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A Decorative Way to Improve Your Health

What are Himalayan Salt Lamps?

As their name suggests, Himalayan salt lamps aka HPS lamps are big pieces of pure pink Himalayan salt with a small light bulb inside. They are made from high quality pink salt crystals from the Punjab region of Pakistan. Himalayan salt lamps can come in a variety of sizes ranging from small to large, salt bowls, candle holders, and even night lights. While they are beautiful decorations in the home or office, Himalayan salt lamps also have health benefits.

What are the benefits of Himalayan Salt Lamps?

1. Negative Ions

The lamps produce a small amount of negative ions. Negative ions are said to increase the flow of oxygen to the brain thereby creating mental alertness, decreasing brain fog & resulting in more mental energy. They can also protect against germs in the air making it easier to breathe for those with respiratory conditions. Please keep in mind that salt lamps are not a large source of negative ions; you would get more out in nature close to a beach or waterfall – even opening your window for fresh air is a great source of negative ions.

2. Neutralizes Electromagnetic Frequencies

These same negative ions can also protect against electromagnetic frequencies. Electronics, such as computers, televisions, and cell phones, all create positive ions that emit electromagnetic frequencies. These frequencies can impact our air quality, sleep and mood. Therefore, the negative ions created by the salt lamps can counteract those positive ones, if kept in close proximity.

3. Cleanses the Air

HPS lamps create purer air quality making it easier to breathe via the above mentioned negative ions and hygroscopy. Hygroscopy is a chemical process whereby the lit salt lamps attract water molecules from their surrounding environment. They then absorb those water molecules – as well as any foreign particles the water molecules may be carrying – into the salt crystal. As the Himalayan salt lamp warms up from the heat produced by the light bulb inside, that same water then evaporates back into the air and the trapped particles of dust, pollen, smoke, etc remain locked in the salt. 

4. Reduces Asthma & Allergy Symptoms

Himalayan salt lamps are said to help with asthma and allergy symptoms. For the reasons mentioned above, they remove microscopic particles of dust, pet dander, mold, mildew and the likes from the surrounding air making it easier to breathe. 

People are even spending time in salt caves and using a Himalayan salt puffer to help ease their chronic respiratory conditions.

5. Improves Mood & Concentration

The amber orange glow from the salt lamp can provide a boost of colour therapy thereby increasing good moods, mental concentration, and decreasing anxiety. They promote a peaceful tranquility in their environments.

Additionally, the HPS lamps are an excellent light source for those who suffer from migraines and headaches. Often, regular lights and natural sunshine can be too bright during a migraine or headache, so it’s a soothing tone that can help those relax and feel better sooner. 

6. Good for Seasonal Affective Disorder

Similarly, the amber glow mimics the sunshine’s glow, which can help fight off seasonal affective disorder (SAD). SAD is mood disorder that is generally brought on in the winter months due to a lack of sunshine that results in increased tiredness and fatigue. Having a HPS lamp in your home or work environment, can help counter balance those effects.  

7. Improves Sleep

Himalayan salt lamps can also possibly provide better sleep. Since salt lamps do not contain any blue lights which can disrupt sleep patterns, they are a good source of soothing light in the evenings before bed. If you have children, there are night light salt lamp options available that provide a soft soothing light that don’t interfere with sleep patterns.

8. Energetically Cleanses Environment

Salt is an extremely cleansing and protective compound – people have been using it for centuries to protect and purify their homes from negative spirits or bad wishes. Similarly, HPS lamps can gently cleanse any negative energy in a room, as well as your crystals. It is best to place crystals close to salt lamp. The negative ions can slowly remove negative energy from the crystals, gems and stones – and environment. 

They are also considered eco-friendly light sources – as they are made from natural resources that are fairly abundant. 

Himalayan salt lamps also make for a great gifts!

 

How to choose a good quality lamp?

There are a few things to consider when purchasing your Himalayan salt lamp, especially considering there are quite a few fake ones available today. To avoid buying a fake with no health benefits, please consider the following points:

  • ORIGIN ~ the salt should always originate from Pakistan;
  • COLOUR ~ the lamp should emit a dark pink to amber orange hue when lit;
  • BULBS ~ the bulbs must generate heat to create the health benefits; therefore, LED bulbs aren’t recommended;
  • SIZE ~ consider the size of the room where you’d like to place the Himalayan salt lamp; the larger the room, the larger the salt lamp you’ll need to reap the benefits. Alternatively, you can place multiple small lamps in a larger room.

 

It’s important to keep Himalayan salt lamps in a dry environment, so placing them in damp basements or bathrooms is not recommended. Moisture could effectively damage the salt lamp as they are quite fragile. If you live in a humid climate, please be aware that your salt lamp could sweat. They are also intended for indoor use only.

Nowadays, many stores, such as Winners & HomeSense, do carry a selection of Himalayan salt lamps. For your convenience, I have linked a few Himalayan salt products that I recommend below through Amazon.ca – a Himalayan salt lamp, a fire bowl, and a night light. I have the salt bowl next to my bed, and generally keep it on all the time, except when I’m sleeping.

Himalayan Fire Bowl

Himalayan Fire Bowl

Himalayan Salt Lamp

Himalayan Salt Lamp

HPS Night Light

HPS Night Light

Final Thoughts about Himalayan Salt Lamps:

Himalayan salt lamps are a beautiful eco-friendly light source providing a healthy spectrum of light. They are excellent additions for the bedroom, office, and living room.  They have quite a few health benefits as listed above, and are generally well priced. While HPS lamps are not the miracle cure all solution on their own, they are interesting pieces. 

As I have previously blogged about in my articleThe Importance of Sodium“, pink Himalayan salt is a wonderful mineral based crystal compound excellent for consumption, and as we explored today, as a beautiful light source for the home and office. More and more salt products are popping up to maximize the healing properties of Himalayan and natural salts. But with that being said, don’t eat your Himalayan salt lamps 😂

Do you use a Himalayan salt lamp in your home or office? 

 

Sources:
Dr Axe “Himalayan Salt Lamp Benefits” https://draxe.com/himalayan-salt-lamp/
Wellness Mama “Himalayan Salt Lamp Benefits: Facts, Myths, and How to Use Them” https://wellnessmama.com/23569/himalayan-salt-lamp/

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