No words can really describe the warm and cozy feeling and the inviting tranquillity of a softly glowing bedroom or living room. Those are the feelings that you get when you place Himalayan salt lamps in your home. The soothing pink glow of the lamps can energize the room and stimulate a sense of deep relaxation creating a “mindful space”. A Himalayan salt lamp is also a natural source of fresh, invigorating air in the room, irrespective of where you decide to place it in your home.
What Is a Himalayan Salt Lamp?
Himalayan salt lamps have become very popular in the last few years. These beautiful lamps are made from pink salt crystals that are mined from the fringe of the Himalayan mountains. Himalayan salt lamps come in a range of lovely colors – light pink to orangish-pink and the color of the lamp really depends on the mineral concentration. The Himalayan salt crystals are mined and then they are hollowed out and a bulb is fitted in the hollow that produces both light and heat. You can also find some Himalayan salt lamps that are made of baskets containing the crystal pink salt blocks with a light placed underneath.
Not only are these lamps lovely pieces for interior decoration, they are also wonderful sources of natural light. However, Himalayan salt lamps are prized not only for their beauty and utility value as a light source, they have several other diverse functions. There are many environmental and health benefits of placing Himalayan salt lamps in every room of your home.
How Does the Himalayan Salt Lamp Work?
Himalayan salt lamps are made of salt, which is hygroscopic that causes it to attract the water from the atmosphere. Along with the water molecules, the lamp also traps pollutants, allergens, dust, bacteria, smoke particles, etc. from the air.
When the bulb inside the Himalayan salt lamp is lit, the salt block gets heated and produces negative ions. The water trapped in the salt lamp evaporates due to the heat of the bulb and in turn releases the negative ions into the atmosphere. These negative ions help to purify the air and also have many health benefits. Also, since the airborne contaminants are trapped by the salt lamp, the air that is released is pure and clean.
Benefits of Himalayan Salt Lamps
Balances Electromagnetic Radiation
We live in an electrical world, where we are surrounded by an ocean of electromagnetic radiation from appliances all around us like cell phones, computers, televisions, etc. that stream positive ions into the atmosphere all the time. There is an overflow of electromagnetic (EM) radiation, which is invisible but has serious effects in the long run. The constant exposure to this EM radiation can cause problems such as increased stress, fatigue and the weakening of the immune system and in the long run can lead to more chronic diseases like heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease and cancer.
A Himalayan salt lamp performs like an air ionizer and the negative ions that are released when a Himalayan salt lamp is lit, cancels the positive ions, thereby neutralizing the EM radiation. The ions also help to prevent building up of static and also reduce artificial frequencies.
The human windpipe has fine hair called cilia that function like microscopic air filters. The positive ions in the atmosphere decrease the effectiveness of the cilia function, while negative ions improve their functioning.
Having Himalayan lamps placed in the rooms of your home can help you breathe better by releasing negative ions and they also help to filter pollutants and contaminants, thereby providing cleaner air to your lungs.
Purifies the Air
Himalayan salt lamps have the ability to purify the air by absorbing dust, smoke, pollen and other pollutants and locking it within the salt crystals. Himalayan salt lamps can remove dust, cigarette smoke and other pollutants from the air and cleanse the air.
Also, salt has many therapeutic effects that can strengthen and heal the body. So, Himalayan salt lamps not only help to detoxify the air but also help you have a pure atmosphere in your home that helps in healthy living and overall wellness.
Eases Symptoms of Allergy and Asthma
If you suffer from respiratory ailments like allergy or asthma, lighting Himalayan lamps in the house can provide relief as the negative ions from the lamp counteract the harmful effects of the positive ions in the air. Himalayan salt lamps also help to remove the contaminants that cause these respiratory problems, thus purifying the atmosphere.
Reduces Stress and Increases Energy Levels
Using Himalayan salt lamps in your home can help to revitalize and energize your body. The positive ions in the atmosphere drain all the energy from your body, causing you to feel tired and fatigued, whereas the negative ions can help to invigorate both the body and mind.
The negative ions released by the salt lamps reach the bloodstream and produce some chemical reactions that result in increased serotonin production. This chemical helps to relieve stress, reduce the symptoms of depression and boost energy. Studies reveal that seasonal depression can be treated by the use of negative ions.
Also, the soft glowing pink, orange or yellow light emitted by the Himalayan salt lamp can be very soothing and relaxing and helps to alleviate stress, symptoms of attention deficit disorder (ADHD), etc. Often, Himalayan salt lamps are used as an aid to chromotherapy or color therapy.
Improves Sleep Quality
Positive ions drain away energy and prevent it from being replenished due to poor sleep quality. The positive ions reduce the blood and oxygen supply to the brain that causes irregularity in sleep patterns. The negative ions in the atmosphere help you to get a good night’s sleep along with rejuvenating you and boosting your mood.
By just plugging in your Himalayan salt lamp while you sleep, you can have a restful night and sound sleep and get up the next day feeling completely refreshed and rejuvenated.
Boosts Blood Flow
Negative ions like the ones emitted by Himalayan salt lamps can help to improve blood flow in the body. This helps to improve vascular health.
Improves Skin Health
Many skin ailments like eczema, etc. are exacerbated by the dust in your home, pollen in the air, etc. Purifying the air will not completely eliminate these skin troubles but will definitely help remove the source of these troubles and alleviate them. Using Himalayan lamps around your home can help to trap all the pollen, dust and other pollutants from the air and purify the surroundings of your home.
Reduces Static Electricity
Static electricity around your home can be quite annoying and cause symptoms like dry eyes, loss of sleep, etc. The amount of static electricity in your home can be reduced and controlled if these airborne particles are neutralized. Himalayan salt lamps are a wonderful natural and energy efficient way by which the airborne particles in the atmosphere can be neutralized.
Creating a Mindful Space
Not only does having a Himalayan lamp in the room make it more aesthetically pleasing, but the warm glow of the lamp helps to create a mindful space that is soothing, as well as, therapeutic. The Himalayan salt lamps help to detoxify your home by removing all the pollutants, thus creating a more natural and cleaner living space.
Things to Look for When Buying a Himalayan Salt Lamp
To avoid being duped and buying a fake Himalayan salt lamp, some of the things that you must keep in mind are:
- Himalayan salt lamps emit a warm and soft glow. Don’t buy a lamp that is very bright and emits too much of light.
- You may find some Himalayan salt crystal lamps that are white in color, but these are very rare and expensive. So, if you’re getting a white colored salt lamp at a low price, then you must be cautious.
- Ensure that the salt crystals of your Himalayan lamp have been mined only from the region around the Himalayas or from Kewra in Pakistan.
The lovely Himalayan salt lamps not only help to detoxify your home, but also adds great aesthetics to your home while creating a tranquil and relaxing ambiance.