Chances are you’ve heard or seen something about Himalayan salt lamps in social media, on TV, or from chatter from friends, but if you’re like me, you’re asking yourself, “Do these salt lamps REALLY work?” I’ve been wondering this myself, and recently a dear friend asked if I would do a blog post on the validity of said lamps – so here we are!
I’ve been doing a lot of research, and here’s what I’ve found. Himalayan salt lamps claim to purify air, reduce electromagnetic radiation and airborne infections, ease asthma and allergy symptoms, reduce anxiety and boost mood, and promote sleep. The lamps help purify air and ease asthma and allergy symptoms by attracting water molecules, trapping pollutants, and releasing water vapor back into the air. Salt therapy is now being used to treat COPD and is even being used in inhalers to help those with asthma and allergies. Salt lamps emit negative ions to combat positive ions released by cell phones, computers, and other electronic devices, reducing electromagnetic radiation and producing biochemical reactions that increase serotonin in the bloodstream helping to improve mood and increase energy. The natural properties from the salt and the glow from the lamp also provide a calm and happy atmosphere, boosting mood and decreasing anxiety.
These claims all have very little evidence to back them up, and there has been little to no scientific research conducted on Himalayan salt lamps. If these lamps do provide said benefits, you’ll need more than one to get the job done. It is suggested to place a few lamps in the room in which you and/or your family spend the most time.
If you choose to purchase a Himalayan salt lamp, be on the lookout for fakes. Dr. Axe advises to be on the lookout for poor return policy, a highly durable item, a very bright light, inexpensive white crystal, no mention of Pakistan (where true Himalayan salt is mined), and is listed as a moisture-resistant item. These all point towards a salt imposter, and unless it’s just a nightlight you’re after, you should keep shopping around to maximize the benefits from your lamp.
I was gifted a salt lamp a couple of months ago and have been using it regularly. Because I know what these lamps are supposed to do, I’m not sure that I can provide an unbiased opinion on whether or not the lamp is doing what it claims to do. I turn the lamp on almost every afternoon that I’m home, and if I’m sitting right next to it, I do feel that it helps some with my allergies (less sneezing, sniffling, nose blowing). This could be a placebo effect, or perhaps my salt lamp really is purifying the air around me and trapping the pollutants and allergens. I have not noticed a change in my sleep habits or my mood.
Whether or not you choose to believe that Himalayan salt lamps work, they certainly won’t hurt, as long as you use caution during use, as with any other lamp. At the very least, you’ll be able to enjoy the soft, warm glow of the lamp, will add to your home’s décor, and can provide a great conversation piece when friends and family visit!
Think positive, stay active, and smile. –A.
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