Some of the reported health benefits of Himalayan salt lamps:
- purifies the air
- reduces allergy and asthma symptoms
- eases coughing
- increases energy levels
- improves sleep
- improves mood and concentration
- treats seasonal affective disorder
- environmentally friendly light source
A few years ago I discovered pink himalayan salt as another option along with sea salt for cooking and baking. I had no idea at the time that there were lamps made from himalayan salt until I had seen them online. Then I discovered them in my local crystal shop when we lived in Boston but they were about twenty or thirty bucks. I wasn’t ready…lol…So, I just left them in the store. I wanted to do a little more research before dishing out that amount of money.
Visually they are a cool addition to any space and I’ve heard great things but really…Do they back up the claim to provide all of these health benefits? I’ve been very curious. So, to my pleasant surprise, I just recently found them in Homegoods for 16 bucks. Needless to say I was excited and immediately grabbed it. Funny thing is I had no idea Homegoods sold himalayan salt lamps. I peeped the couple ahead of me who was purchasing one and asked what aisle they got it from! See how the universe works?
Himalayan salt lamps come from the base of the Himalayan mountains. It’s reported that the world’s second largest salt mine (the Khewra Salt mine) is the origin of pink himalayan salt. The salt is hand chipped and contains over 80 different minerals. How does it work? Well, it is believed that the salt emits negative ions into the environment when heated. The same negative ions that the salt produces when heated are supposedly the same as those found in the ocean and waterfalls. Hence why many purify themselves in the ocean and in waterfalls. Makes sense.
Most homes and other buildings contain positive ions like dust, pollen, dander, and cigarette smoke. Our tvs, computers, phones and other electronic devices also generate positive ions. I would do my research on all of the health benefit claims, other uses and the most effective ways to use himalayan salt lamps. Google is your friend 😉 I wouldn’t knock it til I tried it and the jury is still out for me. I want to give it more time.
There are many factors that I think contribute to the effectiveness such as the size of the lamp and the size of the space it’s being used for to purify the air. Anyway, so far I’m happy with my purchases and one thing I have noticed is my husband hasn’t been complaining of allergy symptoms or waking in the middle of the night “coughing up a lung” like he has in the past. Who knows…I prefer to be optimistic. I’ll keep you posted on progress as I plan to continue to test this theory out. Have you used himalayan salt lamps before? If so, have you found them to be effective? In addition to your own research you can find more information on himalayan salt here, here, and here.
Love and Light,