Himalayan salt lamps: Do they really work?

Hello everyone!

Lately, I've been contemplating purchasing a Himalayan salt lamp. Himalayan salt lamps are crystals carved from amber-coloured rock salt. They are lit from the inside with a bulb, and the combination gives off a relatively dim, amber light.

The appeal is not just visual. Many believe that salt lamps have health benefits too. Sellers of these decorative pieces say they do more than light up a room. They claim the lamps can boost mood, improve sleep, ease allergies, help people with asthma breathe better, and clean the air, among other benefits.

Himalayan salt lamp

These are the primary health claims made about Himalayan salt lamps:

  1. They reduce the humidity of the environment.
  2. They purify the air within the room and charge it with positive energies.
  3. They emit negative ions in the air and create a relaxing atmosphere.
  4. They favour concentration and productivity.
  5. They help protect from electromagnetic pollution.

The idea behind salt lamps is that the salt will act as a natural ionizer and attract water from the air, which carries pollutants, such as bacteria and allergens. Although some of their health claims are not supported by science, Himalayan salt lamps may have other benefits, including:

  • They create a nice ambience - A salt lamp could help create a relaxing atmosphere that helps you relax and unwind.
  • They might help limit light in the evening - If you struggle to sleep, using dim lights in the evening may help you get to sleep faster.

A Himalayan salt lamp might bring a nice decorative touch and a warming glow to your space, but at the moment, no research says it will improve your health. Much like a lit candle, these lamps can be relaxing to look at. If you find the light soothing or enjoy its style, there is no harm in using a salt lamp.

Do you have a salt lamp at home? Do you enjoy using it? I would love to know. Leave a comment below! 

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I'm a vegan with a passion for sustainability and clean, cruelty-free products. I mainly write lifestyle, wellness and self-care articles. Since I'm a true crime enthusiast, sometimes I also write about true crime and post videos on my two YouTube channels.

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