Recently, I purchased a Himalayan Salt Lamp, for 2 reasons.
- It would be a relaxing light in the home
- Everyone kept raving about the benefits
Honestly, I did not know much about the benefits beyond knowing that Himalayan Salt Lamp can help clean the air and they look beautiful creating a sense of calm (like a candle). So I thought it was time to dig a little deeper. Let’s have a look at the benefits of adding a Himalayan Salt Lamp to your home.
The Himalayan Salt Lamp
Let’s get to the research.
What exactly is a Himalayan Salt Lamp and how are they made?
Himalayan Salt comes from mines close to the Himalayas. Pretty understandable given the name of the lamp & the salt you can buy for the bath and for cooking.
The salts’ pink or orange color, is formed from trace minerals in the actual salt. These trace minerals, including magnesium, potassium and calcium, are the superpower of all the claimed benefits.
To form a lamp, large chunks are carved from these salt mines and a bulb is added, simple and lovely.
When doing the research for this post, I actually found contradicting research into the benefits of the Himalayan Salt Lamps. Some articles absolutely believe in the health benefits and some articles deny the benefits saying there isn’t enough research into the science of it all.
All articles, I found, agree on one thing, they look beautiful in the home. And that, is evidence enough for me. Why? If the salt lamp makes you feel relaxed, and makes you feel happy, then it’s already reducing your stress levels and that means, it is helping you.
There are said to be many benefits from these beautiful pink or orange chunks of salt. I’m not going to dig into all of them because there isn’t enough scientific evidence for some of the claims, let’s just look at a few that make sense.
1. They Clean the Air
Ions. It’s all about the Ions.
Himalayan Salt Lamps release negative Ions into the air. The thought process behind this is that the more negative ions in the home, the better we feel. Positive ions apparently, make us feel bad. It’s the one of the rare times where negative is good and positive is bad.
The bulb in the lamp warms up the salt and that is said to help release these negative ions and neutralizing the positive ions in turn, making us feel good.
One article I read when doing research says that waterfalls & oceans also produce mass amounts of negative ions and this is why we feel so darn good when we are in these environments.
As I have always said, Nature Heals.
2. They are Mood Boosters
This one, I agree with! As soon as I plugged in our lamp, I immediately felt better. The ambiance of the light is mesmerizing. At night, we turn off all the lights in the home and enjoy our TV time with just the Himalayan Salt Lamp on.
Besides loving it during TV time, I truly enjoy it during my early morning time on the mat. I turn off all the lights and turn on my lamp & essential oils diffuser. It’s the perfect setting for a yoga practice.
How exactly does it boost the mood? The research on this one, goes back to the Negative Ions as explained above. The negative ions literally make us feel good boosting our moods.
3. Increase your energy levels
See point number one. It’s all in those negative ions.
4. They Improve your sleep
And this is because the lamp makes you feel relaxed. When you feel relaxed, especially going into your evening, you will then have a great sleep.
Yes, put one in the bedroom!
5. They make you Happy
This one can go under the mood booster point also. Being happy is what we all strive for, and if a salt lamp can help, count me in!
One area of research points out that when you are exposed to the lamp, it creates serotonin in your body. Serotonin is directly linked to your mood. Click HERE to get the insights into what serotonin does in your body from Healthline. There is lots of research out there in the land of Google, Healthline has always been one of my go-to’s.
In short, serotonin is a good thing. If the lamp makes you happy, then it’s totally worth having.
Buy the lamp if it makes you feel good.
I mean, why not?!?! If it helps, enjoy it! We are certainly going to be adding to our salt lamp collection as there are some gorgeous ones out there AND, we really enjoy it.
Where to buy a Himalayan Salt Lamp
Where can you get one? Head down to your local gift shop or hardware store. If you prefer to shop online, here are a few links for you to check out.
These 2 are nice & Simple, a great starting point, I have something similar to the first image. It is small, but fits nicely in our small, humble home.
AND then there’s this one… WOW!!
This is a cute one from Chapters, a USB charged version. Perfect for a small space.
Lastly…. I found this one and love it!
If you prefer candle holders, then these for you…
That’s it for today. Doing the research for this post was educational and super fun! I hope you’ve enjoyed it and that it helped your knowledge on these special chunks of salt.
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