Benefits Of A Himalayan Salt Lamp
Himalayan Salt Lamps are well known for creating a mindful atmosphere and also as a beautiful eco-friendly light source. These gorgeous lamps have gained huge popularity within the past few years and aside from looking awesome and creating a brilliant ambience, there are also amazing benefits from having them in your home.
As an owner of many Himalayan Salt Lamps, I am going to outline some of the best benefits and also reveal my top picks for where to buy the best lamps.
What Are Himalayan Salt Lamps
So for those who have never heard of a salt lamp and are imagining a strange table lamp with a salt shaker attached, I thought it may be beneficial to go over what a Himalayan Salt Lamp is.
Himalayan Salt Lamps are essentially large lumps of natural pink salt, mined from the foothills of the Himalayan mountains in Pakistan. Once mined a hole is drilled into the bottom of the salt where a wooden base and a small heated bulb is attached. The lamps emit a beautiful campfire glow which can range from light pink through to orange depending on the mineral concentration.
The lamps can be solid large salt pieces such as this one, to smaller chunks like this one, or even carved ones like this duck shaped one. The salt that is mined is hundreds of millions of years old with a high mineral content, and the glow the salt emits when heated can create a soothing relaxing environment, promoting mindfulness and peace.
How Do Himalayan Salt Lamps Work?
Salt is hygroscopic which means that it attracts in moisture from the surrounding environment. This quality enables salt lamps to purify the air by drawing in harmful molecules, the bulb then heats the salt crystal causing it to release moisture back into the air, but the impurities stay locked within the lamp.
Aside from the hydroscopic elements, Himalayan Salt Lamps also emit negative ions into the surrounding environment.
An ion is basically an atom that has lost an electron. A negative ion is usually an oxygen molecule that has gained an electron and a positive ion is usually a carbon dioxide molecule that has lost an electron.
Negative ions are known to have great effects on reducing air pollution and are found in great quantities in nature, being produced by ocean waves, lightening storms and waterfalls.
In fresh country air there can be as many as 4,000 negative ions per cubic centimetre, and there can be as many as 10,000 near a waterfall. This is why many of us feel fresh and revived after being near the sea or after a rainstorm.
The amount of negative ions in built up areas can be as little as 100.
Once negative ions reach our blood stream, they are believed to cause biochemical reactions which cause an increase in the production of the feel good hormone serotonin which is known to alleviate depression, improve energy and reduce stress. Not only that but negative ions also kill bacteria and reduce the chance of infection.
Positive ions are essentially pollutants and in removing them from the air, creates a much fresher, cleaner environment to breathe. Positive ions are created by our electronic devices, and are also known as ‘electro smog‘ they can be emitted by many electronic devices such as TV’s, computers, internet modems and baby monitors.
Positive ions reduce oxygen to the brain and are associated with symptoms such as anxiety, poor sleep, respiratory difficulties, allergies, depression, irritability, headaches and migraines, to name a few.
The salt crystal naturally emits negative ions which then bond with the positive ions in the air and neutralise them, they also cause the newly bonded ions to become heavier and fall to the ground removing them from the air circulation. Some studies show that salt lamps can increase the negative ions in a room by 300%.
It’s the hygroscopic nature and the emitting of negative ions that makes these lamps so special, and in doing this, comes a lot of great benefits!
Benefits Of A Himalayan Salt Lamp
There are many amazing benefits of using a Himalayan salt lamp, here are a few of the best ones;
1.Salt Lamps Clean and Purify the Air
This is the most well known benefit of salt lamps. As mentioned above, the hygroscopic nature of salt means it is an amazing natural way to cleanse and purify the air in your home. The salt absorbs moisture from the air (including mould, bacteria, dirt, smoke, pollen and other impurities), the salt is heated and the water then evaporates back into the air, but the impurities stay trapped within the salt crystal.
2. Better Energy Levels
Increased exposure to positive ions can lead to fatigue and exhaustion, whereas activities that involve large amounts of negative ions such as walks in nature, showers and being by the ocean all feel invigorating.
By neutralising the positive ions in the air of your home you are allowing yourself to feel more energy and vitality. If you feel extreme lethargy or tiredness on a regular basis try putting a salt lamp by your bed and see if you can feel the difference, I know I did!
3. Improved Sleep
Positive ions drain energy levels and also reduce the ability to replenish these during sleep. Another side effect of those pesky positive ions is that they reduce oxygen to the brain which can result in reduced sleep and fragmented sleep patterns. A great way to counter-act this is to use a salt lamp to neutralise the positive ions and flood your brain with blood and oxygen.
If you find that you cannot sleep unless the room is completely dark, you can leave your lamp on during the daytime to infuse your room with lovely negative ions and then have your room dark at night. Personally I find the glow to be extremely relaxing and soothing and I love to have it on during the night.
4. Neutralises ‘Electro-smog’
We all have so many different electrical devices at work in our homes whether it is to light our rooms or cook our food, and they emit electro-smog with prolonged use. Electro-smog refers to the electromagnetic radiation that flows from our electronic devices and can cause symptoms such as lethargy, a weakened immune system, anxiety and depression.
It can be extremely beneficial to keep a salt lamp next to your electronic devices for example on your desk beside your laptop, to neutralise the electromagnetic radiation being emitted from your devices.
5. Reduces Coughing
This is a benefit I have seen first hand with my son, he used to cough a lot at bedtime but this has completely stopped after a few weeks of a salt lamp being in his room! This is because of the cleansing of the air, but also because of the increased levels of negative ions in the air which improve your breathing mechanism, which can become sluggish and less efficient with prolonged exposure to positive ions.
6. Reduces Asthma Symptoms and Allergy’s
This was the main reason I purchased a lamp, I have had asthma since I was two, and always found an increased need to take my inhalers at night time. I had been told the lamps were good by a friend who had experienced an ease in their own asthma symptoms and decided to give it a go.
Since putting a large salt lamp into my bedroom I have found a drastic reduction in the need to take my inhaler at night. My lungs feel a lot stronger and the air in my room does feel a whole lot fresher and this is down to the lamp sucking in all of the allergens, mould, dust, mildew and all other nasty particles that irritate the lungs.
There are also Himalayan Salt Inhalers available, I have not personally tried these, but there seems to be rave reviews for them every where you look, you can find out more information by clicking here.
Where To Buy Himalayan Salt Lamps
There are countless testimonials of those who have had amazing positive benefits from using these lamps, myself being one of them. Being one who is interested in anything that raises energy and promotes a mindful environment, this was a must have for me and I am definitely enjoying the benefits.
With salt lamps it is important to buy from reputable suppliers to ensure that your lamp is both genuine Himalayan salt, and also safe with no fire hazards. I have researched this and I highly recommend my top picks below for producing high quality, safe salt lamps in a variety of sizes, styles and prices.
Himalayan Salt Lamp Sizes
The size of lamp depends on the size of room that you wish to put the lamp in. Generally speaking one pound of salt will cover 4×4 Sq.ft area room. You can either buy a big lamp or several smaller ones, and place them in various spots around the room.
Because the lamps are all individual and mined by hand, there are many many different sizes available, however there are some standard sizes that seem to be popular. The weight measurement will vary depending on where you order the lamps from, for example in the UK the lamps are weighed in kilograms and in the USA they are weighed in pounds.
The following table is a rough outline of 5 of the standard sizes and the size of room that they will effectively ionise. There are many sizes in between those stated below, but I have just included 5 popular sizes as a reference guide.
I chose a 5-7 kg lamp as a starter lamp, not actually realising how big and heavy they would actually be. I ordered four lamps (to the dismay of the delivery driver who had to lug them into my house) and placed them in different rooms. Sometimes it can take up to a week to really feel the difference so don’t be disheartened of you don’t feel a difference straight away.
If the lamps are in an area of high humidity they may weep, this has not happened to me but it can be helpful to place the lamp on a saucer if you are in a humid climate, or are placing a lamp in a room with high humidity like the kitchen.
My Top Picks
Below are 5 recommendations of vendors to purchase Himalayan Salt products from. They are all genuine Himalayan salt, and all lamps come with a wooden stand an a heated bulb.
1. 7-10 kg (15-22lb) Large salt lamp from GeoFossils
- I have purchased most of my lamps from here and found them to be excellent.
- They are an ‘Amazon’s choice’ product which are selected by high ratings and great prices
- 7-10kg size is big and will ionise a large living room
- Best reviewed budget salt lamp on Amazon
2. 2-3kg (5-7lb) Himalayan Salt lamp from Himalayan Magic Lamps
- Another ‘Amazon’s Choice’ Product which are selected for high quality and great prices
- 2-3 kg in weight, 25.6 x 14.5 x 13.9 cm package dimensions, great for a small bedroom
- Ethically sourced, genuine Himlalayan Salt
- All lamps are EU tested and certified safe
3. 2-3kg (5-7lb) Salt Lamp with 4 bulbs from Source DIY
- No 1 Best Seller for mood lighting on Amazon
- 2-3 kg lamp comes with 4 spare bulbs
- Over 1,700 reviews, with the vast majority being extremely positive
- Other sizes available
4. 4-5kg (9-11lb) Himalayan Salt Lamp from Himalayan Salt Shop
- Have been selling Himalayan Salt products for 11 years
- An extremely well known genuine source of lamps, they also have an amazing range of other Himalayan salt products
- Will effectively ionise a room of 12×12 Sq.ft
- Best selling lamp, great as a starter lamp
5. WBM Tall Round Basket With Salt Chunks
- Unique style of lamp
- Comes in 5 different sizes
- Free delivery in the UK
- 6 foot power cord and dimmer cable
Whether you are looking to gain from the numerous health benefits of Himalayan Salt Lamps, or you are looking for a way to enhance a meditative or mindful space, these lamps may be the perfect addition to add a therapeutic glow and re-energise your home.