Himalayan Salt Lamp Benefits In Plain English
Himalayan salt lamps have received a great deal of attention over recent years, but people have actually been reaping the benefits from these naturally occurring salts for a long time now. As the name suggests these salts are extracted from the Himalayan region
These ancient salt deposits are particularly unique in the world and are easily identified by their natural pinkish/amber coloring. This color is kind of like a trademark for Himalayan salt crystals and it is also the reason they have such great health benefits.
The crystals contain high levels of trace elements (nutrients) which many people struggle to receive with our modern diet. This discovery has led to a great rise in the use of Himalayan rock salt for cooking (to replace table salt) and a variety of other applications around the house – such as; body scrubs, soaps, chopping blocks, foot baths, inhalers and the list goes on.
BUT, you’re here to see the benefits of Himalayan salt lamps and I don’t suggest you jump into the shower with a salt lamp to give yourself a nice body scrub or to season your next meal with one 🙂
Himalayan salt lamp benefits are twofold in my opinion. The first being that they produce negative ions, and the second is that they have wonderful ornamental qualities about them.
When light and heat is applied to Himalayan salt crystals, they become a natural air ionizer and begin generating negative ions. If you are unfamiliar with negative ions, the short story is that they counteract the harmful positive ions we have been introducing into our homes with the rise of electronic technology. I’ll briefly mention these here, but you can read our page about what an air ionizer is for a more detailed look into the role of ions in our life and how an ionizer can help to restore the balance.
Negative ions are beneficial because they can remove harmful positively charged pollutants such as dust, pollen, bacteria, mold, smoke and pet dander from the air we breathe. The benefit from removing these particles from the air is quite obvious (especially for anyone suffering from allergies) but there is an extra layer of benefits we can receive from having a source of negative ions in our home.
Electrical items are mass producers of harmful positive ions. Your computer, television, air-conditioner and well, anything electrical in fact statically (positively) charge the air molecules around them. Positive ions have been found to have a detrimental impact on our mood and well-being, and while we continue to bring more electrical items into our life, we do little to counteract the pitfalls they bring. The good news is that we don’t have to throw away everything electrical in the house, we just need to introduce a source of negative ions to help restore the balance and our well-being.
On top of these clear health benefits, the second point to make is that Himalayan salt lamps are also aesthetically pleasing. Since they are a natural occurrence, a Himalayan salt lamp is like a snowflake, no two are exactly the same. For me this is a real plus because you simply can’t find unique products when they are mass manufactured in a factory.
The light these salt lamps produce is also just as unique as the crystal itself. The soft and gentle amber glow emitted from the lamp is enough to induce a tranquil and relaxed mood on its own. This soft glow makes it perfect for a nightlight in a hallway or the children’s room, or on occasions when you need ‘mood’ lighting to set the scene. Even during daylight hours or a well lit room the lamp is very much present, glowing like a hot rock and highlighting all the unique streaks and color variations within it.
Himalayan salt lamp makers have become quite innovative in recent years and there is now a wide range of styles available on the market, meaning that you will be able to find something suitable for any room or occasion. For a more in-depth discussion on the best places and situations to use a salt lamp, you can consult our buyers guide, or simply browse our Himalayan salt lamps range and see what you like best.