Himalayan Salt Lamps

Recently I bought this giant hunk of pink salt from a flea market.  I put it on my bedside table, plugged it in, and turned it on and instantly fell in love with the glowing rock.  So what’s the deal with these lamps?  Ya my sister wanted to know too when she asked if she could lick the lamp to see if it was really made of salt, I said maybe we should pay for it first…



But in Lindsay's defence I did come across this...

“Don’t buy the salt if you haven’t licked it yet”
— Congolese Proverb


Scientists probably don’t study salt lamps…

While there don’t appear to be any studies proving the effectiveness of the lamps themselves (I mean what scientist actually wants to study something like that?).  There is plenty of evidence that using salt can be extremely therapeutic when it comes to respiratory ailments.  For example, it was found that miners in salt caves were shown to have healthy respiratory systems and they’re breathing that stuff in all day, every day. (This is a more extreme example but you get the idea)


The salt rock being turned into a lamp, while beautiful when turned on, actually serves more of a purpose than just a pretty decorative glow.  The lamp needs light and warmth to have effect on cleansing the air.


What are the benefits?

-purifies air

-alleviates asthma, allergies, and other breathing problems

-emits negative ions

-soothing energy


How does it work?

Salt naturally attracts water molecules from the air.  Within these water molecules can be mold, bacteria, and allergens.  The salt lamps traps these nasties, but with the heat from the lamp, the water is released back into the air.  This helps to purify the air in your home.  I like to keep mine by my bed, as it isn’t not super big and either is my room.


Negative ions are molecules that are found in abundance in nature for example waterfalls and mountains.  These ions are said to improve mood and release stress.  I’m all about anything that can improve mental wellbeing.  While the amounts of negative ions released by these lamps may be very minimal, they still exist and it’s worth a try.


Keep in mind that salt lamps are not huge, so for maximum benefits it would make sense to keep it in a smaller room or multiple ones throughout the house.


Do you own one or would you try one?

Let me know in the comments!

And like always add your comments, experiences, hell even your criticisms.