Himalayan Salt Lamp benefits: Are they really effective or just Myths?
You’ve probably seen or heard of Himalayan salt lamp benefits before. They are these pink-orange colored hunks of salt with a light bulb placed inside, making it emit this unique, warm glow. Many alternative medicine healers will make all sorts of claims to the healing properties of these lamps.
They actually exist, lamps of Himalayan salt! Known as salt lamps, crystal lamps or salt, they usually consist of several kilograms of heavy pink Himalayan salt chunks and provide your environment with a soothing, warm glow.
Himalayan lamps are not just purchased for lighting purposes. Many people buy salt lamps for their health benefits. Experts believe that a Himalayan salt lamp provides its owner with much more than just pure, soothing light.
Some people even say that they can be cured of ailments such as asthma, allergies, respiratory diseases and mental health disorders just by visiting salt caves or having a salt lamp in their home.
The health benefits of a Himalayan salt lamp include the air-filtering, air-purifying, positive-ion and electro-smog reduction that can be produced by many household electronic devices, as well as anti-bacterial and anti-effects allergic people with asthma, allergies and other diseases.
But are these positive health effects really or do they perhaps stem from a fabled world to do good business with the salt lamps? Can this really be possible? Read on to find out what I discovered.
What is a Himalayan salt lamp and does it work?
Genuine Himalayan salt lamps are solid blocks of Himalayan salt that have been beaten by hand. They come from the deep-sea mines of Khewra in Pakistan, on the western edge of the Himalayas. The only true place of origin for true pink Himalayan salt.
The color of Himalayan salt lamps changes from light pink to a pink-orange, depending on the mineral concentration.
Inside the hollow center of this salt block is a light bulb that donates both light and heat. If a salt block has no lamp or other sources of light or heat inside, then it is not a salt lamp, just a block of salt.
Salt is hygroscopic, which in chemistry and physics refers to the property of substances to bind/attract moisture from the environment (usually in the form of water vapor from the air humidity).
Since salt lamps are usually a rather large block of salt, it is believed that a Himalayan salt lamp works by attracting water molecules.
This process is rough as follows:
The water molecules of the air (here water vapor) can carry indoor air pollutants such as mold, bacteria and allergens. As soon as the water vapor comes into contact with a salt lamp, it is assumed that the salt block binds these pollutants and thus removes the air.
These pollutants are absorbed and remain bound in the salt. The air is filtered in this way.
When the salt lamp is heated again, the salt dries out slowly, releases the water vapor back into the air, but keeps the harmful pollutants bound in the salt.
What do we know about the real Himalayan salt lamp?
Unfortunately, there are no scientific studies that specifically focus on the health effects of using salt lamps.
However, there are good reasons to believe that a genuine Himalayan salt lamp will bring some health benefits, at least if one believes in and transmits the research findings of other salt studies.
The biggest claim as to why these Himalayan salt lamps are beneficial is because of the negative ions that they emit.
It has been well-documented and shown in studies that yes, in fact, negative ions do have a beneficial effect on your health.
If you’ve ever walked on the beach beside the ocean or stood next to a waterfall, you’ve probably noticed that the air you breathed in was refreshing and rejuvenating; it’s the negative ions in the air that contributed to this feeling.
Unfortunately, most homes and workplaces are lacking in negative ions, and usually, instead have too many positive ions. These are produced by a lot of the electronics and household appliances commonly present in today’s environment.
And these positive ions cause you to feel anxious, irritable and low on energy. So we know that negative ions can help to improve our quality of life. The question is, do these Himalayan salt lamps actually emit negative ions?
Many alternative health websites will claim that they do, however there is little research to support this claim. The argument is that even if these salt lamps do emit negative ions, the number of them is so insignificant that there would be little to no effect on improving your health.
There is a lot more energy needed than can be produced in just one small light bulb to break the bonds in the salt and emit a significant number of negative ions.
So that’s what I found as far as research is concerned on Himalayan salt lamps. For me personally, I do have a salt lamp in my home and I absolutely love it.
The warm glow from it gives me a wonderful feeling and it’s created great energy in my space. Guests in my home always comment on how they are drawn to the light and the warm feeling they get from being around it.
There are also countless claims from people online who have sworn by the health benefits they have experienced after bringing one into their home. Sure, there isn’t a lot of research out there to “prove” that it works. And it’s possible that the documented positive effects are a result of a placebo.
I do think there are limitations, though, on what science can measure, such as positive vibrations or intuition. I don’t need to read a scientific study to know what makes me feel good.
According to this pulmonary institute, salt – in general – has the following health properties:
- dissolves excessive mucus and accelerates mucosal transport
- removes pathogens (ie air pollens)
- reduces the IgE level (hypersensitivity of the immune system)
Why Himalayan salt is good for you!
Himalayan Salt is an extremely pure, hand made salt sourced from ancient sea salt deposits in the Punjab region of Pakistan. It is believed that Himalayan salt is the purest and highest quality form of salt.
As a pink salt, Himalayan salt is rich in iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium and copper. All these nutrients give the Himalayan salt its pretty pink color.
When Himalayan salt is consumed, the salt is said to have the following properties:
- Himalayan salt turns drinking water into alkaline water
- It provides your body with the essential minerals and trace elements
- Himalayan salt provides balanced body pH
- It stimulates your metabolism to
- Himalayan salt It is absorbed by your body cells very easily
- It promotes the flow of energy and blood circulation
Tips and Precautions
When it comes to the purchase of Himalayan salt lamps, always consider the size of the room in which you want to set up your lamp.
The effect of a salt lamp is determined by the size of the salt crystal. For a medium sized bedroom, a smaller lamp is usually sufficient.
If you plan to use a salt lamp in a larger area, such as the living room, you should buy a larger version. To purify the air of a room effectively, you need about 500g salt crystal per 16 square meters (four by four meters) area.
If necessary, you can also set up several salt lamps in one room.
Salt is hygroscopic, that is water-absorbent. For this reason, Himalayan salt crystals start to melt after a while at high humidity.
Therefore, you should keep Himalayan salt lamps away from sources of moisture such as the bathroom, the dishwasher and or washing machines.
It can be dangerous when salt starts to lick on the lamp holder. Buy a salt lamp that is firmly connected to the base. When buying the Himalayan salt lamp, make sure that it is Safety-approved (safety certification).
Very important: When placing the lamp, make sure to place it in a safe place so that no child can pull down the lamp on the cord. Salt lamps are very heavy and could cause serious injury in such a case.
How to tell if your Himalayan salt lamp is real or fake?
If you are looking for an original Himalayan salt lamp, then you should do your homework to make sure you choose the right option.
There are several ways to find out if this is a “real Himalayan salt lamp” or not.
Often, some of these features become known only when you read a salt lamp review, carefully analyze the product ratings, or the less desirable scenario: once you’ve actually used the Himalayan salt lamp in your house for a while (so pick up your receipt!).
Sign that your Himalayan salt lamp is a fake:
1. No or very short return policy
Genuine Himalayan salt lamps are made of salt, so it’s not surprising that they are very fragile. A good manufacturer knows that and agrees to a return policy that is flexible, as damage can occur again and again through the transport. If a salt lamp manufacturer behaves very strictly in this respect and does not grant a right of return, you better keep away from it.
As mentioned in the previous point, Himalayan salt lamps are very fragile. So make sure you do not drop them or hit them against solid objects, as this can easily damage the salt crystal. If your salt crystal lamp is not damaged in this way, it could also be a fake.
3. Very bright light
If you are looking for a bright light source then Himalayan salt crystal lamps are not the right product for you. Due to the high content of numerous minerals, a Himalayan salt lamp gives an irregular and subdued light.
A real salt lamp does not provide enough light to fully illuminate a room. If your lamp does that, it’s obviously a fake.
4. Inexpensive White Crystal
The light of Himalayan Salt Lamps usually give off a warm pink or orange hue. Although there are also explicitly white Himalayan salt lamps, but they are very rare and much more expensive than the colored ones.
So, if you bought or saw a white salt crystal lamp that is not much more expensive than the pink/orange versions, then it’s most likely a fake.
5. Made outside of Pakistan
Genuine Himalayan salt and therefore genuine Himalayan salt lamps come exclusively from Khewra a salt mine of the Punjab region in Pakistan. If you are wondering if you have a genuine Himalayan salt lamp, then look for a clue from the country of origin of the salt crystal.
You can also ask the lamp manufacturer for an indication of the source of the salt, bearing in mind that he can list the country of origin as the location of the lamp assembly.
6. Moisture Resistant
As previously mentioned, salt and thus the salt crystal is an absorber of water. If your salt crystal lamp stays dry despite its proximity to fluid sources such as a shower, then it is a fake.
A real salt lamp is vulnerable as soon as it is exposed to moisture and would start to sweat directly. Yes, a salt lamp loses water when it is close to sources of moisture!
7. No salutary effects
If you’ve gotten a Himalayan salt lamp and you do not feel any of the positive, health-promoting effects, even though you’re close to them on a regular basis, you may not have a genuine Himalayan salt lamp.
Conclusion on Himalayan Salt Lamps
So far, science does not seem to be really interested in the therapeutic successes of Himalayan salt lamps.
Hopefully, some studies will be carried out in the future that clearly demonstrate the benefits of salt lamps. Courage is made by the research already carried out on salt and its healing properties.
An additional positive effect has the salt lamps experience of many enthusiastic owners.
If you plan to buy a Himalayan salt lamp, make sure you buy an original salt lamp (Himalayas).
With a real Himalayan salt lamp, there is a real chance that you will soon be free of complaints, easier to breathe and simply better sleep.
So if you’re thinking about getting a Himalayan salt lamp, then I would definitely recommend it based on what I’ve experienced.
I’m not going to promise that it’s going to make a radical change in your health. And if you find that it does, well then that’s a bonus!
Have you experienced something positive as a result of having a salt lamp in your home? Please share your experiences by leaving a comment!