Traditional Marble & Lime Venetian PlasterAmerican Clay and Venetian Plaster stone veneer walls create negative ions which can actually make us feel happy!

How does this happen? Clay and natural stone veneers will absorb moisture from the air and release it when the air is dry. The action of releasing the moisture produces Nature’s Prozac: Negative Ions.

If you are like me you need to understand the reason why this is true in order to believe it – here’s a simplified explanation…

Ions are basically molecules that have gained or lost an electrical charge. They become negative when molecules break apart due to moving air and water.

American ClayThe level of negative ions in our indoor living spaces are a fraction of what we experience outside.  Especially now because of the counter-effect of positive ions created by our TV’s, computers, and cell phones, which can leave us feeling lethargic, anxious, sleep deprived and depressed.

When we breathe in negative ion-rich air our bodies produce extra serotonin. That’s the same stuff that makes us feel great after exercising or eating dark chocolate. That’s why our moods seems to lighten significantly when on the beach, next to a waterfall or on top of a mountain!

Generally speaking, negative ions increase the flow of oxygen to the brain; resulting in higher alertness, decreased drowsiness, and more mental energy,” says Pierce J. Howard, PhD, author of The Owner’s Manual for the Brain: Everyday Applications from Mind Brain Research, and director of research at the Center for Applied Cognitive Sciences in Charlotte, N.C.  Also, according to Howard “Air conditioning depletes the atmosphere of negative ions”.

As a personal testimonial for American Clay and natural marble and lime Venetian Plaster, we have several rooms in our house with these finishes. Their serene vibes make them our favorite rooms. The air is less dry in the winter in spite of our constantly active wood stove and two computers. And the rooms are significantly cooler in our humid summers.

Cement Look Venetian PlasterI’ve taken to doing yoga every morning in one of these rooms. I feel less fidgety and distracted within walls that have a true stone veneer. Architectural stone finishes such as these are excellent for work spaces and will keep you and your colleagues happier, healthier and more productive.

Arteriors is a certified applicator of American Clay, and also provides traditional marble and lime Venetian Plaster. Our company is committed to using green solutions for healthier and more beautiful living.

To add American Clay and Venetian Plaster for more negative ions in your space – call Arteriors today at 508-655-1942, or see our website at