average home or office building, which contain dozens or hundreds, and many register a flat zero.
"The action of the pounding surf creates negative air ions and we also see it immediately after spring thunderstorms when people report lightened moods," says ion researcher Michael Terman, PhD, of Columbia University in New York.
In fact, Columbia University studies of people with winter and chronic depression show that negative ion generators relieve depression as much as antidepressants. "The best part is that there are relatively no side effects, but we still need to figure out appropriate doses and which people it works best on," he says.
Short of moving to the beach or living near a waterfall, how can we create more negative ions in our environment?
Himalayan salt lamps have become the rage because they do put off negative ions, they also put off a golden orangish light that is very relaxing. In the case of this one above, it has the added benefit of heating the balls that make ideal massage tools. I have one and it is my favorite gift ever. You can massage your sore muscles or your loved one's and no massage skills are necessary. The heat is tremendous on soreness.
Moving water is a great feature for creating negative ions, like the ocean and waterfalls in nature, they can give off strong feelings of euphoria. In fact, it is said that precautions were put around Niagara Falls because the amount of negative ions made people feel rather invincible and they took great risks.
I've long wondered about negative ions in relation to hauntings and I've come to the conclusion that when we are in a relaxed state created by moving water near a building, we might be more perceptive of the spirits on the premises, somewhat like when you enter alpha mind state and have great insights.
Air purifiers put out negative ions and those negative ions weigh down particulates, dropping them to the ground so the air stays clean. But, they also tend to put off ozone. Ozone can actually build up in your home and pollute the air worse than the outdoors.
This one below does not put out ozone and uses a Hepa filter. This would do the most to clean your home air and also give you negative ions.
Out in nature if you want to experience negative ion inhalation, a waterfall, rushing river, stream, rainstorm, or ocean beach are the best ways. You can also take to the mountains, work digging in the earth, or be around wind.
Believe me, negative ions are a very positive thing!