It was just a few years ago that Himalayan salt became mainstream in America. The trendy culinary additive toted a reputation for mystical powers and promised to enhance any dish. With its aesthetically pleasing pink tones, you could find it on almost every foodie social media account.
Flash forward to the present and you’ll find Himalayan salt has moved from the dinner table to your bedroom and office desk. Science hasn’t dedicated enough research to the benefits of Himalayan Salt lamps but here is what we do know based on anecdotal evidence.
1.May Reduce Allergies.
Salt is naturally hygroscopic, which means it attracts water molecules to itself. Water molecules in the air can hold things like allergens, pollutants, and bacteria. The theory is that Himalayan salt lamps attract the polluted water molecules to the lamp, the water then evaporates from the lamp heat and leaves the allergens and pollutants attached to the salt lamp. I recommend wiping down your salt lamp about once a week with a lightly damp rag to clean off any of the “gunk” that your salt lamp may have collected for you.
2. May Combat Negative Side Effects from Positive Ion Emitting Office Technology.
We know that negative ions can improve our health by increasing blood flow to the brain and make us feel more refreshed and energized. Nature is one of the biggest negative ion producers which is why people tend to feel more energized after visiting the beach or forest. At work, we are mostly surrounded by positive ions which are emitted from office technology (computers, printers, laptops, etc) and those positive ions negatively affect our health. Negative ions neutralize positive ions which is why it’s important to surround ourselves with negative ion emitting sources. Himalayan salt lamps emit a small dose of negative ions that may help those who are more sensitive to positive ion exposure. Partner your Himalayan salt lamp with other negative ion producers like water fountains and plants to improve your workplace air quality.
3. May Provide Mood Balancing Affects.
My favorite thing about my salt lamps is the warm glow they put off. It is very similar to that of a crackling fire and I find it very soothing. Most office workers are subjected to excessive amounts of blue light which can be harmful to our productivity and sleep cycle. The warm glow of the Himalayan salt lamp is a great alternative light source to use at the end of your day to unwind and relax. Night light versions also exist for those who feel more safe and comfortable with a light on when they sleep. The Himalayan salt night lights are wonderful alternatives to the typical cool toned LED night lights that can negatively affect your natural sleep cycle.
Although your Himalayan salt lamp emits only a small dose of negative ions, those negative ions may affect your mood in positive ways. Negative ions increase the mood chemical serotonin. Serotonin is an important neurotransmitter that helps alleviate depression, relieve stress, and boost our daytime energy.
My Experience with Himalayan Salt Lamps.
When I first heard about Himalayan Salt Lamps, I was skeptical. I have an education in a scientific field so I know the importance of research and evidence and there is quite a lack of research and evidence on Himalayan Salt Lamps. My science background also taught me to experiment so I bought a Himalayan Salt Lamp. I was transitioning from a job that I dreaded going to every morning to a new position elsewhere and I was depressed, anxious, suffered from severe insomnia, and my PMDD symptoms were magnified. To put it frankly, I was hanging by a thread. I figured if a lamp could alleviate just some of my symptoms, it was money well spent.
My first night with my Himalayan salt lamp was the best night’s sleep I had in about a year. I slept all night and I woke up refreshed and energized. To my fellow insomniacs, you know what a great feeling that is when you achieve a full night of GOOD sleep! What surprised me the most was the affect the salt lamp had on my allergies. I have a dog and a cat that are both Olympic hair shedding champions and I have very minimal congestion after introducing the Himalayan salt lamp to my home. As for my mood, all I can say is that the Himalayan salt lamp genuinely makes me feel “happy”. The Himalayan salt lamp on my work desk also has a light dimmer which is great when I need it turned down to focus on my tasks or turned up when I need a moment to relax in its warm ambiance. My office is in a very old building. The air only circulates if the heater or air conditioner is actually running so the air is constantly stuffy from poor circulation. I genuinely feel like the Himalayan salt lamp on my desk clears the air around my cubicle. My office salt lamp is also a great conversational opener. I couldn’t tell you how many times my coworkers have walked by to “oooooh” and “awwww” and ask me what it is and how it works.
So if you’d like to experiment on your own and give a Himalayan salt lamp a try in your workplace or home, here is what to look for…
- 100% Himalayan Salt
- Size: from night lights to a foot tall, the key is to understand that the bigger the size, the bigger the affect your salt lamp will have. There is a fitness studio in my area that has an entire wall made of Himalayan Salt!
- Natural Surface: you will find many salt lamps have been smoothed and shaped nicely but you should choose a salt lamp that looks raw and rough. The rough surface texture has more surface area which increases the hygroscopic potential of your salt lamp.
- Standard salt lamp or salt basket lamp: This is an aesthetic preference. The standard Himalayan salt lamp is one block of salt whereas the basket lamp allows you to put smaller salt blocks in unique warming baskets that can match your decor.
- Heat: the bulb in your lamp cannot be an LED. The bulb must produce heat in order to benefit from the hygroscopic benefits of the salt.
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