Salt lamps are crafted from large salt crystals that are said to be sourced from the Himalayan mountains in Asia. Whether or not this is true of all salt lamps, it’s the crystal salt that makes these lamps so intriguing. The salt crystals are mined in large blocks and then cut into smaller pieces before fitting small light bulbs inside of them. The heat from a small light bulb keeps these beautiful crystals dry, and in turn, releases healthy, negative ions into the air.
Generally light pink or pale orange in color, crystal salt is naturally hygroscopic in nature, meaning that it absorbs water molecules from the air. This is one of the main reasons that many people feel there are scientific, holistic, and spiritual benefits of having a salt lamp. Here are several other benefits of having a salt lamp at home or at the office:
What does a salt lamp do?
Purify the air you breathe
It is true that the salt lamps are hygroscopic: they absorb water vapor from the air. Salt in the air has long been considered by many as a natural health booster, and seawater air has been proven to help clear the airways. The healthy ions that are released are much like those that can be found in places like the ocean, medical spas, and even your shower.
Reduce asthma and allergies
It is said that salt lamps can filter mold, mildew, dust, and pet dander particles from indoor air. By adding a salt lamp to a room, many swear that it helps alleviate allergy and cold-like symptoms. Even asthma sufferers claim there are many benefits from having a salt lamp.
Much like those who think that a saline nasal spray works well during a cold, others feel that salt lamps can have the same effect. In addition, Himalayan pink salt inhalers are known to work well for those with asthma, bronchitis, and other respiratory ailments.
Improve your breathing
Others believe that negative ions increase activity within your windpipe that keeps your lungs clear from foreign particles. Positive ions have a negative effect. In other words, with a salt lamp, you release more negative ions in the air which helps you filter the air you breathe in. Theoretically speaking, it keeps your lungs clean and is thought to improve breathing.
Increase energy levels
As mentioned above, many believe that negative ions have a positive effect on humans, whereas positive ions have a negative effect and rid your body of energy. Some argue that salt lamps can make you more energetic because of this theory. In nature where negative ions are abundant, people feel invigorated, and this is attributed to the theory behind the benefits of having a salt lamp, too.
Ideal for late evening use
Aside from being a beautiful piece of natural art, one of the other benefits of having a salt lamp is the light itself. The idea is that the less artificial light you are exposed to before you go to sleep, the better you rest at night. Amber colored lamps simulate sunset light waves. Normal colored lamps do not. As a proven benefit, switch on your amber colored salt lamp to be guided into a peaceful slumber.