What are salt lamps?
Himalayan salt lamps are made from large pure pieces of salt which are hand-chiselled into solid blocks. They have a beautiful pinkish orange hue due to the high concentration of minerals in them. They contain a small bulb inside which generates light and heat. In essence, they ionize the space they are in, balance unnatural electromagnetic wavelengths caused by electronic appliances, and produce light waves that are known to protect your body.
How do they work?
Himalayan salt lamps are very pure sources of light that emit negative ions into the atmosphere. The heat from a lighted salt lamp attracts moisture. As the salt lamp heats up, the collected water molecules evaporate into the air and the dust and foreign particles remain trapped inside the salt. Everyday appliances such as cell phones, televisions, and computers constantly release positive ions into the air, which cause an overload of electromagnetic radiation. Although it cannot be seen, it is believed to cause some serious long-term effects.
Here are 6 reasons to buy a salt lamp:
They deodorize the air
Deodorizing the air in your room is the most known benefit of salt lamps. It is also the main reason most people have the lamps in their homes. They have an incredible power to remove pollen, cigarette smoke, and dust from the air.
They reduce allergens
Salt lamps work by eliminating all mold, dust and mildew particles from the air. Therefore, they eliminate allergens especially if you place them in the rooms that you spend more time. Asthma patients, for instance, notice major differences within one or two weeks of having salt lamps in their homes.
Salt lamps neutralize ions in the air that that can prevent you from getting quality sleep. The natural negative ions generated reverse the effects of positive ions. If you cannot sleep with light in your room, you can turn it off provided it remains on throughout the day.
Increase energy levels
Positive ions deplete the body of energy. Since negative ions in salt lamps increase energy levels, this has an energizing effect on the body, similar to spending time in nature. We spend so much time doing daily activities that at the end of the day we are usually left feeling void of energy due to the concentration of positive ions in the air. Salt lamps restore the energy in your body once they neutralize the positive ions that drain your body’s energy.
Environmentally-friendly light source
The bulbs that are installed in salt lamps are of low voltage hence they consume little energy compared to regular sources of light. They are a very subtle source of natural light, which tends to give them soothing and calming qualities. For this reason they also make ideal night lights for children’s rooms.
Quick tips on buying
When choosing a salt lamp for your home or workplace, there are a few important factors to be aware of:
- There are a lot of fake and cheaper versions on the market that don’t use Himalayan salt so be sure to check the origin of the lamp when purchasing since knock-offs won’t provide you with the same benefits.
- The weight of a salt lamp is a good indication of its cleaning ability. The bigger and heavier it is, the more health benefits you should notice from it.
- The size of your room determines the size of salt lamp that you need to buy – the larger the room, the larger the salt lamp.
- As a good rule of thumb, the darker shades of pink and orange, the better the quality.