After reading so much on Himalaya rock salt lamps, I regularly came across articles on how they can benefit your health. Now, I must say, I think this is something that sets Himalayan rock salt lamps apart from any other table lamps. The simple fact that they are good for your health adds so much more value to it I think.
People describe having a Himalayan rock salt lamp is like a soft glowing natural source of fresh air. Plants are said to do the same thing, but let’s face it, watering plants versus having lamp… every lazy person’s dream lol.
So I decided to pull together just 10 important reasons why everyone should have a Himalayan rock salt lamp in their home.
1. Cleanses the air
Now I have seen this point repeatedly. Himalayan salt lamps can purify air through the power of hygroscopy.
This means that they attract water molecules from the surrounding environment then absorb those molecules – as well as any foreign particles they may be carrying – into the salt crystal.
As the lamp warms up from the heat produced by the light bulb inside, that same water then evaporates back into the air and the trapped particles of dust, pollen, smoke, etc remain locked in the salt.
2. Reduces allergy and asthma symptoms
Now, there is still more research that needs to be done to give rock hard evidence on this point. But it is said to reduce allergy and asthma symptoms.
Himalayan salt lamps remove microscopic particles of dust, pet dander, mold, mildew and the like from the surrounding air, placing a lamp or two in the rooms where you spend the most time can seriously cut back on allergy symptoms.
Apparently, even people who suffer from asthma should notice a big difference after a week or two.
3. Helps eases coughing
Now this point could be seen as an extension to point number 2. When the Himalayan salt lamp heats up and begins its hygroscopic cycling of airborne particles. This also changes the charge of the molecules which are released.
The majority of homes are filled with positively charged ions which aren’t particularly good for a person’s health. The positive ions are created by a number of things, but the primary source for most of us is from our home electronics.
One of the health detriments of breathing lots of positive ions in the air is that the cilia (microscopic hairs) which line the trachea (aka: windpipe) become sluggish and don’t work as well to keep contaminants out of our lungs.
As a Himalayan pink salt lamp absorbs water and particles from the air, it also takes positive ions with them. Then, when the heated salt releases cleansed water vapor back into the air, it also expels negative ions which have the opposite effect on our airways – increasing cilial activity to keep your lungs clear. Therefore improving and easing coughing.
Who would have thought eh?!
4. Can increase energy levels
Positive ions are known to deplete energy in your body. And it is said that Himalayan salt lamps can do the actual opposite. The negative ions increase energy levels, which produces a refreshing effect. This is similar to the feeling of rejuvenation when you are outside spending time with nature.
It can be described as something similar to taking a drive through the countryside, or time at the beach or simply taking a shower first thing in the morning. The fact is, positive ions sap our bodies of energy.
If you tend to constantly feel tired and are unsure why, try having a Himalayan salt lamp in your room or wherever you spend the most time.
Give it about a week, you should notice a difference.
5. Can neutralised electromagnetic radiation
Nowadays, most of us are living in a metaphorical ocean of electromagnetic (EM) radiation which flows from our electronics (ie: television, computer, cell phone, tablet, appliances, sterio, etc). While they may be invisible, the long-term effects of EM exposure can be quite serious. Constant exposure to EM radiation is known to increase stress levels, cause chronic fatigue, and decrease the body’s immune response, among other things.
As they emit negative ions into the air, Himalayan salt lamps work to neutralize electromagnetic radiation. Keep one next to the computer, television, and any other electrical devices which you use frequently to reduce the potential danger to you and your family.
6. Can treat seasonal affective disorder
In addition to generating negative ions which improve mood and energy levels, the soft, natural light given off by a Himalayan pink salt lamp is close enough to the warm glow of sunshine that they can even be used to relieve the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder. This year when the days get shorter, fight back the lethargy by surrounding yourself with a few HPS lamps set on timers.
7. Improve sleep
Another side effect which results from over-exposure to positive ions in the air is that it robs you of quality sleep.
This is because positively-charged particles can actually reduce blood and oxygen supply to the brain resulting in irregular sleep patterns.
The negative ions from a Himalayan salt lamp are said to reverse this effect, making them a popular sleep aid.
Also, in direct relation to chromotherapy, the soothing light can help people who suffer from insomnia and promote better sleep.
8. Improve concentration and performance
Himalayan pink salt lamps are a great way to naturally enhance your mood or to help you relax and unwind at the end of the day. Exposure to negative air ions reduces stress and enhances overall performance. Negative ions are known to increase blood and supply oxygen to the brain. This makes Himalayan rock salt lamps a great solution at helping to improve concentration.
They also provide a boost of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which literally creates the feeling of happiness.
9. Environmentally friendly
Environmentalists would love this point. Himalayan pink salt lamps are environmentally friendly.
The mains points, which have been loosely mentioned already are:
- They emit health-promoting negative ions in your environment
- Negative ions act as natural air purifiers, removing allergens, dust, smoke and bacteria from the air
10. Alleviate common cold symptoms
Now, I have already mentioned that is eases coughing. But it is also possible that the negative ions released by Himalayan salt lamps may protect against airborne germs.
In addition to removing these contaminants from the air, the salt also allows the body to filter air more effectively in an attempt to block any foreign particles from making it into the lungs. This can prevent the advancement of coughing, sneezing, sore throats, and other minor symptoms of the common cold, which many people suffer from year on year. Particularly during the winter months.